Monday, June 18, 2007

And So It Begins

Today was our first day of VBS (Vacation Bible School). I'm not quite certain who the "vacation" part refers to... but we did cover Bible so I guess we're doing okay. I've coordinated women's events before, but not for a long time, and I've never overseen a week long event for 180 children so this has definitely been learning experience. I'm fortunate to be working with an amazing group of wonderful parents and teens who effortlessly go with the flow once the day starts.

As for me, I've done less knitting in the last 2 weeks than I've done in any 2 day period in the last year. But I have been working on something else. I have a friend who tells me I wear my emotions on my sleeve... she teases me because I am apparently incapable of keeping my thoughts and/or feelings concealed. So I've been practicing...

Here is my best blank look... I am learning to use it when my real attitude might be less than loving or gracious. (Yes, I'm working on that inner attitude too... but at least I'm trying.) This look has come in handy on several occasions... like with the gentleman who arrived 25 minutes early this morning (before all the workers were even in place) and expressed his frustration with heaving sighs until he finally said (with great frustration), "I don't have time to wait... I have to be at work in 10 minutes." It was also useful with the gal who totally dropped the ball on her (rather large) commitment thereby inflicting last minute chaos on several others and then whined to me about how hurt she was that people seemed to think she didn't do her job. Hmmm...

Anyway, learning to control my words and actions are a never-ending battle...






















I think son #2 has quite a bit of potential.




Did you know (that at least in my experience) boys cannot roll their eyes until at least the age of 11.

BTW - the above represents the extent of my weekend knitting. It's the Sea Silk scarf from Interweave. It will be beautiful...

someday.

7 comments:

Michelle said...

180 kids for your VBS? Wow! Ours starts next month and we'll be lucky if we get more than a dozen kids (2 being my own). Have fun with that!

Angelika said...

You have a lot on your plate right now. Just hang in there and practice those expressions. Your son is doing very well. He also know how to take great shots, which I can't say for all people.

km said...

I have a 5 y.o. boy who rolls his eyes! He's so dramatic when he complains. I'll pray for your VBS this week. It's when so many little ones make decisions for the Lord. There's bound to be a battle. km

BethAnn said...

Hi, Im new to blogging land, i just started my own and am trying to learn the ins and outs of it all, but anywhoo, I wanted to tell you how much ive enjoyed reading your blog over the past months! you always make me smile! I am just amazed at how you have time to knit as much as you do with an amazing family like yours! Well i must go back to my blog and try to figure out what im doing there. its good to meet you!

5elementknitr said...

Feel lucky your boys didn't get the eye-roll thingy down til they were 11. My youngest did it for his first time before he was one!

Your expressions are great! We should definitely play poker sometime.

"Doesn't have time to wait"... then leave. That's what I would've said. You are WAY more diplomatic then most!

Keep up the good work and lovin' the Sea Silk.

Charity said...

I am often told that I wear my heart on my sleeve, too. :0) I try to take it as a compliment, I want to be as truthful and genuine in my expressions as I can. Now, just to fix that inner attitute... (grin)

LOVE the scarf progress, it's really pretty.

Anni said...

Love your expressions. LOL. And i love the start of your sea silk scarf. I've got some sea silk in my stash and I'm thining about ding this scarf. Vacation Bible School sounds like fun. Hard work though. Our church has a 'Bible Week' in August and I'm in charged of getting all hte workers police checked (a requirement here in hte UK) and run child protection training and it can turn into a bit of a nightmare at times so I think I could do with some expressions like you. LOL.