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Burke and Maggie are attending Vacation Bible School this week. It’s a community-wide event, so lots of different churches attend.

…which means that I keep running into people from our old church. I’m having a hard time with this because I REALLY liked the people from our former church. It was the minister we had a problem with…we just never really let people know why we left. And now that they see me trucking the kids to VBS, they pretty much KNOW we’ve left them for another church, but they don’t know why.

The really nice thing is that the ‘Tweens we knew at the church have come running up to give Burke and Maggie big hugs…and they even chat with me a bit. It’s the adults who are giving me the stink eye – or avoiding any eye contact at all. *sigh* I suppose I could march up to them and say “Hey!! How are you? I miss seeing you…”  But I’m such a chicken 😛

Anyway … the kids are loving it so far. At least…if I can get them to let go of me. Maggie has NO problem. Runs right in and faces the world with open arms. Burke, not so much. Day 1 was a drop-off in a smaller room and there were lily pads for him to sit on, so that was cool – mommy could take off no problem. This morning they were all meeting in the BIG room … lots of noisy kids. Burke did NOT want mommy to go. Luckily, his group leader had stickers, so she distracted him while I slipped out.

On my way out, I bumped into one of the said ‘Tweens from above. I mentioned to her that Burke was having a hard time (while trying to glance in the room undetected by him). She said she’d go hang out with him for a bit. Awesome. 🙂

Wonder if her mom would have a problem if I asked her to babysit for us…

6 Responses

  1. Do it! I need a back up for my teen babysitter – she’s been MIA all summer.

  2. I’ll bet that is kind of awkward to run into those folks. Maybe if they knew why you left, they wouldn’t look at you like that.

  3. Hey Doll—No worries. You owe no explanations. 🙂 Stink eye bestowers typically have the stink-eye inside themselves. (Did you ever see Shallow Hal?)

    Enjoy the VBS. Enjoy the kids lavishing love on your babies. 🙂 I think that kind of behavior is what makes people think church is a superficial, judgmental place. Hate that God is the scapegoat for the lousy behavior of people. Don’t you let them squelch your joy!

  4. OH I LOVE VBS and sadly, my kids missed it this year because of us moving 😦

    I agree with Cheryl, you don’t owe any explanations.

  5. You know what, I don’t think you need to explain to anybody why you left. But I do think if you get the guts, go and greet them with a friendly smile. I believe that is what Jesus would have done, despite the stinky eyes, and He is our true example.

  6. Always loved VBS and continue to work in it even though my kids have long grown out of it. Great programs for the summer….structured….arts and crafts and just plain fun. Most churches do a great job. I’m glad your two enjoy it.

    I agree with Cheryl….no explanations needed.

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