Tonight for First and Third, we held our first ever Nerf Wars.  And what follows are pictures from tonight’s debut.  I have to admit, I spent a good portion of the night praying fervently that no one would get a dart to the eye.  But after watching our kids have an absolutely incredible time, I soon got over it.  By the end of the night, I had even picked up one of the extra dart guns and some suction darts and realized quite quickly that they really are pretty fun to shoot around with.

All in all, it was a fantastic event.  The kids were really into it, and I was thankful to know that we could offer something safe and fun for them to do on a Friday evening.  I listened to a great Andy Stanley sermon this week and he was talking about how the local church had a huge role in helping to mold and shape his life.  He mentioned that time spent with his Youth Group kept him  out of trouble and going in the right direction.  Hearing that, my heart was renewed in how thankful I am that we get to do what we do.

Please enjoy the pictures.  They only capture a small amount of the great fun that was had this evening.

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I just have to say.  I’m totally the kind of parent that would see something like this in a gift shop and declare to my pleading child that they would never have any real use for it, therefore it would be a waste to buy it.  Obviously, in this instance, I would be wrong.  Lauren’s shield did a fantastic job of protecting her (and some of her friends) tonight.

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Also, I also want to know that this sweet girl has come such a long way when it comes to big crowds of teenagers.  She’s always been a bit on the shy and clingy side, but Jeremy and I have worked hard over the years to push her into being social.  That being said, thanks to her posse of Jr. High girls, she was all in tonight.  I stood on the sidelines clicking away and smiling at how proud I was to see her participating whole heartedly.

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Quite possibly my favorite picture from the night…

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In closing, thank you to everyone who came out for Nerf Wars tonight!  It was pretty epic and something that we will probably do more of in the future.  We love you guys!

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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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