Friday, July 3, 2015

One Hour

My dad surprised me on Monday with a phone call.

Since we don't have access to our phones throughout the week, I was called down from Cove Kids to receive the call from the front desk. I was shocked when Dad told me he would be coming up on Wednesday to see me at Gull Lake! I hadn't seen Dad since February, so for him to come up from Chicago to visit meant the world.

He flew back to Czech on Thursday, but I got to spend one precious hour with him on Wednesday, which felt short, but was so good and I am incredibly thankful for that hour!

Thank you Dad, for loving me so well. You are the best!!

Gull Lake 2015: Week 2

I honestly cannot believe another week has already gone by at Gull Lake Ministries. I got to be in the Lions room again this past week with the 2 and 3 year olds.

 The Lord has been good these past two weeks in giving me so much joy to be with those kids, and I have loved every day with them. All of these families are wonderful!

I got to take some photos this week too, which has been a perk this summer! I'm glad my camera doesn't stay at the back of my drawer for 6 weeks this year. Those sunny afternoons and evenings just must be captured, especially when it's "Stars and Stripes Carnival" night.

Another week of camp starts tomorrow. I only have 2 more weeks left at Gull Lake - hard to believe! We run nonstop here, from morning until night, but it is so worth it getting to work at a place where people grow and the Lord does amazing things. 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Gull Lake 2015: Week 1

I completed my first week of camp today, and even through the tiredness, I can already say it was a wonderful week.

I was in the "Lions" room with the 2 and 3 year olds. There were definitely some teary separations from mom and dad, but they were such sweet kids and I loved seeing them become more comfortable as the week went on, and getting to bond with them in small ways. I even had a buddy this week, little 2-year-old Samuel, who wouldn't hardly leave my side in the room, which was just precious. Ah, these kids! What a privilege getting to serve their families here at Gull Lake and getting to love on them in Cove Kids.

We had theme nights this past week that were so fun this one: Classics, Cliques and Cliches! It was basically a high-school throwback night!

These are a few counselors and some of the real high-schoolers at camp this week.
There is so much to say, but our off time as staff is short. Another camp starts again tomorrow afternoon! We are all going to need the rest this evening and tomorrow morning, but I'm already looking forward to the relationships we'll get to build this next week with another group of families at camp. The Lord has been teaching me about the strength that He gives to His people and I am amazed at His provision every single day. Even in the smallest things, He is faithful.

And here's just a silly picture from Cove Kids this week - playing with "fun foam"! It got a little bit messy! And we loved it!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

For Dad!

I was raking leaves last week, after we had a terrible storm (including a tornado warning) pass over Gull Lake. As I raked, I thought about my dad.

I really didn't mind doing a little outdoor work, but the only reason I enjoyed it was because my dad showed me how. Even though I had older brothers, Dad still invited and encouraged me to join in on yard days or any other work projects. I am thankful for not only those memories with him, but also that he taught me the value and pleasure in hard work. That's only one small part of what I've learned from Dad.

Today is Father's Day. I don't know if I'll have the chance to call my dad, since we are not allowed to have our phones on during camp (except on Friday evening and Saturday morning).

I want you to know though, Dad, how thankful I am for you!!

Thank you for teaching me how to enjoy raking those leaves, for taking me along on so many adventures, for showing me how to love the Word and the Lord. I have loved our dad-daughter dates, our roadtrips, and our family nights, as well as all the moments in between. You are amazing and I not only look up to you so much, but I love you even more!

I wish I could be with you today, maybe go for a hike somewhere in the mountains. But I'm thinking of you while I'm here at Gull Lake and love you lots!

Happy Father's Day!!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Starting Today

Camp starts today!!!

After a week of training, and a week of Ladies' Days conference (with the theme, "It's Good to Be Queen", with Liz Curtis Higgs as the speaker), the first Saturday of families coming in for camp has arrived. We are excited!!

In other camp news, I'm living in the "Annex" again this year, just like last year. I'm actually even in the same room, so it's nice to be in a familiar place. I've also been assigned the Sweet-N'-Counter for my afternoon activity, so if you come to Gull Lake and are looking for a sweet treat, do come by and say hello!

This is where I'll be living for the next month - dorm style housing upstairs!
The schedule here is fast-paced, but it will be refreshing to interact with families later this afternoon. This is what our staff has been preparing and waiting for. Please be praying for this next week, especially for strength and health as we serve. We want to reflect Christ in all that we do - whether that means filling up water glasses, playing crazy games with kids, washing windows, or anything else.