Joy started out the AWANA year with half of last year’s book to complete. I kept thinking that my kids would be self-motivated to work on their verses without me having to push them to do it. There are plenty of incentives worked into the AWANA program after all, but it just didn’t happen. So when we started in the fall, I told the girls that I wanted them to finish last year’s book and this year’s book by the end of the year, and I have been requiring them so say their verses to me daily.
Some time during the year Joy just really took off on her own. She would still come and say her verses to me, but she worked on them without me telling her to and worked faster than I required. In fact by the end of February she had finished the book from last year, this year’s book, and the whole review! I was so proud of her that I told her I was going to take her on a special Mommy and Me date to celebrate her hard work. The weekend before Easter we set our on our adventure:
She was very brave and only gave me a worried look at the moment her ears were actually pierced.
It was so fun to go out just with Joy and get to splurge a little. She behaved like a little lady. We had so much fun. I just wish I could do things like this more often!