Okay, as I had promised hon, here is how it all turned out. Oh what a blessing this past week has been. Busy? Oh yeah, without a doubt, but well worth it believe me. Let's just say this weekend had me in joyful tears many a time.
First off, I worked with the best group of people. The director for the kids choir was simply amazing! He...well, all I can say is just amazing. I really enjoyed watching him work with those young kids. He is a gifted man of the Lord without a doubt. I'm just happy I had the chance to help out. I found out today that he has written many songs. He wrote one of the songs the kids sang called, "Glory to God in the Highest." I'll have the words to the song at the end of the post. Simply beautiful. My good friend and inspiration at the church from Crayons in My Briefcase told me today that she used to sing some of his songs as a kid. How cool is that? Perhaps some of you or maybe you all have heard of him. Frank Hernandez. Our church is blessed to have him on board.
I was in awe of how he had control of 60 down to 57 kids the whole time. That's not an easy task in itself. Come to find out he had directed a group of 200 kids before. Wow!
His right hand person who is another very dear sweet woman was so fun. Through her, I met other wonderful women as well. I so enjoyed being with them all. They all worked directly with the director and the kids, I was the hospitality person. I wanted to work with the kids, but that is okay. I loved being there and helping in some way or another. They are talking about doing another concert. I sure hope so. I so want to do it again!
Any way, the week was easy for the most part. Trying to get all the cookies baked and ready on time before the times needed and for gifts--which I have to bake some more the next two days with 4 kids to care for--thanks hubby and J. :0) Ha ha. But thats okay. I want to give some to some of the people I'm closest to at church, but not so sure that is going to happen now. Oh well, there is a reason for everything.
Friday was the angel tree project, which I was downhearted to see how it went, not the part with the people running it, but the volunteer status this year. I am praying and ask that you all pray that it will still run without any more problems, all gifts will be delivered before Christmas. Those poor kids deserve it! Thanks in advance for your prayers. I'm believing in it. I know the Lord will not let those kids down. God is a loving God!
Sat. the kids had to be at the church for practice with the band for the first time at 9:45. They were great! Just a few minor things to work out. At noon we had a cookie social for the kids. Needless to say, they loved it. All the baking was well worth it!
We then had to be back at the church at 3:45 to practice one last time and then perform for the 5 o'clock service. Mom made it for our grand daughters performance. Yeah. As well as our neighbors and good friends. It was a special moment. I was just floating the whole night. I was so proud of ALL the kids. They done a great job.
Sunday we had to be back at the church at 7:45. Well GD #1 (oldest) and I were there at 7:10 to set up a snack table for those that didn't get a chance to eat breakfast, and so they would have stuff to nibble on since they were doing both the 9:00 and 11:00 service. I kept the two girls over night to make it easier on them. Decided to let GD # 3 (youngest) sleep as she was so tired. Hubby brought her in later. Bless his heart he even made sure she was bathed first. Ahhh, such a good grandpa.
I have to stop here for a moment to talk about hubby. I am so blessed to have not only a great husband, but a great father to our kids, and the best grandpa to the little ones. He is soooo good with them. And his following of the Lord; amazing, simply amazing. I love him so. Can you tell? ;)
Anyway. Amazingly with a snow storm starting up, the roads snow covered and icing up, most the kids were there on time. They were all smiling and cheerful for having to be there so early. I think they were stoked from the night before, even though there wasn't half the amount of people as there was today!!!! Oh and I must comment, one of the kids--Mr. Frank let some pray before each performance--asked that no one would be killed on their way home today. How cute and sweet is that? Awwwww.
So they had one last rehearsal then performed their last two times. The last service was perfect. It went off without a hitch. The smile on Franks face said it all. He had every right to be proud. Of course we all knew the Lord would take care of it all. I mean after all, when you have a man leading them that is filled with the Holy Spirit, teaching the kids that they were singing to worship Jesus, and such, how could it go wrong? Of course, the whole time watching them, I was beaming. I was so proud of the hard work and dedication of the children and the people working with them. It was amazing. I'd do it all again!
Unfortunately, I tweaked my knee again. I don't know if I tore the meniscus again or not. I sure hope not. It felt so good to be back there again and helping. I was hoping I could slowly work back into it, but guess it just wasn't meant to be. :( God must have other plans for me.
Then today when we got back home--we swung by and picked up one of the boys, and hubby had picked up the baby earlier--the kids were stoked about playing in the snow, so they did, I fixed lundin (lunch, dinner combined), I know I'm weird, they came in happy and cold and we ate. The kids were the best behaved they have been in ages! Think they recieved some insight from Jesus these past two days???? I think so. The oldest, oh my gosh, she was a blessing. Hubby and J had to go fix a tire and pick some stuff up, I have all four, baby is fussing big time. I finally had to lay him down to finish cooking and GD#1 went and picked him up and laid down with him. He stopped fussing for a bit, then realized he must be hungry; gave her a bottle and he was good to go. Omah was able to finish cooking. Hubby and J came home just as I was preparing their plates. Is Gods timing perfect or what? Then back outside they went and had a blast.
Even Omah must have recieved some blessings as I had the most patience I've ever had with the kids in a while. It was truly a blessed weekend. Thank you Jesus. And yes, I'm still floating with all the gloriousness of the weekend. It was purely a blessed weekend. I got to spend it with friends I haven't talked to much in a while, had several good laughs with a very dear sweet woman who helped lead my way in my walk with the Lord, as she taught the first small group I attended. She's a pure hearted person who is so fulfilled. It was great. And Pastor Ken, oh what a blessing he and his family are to our church, gave an awesome speach. I only caught part of todays which is different from last night. I'm praying they post both services. He reads a couple of Christmas stories to the kids too on Sat. for Christmas. That is so cool when he does that. Could never tell he loves kids. Ha ha. Hey check out the service by clicking on Capitol Christian Center on my side bar. You won't be disappointed and go listen to the service.
Okay, I guess it is pretty obvious that I'm still reeling. Sorry to be so long winded, but it was an awesome, awesome week and ended on a high note on the weekend. Praise the Lord! Just thought I'd share. I love happy stories.