Friday, June 13, 2008

200

This is my 200th post! I can't believe it took me so long to reach this "milestone", but I guess because I'm so busy it's taken me longer than most.

Hmm, that seems to be my theme song. It took me 7 years to complete an Associates Degree, and I've been working on finishing the remaining courses for my Bachelor's Degree for 4 years now (will complete it next year, for a total of 5 years). Oh well, I guess better late than never! I'm digressing.


*The kids on the Blue Team


*The kids on the Green Team

So, VBS ended today. I am exhausted. It was an awesome week; I'm sad to see it come to an end, but I am so tired that I can't stop yawning. I tried to nap but my house has been neglected more than usual all week and my mind was filled with all that I need to do while TJ is home to help with the kids. No Carowinds today- too much piddly stuff to do here. We don't dare go tomorrow because of the crowds. Oh well, maybe next Friday we'll make it there. Again, I've digressed!


*Participating in a Gospel presentation

VBS was very spiritually challenging. I feel like I wasn't able to share everything I wanted in such a short time (a week really isn't that long) but the kids had fun, my helpers had fun, and the week wasn't a total flop. It took me a few days to get a routine down with the boys so I didn't have to direct their every move, and once that was established, it made the day go more smoothly. In the beginning of the week I thought I was crazy for offering to teach 17 3rd/4th grade boys for 3 1/2 hours per day. But, by the end of the week, I am ready to do it again next year, and I actually think I prefer the boys over the girls. There's just something about all the rowdiness that I like- their excitement and energy goes a long way.


*Listening to the day's Bible lesson

Of course, don't get me wrong, I had my moments. Wednesday was a rough day for a couple of boys. I actually had to speak to some parents about behavior, but the rest of the week was fine and incident-free. Actually, much to my surprise, I overhead some of the boys talking and saying how I was the best teacher, and 2 moms told me in private how much fun their boys' were having and how nice their teacher was. That made me feel good, especially after the day we had on Wednesday with negative attitudes.


*Cody, my helper, dressed up as Noah during the Great Flood

All-in-all, I am happy I volunteered for VBS and even happier that all of my decorations, paintings, etc. are being donated to another church for use during their VBS. At least my hard work wasn't a waste!



*Some of the boys during Morning Service


*Some of the boys during Craft time