Well, we just finished our first official week of Impact VBS 2008. It has sure been a crazy ride, these past few days. How can I describe how this past week went? I think the best way is to list a bunch of words that are on my mind. Some of these include but are not limited to the following: wonderful, tiring, long, intense, exciting, crazy, busy, exhausting, never-ceasing, amazing, surprising, testing, and blessed.
So much has happened over the past week that I want to share, but I know as soon as I finish this post, there will be an infinite amount of things to write that I will have forgotten. The week began at 6:30 Monday morning when I rolled out of bed in excitement of what this day would hold. The first thoughts that passed through my head were these: Father, I need you. Stay with me this day. This definitely set the tone for the coming days.
The Irvington Village Bus!
When the kids arrived, they were thrilled to be at VBS. Many of them haven't been around Impact for nearly a year...VBS last summer. Can I tell you a secret? Well, I was WAY nervous on Monday to get in front of the kids. I don't know why. I do this stuff all the time. As I made announcements and got them pumped about the day, I quickly fell into my groove and it became natural.
Some of them were "newscasters" at the Museum.
We had our first successful field trip on Tuesday afternoon to the Children's Museum of Houston. It could not have gone better. They had a blast. We made it back safely with every kid. What a feat! The day became longer as my interns taught kids Tuesday evening for the mid-week Hispanic worship service. They were troopers for making it through this 14 hour day.
Damion & Cory. These boys are BAD. I love em.
Wednesday was a tough one. There were a few moments during the morning that I thought I might not make it through. The lack of sleep and high-stress atmosphere of being in charge left me feeling slightly frazzled. But thankfully, God provided a sense of peace and energy that got me going.
Thursday afternoon brought us some rainy skies that prevented us from going to this cool park downtown for our field trip. But we made it work and stayed at the building to watch The Land Before Time. This was an all-time favorite of mine. By Thursday night, I could hardly see straight. Needless to say, I slept in yesterday morning and today (which means about 8:30 or 9, ha).
Yesterday was SO awesome. I got up and went to the movies with one of the youth groups that helped us from Memphis. Then I went to a friend's apartment to sit by the pool and read/get some sun. Then finally, I met Deanna out in the Woodlands to go to a nice relaxing dinner. It was a perfect day to get refreshed. You've gotta have those when you go, go, go all week with these awesome and crazy kids.
Keep praying. We cannot do what we do without you.