Sure, the lazy days of sleeping in were nice.  And I really did enjoy that faint, underlying hum of knowing there was nothing pressing to do.  So we soaked it in for the week.  We watched our movies and sat all cozy under warm blankets with hot chocolate.  And when we needed a little break from the nothing, we took our fun outdoors with bike rides and run/walks to the bay.

But last night, it all started up again.  En Vogue’s catchy “Back to life, back to reality,” anthem aptly summed up what we were all secretly ready for:  Normalcy.  So we opened up our home and welcomed our students back in for our weekly Small Group:  The Living Room.

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We played a game that we had received from friends for Christmas.

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It involved lots of numbers and dice.

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While they all had fun,

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They told us that it made their heads hurt to have to do math again.  And it was a subtle reminder that normal life would indeed be starting up again.

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And again, I was glad.  Because we really do love seeing these kids and getting to be a part of their lives.

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We had a great time playing our game.

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There was some finger pointing.  But it was all in good fun.

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And afterwards, we got started with our new series.  For the next few months, we’ll be talking about Relationships.  And not just the dating ones, though they always seem to like that topic.  In addition, we’ll also be talking about their relationships with family, friends and their relationship with God too.  Because in my opinion, that is the one that makes the others work out for the best.  So last night’s lesson was introductory.  We talked about the heart and how important it is to guard it in all relationships.

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Then we broke up into our small groups.  I had this lovely group of girls to meet up with.

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While the boys crammed around our kitchen table for their not quite as small group.

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Overall, it was a great night.  It was a great start to a New Year and I’m so excited to see the great things that God has in store for us as we start fresh again.

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Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

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