Small group this evening was sponsored by Gone With the Wind and the circus.
This match made in heaven came to be as I was looking through my books, which I do regularly. Something compelled me to peer inside my first copy of Gone With the Wind, given to me as a gift by my dad on my 13th birthday. I was obsessed with this book: the dresses, Scarlett and Rhett, romance, and Melanie and Ashley. I remember reading the last page of this novel as an 8th grader in the cafeteria, all the while trying my best not to cry. That didn't happen, and I clearly wasn't the coolest kid in school. This particular copy of the book is most special because of its inscription.
Y'all. My dad.
I immediately thought that this wisdom would be a good way to begin our second year of small group together. I want my girls to "remember to have fun and enjoy these youthful days." God wants them to do the same.
I chose Ecclesiastes, Chapter 11 with a particular focus on Verse 9. If God and my Daddy give me the same advice, I know to take that one to the bank!
So where does Barnum and Bailey and the Ringling Brothers come in to play? What better way to represent youth, silliness, child like wonder, and plain ol' fun than the circus! I love a good theme. Not only that, but I needed this circus adventure and all its reminders, too.
This is how a classic novel and a small group collided. Before showing you all of the cute pictures and theme-ish stuff I incorporated, here are some of the talking points from the evening.
- Be gracious. To yourself and others. Be grace and love in this performance and fear driven culture.
- Have fun.
- Do your best, and then let it go.
- Twirl, dance, be lovely!
- Enjoy one day at a time, be present.
- Find your balance/Walking the tight rope of life.
- Don't juggle what's not your's to juggle. Take a load off, sister!
- Be silly and don't take yourself so seriously. If you find yourself taking yourself too seriously, put on your red, clown nose. Seriousness and clown noses are incompatible.
- "Life is not an emergency." Ann Voskamp
Here are some pictures from the night:
This gave me the perfect excuse to bring out my stamps again!
The girls took home cotton candy, a treat back with pencils and candy, and gumballs!
I found cute chevron napkins and paper straws, too!
Treat bags as favors.
Popcorn. Duh. It's the circus.
Sweet baby girls being silly, having fun, and not taking themselves too seriously. Life is hard enough.
And my favorite...My. heart.