One sweet moment

At Family Camp last week, I enjoyed one special moment that stands out from the rest (and there were several great memories made last week).

Friday night, after a week of ropes courses, speakers, foosball, climbing walls, archery, sling shots, the beach, the Boardwalk, frisbee, soccer, and a whole lot more, the entire camp came together to celebrate the week by watching the kids perform songs, recite Bible verses, and answer some questions from their counselors.  When our 4-year-old daughter, Kirsten, took the stage, the moment happened.

While Kirsten was “singing” and “doing” the hand motions, I saw my 11-year-old daughter, Malia, out of the corner of my eye nudging a friend sitting next to her.  So I watched Malia for a brief moment and saw an older sister beaming with pride, with a huge smile on her face, telling her friend, “That’s my sister!”

I'm praying that Malia keeps "hitting the mark" as she grows up

I’m praying that Malia keeps “hitting the mark” as she grows up

This may not seem like a big deal to you.  But, let me tell you, in a house full of competitive children, moments like these don’t come around very often.  And it brought tremendous joy to my heart.

I’m hoping that similar moments become much more common as our kids grow up, mature, and figure out how incredibly special it is to be able to share life with four siblings (and two parents) who love each other very much.

I’d love to hear similar stories from you – bring ’em on – let’s encourage each other today.

For those of you who are interested, I’ve included some pictures of our time at Family Camp below.

Becca, Malia, and me before embarking on the ropes course

Becca, Malia, and me before embarking on the ropes course

Kirsten bouldering after they told her she couldn't do the ropes course

Kirsten bouldering after they told her she couldn’t do the ropes course

Savannah with cousin Emily on the ropes course

Savannah with cousin Emily on the ropes course

Malia and Savannah "bonding" on the ropes course

Malia and Savannah “bonding” on the ropes course

Justin's joy is "electric" and contagious

Justin’s joy is “electric” and contagious

Enjoying some lunch in Santa Cruz

Enjoying some lunch in Santa Cruz

Kirsten "reading" a story to Justin

Kirsten “reading” a story to Justin