Thursday, December 6, 2007
On Saturday our town had the privilege of having our annual Christmas parade. This event is one that the Marching Band participates in, which means that my husband keeps pretty busy preparing for. It is unbelievable what has to be done to get this many kids outfitted and ready to go. We had 65 kids marching this year so we had to make sure that there was a uniform for everyone and, of course, that they had their music memorized. Two other moms and I ironed at least 65 skirts and pants the night before. We had hoped for a cool day, but did not get it. We absolutely baked during the parade. I was not able to get pictures of the band during the parade because I was on the float with three of our kids--Julianna was in the band playing the cymbals. Mary Ellen was able to get a video clip as they marched by, so I am thankful to her for making this available to me. My heart swells with pride when I see our school so well represented in the community. The float was a patriotic theme. The banner on the side said, "True Freedom was born on Christmas." Huge packages were wrapped in red, white, and blue. The packages were down the center of the float with people sitting on either side. There were angels and a manger on one end, and military personnel on the other end.(This included little people dressed up as military). First, there was a school banner, followed by two big banners which proclaimed, "Jesus is King of Kings" and "Jesus is Lord of Lords." Next, was the band followed by the float. I feel so blessed to be a part of the exciting things that are happening at our church and school. Doyle had lots of drinks ready for the group when they nearly collapsed after marching all the way. I know it is hard for some of my northern friends to believe that it was that hot Saturday, but if you had been there to help the kids change out of their sweaty uniforms, you would have believed it. We have had a break in the weather, and we are so thankful. Our Singing Christmas Tree started last night and it was packed out. This is a huge event that puts on 4 nights of performances that all of us are involved in. I will post more about that next.