Monday, May 31, 2010
Thank you, Katie, for taking our picture. :D
Last night we said goodbye to our Youth Pastor and his wife, Mrs. Liz. Mrs. Ava had Liz sit on the platform and honored her a moment by reading a poem, The Pastor's Wife.
Mrs. Ava gave her a Pastor's wife survival kit, which was both cute and funny, and also a packet of all the ladies Bible studies and fellowships we've had since she and Brother RJ came to the church to take the youth program.
And then Brother RJ preached a wonderful sermon. His last sermon as our Youth Pastor. I have always thought he was a tremendous preacher and I have no doubt he will do a good job behind the pulpit in Vermont.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
I wish that I had gotten a video of them singing the "sing and shout" song. That was hilarious. I loved it. But here's a video of them singing Read Your Bible, Pray Everyday. It's cute too.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Mander always takes Carissa. Carissa will sing for the shut ins and they just love it. We miss visitation for school, but I'm looking forward to it this summer.
Anyway, the ladies that go on this visitation absolutely love Carissa and they planned a birthday party for her Monday, which Mander invited Hannah and I to attend. It was so fun.
I thought her cake was sweet...pun intended...since she sings to the shut ins, it said Happy Birthday Our Little Song Bird. :D
The birthday party was a surprise for Carissa. We didn't want to yell surprise and scare her, so we gently sang Happy Birthday to her. She was so shocked at first. And then the sweetest little smile crossed her face.
Mander kissed her and put her at ease and she had a GREAT time at her party.
Mrs. Gail made sure the Birthday Princess had everything she needed. Her sash, lighted birthday button, wand, and tiara.
Isn't that precious?
The Birthday Princess.
The princess giving her paw paw a hug. So sweet!
She was so funny. Everytime someone called her name, she would pose for their camera. It was really cute.
Her daddy said grace over the food and then it was time to dig in.
Me and the Princess...
The princess with her grandparents. Don't they look great in their party hats?
The ladies prepared a hot dog lunch with all the fixins. They did a fabulous job.
And Carissa ate like there was no tomorrow.
Mrs. Gail lit the candle on Carissa's cake. She did it with such ease too. ha haaaaaaaa
After birthday cake it was time to open presents. She got a new bicycle from her mom and dad!!
She was very happy!!
Then she opened gifts from the ladies. She loved everything she received. So sweet.
We bought her a Disney Princess basket for her bicycle. It came with handlebar tassles and a bell.
I love this picture of Mander. She always looks at her kids like this....ok, not always...but most of the time! :D
I moved behind Carissa to get a special shot of her, but I got so tickled at the ladies standing around watching her open gifts. I loved that so many of them had their party hats on. Isn't that sweet?
Mander, Chris, and Carissa. I hate Celine couldn't be there, but she had school.
And then we just had to get some special pictures. She was so cute. She loved having her picture taken and chose a lot of the poses herself. So funny!!
Monday, May 24, 2010
After prayer we ate a dinner that the children chose of rolls, corn on the cob, chicken tenders, and macaroni and cheese.
Brother John O' the ninth gave us our devotional for the night. I'm excited about this summer because he will be doing his internship at our church, helping with the youth from, I believe, second grade all the way to teens. I may be wrong about that, but that was my understanding. Anyway, I know he'll do a fantastic job!
For the Quiz Bowl, our distinguished *giggle* panel of judges were Brother RJ, Brother Johnny, and Brother John.
In the third round, the four kids that would be leaving this Patch class and moving up to SIGMA went against adults they chose from the room, which were Pastor Goodman, Mrs. Ava, Brother Howell (missionary to New Zealand), Brother Jeff, and Mrs. Janet (who pretty much gave up as soon as the question was asked. LOL)
Next came the presentation of awards. All of the children did a great job this year. Harrison won the trophy for saying the most memory verses. Brother Johnathan couldn't remember if it was 130 or 140.
Harrison also received the trophy for second place and the highest point scorer for the boys. Deborah won for the girls and was also in first place for the class. Way to go, Harrison and Deborah!
And the Fishermen were the winning team. They received medals. Congratulations, Madison, Coby, Kaylyn, Deborah, and Harrison. Y'all did great!
Harrison with Brother Johnathan, Mrs. Jennifer, and Mrs. Kim.
Harrison with Bruce and me. :D
After the Quiz Bowl, Bruce took Harrison to Wal Mart to purchase anything he wanted. We've always awarded the kids if they work hard and do exceptionally well in their Patch and Sigma classes. Harrison did exceptionally well this year and has overcome so much! He struggles with his reading (not near as much as he used to) and so it took a lot of effort for him to make it to the top like he did. I am so proud of him!!