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What a weekend!
We took our teens to Extravaganza 2011, which is an annual Nazarene Regional event. Teens from all over the region (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisana) gather at Southern Nazarene University to compete in sporting events, talents, and Bible quizzing. There are services each evening and Sunday morning. Over 900 teens attended this year. It was a whirl-wind but we had a great time!
We hit the road Friday at 12pm (11:56am to be exact). I can hardly believe we left on time (1st time out of 3 years to actually leave on time); and headed to Oklahoma....
We stopped for some yummy Braums for dinner (and dessert) and then registered for the event and got settled. We had service that night and then everyone went to bed early - for a FULL day Saturday.
Our plan was to meet for breakfast at 7:30. Nik texted me at 6:25 telling me the boys were showered and ready to go...What?! Seriously?! Needless to say, they had to wait on the girls!
Saturday was packed full. All day. 4 Flag Football games. 3 Volleyball games. 4 Soccer games. 3 Basketball games. And 5 of our kids participated in a talent throughout the day. BUSY DAY.
That night, we went to Frontier City (a small theme park) where the kids ate dinner at hung out for a couple of hours. I rode a couple of roller coasters. Fun!
Sunday started out (not as early as Saturday) with a Service and then some free time. YAH! The teens enjoyed playing (and trying to beat Nik) at pool.
After lunch, it was back to more sports competitions. Soccer won the championship - and all other sports got to the semi-finals. The teens were a little bummed they did not make it to the finals, but I think they were some what relieved as well. They were tired!
Three of our teens who participated in talent, received a 1. Which meant they got to try-out to be in the big Talent Show Sunday night. So, in between all the sporting competitions, they did their talent again and one of our teens made it to the Talent Show!
Sunday afternoon, Nik found time to play in a Sand Volleyball Tournament with other sponsors on our district. They took the championship!
After dinner, before service, our teens and sponsors had some fun 'planking'.
Sunday night we had a great service. The band was good, the speaker was good. He brought a message that really seemed to reach all the teens and sponsors. Nik has received some really good feedback as to what each teen 'spiritually' received from this weekend - and that is what it is all about! The band sang a song, "I'll Stand". I think I have heard it before, but I didn't know all the lyrics. Here they are. Read them. The message of this song is amazing and really speaks to me.
After service we watched the Talent Show (our teen was the closing act - and did AWESOME). By that time, it was past midnight.
You stood before creation; Eternity within Your hand You spoke the earth into motion; My soul now to stand You stood before my failure; Carried the Cross for my shame My sin weighed upon Your shoulders; My soul now to stand So what can I say; What can I do But offer this heart O God; Completely to You So I'll walk upon salvation; Your Spirit alive in me This life to declare Your promise; My soul now to stand So what can I say; What can I do But offer this heart O God; Completely to You So I'll stand; With arms high and heart abandoned In awe of the One who gave it all So I'll stand; My soul Lord to You surrendered All I am is Yours
What we are looking forward to the rest of this week: a short work-week; Volleyball Friday night; planting trees for the City of Temple Saturday; building a cross with our youth; Church; and getting Nik ready for Teen Camp!