A Week on Saddle Ridge Ranch

It has been almost three months since I first heard it, but for some reason, I just can’t seem to get that song out of my head, “…at Saddle Ridge Ranch. Roundin’ up questions, drivin’ home answers,” and it just repeats continuously. Fortunately, it hasn’t entered my dreams, but crosses through my waking hours at least a few days a week. I guess I can thank Canyon for this who usually prompts Lily, who sets River off and then they’re all singing the song.

We attended VBS at our church in June and had a blast! The vacation Bible schools we have attended in the past were on a smaller scale, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect.

I had been warned by other mothers to look out for the director of the children’s ministry and one day she caught me with my guard down. Before I knew it, I was signed up to assist in one of the classes. She thought she got the best of me, but she didn’t because she initially asked me to teach a class. I showed her and only volunteered to teach the missions session for the week. Wait…she managed to get me to volunteer. Goodness, she’s good – actually quite a sweet and Godly woman.

I was quite nervous about the entire teaching experience so much that I prepared a little bit more than I had to. My presentation time began and ended more quickly than I thought. Fourth grade girls can be a tough crowd. By day three, they loosened up some and I got a few smiles from the girls.

The Week was full of a lot of fun and everyday began with a gathering in the sanctuary. There was some ball throwing…

some hollerin’…

and a little of dancin’.

Everyone managed to control themselves and in case they didn’t, a real live cowboy was brought in to lasso and rope in any children (or adults) who got out of line.

With so much going on and so much fun to be had all week, Lily didn’t know if she was coming or going.

Lily did surprise me (and made me proud) when she volunteered (it must run in the family) to pray on the first day of Vacation Bible school. She prayed for the week and for all of the children to be ministered to while attending their classes.

On the last day, the students gave a performance for their family and friends which included song and dance. Canyon didn’t get the memo that he was supposed to smile and sing and his classmate refused to show her face. Neither one of them budged throughout the entire performance.

Even Woody was unable to put a smile on Canyon’s face. I think he was looking for Buzz Lightyear.

He did manage to put quite a few smiles on the faces of others with a shoot out to end the week.


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  • Comment from Rana

    Wow! That looks like a lot of fun. I thought that was so sweet that Lilly took the initiative to volunteer to pray. Very inspiring. I love the look on Canyons face that’s priceless. Sounds like you all had a great week.

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