Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Random hits and misses

Our entire trip was a lot of fun and a lot of work.  There were some things we did and things we experienced that were a big hit... with us and the kids.  Needless to say, we had some misses too.  Here are a few in no particular order.

MISS.  Healthy snacks.  At least half of the kids wouldn't even eat the carrots and dip.  

HIT.  Parachute with water balloons.  The squeals of delight as the water balloons soared in the air always brought a smile to my face.

MISS.  Adult chaperones who don't know enough to limit their coffee consumption when driving for 20 hours, thus making the entire group stop every hour for bathroom breaks, thus making the trip much longer.

BIG HIT.  Our monster puppet.  We call him Fizzywig.  He was beloved by all.  Highly recommend this puppet site and these puppets.

BIG HIT.  Lots of hugs and loving.  Nobody was shy about coming up with arms outstretched to get a hug.  And our teens were all too willing to meet them with a big hug.

HIT.  The dedicated teens who were focused on ministry and put aside their own desires to sightsee when plans didn't match up with the reality.

HIT.  Bible memory buddies by Group Publishing to go along with "The Power Lab" VBS.  These were collected each day and had the days' Bible verse on them.  I couldn't believe all the kids that brought them back each day as they added another one.  Even the older kids really enjoyed them.

MISS.  Making a hovercraft.  The kids enjoyed it, but most left it behind and popped their balloon on purpose.

Overall, though, we had many more hits than misses.  And I can only give a big THANKS to all who came with us and helped us pull this off.  And a big thanks to God who covered our faults with His grace.

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