Sunday, March 29, 2009

So, are you back for the summer?

This weekend we took 11 of our high school girls out to Possum Kingdom lake for a small group "loungin' at the lake" weekend. Aside from the frigid temperatures (it even snowed!), it was a fabulous time. We enjoyed chatting, playing games (I introduced them to Quelf!), and eating...a lot.

Our focus for the time was going deeper in relationship with God. Lisa, Kristin, and I shared at different times about what our biggest struggle is currently and how the Lord is drawing us nearer to him in the midst. We then had the girls make a collage using pictures/words from magazines to visually represent their biggest struggle and during Saturday morning quiet time, they added a verse of Scripture to the back to show God's Truth. We then gave them an opportunity to share with the group on Saturday.

It was so so great. I continue to be thoroughly impressed, blessed, and encouraged by their authenticity, love of each other, and pursuit of the Lord. Girls opened up and shared hard things. I think this is especially meaningful to me as I only embraced the Truth and freedom of authenticity in the last few years, and am infinitely greatful they are learning and applying it now! At 16! Praise God. We also had communion (with grape Gatorade, fantastic) and wonderful praise and worship time. All in all, it was a great weekend of rest and encouragement. For all you other leaders, I'd highly encourage trying to get away for a weekend, or even night, with just your group sometime! Maybe wait until high school, though...

Here are a few pictures. The last one being our small group favorite. Quick background, we stayed at Melissa and Molly's lake house and went to eat at a restaurant nearby. The waiter, or "suitor" as we like to refer to him, knows the girls but came up to our giant table of girls just to talk to Melissa! He asked her "so, are you back for the summer?" in an attempt to strike up the conversation, though it's March. Needless to say, we were all holding in bursts of laughter and Lisa was quick and sneaky enough to capture the moment.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Wee One

I'm warning you, this is a rather pointless entry.
We use AIM frequently at work and most people have a WeeMee as their icon and change their outfits/looks based on the season. I know, probably dorky but hey, it adds a little flair to the thing.

Anyway, I just switched mine to a St. Patrick's Day look, except one part...can you guess? It's not the coffee, mine always holds coffee since it's my favorite.

Yeah, I'm officially obsessed...

Sunday, March 1, 2009

A Cinderella Story

I am a sucker for anything Cinderella (did you know she's French?!?). She was my favorite Disney princess and I also love the movies Ever After, Rodgers and Hammerstein's version, and yes, even Hilary Duff's rendition. Speaking specifically of the latter, while I do own and have watched A Cinderella Story multiple times (including the actor commentary...feel free to poke fun), I can honestly say, watching it with 17 sophomore girls was a new, joyous experience.

Sadly, I only have three pictures from DTown (our disciple now retreat), though this one may make up for that. We watched the love story Saturday afternoon after the picture scavenger hunt. I snapped this gem during the scene when Austin, aka Prince Charming, realizes during the last football game he may lose his Cinderella. He throws down his helmet, runs off the field up the bleachers, and kisses his princess. During the kiss, the heavens open up and a rainstorm ends the Southern California drought.

They all screamed in girlish delight and claimed it was one of the most romantic moments. While I do love the movie, I wouldn't go that far. Take note of sweet Kate's excitement (for those who do not know her, she has her hands over her mouth).

In the spirit of Cinderella, I'll close with the words on a fun plaque my mom gave me for my desk at shoe can change your life.