My Girl’s Weekend Away (from us)

Last weekend, the Jr. High, High School, and College groups went up to Portland for the Generation Unleashed conference at City Bible Church.  This is the second year that our daughter went.    She was very excited!  She had her bags packed at least a week in advance (Mama’s DNA at work there I think, lol).





This is also the first time, that her brother hasn’t had an issue with her leaving.  Usually, starting the week his sister is about to leave, the boy will start talking about hoping the bus isn’t working or that everyone gets sick or something really drastic, because if she goes, he’ll miss her and his secure, ordered world will be changed.    This time, he seemed to be ok with his sister leaving.  She put him in charge of taking care of her “Perry the Platypus” stuffed toy.  He took his assignment very seriously 🙂

Before this trip, we felt that it was time to get the girl some new sneakers.  She was going to a conference with 4,000 other people and we didn’t want her to lose her shoes if she was squished in the crowd.  We found these cute Converse sneakers (or “kicks” as they are now called) at Ross for a good deal, and they were in her favorite color (as can probably be guessed by the pictures in this post- she’s a fan of hot pink).





We were one of the first ones to arrive at the church to meet the bus, so she was able to choose where she wanted to sit.






After the youth pastor prayed over the group, and told the boys to sit with boys, and the girls to sit with girls, and that this was not the weekend to fall in love with someone, everyone boarded the bus, and headed up to Portland.  According to my girl, she had a great time, and is looking forward to going again next year.

While she was gone, we made sure that the boy and a good time too, and visited several thrift stores looking for “Happy Meal” toys from his favorite movies.

When she came back, she had gifts for all of us, as the group visited the mall.  She gave me a CD of the music from the conference.  Her dad was given a See’s Candy Heart, and her brother’s gift was a plush toy from the movie “Cars 2” from the Disney store.

Such a lovely  girl!


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