Anyone here familiar with Veggie Tales? Like the older ones? You know, "God is bigger than the Boogie Man?" and "Oh where is my hairbrush?". I watched a lot of those when I was little. There was one particular story about Madame Blueberry. Her story is about being thankful for what you have and not wishing for more than God has given you. There's a song that a tiny little asparagus sings during this particular episode (I mean come on, how can you say no to a cute singing asparagus?!).
Right now you're like "Ok...where is this going? Singing vegetables? Get more sleep please." I promise this has a point. This song has always stuck with me. Just that line about a thankful heart being a happy one, I have never forgotten it. Now, I have a lot to be thankful for. I've always been thankful to my parents for giving me so much. I've been thankful to all my swim coaches that each changed my life in some way. I've been thankful for the wonderful friends in my life. All that. etc. etc.
But on Saturday night, after everything was said and done with Starry Night, I was hit with an overwhelming amount of gratitude. I looked around at all the committee members and volunteers and parents that had gotten involved. I watched them make this event happen and then clean it up with incredible speed. I was so filled with thankfulness. As I stepped back to assess what needed to be done, I could feel my eyes beginning to fill with tears as I saw how hard everyone was working.
Here were these people so willing to give of their time. Here were these people making the sacrifice for the youth of our program. Here were these people making a difference in the lives of teenagers by folding one table cloth at a time, sweeping up glitter from the floor, and meticulously pulling single staples out of the walls. I have never felt that kind of gratitude before. It was simply mind blowing.
The evening was lovely and it was all thanks to my wonderful team. Words could never adequately express how thankful I truly am. This post is just the tip of the gratitude iceberg.
My thankful heart is a happy heart.
Here are some images of the evening before the doors were opened. I was too busy running around to capture any pictures while the event was in progress. If you were at the event I hope you had a good time! And if you didn't make it this time... we'll see you next year.