This may not come as much of a surprise to any of you but I really do love kids... a lot! I'm not simply talking about Emma, I love her tons, but right now I'm talking about kids in general.
Tonight I was able to go help out at our church's youth group for the second time. The first time was a few weeks ago and I haven't been able to go until tonight thanks to that flu bug. Tonight we did a photo scavenger hunt. For those of you who don't know what that is, you are in a group of about 5 or 6 people and you have a list of things to get pictures of and things that you need to do. For instance, one of our photos tonight was someone on our team had to put French fries in their nose, straws in their ears and make their eyes cross. So we spent the better part of two hours going around our neighborhood asking strangers to be in certain photos for bonus points and just generally having a great time of hanging out together!
There were three kids and three leaders in our group and we were all guys. It was awesome! Because we were constantly wandering around we had many chances to talk and joke and get to know each other. I made a few really good friends that I really think are gonna stick! I've been away from youth group for a little less than a year now and I knew I missed it, but I didn't realize just how much, until I went back tonight. My heart is happy and feels full! It's a great feeling! I knew that I loved kids and especially youth, but I just didn't realize how much of a passion I actually have for them, until I went without it. I am so blessed that I was able to get involved so quickly with this youth group at our new church, it's awesome! I've also been incorporated into their worship team, about once a month and some of the other youth leaders are also in the band, so it's really great! I'm so excited for the rest of the school year, to see what will happen in the youths' lives and to get to know them better and for them to get to know me! It's going to be a great year!