Bittersweet Moments

Monday, July 30, 2012

 Sevio is a youth worker at our local church and yesterday was a bittersweet day for us. It was our last youth event... ever! We couldn't have ended it any better going out with style with one of favorite events, the Shawnigan Lake Ski-Party!!

Normally we do this event later in the summer as the kick-starter for the new school year and invite all our youth along with all the new kids that are at the age (grade 6) to attend youth group. We didn't want the kids to miss out on the event, as our last day is August 15th, so we decided to push it ahead.

So we loaded up the 15 passenger van, and met more of our youth who were coming from camp at the lake. We arrived around 10:30am and while all the kids were getting changed and down to the dock Chantelle and I began preparing lunch. By noon food was ready and we were free from the kitchen to join in on the fun. Kids were scattered every which way with tubing, kayaking, canoeing, snorkeling, and hot-tubing. Rylee even had her own private pool to play in!

Mid-afternoon it was finally mine and Sevio's turn to duke it out on the tubes! I was so excited, I love tubing and I missed out on it last year due to a little person growing in my belly. Chris our driver did everything in his power to whip us out of our tubes and succeeded about 5 minutes into it. Sevio did hold back either, at one point he jumped off his tube onto me... it didn't end well for him as he smashed his chin into the back of my head, don't worry neither of us was injured!

After tubing, there was knee-boarding and some wake-boarding while I was back at it in the kitchen preparing dinner. After dinner we packed up pretty quickly and made our traditional stop at 7-11 stocking up on slurpees and candy and then headed back to the ferry.

I'm going to miss our kids, we've spent 3 years really getting to know them and I tell ya it hasn't been easy but it's been amazing to watch them grow and deepen their relationships with God, with us, and with each other. I know we were just a piece in their puzzles and just because the job ends and we're moving on doesn't mean we're leaving them behind, our love and support for them will never end.

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