College Life in the Fall

Ah, college. They say those are some of the best years of one’s life. And they really were. But I’ll let you in on a little secret: I get to stay in college forever, and not do any homework. It’s pretty much the best gig ever. It’s called college ministry, peeps!

The fall is by far the busiest season of the year, aside from all the personal fun things one can do, like rake leaves, drink hot things, do stuff with pumpkins, enjoy the weather, etc. In the college ministry world, it equals meeting new students, kicking off events, trying new things to bring people together, setting up one-on-one meetings with students, planning leadership training… I could  go on. Each month we plan what we call a “Connect Event”, which is a time, usually on the weekend, that students can come do something fun and bring their friends. The two main Connect Events for September and October were the Fall Conference and Pumpkin Carving in the SAC.

Fall Conference. It’s been a good ten years that we’ve been attending this three day conference, and it’s exhaustergizing (adjective. the process of being exhausted and energized simultaneously). Stay up late, wake up early, camp (I actually gave up on camping about three years ago. Go ahead, call me a pansy), worship Jesus with 550 others, hear Biblical truth, deepen relationships with friends, eat… what else? It’s a sweet deal. Anyway, this year we took around eighteen students to the event. We had a blast building relationships and figuring out what it means to be adopted sons and daughters of our great God and Father.

Pumpkin Carving. Need I explain? We got pumpkins from Sunny Side, backed a truck up at the SAC at KWU on Friday night, threw some knives on tables and voila! Instant happiness! It was fun meeting some new people, catching up with old people (er.. old friends?) and carving a pumpkin or three!

Winding down in November, ha! That’s what we always say…
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The Henry Hallow!

I heart Halloween. Here’s a glimpse into some fun festivities that the Henry’s partook in… Though some of our plans were foiled, it still turned out to be a fun weekend with some fun peeps!

Evie celebrated at the Garden with her daycare buddies by dressing up as a baby flower and carving pumpkins. Obviously, she’d rather be doing something else when it comes to pumpkin gutting, but I think she had a great day anyway! We got super spoiled with some fun Halloween party favors (I really love our daycare!) that Evie got to play with all weekend! Thanks to Jamie, Ava, Nolan, and Kanton for those! Thursday night, our Grow Group got together for a Halloweenie Roast in our backyard. Weenies, s’mores, and other tasty treats… including pumpkin spice Kisses. Umm. Yeah!

Friday, I had the infamous Halloween parade and party at school. Superheroes was the theme for teachers, so I opted for a Ninja Turtle. It was pretty much the best Halloween day at school so far. I love my kids. They are da bomb diggety. Our family’s evening plan was to head to KWU for the trunk or treat, and then to a few friends’ houses. Apparently, we got to Wesleyan too late, because an hour into it, everyone was GONE! Lucky for us, the Chemistry Club and President Thompson’s table were still there. Thanks to Jared Rodriguez and the President, Evie got a few pieces of candy. We also stopped by our friends’ house when they weren’t home. The whole trick or treating thang was a bust! I don’t think Evie really cared… so oh well! Finally we stopped in at Grandma and Grandpa B’s and were successful. Evie loves her new spoon and fork! We also got to spend time with some of our good friends and some of their friends that evening. Refreshing!

Saturday we had my book club and their families over for chili and cornbread and apples and caramel and pumpkin spice bars and it was good. Some killer costumes… a deer and hunter (check OUT those antlers!), Wreck-It Ralph and his cohorts, and Cookie Monster and her snacks. What a delight to be with these people!

It sounds like a really busy weekend, however, thank you Jesus for making it feel restful still. Lots of good afternoon time with Evie and Logan at home. Ahh… Perfect Halloween.

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