Back in April I received a text from our Religious Ed director.
“We really need to start looking over VBS programs and making a decision.”
I texted her back.
“I think you have the wrong number.”
It’s always so surprising to me that because I’ll bring in proportionally the most children to a program that means automatically I’ll be available and willing to run it. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m a planner and I love kids and I love talking about Jesus and the Church. I can be relatively creative and I will dance to any VBS jingle they throw my way!! HOWEVER, this year I’m 5 months pregnant with my 8th child, and there was no WAY I was going to take that on.
Our parish is really small, though, so there aren’t too many people willing to take on such a venture. After initially telling our DRE that I couldn’t possibly take on something else, my good friend stepped up and said she would do it. I know it’s going to be better than any bought program because she is TOTALLY awesome and immediately wanted to do something on The Year of Mercy vs. Submerged or the Cave Explorers or whatever else the VBS creator gods have churned out this year.
We start today, and as excited as I am to begin it (mainly because I’m not running it in any sort of fashion), I know that by the end of the week, we are ALL going to be exhausted, pregnant or NOT. The kids have such a great time, though, and it’s great to see my older kids stepping up and being helpers as they age out.
And I’m also pretty proud of myself for saying “no”. I’m a total “yes” girl, and it was a little difficult to say “no” at first when I was approached. I knew there weren’t many people who would take on the challenge, and I hated to think of the burden that it would put on someone else. We are all busy up to our eyeballs, right?? I could feel very deep in my bones and soul that God was not calling me to be in charge of this, though. And I listened. Glory be to God!