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Monday, January 30, 2012


The kids' ministry just completed a month long "competition" for the 1st - 6th graders. We call it Superbook. We divide into two teams, Red and Blue, and compete all month by answering questions from our "homework" and playing games. It is another one of the things I love to do with the kids.

Above you see a picture of all my volunteers that helped me this year. They were all coaches, except for Ref Dani and Brendon. These guys were the very best! They yelled, screamed, and cheered their team on. They ran races, got wrapped up in toilet paper, sat on balloons to pop them, did their homework, brought their Bibles, and emptied their piggy banks for our mission project. Brendon had music blaring, awesome graphics for our scores, and all kind of surprises for us when we would dance to our song! I could not have asked for better role models for our kids. And the kids couldn't have asked for anyone to make our last four Sundays more fun than these folks did for them.

I am so very thankful for these people. Yes, I am the Children's Pastor, but I can't pull off Superbook all by myself. But with my team.......it's pretty easy. Yep, I'm blessed.

Also, our kids did a fabulous job. They brought in 191 Box Tops for Education to give to our elementary school that we have adopted and they brought $398.53 to give to our Haitian missionaries who have a feeding program for the children there. Just so you know, most of that was in change....I know....I counted it all. :)

They are already asking when we can do it again. We usually do it once a year, but I'm not sure we can wait that long. We'll see........

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Christmas 2011

We had a wonderful Christmas this year. It took a little work, but all our men were able to get the 23rd off, so that was Christmas Day for us. It started with Ashlynn and the babies coming over in the morning in their pjs. I loved that! We had homemade cinnamon rolls still warm from the oven. Then we let the twins open their gifts. We did this because they were going to spend time with their mom and dad in just a little while. Didn't really care for them to leave, but we didn't have any say in that matter. After the little ones left, we opened up gifts and spent the rest of the day eating and playing. The babied joined us in the afternoon and the playing continued. After turkey or ham sandwiches for supper, the gang all loaded up the van and headed back to their house with 3 tired, but happy kids.
I wish I could post pictures of the babies....they are getting so big and are so adorable. But maybe, just maybe, one day they will be ours and we can post all the pictures we want. Until that day, though, we will do everything to protect them - including no pictures on public websites. So, even though there aren't any pictures of them......they were there.....being a part of our family.


This is one of my best buddies, Santa, a.k.a. Ron Myers. Doesn't he make a perfect Santa? And yes, the beard is real. The cool thing about this is you couldn't pick a person who would represent Santa better than Ron. I don't think I know of a man who is more gentle, kind, and loves kids with all his heart. So, yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.