I do have to say her going away was a good growth opportunity for us all. And while sometimes growth makes us uncomfortable, usually the end result is worth it. I think she really realized all the comforts she has at home - not having them has a way of doing that!
The trip was organized by YouthWorks. Delaney was put into the group called the "Opposums" (which is particularly amusing don't you think Cara?). Her group spent the week volunteering at the War Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Center. This was perfect as baby girl loves chatting it up with the elderly. She was absolutely tickled pink to get to spend the week with these wonderful people. Her favorite was a lady named Thelma. They had fun talking together and D even painted her fingernails for her. Delaney won bingo three times & gave all her prizes to Thelma to give to her great grandchildren. She said they even put on some music & had everyone dancing. She's asked me if she can begin to volunteer at the nursing home in our town. I will have to make some calls this week to see if they will let someone so young volunteer.
One of her favorite sight seeing things they did was going to the Soo Locks and the Tower of History. A ship happened to be going through when they were there & she was amazed. She said she was happy she didn't fall off the tower - we are too :o)
She said her most special time was when the leaders took turns washing the other leaders feet & then washed their feet & prayed over them. Sounds like the room was filled with the Holy Spirit! She said it was an amazing feeling & everyone was crying, but in a good way.
She received a note from one of the leaders: "Delaney, I loved your great attitude this week. You were so much fun to work with. You have some awesome talents, keep using them for His glory. Love your smile." Ahh, makes a momma proud!
In the same way, you younger men must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, serve each other in humility, for God opposes the proud but favors the humble. So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:5-7