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“It’s not having much that makes you rich — it’s the giving much that makes you rich. Give and you are the rich.”

– Ann Voskamp, A Letter to the North American Church: Because it is Time


[day 19] Thirty Day Photo Challenge: September 2012 Edition

This should really be titled “Planking. Yes, it still happens.” haha. Tonight was Awanas at church. What the acronym means I can never remember, but what we do at Awanas I can tell. First we hang out with the 3rd – 5th graders. About 50 of them right now. Then we go to our main room (called the Studio because of its movie theme) for some music and a story/lesson. Tonight’s story was about how we should do the opposite of what society tells us. Not in a bad way, but in that we should show love no matter how much hate we receive, no matter who the person is, whether we think they deserve love or not. Especially showing love to our enemies. Tough stuff. After the story we keep the boys in to memorize verses while the girls play a game outside. Then they switch. Finally the night ends with lots of talking, laughing, and sometimes an angry bird bounce ball being thrown to random kids just to see how many can catch it in a row. Anyways, my photo tonight is from Awana. One of my girls, E. decided that she wanted me to photograph her planking so I did :)

Day 19:


Please DO NOT repost this picture anywhere. All of my other non-kid pictures I am fine with you reposting, but kid pics are different. Thanks!!

[day 17] Thirty Day Photo Challenge: September 2012 Edition

Today’s photo is a Name doodle for one of my kids at church tonight. Her name is Lauren too :)

Day 17:


Panda Riding a Rainbow Unicorn Pony with Sparkles

I know, but I couldn’t think of a better name for this post haha! You know some things about me from poems and other random posts, but not much. Mostly because as people we tend to get busy and have this need to tell interesting things, when in reality all others want to hear is the normal stuff. We relate to normal stuff. So this post is to share one of my normal stuffs :)

Every Sunday I volunteer in the children’s area at my church. Specifically, I work with the 3rd -5th graders. The 3rd grade girls are my main group right now. Anyways, we start off in this play area called the Cafe (long story I might tell sometime) before we head over to our lesson/worship/other stuff room called the Studio (another long story.. really needs pictures). In the Cafe, we have xbox, wii, fooseball, coloring tables and my favorite, the dance machine. (View videos of some dances here!) Under normal circumstances about a quarter of the girls would be on that machine, or behind it, dancing like crazy, but…… it broke last Wednesday. It is a great sadness that we are all learning to cope with. On the bright side, we have all been much less sweaty going into service than when we were spending 20 minutes or so dancing :D

Since the dance machine was broken, I ended up at the drawing table with some of the girls. We were drawing the normal stuff… hands, penguins, kittehs, really fat pigs, etc, when Amanda handed me paper and declared in her loud pleading voice (gotta be specific she has so many) “Will you draw me a panda riding a rainbow unicorn with sparkles, Miss Lauren? PLEASE!!!!” Both random and hilarious. This is Amanda. Sooo that’s what I drew for her. See:


Even better is what Amanda’s sister told me this evening. “She named the panda Skippy and the unicorn Roger. :D” I drew the unicorn with the idea that it was a girl…. but since he’s named Roger, the excuse he has is overgrown eyelashes. And that’s what we’re going with haha! I love Amanda and I love the fact that this is a totally normal occurrence for her. Not to mention that a request like this is completely normal for the Studio kids too. Crazy, creative, daring… the list goes on. I love them.

I hope you enjoyed and were entertained by this one of my normal stuffs. Maybe it was normal enough that you could relate to it too. I hope so. And I hope you smiled. Smiling is good :)