Recycling in the Rain

Apologies for the lack of posts this past week! On the heels of multiple Thanksgiving Celebrations throughout our church, the headquarters of the Bibliopolis Recycling Fundraiser reached a crisis point, and it was imperative that we go the recycling center before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Since the center is closed on Monday, that left today to take care of business, but as those of you at Gracepoint Berkeley church are aware, this morning we had much needed rain.

But my crew was dauntless and determined. There was a light drizzle as we loaded all of the bags into the NV (Thanks, Uncle Joe!)

filled up the back of the NV

We filled up the entire back two rows, and the trunk space too!

We thought maybe the line at the recycling center would be short since it was raining, but it seemed some other people had the same idea. 🙂

that's a lot of bottles and cans

We confess that we tried to make the pile look as big as possible. Does it look impressive?

Once we started the actual work, that’s when the rain started coming down pretty hard. And we needed all hands on deck, so unfortunately, I have no pictures (or potential B-roll) for this portion. But I think we made quite an impression on the neighborhood recycling regulars. We got to tell them that that it was for a fundraiser at our church. And the young man working at the center very kindly lent us an umbrella.

Thanks to so many of your uncrushed cans, we were able to make quite a lot of money using the machine, but that did mean putting each one in individually. We went the weighing route with the rest of the cans, plastic bottles, and glass (thank you, Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider!).

Interestingly enough, the rain stopped just as we were finished recycling. We played informal “Price is Right” to guess how much money we made, and we were all very surprised when we saw our receipts.

It was an hour well spent during a week vacation from school — we raised another $90.61 for Bibliopolis!

Stealing Reading Moments: Sleepover Edition

These young ladies are taking the phrase “stealing reading moments” to another level!

blow drying and reading

Mr. Sketch’s dilemma: dry my hair or keep reading? What to do?!?!

fellowship reading

No need to despair when you have a friend who will read aloud to you *while* you blow-dry your hair! (That rhymed!) The video of this is, as you can imagine, pretty loud, so I think this photo suffices.

reading sleepover

friends + books + different patterned pillows and blankets = awesome sleepover


Never Too Early!

I have been receiving more and more pictures and videos of people “caught” reading, so I’m queueing them up. Some of you might think posting photos is taking the easy way out in terms of content, but these are really to inspire and motivate! 

Today’s injection of “awwww” is from our youngest reader featured yet. Board books are a great way to introduce even our youngest kiddos to books, so that they can get their “print awareness” down. 🙂 Soon, if not already, little Juliet will want to hold the books herself, and turn the pages. She might start pointing at things and telling the story of what is happening. All of that is part of the process, and yes, “counts” as reading!

I like her angry focused look! Go Bruins!