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So, let me just start out by saying that I have the best church family ever! They love my family and they support us and pray for us and give us free food!
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Sure, there's been extremely hard things that I never want to live through again. (Nope, nope, nope, nope) And sometimes, it's hard to have your dad always on call (he's always sure to make time for us and to put his family first though!) And as I get older, it's hard to see the struggles my parents and the church go through, but hey, this is what God has called us to do and he's always walked us through it!
It's also hard with my friends. Mary Elizabeth wrote a post about this, but I'll just give you a short version. As a pastor's kid, you occasionally grow up differently than your friends, and it's sometimes hard to find common ground besides school and stuff. Sometimes, you don't feel like you fit in at your own church! And because Phoenix is a ridiculously transitive area, people move. A LOT. So it's weird and sort of sad having had so many friends but only being in contact with like 5 of them. (Not counting the ones I have near me right now!) But God has given me so many long distance friendships, that I never really feel lonely! (And you guys are amazing!)
Anywho, enough of the struggles and ridiculous tangents, let's get into the awesomeness that comes with being a PK and more importantly a Perham PK!
Pastor Appreciation Month - Your family gets lots of nice cards and gift cards and A STINKIN' AMOUNT OF FREE FOOD! Last year, a family gave my dad a HUGE thing of peanut butter because he loves peanut butter and celery! And just yeah, it's pretty cool!
Kids class - Well, this isn't only because we're the PKs, but I teach Jr. Church, and my brother and I teach the midweek kids class together. Sometimes, they make you want to throw yourself into a wall, but other times they say hilarious things. For example, this wasn't in kids class, but a little kid at school said the meaning of the verse "Keep the tongue from evil" is to not stick your tongue out... I was like:
Having the run of the church building - Basically, I know where everything is. And if I don't, I know where to check or who to ask. (This is extremely useful, until someone asks you where salt is so you go look for it and realize it's in the teen room at the back of the property so you just avoid that person...)
You know the best hide-and-go-seek spots - Like 1) that modular with the door that leads to the outside or 2) the extremely hot attic with that closet that locks from the inside or 3) the baptistry or 4) in the vending machine cage left over from the previous owner. And you know where not to hide! Don't go up the east stairs to the baptistry because they're about to fall or into the old church trailer because it locks from the outside. Also, we know how to get in if we get locked out! And we've actually used that skill at least once...
Your dad's office - If you get sick, need to change, or need to dump stuff, your dad's office is always available!
The run of the piano - Well, because I'm the secondary piano player for my church, I get to use the baby grand in the auditorium and the keyboard in my mom's office basically whenever I want to! Which is soooo nice! Speak of the piano, I uploaded Unclouded Day last week, as you can see above. It's not an original arrangement this time. And that's my church piano which is bae!
When you borrow an ATV for VBS, you can ride it after church on Sunday! - I speak from experience.
The WiFi - You see, we have like four WiFi routers and they all have the same password. And I know it... And you probably don't. Hehehehe. We also have a dead spot smack dab in the middle of the property and the teen building says there's WiFi, but there's not...
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The website - Ya see, there's only like 3 people in my church who know how to run the website, so I sort of get that job. It's cool because I can put school forms on, edit pictures, pages and other stuff. (Yes, Ross I know you know how to run it. Remind me to give you the password!)
And finally, knowing everything in advance - This is also a bad thing, but most of the time it's fun to ask your dad what he's going to be preaching on or if we're doing this event or whatever.
In conclusion, being a PK is hard sometimes (especially as a teen), but overall, it's a lot of fun! You get to have a great church family who love and support you and free food and free piano and hide-and-go-seek privileges and so much more! I thank God for all the opportunities He's given me as a PK!
And I thank you guys for being my long distance buddies :D And for reading this post because it was probably stinkin' long!
Are any of you PKs? Do you have anything to add to my list?