What a week this has been. A great week!
Friday we set up camp.
Had a camp fire. LOVE camp fires.
And roasted marshmallows. Roasted perfectly I might add, by my darling husband.
We had camp fires every night. Now THAT'S what I'm talkin' about.
You just canNOT say you're camping if you don't have a campfire EVERY night.
At least Kevin and I can't. So he makes the perfect fire. And roasts me the perfect marshmallows. And every night is pretty much perfect. Especially when we're blanketed with more stars than I've ever seen in the sky all at once. And when the weather leaves nothing to be desired.
We slept on the ground.
Yes the actual ground.
Our air mattress pooped out on us and rather than be all high maintenance I decided to give the ground a chance.
I was pleasantly surprised with how well I slept every night.
And just the right amount of warmth.
We hung out with the teens at their 9:30-12:00 service every morning.
That was sweet.
We thought we'd be mostly "off duty."
Not so much.
Within 5 seconds we were called on to lead small groups.
"Ok," we said.
Luckily this form of leadership is all but second nature to us so no big deal.
I was able to help a scared young girl build up enough courage to step out of her mom's van, wipe her tears, and walk into the teen tent for her first time.
It was a blessing.
We became fast friends. Especially after finding out we love the same Subway Sub--Italian BMT with all the veggies, on Italian Herbs and Cheese bread with Chipotle Sauce. Scrumptious.
I must say, I have a problem with those people (who are far too many) who get turkey. and lettuce. and mayonaise. BORING.
Ok so maybe not an actual problem. I love my friends even if they don't love variety. But my tastebuds beg for more!
Hanging out with the Wellsprings was fantastic.
Their music was so well executed.
I can't wait to have one of the teams to our church this fall.
And a couple of the people on the team are my good friends and seeing good friends is always, well, good.
And Ben Barnes and Adam Davidson are pretty much the two funniest people in the world.
Well, I can't speak for the whole world, but I can speak for myself and they crack me up.
And we caught up with other great friends too.
Brooke. oh how I miss my Brooklyn. It's always a breath of fresh air to be together again.
Britt. We had so much to catch up on. Girl talk hadn't happened in way too long. So good.
Kirby. He and Kevin had a blast hanging out for a few hours and getting to be truly geeked out together.
Gavin. How can we not love talking with Gavin. I heart him and I'm pretty sure Kevin does too. :)
Emily. I'm so crazy proud of that girl for living in the Dominican and teaching and being independent and. It was so wonderful to talk with her and see what God is doing in her life.
Shelby. Hanging out with one of our teens on a day to day basis was sweet. And getting to know little 3 year old Sierra was so fun!
Being with family is always a blessing and seeing many many MANY more friends than listed here is wonderful and encouraging.
That's what family camp is all about.
Kevin and I then packed up on Thursday and had most of Thursday and Friday to just chill as we love to do.
We watched Les Miserables--the musical--and oh my stinking goodness was it fantastic!
I've seen it/heard it so many times, but I really paid attention this time (novel concept!) and LOVED it.
The music itself is so fantastic it made me cry at the end.
Then I drove to Cleveland.
Met mom and grams at the hotel.
Ate way too quickly at Bob Evans.
Made our way (somehow!) to Quicken Loans Arena--the Q.
Arrived a whole HOUR early. Crazy for us.
Had a great night and all day Saturday of worship and sharing through the ministry of the Women of Faith team.
Home sweet home again. It's all good.