At the end of July, my church had their second annual VBS/Day Camp. We opened it up to many churches and organizations in the area, as well as the Nepali church that meets on Sundays next door to us. We had a great turn out and I was blessed to be a part of the planning and teaching.
These kids were such a joy to be around and I loved getting to spend time with each of them. We're waiting to see the doors the Lord is going to open with these kids and our church.
At the beginning of August I kicked off my fundraiser for Ethiopia. A friend of mine who sells Thirty One products offered to host a party for me and donate all the proceeds toward my trip. We had a party on the 20th and so far have had a good run with things. All orders have to be in by Friday so we'll see what the final outcome is.
Along with the fundraiser, I also made a commitment to not spend any extra money until my trip in October. So far I'm doing pretty well with it, only dropping a dollar at a baseball game Monday night for a hot dog. I did spend some for the party last weekend to make sure we had some food but all the extras I'm eating. :)
The middle of August brought about the last few weeks of summer camp. With a lot of our staff heading back to school, everyone on the schedule was working overtime for two weeks to keep our day camp with 40+ kids appropriately staffed. It was fun, but I'm glad it's over. Forty kids is a lot to deal with, and while the trips were fun and the kids were fun, I'm looking forward to settling into a routine.
This week school started, so that means the after school program at work did to. This year I'm in charge of that program, planning and organizing and coordinating everything those kids do from the time they arrive to the time parents pick them up. Right now we have 21 kids but it's possible we'll get a few more next week. That's still a lot of kids, but much more doable than forty!
This part of my job I really like actually. Sometimes the kids are a little crazy and don't listen really well but it's all worth it. Yesterday I was in the pool with a little girl in a life jacket (got to have an adult within arm's reach at all times) and we were going through the lazy river. When we finished I asked her if she wanted to go down the slide or through the lazy river again. Her answer: "I wanna go through the crazy river." Love it!
Hopefully things are going to start slowing down here soon. I've finally done all the laundry in the last two days, the sink is empty, I can see my floor, and all the stacks on the coffee table are at least organized. Life is good!