How is it already July!? This summer is going so fast! Our baby girl is already 6 months and we are soaking up every minute and trying to be present in her life! It’s a challenge balancing everything, but we are figuring it out as we go along! She is such a joy!
The youth group summer is off to a great start! Our youth group is 7th-12th grade and at the beginning of summer we have a new member ‘initiation’. Most of the younger kids at church we already know pretty well (and their families) and they are usually counting down the days until they get to join the youth group activities and sit up front with the older kids!
Once all the graduation festivities were over, we continued with the tradition of the new youth group member ‘initiation’. Don’t worry, all their parents were aware and involved to help make this work! We go to the new 7th grade students’ houses and ‘kidnap’ the kids early in the morning before they wake up! The girls go in one van and the guys in the other and we show up to their houses! I’m sure to the neighbors this looks terrifying, especially since our van is unmarked!
The parents let us in and we sneak up to their door and wake them up (in a variety of different ways) and take them in their pajamas to IHOP (which is evidently called IHOB now, but don’t get me started on that). Besides a few dogs waking up the kids first, and some needing to put on a few extra articles of clothing, it was a success!
We had over 20 kids show up to IHOP at crazy early hours of the morning! We all enjoyed hanging out after and getting to know the younger kids better! I think if someone woke me up and put me in a van as a 7th grader I would be terrified and beg my mom to stay home! I am super introverted and that sounds like my worst nightmare! Luckily all the kids had fun and are excited to get to ‘kidnap’ their other younger friends in the coming years!
June has been a great month! We have done so much, some of what I will share in my later post! Some of the group is headed to the Dominican Republic next week! I’ll be visiting with family and staying with our baby girl this time around! Praying that God will work through them!