This weekend the theme for Winterfest was "The Prize". The theme was taken directly from Paul's letter to the church at Philipi, in which he urges his brothers and sisters to "press on toward the goal for THE PRIZE" which is found in Christ Jesus. There were so many great lessons from the weekend, and a lot of good discussion from the kids in the group as well. My favorite part of the sessions, however, was hearing 6,000 people praise God through song...it was powerful. I know that I was blessed immensely by being there, and my prayer is that the kids grew closer to each other, and more importantly, to Christ, over the weekend.
Some highlights and pictures from the weekend:
* Camden throwing up Friday night...not what we wanted on the first night there, but that's what we get for too much pizza and popcorn. He recovered for the remainder of the weekend, although I spent some of Saturday with Carter & Caley by myself. Thanks to Chris & Stacy, Joy, and all of the teens for helping me out that morning.
* The Snow...it was gorgeous. It snowed most of the day on Saturday, and other than us all freezing to death, I think it really helped the weekend out.
* Seeing my kids play in the snow. No, not just my real kids, but our high schoolers sledding down a nearly vertical hillside on a garbage can lid (Grant & May) and having an all out war of a snowball fight.
* The "Gallon Challenge". Four of the guys (Chris, Jared, Ross, and Michael) decided to try and separately down a gallon of chocolate milk in an hour. Needless to say, no one finished it off, but Chris came the closest for the win. The hour ended with the biggest barrage of brown puke I've ever seen. Did we really stay up until 3am to watch this? Yes, we've got it all on film.
* Hanging out with the Andersons and Cagles, our Huddle Leader cohorts. It's been a great blessing to spend time with their families this year.
* Watching the way my kids latch on and love the teenagers. If any of the teens happen to read this, little eyes and ears and watching and listening. By the way, I think my boys have a thing teenage girls.
* Seeing some of the teens be pricked by what they heard, and making a commitment to make a change in their hearts. No one in the group was baptized this weekend, but I trust that many seeds were planted and that the rest of us were re-energized and re-focused.
In summary, an incredible weekend. We pray for changed lives and renewed spirits. God, thank you for giving us just what we need just when we need it.