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
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