Our church promotes our school-age classes at the beginning of June each year. Simultaneously we launch an all-summer rotational VBS-style program for our Kindergarten through 5th graders. This is our third year to offer our “Summer Bible Vacation” series, and my third year to take the lead role in coordinating it. All of it. From January to June, a team meets and develops the lessons for each rotation (arts, story, movie, singing, games and history). I recruit teachers and guides and hold work days to build sets and prepare for it. Finally, in late May, we black out our classrooms and transform six rooms into an art studio, bookstore, movie theater, radio station, arcade/game show set and museum/discovery center.
It is like a hurricane: a whirlwind of activity that starts out slow and picks up speed and intensity as you get pulled in deeper. By the time we launch, I have lived-and-breathed-and dreamed all the minutiae and details imaginable. Juggling last minute personnel changes, creating and acquiring specified props, costumes and supplies, making sure kids have guides, guides have rosters, the DVD players work, and popcorn bags are on hand and ready. Got a question? I willingly put myself in the role of “go-to-girl.” Why do I do it? Mainly because it’s fun and gratifying. I have dim but fun memories of VBS as a kid, and I’m passionate about the importance of grabbing kids’ hearts and minds while they are willing and eager learners, and helping them develop an unshakable faith that God is, was and always will be, and that He has always had this amazing plan that includes each of us. And so I pour myself into this effort. In return I get a huge reward from seeing a few words scribbled on paper come to life in the eyes of many talented and creative individuals who volunteer to help. And hearing kids beg their parents to bring them back for the next lesson.
Unsurprisingly, it is equal parts exhilaration and exhaustion. The laundry, cooking and cleaning fairy tend to get less reliable as we get closer to the kickoff (lack of supervision, I’m sure); they flat-out go AWOL the last week or two of May. They reappear in early June, as does my creative muse.
Speaking of which, this coming week I have plans that don’t involve acrylic paint, hot glue guns or construction paper. These plans entail some TLC work on our front porch seating, sprucing up the back deck patio set and/or painting the upstairs bathroom and adding some storage. (These are all high-priority projects, so prioritizing them is my first order of business.) I’m also looking forward to figuring out how to display some new (vintage) Fiestaware I snagged while we were in Oklahoma. So stay tuned…good things are coming this summer.
But before that starts, I gave myself Sunday afternoon off to do nothing more energetic than water the front plants. After we got everything launched yesterday morning, it was time for quiet rest for every man and beast in our family. And I have the pictures to prove it.
It was a much-needed afternoon to do nothing, guilt-free. I hope your Sunday was just what you needed, too – whether highly productive or laid back and quiet…or even downright lazy. (And for those of you who know I try to make our Sundays a day of rest from consumerism, I *almost* succeeded. We needed hamburgers to grill out…and I didn’t realize it until late Saturday night. So I made a quick pass through Kroger and a promise to myself to plan better for next week.)
P.S., This morning the Pirtle family is preparing to welcome a new baby/grandbaby into this world. I send my prayers for a safe and easy delivery for mom and baby and congratulations to dad, grandparents, aunts and a super-cute new big sister.