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One of our skits for Vacation Bible School.

If you haven’t survived a Vacation Bible School, you haven’t survived much of anything.

VBS sounds like all fun and games. Mostly because, VBS literally is fun and games. And crafts. And singing. And skits. And eating obscene amounts of cookies.

What seems like fun and games to our church kids morphs into a gauntlet of skill, strength and stamina for the adults.

After watching my mom run this summer tradition for as long as I can remember, this year, now at my husband’s church, the torch passed. To me.

In the days leading up to it, sometimes I would feel dread. Am I doing enough? Will this turn out OK? Am I forgetting something huge?

The weekend, fortunately, went great. We chose the theme “Christian Academy: Training Superheroes for God.”

And as it turns out, it’s easy to get kids excited when you throw superheroes and capes into the mix.

What also ended up being so fun for me is seeing a million different talents come together to put on this event. The person who created the scavenger hunt for the kids wrote the clues totally in rhyme. A couple at our church figured out a way to make our Gotham-like city skyline with cardboard boxes and post-its. Another person wrote our skits as musicals.

All in all, I found the weekend incredibly uplifting. Hopefully it was for the kids as much as me. I am also thankful—and I know Bryan is thankful as the preacher—to have such talented and helpful people around us.

I’m taking today off of work to recover from long couple of weeks leading up to VBS. But it’s a good kind of tired.

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