VBS 2009 is over, finito, history. What remains are sweet memories — especially of sweet little girls like this:On the last evening of VBS, we gave away some of our stage decorations, including two new bicycles and a large stuffed dog and cardboard doghouse (not pictured due to pending legal patent issues). The white globs…

Read More

Some Mo’ Fotos

Darrell taught the 11-&-12-year-old class this week. We hired this model to display our yummy popcorn butterfly snack. Every VBS needs a certified snack tracker, and yesterday evening, our model precisely recited every snack we have had to date. Impressive, no? The lovely Jo with some lovely ladies Wally taught the 6-&-7-year-old class.

Read More

Of Buses and Bruises

Nine nights down, one to go! We like to advertise ourselves as a safe haven for kids, but yesterday evening seemed to be a get-hurt kind of night. Even before the Opening Assembly, a little girl had a toe ouchy, and she howled through the cleaning of the toe and the applying of salve and…

Read More

More Glimpses of VBS

Ro’s class of 9-year-old’s: A re-enactment of The Good Samaritan story: This young sheep cowboy had a not-very-good, yucky, not-fun day when those thugs ran away with his hat and bandanna and beat him to the ground (Note: That would be a sucker in his mouth, not a cigarette. He is a non-smoking cowboy). Brittany’s…

Read More

VBS in Pictures

VBS typically begins with an hour-long bus route. Here is Wally gathering a group of siblings to get on the bus: This 5-year-old had been waiting “ALL day” for the bus to come get her. She also told me that she would like to sing “Feliz Navidad” during the music session. I forget if that…

Read More

The Cowboy Class

Seven days down, three to go! VBS week #2 kicked off yesterday evening. While there’s not a doubt in my mind that last week’s bunch would gladly hop on the bus for another round of VBS, it’s our “other” bus route of children that have been invited to attend this week. ———— In some last-minute…

Read More

Three days down, seven to go. Vacation Bible School week #1 is nearly over. (Is it wrong to say, “Thank You, Jesus”?) Seriously, it has been a lot of fun, just in a tiring, energy-expending kind of way! It really is a privilege to be able to share Jesus with these kids, especially when you…

Read More

Scorpion

Have you ever played “Scorpion”? I was introduced to the game while on the bus as we picked up kids for VBS. After one too many rounds of thumb war, peek-a-choo, and paper-rock-scissors, a 6-year-old boy challenged me to “Scorpion.” He grasped one of my hands in a tight grip and then told me we…

Read More

Happy Comprehending

The campers are home again! Here’s a sneak peek at the thank you letters some of them composed. Perhaps I should note that their style of spelling has been retained for your reading pleasure. Happy comprehending! Thank you Youth Haven Ranch. You are cool. And thank you for leating me and my friends go to…

Read More

Big Surf 2009

Yesterday, Aim Right’s Team FUN group spent the day at Big Surf. It was their grand finale reward for learning about these character qualities over a period of 9 months: C- Christ-like CharacterH- HonestyA- AttitudeR- RespectA- AmbitionC- CaringT- TrustworthyE- ExcellenceR- Responsibility The curriculum outline and the quarterly reward outings were coordinated by Kurt Warner’s First…

Read More