There is so much to say in this post! This event is a highlight of our year. Over and over again we say how very thankful we are for the Bible Bee and the impact it has had on our family. It is impossible to share in one post about all the time, dedication, hard work, and the lifting up of the name of Jesus Christ, that goes in to this event.
Here's the crew that headed down early in the bus! We were joined several days later, for the weekend, by Allison, Mitchell + Bryn, Josh + Cassidy, and John.
Right after registration...the five youngest devouring the 2017 Bible Bee Book and making their yearly "semi-final predictions". =)
Pretending to be unsure about the robes provided in the hotel rooms. =)
Denver quoting to Taylor back in the hotel room.
Hudson, up bright and early for last-minute study the morning of the opening competition round!
Many of you asked about Taylor and why he couldn't compete this year. The answer is that each year the winner of each division, regardless of their age, must move on to the next level. Taylor won juniors in 2015 and so he had to move up to the senior division, even though according to his age he was technically too young. After winning seniors in 2016, there was nowhere else to advance as seniors is the last division. It was hard for him to not be competing this year, but he did really enjoy the opportunity to interact and spend more time socializing and helping out as assistant staff.
Taylor chatting with a friend at the desert reception Saturday night.
I love this picture. These three guys? They are some of my heroes. For years they have been tight competitors and tight friends. Sounds impossible, right?
Enter the National Bible Bee, where your tightest competition is also your closest friends. This is the beauty of what happens when the WORD is at the center of an event/competition. It unifies instead of dividing! These three guys are almost always neck and neck in written test scores and orals.
This year was no different.
One of them didn't make it to semi-finals.
One of them made it to semi-finals but got knocked out before finals.
One of them advanced to finals and won first place. And you know what? Their friendship is just as strong and great as it was at the beginning of the week. Their various scores and placements vary from year to year but their friendship just grows stronger and stronger.
I LOVED watching them cheer for and rejoice with each other!
This picture was taken on a morning run they did together.
Late night party for the older ones, after a full day of cheering for the siblings!
Dad + Mom with Hudson.
For those of you who didn't watch the livestream or stay up to date on our instagram, Rebecca did not make it to semi-finals, Denver made it to semi-finals but got knocked out before finals, and Hudson received third place in the finals. They all did an amazing job and we loved being there to celebrate and cheer them on!
Sadly we never got a picture with the whole tribe together. We did manage to grab this one (above), the last evening, with six of us.
"Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee."