“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”

It was a week full of ends, which as the song above mentions are always connected to a beginning, hence the title of this post.  First, would be the official end of 8th Grade for Christian.  It’s still a little hard to believe, if I’m being honest.  Because how do two years of Jr. High go by so quickly?  That being said, Jeremy had the idea of creating a small but significant celebration for our son.  So he bought tiki torches and gathered together some of his closest friends.  With the ambiance of the night, it seemed like we should have learned some sort of awesome family Haka (if you don’t know what Haka is, google it.  It’s a traditional tribal war cry/dance and I think it’s so powerful and beautiful).

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We didn’t do a Haka.  But we did have Christian’s friends read these bold and incredible things that were true about him and where he’s at in life these days.  For the record, and praise God, he is doing so well.  He’s found great friends and is making good choices.  He’s also grown into a hard-working and diligent young man and we could not be prouder.

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So Jeremy created a ceremony to celebrate this and to welcome the next step for Christian, which will be high school in the fall.

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He encouraged him to keep going, keep working hard, keep being surrounded by good friends and to most of all keep Jesus first as the focus in his life.  It was a great celebration of the end of Jr. High and the beginning of what’s to come for our son.

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Then this sweet girl finished up her last day of school on Friday.  I’m pleased to share, that 5th grade overall was an awesome year.  Ellee also had good friends, made great choices and worked so incredibly hard.

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During our traditional last day pictures, her Dad tried to make her laugh, but ended getting a look that I feel is going to be common in these coming years.  A little shock with a touch of mortification will be about right for us when it comes to our soon to be Sixth Grader.

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Hopefully those moments will be short lived and we’ll get to stay close and connected with our sweet Ellee girl.

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And finally, we celebrated our last end of the year Youth Group event with a nice Thunderball tournament on Friday night.  It was hard to tell how our turnout would be since it was Graduation night for many.

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But everything worked out quite well and we had two solid competitive teams for our favorite made up game.

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My caption for this would be “How many Jr. High boys does it take to cover the Youth Pastor?”

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In the end, it came down to a championship game after both teams won one.

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And this would be the team that came out victoriously.  And yes, I was a part of that team.  I played pretty diligently until the final game where I decided to capture the action instead of being a part of it.  They still let me be in the winning picture, which was nice.  If you didn’t know, I’m not really competitive at all and mostly just ran around for the exercise of it all.

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And that mostly finished up our 2017-1018 Youth Group year.  We start Summer Youth group in a week or two with NTS Camp and then youth group at the Beach.  And as sad as it is to say goodbye to another year, I’m ready for the newness that this next season brings.  Happy Summer Friends!

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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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