Okay, first of all, I made a stuffed animal. You saw the cat Gracie made for us. Well I wasn't out to make a stuffed kitty to send back, but I happened upon a free pattern for one. How fun is this? I've made two now, but this is the first one that I'll be sending to Grace.
His collar is a yellow button on a black ribbon. It says "Lee." Because that's his name. Too cute. And too easy. You can download the pattern here.
And then Friday night we took a few of the faithful Switch attenders to Ascention Convention. It's impossible to know what to expect at a conference you've only ever heard of, but it was pretty amazing.
That's our crew. I don't know how the shortest kid in the bunch ended up kneeling in front, but it works.
This was the most amazing thing, and you probably can't see it very well because it was dark in there. Whomever was speaking gave a great message about a generation of Naomi's (from Ruth) that have been dealt a severe blow. Then he referenced a verse in Matthew about mother's praying for their children (that he didn't cite, nor can I find) and asked all the moms in the room who wouldn't mind to come forward.
They created this line that stretched across the length of the auditorium. He asked everyone in the room (of a couple thousand teenagers) who is suicidal to come forward and just stand in front of the moms. The whole time the rest of us are singing the chorus to The Time Has Come over and over again. Then he asked for everyone who felt like Naomi - like one day someone or something that was supposed to come home, or supposed to be there, just didn't - like they've been given a pill too hard to swallow - to come forward. We sang. The mom's prayed. The speaker gave the moms permission to lay hands on the kids and flesh out Christ's desire to hold them in their weakness. It was amazing. We sang and danced, God healed broken hearts. Phenominal.