RETURN TO THE PARK

On May 5, 2014 by Jamy Shaffer

YAY! May has arrived!  Spring seems like it is about to come and stay for a while.  Disciple Day has returned to the park for the summer to enjoy even more fellowship with friends old and new and (as my brother reminded me) family.  It was a bit breezy, we hung the Disciple Day banner on the gazebo but within moments we were wondering…. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BANNER?!?!?! Happily enough, it had blown up and over the roof of the gazebo.  Not to worry, it was still attached to the hooks from which it was hanging.  Perhaps some rope next time to fasten it to the posts of the gazebo….

Saturday evening in the park means hot dogs roasted over the small grill.  Chris and Dennis started the fire and hot dogs and sausages were grilled.  I did not see the few the finicky one ate but they must have been prepared to her satisfaction.  This week, I brought only one passenger along.  I really missed the rest but there comes times when those you usually bring along are unavailable.  Not that their absence is not felt.  I know I have had to miss an occasional event or be late.

OK!  While the hot dogs were grilling, Keith and I went to pick up Raine who recently began a job at the golden arches.  We returned to the park quickly (not like the time I was sent to pick up hot dogs and buns to discover there was an extreme shortage of both in town).  My young companion was on a schedule as he had to report for work within the hour.  I handed Keith the kets to the car and allowed him to take his son to McDs!

While we waited for the food to be cooked, we saw 3-4 eager, hungry newcomers approach.  They all fit right in.  Forgive me for not remembering names except for one… Canaan (not sure if that is the correct spelling).  WELCOME GENTLEMEN!  I hope you will come back often!

After the hot dogs and sausages were eaten, the highlight of the event was presented:  laser tag!  You would have thought that the kids were a pack of wolves fighting over a fresh piece of meat.  Chaos ensued as Chris tried to explain how the guns work.  Teams were created and then the battle commenced.  I was captured and tortured as you will soon see.  Let’s just say I felt like Gulliver after being captured by the Lilliputians or would it be Goliath after his encounter with a rock?

While the crazies were out shooting each other (and in one instance, themselves), others sat around the picnic tables enjoying each other’s company.  Disney had a splinter and like most children was having difficulty allowing someone to pull it out.  But over time, the pesky sliver was pulled out.

Before the evening concluded, Tara arrived to delight and amaze with her hooping prowess.  Everyone has talents what makes them great is what we choose to do with them!

After the festivities wrapped, Alyssa and I headed to Casa Avell for a bit to drop some kids off.  All too soon, it was time to go back home to look forward to the next gathering!

See what kind of love the father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.  The reason why the world does not know us that it did not know him.  Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:1-2)

The banner is bacK

The banner is bacK

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Team Lance

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The other team.

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One aiming for the camera guy. One taking a suicide shot.

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Camera man down! 🙁

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Weekly goal accomplished yet again!

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Elizabeth (working on a Mother’s Day craft for her students), Taylor, Lisa with the Mexican one, and Chris

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Alyssa… but no Sydney

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Table shield.

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Parker in mid-stride.

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Two evil geniuses at work 🙁

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Tara Hooping it up!

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Luke, Jamy, and half a face

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Christina and Kyle brought a little Monkey

 

Jamy Shaffer (58 Posts)

HI EVERYONE! My name is Jamy. I have been a HUGE believer in Jesus for all of my 39 years. So far along my journey, I have been a member of my Catholic church's choir as well as a song leader. In my free time, I enjoy singing and performing on stage with various community theater groups in my area. Although I am a devoted Catholic, I know that there are hundreds of other churches throughout the world and that none of them are the "perfect" denomination and that God embraces the beauty of all their similarities and, most importantly, their differences. If we were all the same, it would be a rather dull world.


 

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