Oh, July, couldn't you have hung out with us a little while longer? You were so full and so busy and yes, rather hot some of the time but as long as it is your calendar face looking back at me, I know it is still summer with many more weeks yet to enjoy.
July, you brought a great array of activity! So much so, that I think I'll have to devote more than one post to you. It's always fun to celebrate the Fourth of July, our Independence Day, and this year we took the fixin's for an indoor picnic down to my Mom and Dad's and enjoyed burgers and potato salad and homemade iced tea (pretty much the best recipe around!!) and later that night watched the star studded cast from the nation's Capitol and some of the finest fireworks around - all from the comfort of our home TV since the temperatures were still soaring almost as high as the rockets celebrating the birth of our country and all we love about America.
July has also come to mean Kid Fest. If you've been reading my blog since it's beginning, you might remember that last year's Kid Fest was a tad sad as both my kids were away and I was missing serving alongside them. But this year Logan has a summer internship with our Director of Children's Ministries, who also happens to be my boss, so we actually worked on scripts for the daily sketches together and when he volunteered to step down from helping with the big picture stuff on stage to being a team leader with his own group of campers, I got to see him in action in two different leadership roles. And while Katrina was away on another summer dance intensive, Don signed up for tech duty so all of us who were in town had the joy of being part of providing a great summertime experience for the 1400 kids we hosted!
Another highlight of Kid Fest for me was the opportunity to direct the team of actors who were bringing those daily sketches to life each morning. I'd directed these sketches other summers, had directed all of the kids when they were in elementary school and have known some of then since they were in kindergarten, and this group was especially talented, hard working and just plain fun! Some of them are heading off to college this fall so it was great to have one last dramatic swan song with them!
I'm so thankful for the army of volunteers who were willing to undergo such craziness, some even taking precious vacation days to volunteer their time and talents when they could be floating in the pool or relaxing on the beach! Our virtue/theme this year was LOVE and it was so exciting to see so many kids having the opportunity to learn more about just how much God loves them. We know many of the kids who come have had the chance to learn about God's love for them but we also knew we had kids who were hearing this amazing truth for the very first time. Exhausting as it all could be, it was so great to realize God could use us to make a difference and bring hope and encouragement to every kid's heart. It was a great way for all of us to show our gratitude to God for His awesome love for each one of us!
What a way to get July off to a great start!!