We took the camera along with us with hopes of doing a little vlogging. Unfortunately, after we arrived in Kentucky, things got a little crazy, and before we knew it, the weekend was over. However, we did manage to get a little video of our travels, which you can watch by clicking on the graphic below.
But before we cut to the vlog, I wanted to share just a few things about the trip with you.
Like we've said, the convention trip has always served a couple of purposes for us. As a youth worker, the convention has been a place where Jay has been able to sharpened his skills through incredible training, instruction and teaching. Some of the biggest names in student ministry speak, teach and share their experiences in seminars and general sessions. An exhibit hall crammed with resources, camps, mission organizations, and tools. And of course the worship is amazing.
In 2008, Jay's role at the convention changed from attendee to volunteer. Since then, Jay has worked the convention, serving first with the Seminar Team, helping prepare the rooms and technology for the seminar speakers, then more recently as a member of the Main Stage Team, helping with the general sessions. This has left Jay flying solo.
But as a couple, the convention has served as more than just a place and time for training. The convention presents an opportunity for husbands and wives to reconnect with one another, a way from the church, the family, and the things that sometimes cause distraction.
Let's be honest, ministry is hard. If a couple is not careful, it can totally consume the time and calendar of the family. But we decided very early on in our career that we would do everything possible to put our marriage and our family first, while leaving ministry second. With each year that we attended the convention, we were reminded of just how important it was that we maintain this commitment. It's partly why we have kept Amy home. We knew that committing to full-time ministry would be a huge step of faith, and keeping Amy at home would be bring challenges of it's own. But we have also believed that it was super important that our family come first.
The convention has allowed us time to be together for an extended period of time where it can be just be. Kid-free so we can talk, sleep in, and dream about our family. To be able to talk about how we want to be as parents and as a family. We listened to the 'experts' counsel and advise us. And we've taken the time simply love one another. It's time that is well worth the investment. And while our sacrifices have at times be great, that investment in putting family first has paid in big dividends.
This year, the convention offered us a much needed break. The last six months have been a whirlwind of transition. These last couple of days have provided the opportunity to pause, be renewed, and be refreshed for all that God has for us in the year to come!
So let us say thank you to every one who helped to make this visit to NYWC possible. To Wanda S, thank you for giving of your time to come to our home and stay with the kids. And thank you for taking them back to your home for the weekend. To Kiley Z, thank you for staying with the kids when Wanda was unable. It was a huge blessing! To Missy H, thank you for the dinner and the evening given to the kids. And to Wanda C, thanks so much for the dinner you shared with the kids. And thanks to our dear friends Jim and Chris D, who took care of Toby, (our Goldendoodle) while we were away!
Our time away was great, and we are so grateful to be able to have friends who have helped us make it possible. And thank you all in advance, for taking a few minutes to watch our vlog.
- the higham family
Hi we're Jay & Amy, and we've been married for 19 years and are super blessed to be busy raising our 5 kids; 4 boys and 1 girl. We juggle the adventures of life and ministry and share what we are learning as it relates to marriage, family, raising kids, serving in the church, and chasing after Jesus. Raising a family is hard work, especially in today's culture. But our hope is to encourage you and your family, as we live for the glory of God.
Growing up in todays culture is tough stuff. Our kids are becoming the 'connected' generation. More technology savy then ever before. But more than technology, the constant and increasing pressure to raise above the normal, to succeed and excell, and be more by doing more are like bullhorns in the ears of our teens. And it's not just society push our students, more often it's us parents.
A friend of mine, and local youth pastor, posted this on his Facebook this evening. I love what he's doing and what's about to happen this coming weekend in the Pittsburgh area. As we get ready to send our kids back to school, I thought this week of prayer was a great idea. So I'm sharing it here on the blog.
Check this out...
My friend Travis writes...
FRIENDS IN WESTERN PA: Please join us in praying this week for the next generation! Each day of August 10-16 has a specific focus:
SUNDAY (10th) - Pray for teachers, coaches, administrators, workers who are getting ready for the new school year
MONDAY (11th) - Pray for elementary school students
TUESDAY (12th) - Pray for middle school & high school students
WEDNESDAY (13th) - Pray for your church's youth pastor/youth ministry
THURSDAY (14th) - Pray for students going to college this fall
FRIDAY (15th) - Pray for all the ministries in our area that work with students (CCO, Youth For Christ, Young Life, FCA, Teens For Christ, Youth Alive, Pittsburgh Kids Foundation, Urban Impact, etc.)
SATURDAY (16th) - Pray for the thousands of kids at Three Rivers Festival of Hope "Student Night" who will be hearing the Gospel. Learn more at www.threerivershope.org
And please encourage the students you know to visit www.hopeformyschool.net to see how they can make a difference in their school this year.
Let's join in and pray for all of our students!
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Two things I love,
SUMMER COOK OUTS!!
And when you put them together, you get an awesome night of summer fun, good food, and some great friends!
Harvest Student Ministry is kicking off the summer with a School Year-End Summer '14 Cook Out!
What a great way to end the school year and begin the summer! On Sunday, June 8th, we are inviting students in grades 6 through 12, to join us for a great night of early summer fun. The plan is simple...
Hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill! Delicious side dishes and desserts!
Fun games to make us laugh and have fun!
An intro to our summer study!
A backyard campfire with s'mores.
And time to just relax and hang out with friends.
It's going to be great!!
So come out and join us!
Be sure to visit the Harvest Student Ministry webpage on the Harvest Church website for all the details, menu, and a better list of activities!
Bring on the summer!
PS - Was this post helpful, insightful, encouraging, or thought provoking? Great! I'd love to hear from you! Share your reactions, thoughts, and/or comments in the comment section! And thanks for reading and supporting the blog!
Thanks for taking the time to read The Higham Family Blog. Each week we try to share new content about something we are learning, something we love, or something to offer encouragement to the family. We love to hear from our readers, so please share your thought in the comment section of each post.