Today Lana's class had a sweet celebration of how much growing they've done this year:
This little face makes me lose my breath I love her so much.
Tucker was so pleased that Ms. Fine invited him to join the celebration -
and, as you can see, he enjoyed a treat, too!
After their special snack, we all headed outside for some water games:
Ms. Fine giving directions:
She is too adorable for words!
I love this picture of Tucker, right in the middle of the game.
He has no idea that he is not actually in this class.
They had so much fun throwing water-soaked balls at each other.
Celebrating the victory of the first round:
This picture of Lana & Zack playing so hard makes me smile:
After several rounds of fun,
we headed inside to a special "awards ceremony" that Ms. Fine planned.
Each child received an award that correlated to a particular kind of candy bar.
Lana got the "3 Musketeers" Award.
Click here to watch Ms. Fine presenting Lana with her award.
If you listen carefully, you'll hear the last thing Ms. Fine says -
the thing that made this mama cry. She said
"That means you always include everybody else."
There is nothing more important to me,
and nothing could make me prouder. This is why we send her to school.
Ms. Fine had several gifts for her students:
and tomorrow, they'll get a CD of a slideshow of their year in pictures.
Can you believe how thoughtful?!
Ms. Fine had a gift for her parent helpers:
We will always treasure this picture!
It is such a blessing to have Lana in a school that values parental involvement.
Just to give you a glimpse into one of the things I admire most about Lana:
Remember that 3 Musketeers candy bar she got at school?
As soon as she got home,
she asked if she could share it with her brother.
Not only did she break it in half for them to share,
but she let him choose which half he wanted.
She did all of this totally unprompted.
She is not a perfect little girl by any means -
she's just a sinner, being raised by parents who are sinners.
That causes us to rejoice all the more in moments like this,
when she chooses to love others so well.
Lana's teacher on Wednesday nights is Ms. Chasity:
We love Ms. Chasity!
Not only did she make our transition to Heritage so easy and happy for Lana,
but she continually pours her heart and soul into teaching her class every single Wednesday night. I don't know that I've ever seen a volunteer put so much of their heart into their ministry. Mrs. Chasity doesn't just show up and teach them - she invests in each of these little lives in ways that will impact them for eternity. Her husband and son join right in with her, so it becomes a family ministry for them in many ways. The way Chasity serves our church body sharpens me - makes me want to be more like Jesus. Every child should be so blessed to have a Mrs. Chasity in their life.
Every year she has an End of the Year party for her students
at Chuck E. Cheese!
Look at all these happy faces!
Lana and Savannah are best buddies -
they had a wonderful time playing together all night long!
Here are just a few pictures of their fun.
Tucker came along, too -
this was his first time at Chuck E. Cheese since he was a tiny baby.
He started off slow...
but his daddy showed him the ropes
and it didn't take him long to figure out that he loved tickets!
And then he was off!
Halfway through the night, though,
he found this football game.
He didn't leave this spot for the rest of the evening!
Dan didn't mind too terribly much. :)
They loved feeding their tickets to the machine:
And they really loved the bags of cotton candy and SweeTarts they chose!
Lana was thrilled that we were the last to leave!
A couple of weeks ago,
she told me that she doesn't like always being the first to go.
And while we're not always the first to leave,
we usually do head out of gatherings earlier than most.
What can I say? I love that our kids go to sleep at 7 p.m.
But tonight, I let them shut the place down,
and we were really and truly the last ones of our group to walk out the door.