Monday, June 15, 2009

Back from camp!

Eighty kids. A seven-hour car ride.
The first night I wondered if this was church camp or a hair salon...
But then the games began...(so glad Neal-14 won't drown, now that he's got his Gator Life Preserver).
Complete with lots of mud.
Yes, that's me with the pink hair on Soaker Patrol (I tend to make poor decisions when I've had a lack of sleep, but MAN that was fun!). Ruthie-5 was our Super Soaker Girl.
By the end of the week, nobody cared much about their hair. Or their suitcases, apparently.
We did have to draw the line when it came to hygiene, however.
The big kids were so sweet with the little kids.
We got closer to each other, and we each heard from God in a special way (more on how God cut me to the quick later this week - wasn't this supposed to be a KIDS camp? What's up with that?).

I'm back, buried in laundry. I just sent my middle two to ANOTHER (girls) church camp this morning! I am exhausted, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. I lived in fear of the teen years for so long - who would have told me that this time could be so breathtakingly thrilling? I LOVE motherhood, I love my kids. I love getting to know their friends and watching them grow into young men and women.

It just doesn't get much better than this.

10 comments:

SnappinMama said...

That is so awesome! I can't wait for my time!!

Susanne said...

So. How'd you get the pink hair? LOL.

How awesome that you went and helped out and that God ended up speaking to you! Can't wait to hear the story!

Mothership said...

I love hearing about your journey. You are a blessing to all of us. (Oh, yeah . . . and those kids of yours!)

Jen said...

Scott is with madison at church camp this week. We go opposite sex with the kids.....He is chaperoning the boys...or getting in with the boys since we have an almost 13 year old girl.....and I will go with Miller...it sounds like you had a blast...Scott called a little while ago...they too are having fun!

Henley on the Horn said...

This is a precious post. You are such a great mama. Thank you for sharing this with us!

Michelle said...

Sounds like fun! Some of my best childhood memories were at church camp. We had such a blast!

Beck said...

My Girl is going away for a week of summer camp in just a few weeks! I'm anxious but she's EXCITED.

~Sandy~ said...

Awwww...it looks like you all had sooooo much fun!!!

Peapod Four said...

Those are great pictures!

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

I'm always cut to the quick at youth events as well. God's word won't return void, and all of that I guess. . .

Hi!!