Racing cars at AWANA

Last night we went to our weekly AWANA meeting. It was race night for the T&T crowd. Tristen, Haydn, and I spent about two weeks–on and off, working on their cars. It was a delight. They had a wonderful time coming up with ideas and assisting me in the building, sanding, and painting.

They had excellent cars. I was impressed at how fast they ran. Both of them came in second or third in all of their heats, except for once when Haydn’s jumped the track for some inexplicable reason. It did not finish that heat.

He did have another heat where he actually came in first. With all the 20+ heats they did not come in as the final three, so they did not place, but that did not matter. It was not about winning, but about the memory and they had a wonderful memory.

Tristen said, “Thank you daddy for doing the cars this year.” She was overjoyed in the process, which is typical for her. She is such a grateful person.

After the event we went into the main auditorium of the church building, which is cleared out during the week, and pushed the cars all over the place. They may have loved that just as much.

Ansa had to stay home last night. She was running a fever the past two days, which means she was sleeping a lot. She was sad, but wonderfully compliant. She was whooped by the fever. Her group–the Sparks, had planned a picnic in the auditorium. She had talked about it for a week.

It was a time of eating and playing games while the older kids were racing their cars. One of the things which impresses me about my children is they are not demanding and can roll with the punches. She was fine and was able to rejoice with her siblings when they came home sharing their stories of the night’s events.

Unprovoked Gospel-Goodness from My Daughter

Tristen sent this email today to the AWANA Leader at our church. It was pretty cool. Though she asked us before she sent it, I was blessed that she would think of this on her own.

Dear Mrs. Katie,
I’m pretty sure that my grade is going to win the cupcake party this Wednesday. I am going to ask my class if we could give the cupcake party to sixth grade girls. I have a friend in sixth grade named Hannah Suber. She told me through out all the years that she has been in Awana she, and her friends, have never had a cupcake party. And my friends and I won the cupcake party last year when we were in third grade.

So, on Wednesday I am going to ask my class to give our party to the sixth grade girls. If they are willing to give up the cupcakes we need to let someone know on Wednesday night. Would you ask the person who is going to give fourth grade the cupcakes, to ask us if we decided to keep them give them to the sixth grade? Would they be able to delivery them to the sixth grade?
Tristen Thomas

Finishing the AWANA Year

Our kids have done amazingly well in the AWANA program at Southside Fellowship. They began the program in Feb, which was about six months into the AWANA year. All the other kids had worked through books, memorized many verses, received patches, jewels and other rewards.

Tristen and Haydn started at zero. They now have completed their first book and last week Tristen won the Clubber of the Month Award for the month of March. I was in Denver, a counseling trip, and Tristen called and could not contain herself. It has been a long while since I’ve seen that much ecstatic joy bubbling through the phone.

She said, among other things, “Dad, I couldn’t believe it! They called my name and I went up and they gave me the Clubber of the Month Award!” 

This daddy was rejoicing. This little girl was a puddle of gratitude.

However, I think the thing that I’ve been most encouraged with is Haydn’s ability to memorize verses. He has memorized around 40 verses in two months. And he still remembers them! It takes him 5 minutes or less to memorize it and then he is done. It is astonishing to me.

I can’t do that.

The good news is that Haydn has always had certain struggles learning and remembering, but for some reason he can remember Scripture and it takes him no time to get it done. This has been most satisfying of all.

Ansa can’t wait to begin Cubbies in August. She was not old enough for this year. You have to be three. The year will end in four weeks and then they all get to start-up in the fall. That will be great. I’m so inspired by them.

I’m one happy Poppa!