I didn't go to bed last night until 3:00 AM. 0_0 But I'm glad I didn't go earlier, because last night was absolutely *amazing*.
Once again, we went to the Reformed Family Bible Conference in Virginia, and I got to spend time with friends that I haven't seen in quite a while. And, once again, we took pictures outside after the dance like we do every single year. (It's becoming a tradition!)
The lecture we went to was excellent, and being there again after 365 days felt wonderful. I got to become a little closer with people I know, and that felt even better. And again, the pictures can tell you the story far better than I can, so I'll post them for you. My friends are *amazing* - absolutely wonderful. I love them all so much that I can't really tell them just how much. My dad wasn't able to come this year, so I missed him; I think he would have had a good time. My mom took most of these pictures (that's why some are blurry, lol >.<), and my brother and sister had fun, too.
Nathan and I talked for a long time last night after we got home at 2:07. After downing a glass of milk, I went into his room and we sat on the bed talking for a bit with the lights off, re accounting the days events, talking about who we danced with, etc.
I can't even begin to tell you how fun it was. It was... yeah. FANTASTIC. That's the only existing word to describe it.
So, without further ado, I'll begin my pictures, and tell the stories behind them as I go.
This year's FBC was one of the best!
P.S. Could you please keep my dad in your prayers? He's struggling with his work situation right now... please remember him.
(Christian (in black shirt) had to give me lessons... I've never played pool before. ^_^)
My amazing friend Rebecca! She's so fun to hang out with!
We went on a walk outside the campus later that afternoon in the woods; the trail was very pretty. Christian's dad was telling us stories that made us laugh as we made our way up the steep hill.
After hiking, we went to a park close by and they goofed off for a while; I mostly took pictures. I'd post the others, but I'm not sure if Christian would want his epic fail on my blog... he fell out of the swing. >:)
Ultimate Frisbee! WOOT!
William playing ping pong.
The Lunchtime Surgery...
During Christian's epic fail at the playground, he got a splinter embedded in his hand. DEEP. He showed it to us at lunch, so a couple of other guys started trying to get it out - using their knives. >.< BIG knives. No one had tweezers, and it was a while before we got hold of a needle to work it out with. It actually was deeper than in the picture below... I think the guy on the left (can't remember his name!) was enjoying himself. XD
... as you can see. 0_0
After the lecture, some of us changed and went down to the basket ball court where the dance is held. The music was loud, we got hot and sweaty, but it was really fun. (I'm in the blue dress, by the way.) I danced every single one except for the first, from about 9:15 until 12:05 AM. Needless to say... I'm sore. :S
Nathan and Ariel (he's in the purple shirt.)
My little sister, Rebekah, and Christian
Trying to figure out what I'm doing!
Postie's Jig (EEK!)
Dancing with Colton
Nathan and Stephanie
Me and my bro ^_^
Christopher and myself
This would have been the BEST. PICTURE. ... but it's blurry. --.--
After the Dance
Every year, after the dance, we go out to take pictures outside the building; here's our collection from this year - we're like an adopted family or something!
Behold. The guys posing like Calvin Klein models. >.<
Left to Right:
I believe her name is Rachelle, then William, myself and Jase
Of course, Nathan couldn't miss his chance to give us his Calvin Klein pose...
And, when it was all said and done, we ended this year's conference with sweaty hugs, laughs, and a leap in the air. I'm already looking forward to next year's, and hope to become even closer with my amazing friends. It really was fantastic. We parted ways, the cool nighttime air feeling wonderful, street lights above lighting the way at 12:30 in the morning. These are some of my best, most precious memories, and they are the most important.