Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Vacation Bible School

One of our biggest weeks each year is Vacation Bible School.  Our church does it BIG! We have leaders who work all year long and it's so well run and organized.  Kids come from all over our community and we LOVE it! 

They way ours works is kids are put in "crews".  Groups of 6-8 kids of the same age.  Girls are together and boys are together.  Hollis got to be with one of her best friends Campbell and she and Joseph sat on the same pew every day.  

We rotate from snacks to games to Bible Story to a video to crafts.  It's so much fun.  

Harper and two of her friends from church.  They weren't in her group but they sat on her pew! 

This was my 8th year to work at VBS at our church.  (I ran games for our church growing up when I was in high school! On a MUCH smaller scale).  This was 4 years ago and last week.  I miss the days of matching outfits and little cheeks but I LOVE the people that my girls have become.  And we still have braids and bows.  

I worked preschool crafts.  I've done that the last few years and I love it.  We get a break every day so I was able to go find my girls and say hi.  

The stage was SO fun this year.  It was a great theme! 

Every day after VBS, my girls talked me into play dates.  On Tuesday, I had a sitter come over right after lunch to stay with Will Holden and I took the girls and one friend each to swim for the afternoon.  They had the BEST time.  I can't help but love that their best buddies just happen to be the daughters of two of my best friends.  

My friends all over the church who were working would take pictures of my kids and send them to me all week long and I did the same for any kids who came in my craft room.  I love how we all love each others' kids.  

I got to work with these sweet friends all week.  I love getting to spend time with people while we serve.  And these orange shirts.  Oh my.  

Will Holden's hair and face by Thursday morning sum up his feelings on me dropping him off.  ha! He actually LOVED VBS.  The room I was in looked out on the playground he would play on so I got to watch him every day play and eat popsicles.  He was so happy.  I would take him to the sanctuary every day at the end to hear the music and he LOVED it.  

One of Harper's friends from school went with us every day.  They had 2 play dates after VBS and Hollis got to go play at Kampbell's house one day.  It was the BEST week for them.  I was worn out by Friday night.  

We had 800 kids this year at VBS and about 200 volunteers.  It was worth all the work and energy that goes into it because so many kids come and hear about Jesus - some for the very first time.  And many kids asked Jesus into their hearts.  Harper got saved at VBS two years ago! 

We can't wait for next year! 

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