Wednesday, July 15, 2009

"G3!" "That's what's up!"

"G3 we're here to be
the very best
beeetter than the rest
so look to your left and look to your right
our counselor is out of sight"

Tara (from the other side of the caf): "A little bit louder now!"

"What what turn it up?
ta ta ta ta tara ta ta ta tara
Ta Ta Ta Ta Tara Ta Ta Ta Tara

"Now that we're complete"
Tara: "Say what!?"
"Listen to us stomp our feet"
(insert awesome stomp routine)

The first day of teen week was a little sketch. I had 4 girls that I knew from previous years, 3 that had been in the cabin across from me last year, and one who was staying for her 2nd week. 8 girls, all different, all reluctant to bend, all expecting an amazing week. But by day were a family. I came back from my day off and they had already made up that cheer, learned it, practiced it, and were ready for when we were announced for kitchen duty the next morning. And, the most beautiful thing about it was that they had done it together. I watched all week as time after time they uplifted and supported each other, regardless of how different they were. And trust me, they were different. To be honest, there were times when I actually had a hard time connecting with every one, but not my girls. If one person wasn't playing around in the lake, everyone would yell their name until finally they'd throw all care of their hair to the wind, and dive in. I know that I'm supposed to be showing an example of Christ to my kids, but...this week...I feel like it may have been the other way around. Ah camp, what an amazing opportunity to reach kids...and be reached.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

MiVoden Update

It's been awhile since I posted...I feel a bit ashamed about that. It seems like everyone has found a bit of time to post during their busy camp schedule...accept for me...and maybe Nate?

I'm on my day off right now...and currently taking a break from my online driving school that I'm taking as a result of my speeding ticket this summer. Lame sauce. LAME SAUCE.

Here are some fun facts about this summer:

  • I counseled teen week last week. I've had some of those girls for four years. They're my favorite. I loved it.
  • My new job is awesome. It's all about cultivating relationships between staff and campers, and staff and staff. Right up my alley. Love it.
  • Nick peed his pants.
  • I've made some amazing new friends. Two of which are Rob and Amanda Durham. Amanda and I have decided that it's a tragedy that we didn't know each other at Southern. Jerrod worked with Rob all year, and didn't introduce us. Now they're moving to Colorado. Great.
  • Staff beach volleyball warms my soul. I'm a bit rusty...but the serve is coming back.
  • My tan is coming along...*ahem* nate dubs...
  • We had Tiff's "pajama party" (as Richard kept calling it) a couple weekends ago. It was so awesome to see her and Chels. I can't wait till next year!
  • I'm growing a lot, learning tons about myself and the things I need to work on. It's so good for me.
  • Have I mentioned how AMAZING it is to have Ben, Nick, Gimbel, Graves, and Sarah here? It is. It's amazing. It's like a little piece of Southern livin' is with me everywhere I turn. I can't tell you how nice that's been to have this summer.
  • I haven't wakeboarded yet. But I will. I promise.
I wonder what it's going to be like when this is not my home during the summer anymore. 5 years is a long time to invest yourself into one place. I can't imagine having it any other way. God is so good. So SO good.

Miss you friends. Wish you were all here.