These pictures are from our lunch (on our anniversary). We sat outside and ate at the Bourbon Street Cafe in Bricktown. The restaurant was right on the water, and the view was very picturesque. That glass building became the benchmark for the entire trip. No matter where we went in OKC, we could see that building. The last picture is the building at night. So beautiful! The two pictures above are of our team on the first day of the tournament. This team is two-thirds of who we had last year when we placed second in the nation. The team’s dynamics were so different this year. We weren’t as prepared as in previous years, and that caused a little bit of hesitation in the way we played. The pictures above this paragraph are of the first day when we arrived in OKC. We had the quizzers sit and stand together so we could take some photos of them. These are really amazing kids, and I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to work with them. So these are THE LAST pictures that I can use from our trip to OKC and the North American Bible Quizzing Tournament (NABQT). I have random photos that I will most likely post to Instagram, but I won’t use those in a post. The one above is with Milt and his quiz master. This was him earning a gold medal and a blue ribbon for having the highest amount of points in that quiz.
I learned so much from this year of quizzing. The most important thing I learned is that hard word will always be the benchmark for success. When we started out this year of quizzing, we had three people on the Intermediate team. Shortly after we started practicing in November, we were down to two. We didn’t know the future of the team, so Milty decided to stop learning after he had already learned over 100 verses.
We spent three weeks in NY from before Christmas until well into the beginning of January. When we got back home, he and his teammate decided that they were going to continue past Taste of Quizzing, which consists of only attending the first tournament. By that time, he was roughly two months behind in learning. That has never happened before. We are normally done learning verses by March or April.
This literally set us on a path of trying to quickly get caught up and then having very little time to start charting. It was so bad that he finished learning his verses the week before he went to camp. He was so dedicated though, and he was learning six verses a day so he could be done. Again, this had never happened before.
I truly believe that God honored his study habits. I’ve never had to pull a tooth to get him to learn or study his verses. We made it far for a team that only had one person knowing all the verses, and each time we lost, it was by about 10 points or so. Even so, this was their first year in the Intermediate Division, and they did a wonderful job.
I still look at this entire year as a year of learning. He has decided that he is going to start learning, and he won’t stop, even if he won’t have a team. We realize that there are many other options out there now, and we will definitely explore those so he can continue with his bible quizzing ‘career.’
Have a great week!