From the hand of the unprepared VBS teacher

So, it is VBS week.  One would think the teachers would be all prepared by at least the Saturday night before the Monday start.  But not me.  I have spent some time today websurfing looking for ideas to help me with our class’s closing ceremony skit and also the lyrics to a song I only remember in part about the 10 spies.  I think I have nailed down my skit plans, but I still haven’t located the song.  However, in my travels on the worldwide web, I found what I think is a pretty easy little song with the names of the disciples.  Perhaps you’ll think so, too.

Apostles (to the tune of “Jesus Loves Me”)

Jesus called them one by one, Peter, Andrew, James and John,
Next came Philip, Thomas too, Matthew and Bartholomew.

James the one they called the less, Simon, also Thaddeus,
The twelfth apostle Judas made, Jesus was by him betrayed.

Yes, Jesus called them, Yes, Jesus called them,
Yes, Jesus called them, The Bible tells me so.

Optional Additional Verse Submitted by Reader
Matthias then took Judas’ place
To preach to men of every race.

Paul three preaching trips did make
And went to Rome for Jesus’ sake.

It’s probably not useful to me for VBS this week, but I thought it was worth keeping track of.  Now, back to VBS stuff and dinner, and laundry, and packing for vacation.


Here’s what we did last weekend:

This became:


The girls, Nevin, and I painted our mudroom white.  Then Mark and I (mostly Mark) put down vinyl tile.  We have now renamed the mudroom, “the sunroom.”

We know it isn’t perfect, but it is a vast improvement over what it was like out there.  Now if we could go back to the weather of earlier this summer, we could actually sit out there.  Oh well, it will be there as the summer turns into fall and cooler weather comes.

Here’s what our friend Ken helped Mark do this morning (well, Ken did most of it):

And here’s a photo with one of our hammy children:

I really should have a photo of the ugly old ceiling fan so you can appreciate the improvement, but just trust me, it was ugly.  It was also too big and so wobbly that the lights haven’t worked for months.  Of course, now the lights are bright enough that I will have to clean the kitchen floor more often.  I’m willing to live with that.