Thursday, July 26, 2007


Once again, I remember with startling clarity that my spiritual gifts do not lie in the realm of children's education. After two straight weeks of Vacation Bible School, with only one evening off between them, I am nearing the end of my admittedly short patience-rope.

Last week was fine, because my parent's church has a much different (and shorter) style of VBS. Except for the travel, I could've done that for awhile. It's this week that is kicking my tail. I'm watching the "Pre-K - Kindergarten" class, and shuffling them around from activity to activity. There are roughly 25 kids, ranging in age from 3 to 6, because we have the kids who aren't going to pre-k yet, the kids who will go to pre-k next year, the kids who just finished pre-k and the kids who just finished kindergarten. Surprisingly enough, I'd be hard pressed to tell you which age is the most obnoxious. They all have their special gifts in that area. At least we have lot of helpers this year, so the grief is spread fairly evenly over a wide range.

To top it all off, Mim decided that she was not going to stay in the nursery, so I've been carrying her around for all two hours of VBS every night. Tonight, thank the Lord who saves and delivers us, is the last night, and I am anticipating that sweet feeling of relief when the last sticky little children toddle off with their parents.

Oh yeah, and I'm losing my voice already, and I'm the lead female singer for worship team Sunday, and also singing with a quartet for special music. This ought to be lovely.

If any of you guys have a little extra love and patience this week, you could package it up and send to the Babystepping household. Hubby and I could both use some, as well as our long-suffering toddlers.


JAM said...

I feel for you, but have nothing to send. This week is VBS at our church, and Lovely Wife is almost dead. She's averaged about 3-4 hours sleep every night so far.

They have lots of kids, and lots of kids hear the Word and get saved, which is what it's all about, but it sure takes a toll on the workers.

We have lots of youth in the area that help herd the yunguns, and tonoght's our night to feed supper to all of the youth. O joy. My back is still so messed up it's hard to function and I was supposed to cook hamburgers for 50 youth tonight. Lovely Wife told me this morning that she had ordered a bunch of fried chicken for this evening so that I wouldn't have to grill out all evening. I love that gal.

Qtpies7 said...

I hope this means you are back online!?!
VBS was fun for me this year, all I had to do was make sure the kids drama's went well. I worked the system so they had their words on a screen to read, they had 5 pages of script A DAY, so it was too hard to learn it all. The rest of the 4 hour VBS I got to just play on the computer, walk around and talk to people, eat, slip away by myself.... Ahhh, it was a great week for me!