As usual I am very late with this but the week before last, all three kids attended Summer Friends which is our church's version of Vacation Bible School! The kids pick two workshops in which to participate and options include things such as legos, drama, sports, jewelry making and many more. During each workshop they listen to a story/read bible verses and then do an activity. So the format is everyone singing together, dividing into workshops, singing together and then repeat. This was the first year that Bennett was old enough to attend the preschool class (which does not do the workshop deal) and so we signed them all up! In previous years I have filled in a day here and there and always told myself that when Bennett was old enough to attend I would teach but.....I did nothing! Nothing, big fat nothing. I felt so guilty but justified it with hopes of spending more time volunteering with the kids of the church when my own kids are a little bit bigger! But two and a half hours every night for four nights went quickly and was very enjoyable! One night Mark worked late without feeling guilty about me being home with the kids, one night we ate dinner out, one night we ate dinner at home together. It was time that we rarely get and it was nice! So I will teach next year (I think lol) Nathan was anxious to attend as is typical of him. Libby had a lot of anxiety about going which was disguised with adamant refusal to attend, complaints of it being babyish and boring. Bennett did not know what to expect and was just along for the ride. After the first night Libby was so excited to go each night! She absolutely loved it and suggested that they have two weeks of Summer Friends during the summer. Nathan had a great time but could not tell us one thing he did or the names of his teachers. Bennett loved it as well and marched in happily every night! First thing he said when he woke in the morning was, "we go to chuuurch?" Even the day after Summer Friends ended, Bennett insisted on going to "chuurch" insisting that there were "peoples there!" At the end of one night Libby said "I just love our church!" Me too! Sometimes I don't want to leave because it is the place where I don't have to explain anything because everyone knows and cares. Everyone loves our kids and want the best for them. No one does a double take when they see our kids or hold their parents hand a little tighter. It is a place of safety and refuge for me and hopefully for our kids.