On Saturday, Dad, Mom, AnnaClaire, and I headed to Rock Hill for the Steven Curtis Chapman concert. We volunteered to work for Show Hope at the concert. It was really fun. Not only did we see Maggie's mom and dad, Jeanette and family, a girl I used to go to school with and her family (including her adorable sister, Abby), and a few other families that we met for the first time, but we were also so excited to see Emma and her family who drove five hours to come! We traveled to China with Emma's family in December 2006. I remember they were the first family we met, because we were on the same flight to China. It was so great seeing them again. Their older kids also came, and it was fun meeting them. Emma has grown so much! The last time we saw her, she was a very quiet, two year old with no hair. Now, she is an outgoing, long haired, beautiful girl who will be four next month! Emma and AnnaClaire had so much fun together. They played ring around the rosy, collected change, and had a blast watching part of the SCC concert. It really was amazing seeing Emma and family again! I absolutely love the first picture of the girls with their Change for Orphans buckets. The second one is the girls with their Moms in China. As you can see, they have both grown so much!
Seeing lots of our friends was not the only great part about the concert. We got to listen to a lot of it, since our job was only before, after, and during intermission. Mom and Dad worked a booth while AnnaClaire and I collected change. That was the great part. SCC told all about Shaohannah's hope and Change for Orphans. At intermission, we walked around with buckets and people would put their change in. AnnaClaire was definitely good at her job and she had $300 in her bucket after intermission! She would literally go to people and do her "puppy dog face" and hold the bucket up to them. No one could say no, and that's how she raised money! One person, she even pointed to their pocket and said, "Money out of pocket!" She definitely knows how to make people feel guilty :). Nonetheless, by the end of the night, over $5,000 was raised and a family adopting from Kaz was awarded the grant... right there! It was a really great concert, and while we weren't raising money, AC had a really fun time dancing and singing along. I think we can say that "Dive" and "Cinderella"are her new favorite songs. She always asks to listen to "The Dive song!" or "Cinde-RELLA". She had a blast! Sadly, we were unable to meet SCC as we had hoped, but we still had a fun time.
He talked a lot about orphans throughout the concert. There was an ongoing number on the screen of how many kids became orphans during the concert. At the end, the number showed 587. Every 18 seconds, a child becomes an orphan. Although this is extremely sad, he turned it into a way for Jesus to be shown... and for us to help!
Here's more pictures from our night... enjoy!