The kids had a wonderful week at Vacation Bible School this year. Sophie experienced her first year in the elementary program and Jack had a great time in the preschool class. It is hard to explain the awesomeness of this experience. More than 900 children and volunteers gathered each day at The Church of the Apostles for a fun and exciting week. If you click on the link, it should take you to a slideshow of the highlights of the week. Eric and I have volunteered in the past for the entire week, but this year, we decided to take a break and simply bring the kids. I must admit that in that final assembly, I was a little remorseful that I wasn't part if it this year. As much as I enjoyed (and needed) a little time for myself, I also know how special it is to be part of this experience. Next year we will be there again for sure!
The following pictures are from the final assembly held on the last day, where the kids perform several songs for their parents. Jack was particularly enthusiastic about it, this being his first time at the assembly. He was so into the music and the hand motions he had learned, and he willingly flaunted his cheesy smile each time he thought we were trying to take a picture. They wore these little sailor hats that were so adorable.
Sophie was enthusiastic in an entirely different way. The elementary classes are grouped in such a way that there are rising 1st graders through rising 5th graders all in the same class. So Sophie was the youngest and the idea is that the older kids help guide and lead the younger kids. This was perfect for Sophie, as she loves to hang out with older children and gets a little tired of trying to cater to Jack at home. Her cast drew even more attention of course, and Sophie was thrilled to be on the receiving end of lots of attention from the "big kids" that week!
We are so thankful for the outstanding children's ministry at our church, and are truly amazed out how much Sophie and Jack are learning and growing in their understanding of God's love for them!