We are in the throes of performances and it is consuming our days and nights.
Evangelizing through the arts at this time of year: difficult, frustrating, disorganized, sleep-deprived, beautiful, rewarding, uplifting. It runs the gamut of emotions.
Spending a lot of time with a group of 60+ adults and children at this time of year: sickness. Respiratory viruses, coughing, fevers, stomach flu. One poor girl ran to the bathroom right after her last scene and threw up - the flu had hit her. By the time another family got home, two of their littles were throwing up also, and they have a family of 12 so you know what they'll be doing this week.
Not to mention keeping up with all of the other things that make life go on. You know: food, clean clothing, school work, phone calls, emails, errands, running for more vitamin C and D!
Every year I say I'm not going to do this again. Every year I do it anyhow. Why? Because in the end, when all is said and done and I see the fruits of what everyone has worked so hard for, I give thanks to God that we've had this small chance to bring Him glory and do His work. One more weekend to go; two performances left. Right now I just have one sick little girl, so hopefully by the weekend we will all be healthy and ready to go.
And then, when it is all over with, there will still be 10 days in which to physically and mentally prepare for Christmas!