On Sunday I was already thinking about my thankful Thursday post and knowing full well that I most likely would not make it on Thursday! This week has been full of soo many blessings and one that topped off the entire week that happened tonight.
Every year our church runs a high power soccer camp for a week. It is sort of like a VBS but soccer style. Lots of soccer is played, lots of cookies and freezies are devoured, lots of worship during The Zone time and a great play, followed by a talk and team discussion time, followed by more soccer!!
Last year I photographed the week while rushing back to nurse David. This year I was able to focus the whole morning to capturing awesome moments and even getting to chat with some of the kids. The week was draining but I love it! It reminded me so much of Camp Qwanoes on a much smaller scale but non the less it’s not the size it’s the quality. It takes over 150 volunteers and I could see the sense of community in the pictures I took. I made a slide show highlighting each day and every time I made one for the following day I would just smile the whole way. Any ways, I’m rambling.
1.) High Power Soccer Camp!
I wish I could show you more pictures of all the wonderful smiling faces of the kids but I don’t have permission and would hate for a parent to be upset!
2.) This family and this babe!
It was one year tomorrow that I was in the hospital room with this beautiful couple welcoming their beautiful daughter Fiona! They recently moved and I will be missing her cake smash and I so wish I could be the one to capture it 🙁 But I told Colleen that I better get a copy because it’s going on my fridge! Happy 1st Birthday darling Fiona!
3.) Local free events in our community
Saturday we all headed over to a local farm, Krause Berry Farms. They were hosting the first annual butterfly release for the Langley Hospice. The event was free but you were able to purchase a butterfly to release if you wanted. I knew my girls would freak out over it so we opted to just watch. They loved it and so did I. It was so beautiful! Monarch butterflies remind me of my childhood in Winnipeg on our farm. They were everywhere and I remember my dad having a dead one wrapped in plastic wrap and in a book. Weird I know. I think he might have collected butterflies…..Tara maybe you can help me out on that one. We also enjoyed a sweet treat after! If you haven’t been to Krause yet and you are local, go! So many yummy treats and fun things to do for the kiddos! http://www.krauseberryfarms.com/
I met Binda 4 years ago. She changed my heart. She is of the untouchable caste in India. I met her in New Delhi as she was selling pens and beaded necklaces. She followed our group for most of the day when we were in that area. For the rest of the trip she was on my mind constantly. On our last day in India we were back in New Delhi and I asked our leader if we could please just check around where we first met her. We were scheduled to visit a different location and it was highly unlikely that we would see her again do to them traveling in different areas to get different tourists, but I persisted, along with some others and we went. Not even a few minutes after we arrived there she was!!! Praise Jesus! When we finally had to go she ran after the bus waving bye and blowing kisses and crying. My heart broke. And it still does for her. She is most likely sold into prostitution and last that I knew they did not know her location. I know, I KNOW that we connected for a reason. If we don’t meet here on earth again we will in heaven! Pray for her will you!
5.) My daughter accepting Christ!
This is the most important one from the whole week. One that I keep tearing up over! Every night I snuggle with Abigail in the glider chair that we still have. (Jon always wants to get rid of it but it reminds me of infant hood and I still snuggle with them in it, so it stays!) Tonight we talked about soccer camp and we talked through the bracelet that she got. Yellow= God made you and loves you, Black= we all sin and do bad things that separates us from God, Red= God sent His son Jesus to die on a cross and rise from the dead to take away that sin that separates us from God if we believe in Him, White= heaven, that when we believe in Jesus we will be with Him in heaven after we are done on earth and Green= that God is always with us and growing us every day. After, I asked her if she wanted Jesus in her life always and wanted to be with Him and she said yes! We’ve talked to her before about Jesus and if she wanted Him in her life and she never really got it or understood, but tonight was different! I felt it in my heart and saw it in her eyes! Praise the Lord. My heart is full tonight.
Have a great weekend! When did your son or daughter accept Christ or reach a special milestone that you were waiting for? Would love to hear your story! We are camping this weekend, Sunday-Wednesday up in Golden Ears! YAY for camping and so far no fire ban!