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!”
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.