Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
- a beautiful sunrise over the ocean, a first for me, followed by worship
- What do I think I am doing?
- staff, in silly bathing caps, doing a synchronized swimming skit
- Leader, minister on the ground in a fit of laughter over a bathing cap mishap
- Always, the sound of music, drum, harmony, guitars
- Voices like angels
- the realization that I was a counselor for the seniors this year, twelve years ago when they were first graders
- watching my daughter shine in the comfort and love of camp
- hearing the words that my daughter makes someone's heart soar
- Going back to my camp days and participating in a shaving cream battle that I never did in my youth
- Boys serenade to the girls, along with flowers on their beds, brought tears to my eyes
- Youth, not afraid to admit their faith, not afraid to question their faith, answering tough questions of faith
- Team building exercise, stealing blocks, watching them work together to cross, their laughter, their teamwork, their caring
- talent show, our Czech republic cooks, taking part with a recital of Jabberwocky and a yo-yo demonstration
- staff meetings
- pure exhaustion
- the view from the porch
- an interesting young peace intern, joining our staff at the last minute, totally at ease with us and us with him
- seeing the future and its good
- Its all good
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Friday, July 04, 2008
As a kid, I remember going to Harvey 4th of July parades, my Grandparents living in Harvey, Ill, down from the Scott store. My Grandmother just moved out a couple years ago. When My Handsome Prince and I moved to Manchester Md, we hosted parties on our front porch for the parade, as our house was on the route. Today we went to the parade in Bethany Beach. Great fun!
This year 4 families camped and stayed together for 6 days, 4 other families joined for the weekend or 24 hours.
I'll admit, I was not psyched this year. With the house on the shore, all I want to do is stay there. Entering into Lewes, Delaware though, my heart soaring, a smile across my face, home away from home, for so many years. Three families were already set up and waiting for me with dinner. Entering the primary campsite, kids all around, manses tending the fire, my little sister setting up her camp, a family reuinion. Ahhhh.
My oldest, being buried in the sand, stated she liked hanging with the kids because they liked to have fun. Then her boyfriend arrived and she went back to being 20, with a little kid mixed in.
Found messages in the sand, one to someone we knew
Here are the tower climbers - that is my goofy handsome prince and his BFFB
Just chillin' while Emma takes all the kids to the beach, drinking the best beer ever - Dogfishhead 90 minute IPA, whoa!
We had the usual mega meals over the fire, including a roast with corn, black beans, salsa, served with homemade tortillas and donuts over the fire, massive amounts of pork products, chicken bbq, a mexican bake, blueberry cobbler, and so much more.
We played Capture the Flag (I did not - as I was packing up, plus I just did not think it was in my best interest with some back and neck issues still in the picture), Four Square (although it was not started until a few days into the trip, and only started because one young lady remarked she was disappointed in MHP because he did not set it up), Geocaching, finding a hidden lily pond in the great expanse of dunes, trips into town for shoppy shop, and late night trips into town for DQ
We also had green flies, no see-ums, heat, and the required emergency room visit (by My Handsome Prince with mystery blister and swelling on his foot that kept getting worser and worser - antiobiotics and lancing did the trick). T-shirts are in the thought process - Member of Bebe Medical Center Emergency Room Club.
We had a shower off, a competition of who could last the longest without a shower. It was always a debate as to what was legal and what was not, although one child wished to believe that brushing teeth was against the rules but it was set straight that NOT brushing was against the rules. All in all, we did not last long, with sweat, sand, salt, and smoke, although one lady,who will remain anonymous, went the whole week without a shower with soap or washcloths but rinsed everyday. Maybe she was the winner, with the exception of a child who did nothing but I'm not sure that is fair.