Today our church started its annual VBS (Vacation Bible School) program. We're having it every evening from 6:15 - 8:30 and it's for ages 3-5 and K-Grade 6.
This is the first year that Joelle has been able to go. Last year she missed the age cut-off by 2 months (although she went with Daddy one evening when he was asked to help out in the pre-school group and she has a B-L-A-S-T!) so she was excited that she was able to go this year.
It's a water theme this year and they have put a lot of work into it. The decorations and banners and everything is really quite incredible. I was helping out at the registration table and there were 67 kids that showed up today. And they're expecting more to come tomorrow!! It was a full house (or should I say church) and it was like a ZOO in there!! I think it all went really well though and Joelle came running out of her designated area at 8:30 with a huge smile on her face, proudly displaying the craft she had made.
I wasn't quite sure how she would do. I knew she was excited about it, but she's also nervous about new things; especially if Mom and Dad aren't right there with her (she still sometimes cries a bit when we drop her off for Sunday School even though she's been going for 2 years already). And she doesn't like being in big groups. But thankfully her Grandma & Grandpa were some of the leaders for her pre-school age group which was a big help I'm sure. I was happy to see her big smiles when she came running up to me at the end of the evening.
She was already excited about going back tomorrow!! In fact she said "I want to do it again right now." I had to explain to her that first everybody needed to go home to sleep and we'd do it again tomorrow. She accepted it, but she looked disappointed.
As I tucked her into bed tonight and walked out the door, I right away heard her singing "splish! splash!" - one of the songs they learned tonight. She couldn't remember what came after it (the first few lines just repeat a few times: "splish! splash! bible bash!"), so she just kept singing "splish! splash! uh...ash" over and over.
It will be neat to hear her sing all the new songs this week and way beyond.
And you know what I realized tonight? I'm going to be a complete w-r-e-c-k when she starts school next fall...I was already getting a bit emotional that she was old enough to go to VBS already (not actual tears or anything...but just goosebumpy feelings and a lump in my throat, you know?).
Sheesh! I'm going to fall apart once kindergarten comes!!! The only "splish! splash!" I'm going to hear are my tears falling to the floor!!