VBS is intense. I always help in the music room, so there are months of preparation, which really boil down to mad cramming the night before from Sunday through Thursday nights. Each day we teach the kids 1-3 new songs and each song has motions, so it's just a lot to learn. And a lot to DO all week. It's very taxing physically.
But oh, friends. There is no bigger blessing. The music is all designed to cement God's Word in little hearts, to reinforce the lessons they are learning in story time, memory verse, all the various stations they rotate through during the morning. And there is just nothing sweeter than children's voices singing God's Word, proclaiming their love for Him. I am not even kidding when I say that I tear up every single day of VBS. Sometimes many times during the day. I am so incredibly thankful for the opportunity to minister to our little ones, but even more thankful for the way they minister to ME. It's a spiritual refilling every time.
It was Canaan's 1st year being in a real, full-blown group that cycled full-time through all the stations. He did great and loved every bit of it! Graham's going into 5th grade, so he only has one more year as a VBS student after this year. Caris is smack-dab in the middle of things as a 2nd grader. And Malachi, my awesome 7th-grader, was a small group leader for the first time. He said, "they are really fun. And really tiring." Indeed, he napped several days that week. Those leaders work hard!