Psalm 127:3-5

Behold children are a gift of the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a mighty warrior, so are the children of one's youth.
How blessed are those whose quiver is full of them
."

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Bright Lights

Anna attended a girls conference for young girls ages 8-12 this week. It is a Christian group that puts it on and a very conservative one at that. Most of the girls and mothers wore skirts and some even covered their heads. They were probably 98% homeschooled and from families of at least three or more children but most were from families driving big white vans... You get the picture! :)

Anyway, while I don't necessarily feel like I "fit in" with this crowd in the way I look or in some of the ways we live... I don't grind my own wheat or anything... I still felt very blessed for Anna to sit among other girls who share her same values and whose families are as "different" as hers... Well in most cases these girls families are way "different", at least as far as modern culture is concerned.... I mean I don't make all our own clothes that consist of Laura Ingalls type garb. Haha! Seriously though, there were a few of those families there. 

All in all though Anna had a blast. She jumped right in with her small group and enjoyed discussing, singing, crafts and engaging the other girls. Anna is painfully shy so this was a stretch for her. Had Serene been there she would have made friends with the whole group in minutes. That is not Anna's style. Anna is like me, very slow to warm up but once she has her "footing" she makes few yet deep friendships. 

Some of the topics the girls heard speakers talk about were:

Making your brothers and sisters your best friends. 

How to cultivate a servants heart towards your siblings instead of always putting yourself first.

Not submitting to cultural norms but being the individual you were meant to be 

Being a Bright Light in a dark world

Etc! 

She bravely participated in small group discussion and listened intently in the larger group meeting. I was so proud of her and loved hearing her talk and talk on the way home regarding all the different things she learned and talked about. 

We can't wait for next year. Maybe we'll drive a big white van or take some homemade whole wheat bread.... Haha!!!

Anna's small group





2 comments:

Frontier Farms said...

Where was that conference? There was one we were going to go to in our area and wondered if you were at that one!

THZ said...

Ours was in carrolton here in Dallas. Was yours the Houston one?? I so wish I could have seen you! So glad to hear from you on here! How are you guys???