Well Cal and I survived Camp Tallowood! I guess you could say that we didn't just survive, because we
We met some amazing students and even had some of our own fun! We got placed in the village of Caesarea Philippi where Peter confessed Jesus as the Christ. What an incredible history. We learned all about Christ the whole week, who He was/is, who He met, where He went, what He said, what He's doing now, and so much more. Pastor Scot Pollack was a great helper to bring the message of Christ to everyone and it was incredible. We learned all about the Passover meal, seeing the image of Christ all throughout it even though He had not yet come when it was created. Even the rec time games assisted to give the students a great idea about the life of Christ, His parables, and His miracles. Some of the fun extras include Acquire the Tire (we throw a lot of tubing tires in the middle, gradually pouring more and more nasty stuff on them while the youth take turns running out by grade/gender and trying to bring them back to their team for points- it's a very muddy and sticky event), Village Voice (the villages create a skit/song to represent what Jesus did in their area and compete for the best one),Saints and Sinners(softball game between the sponsors/saints and the seniors/sinners - sponsors won! and I got 2 RBI's), and the Village Run (the villages compete in a large scale relay race and every one competes).
Here are some pictures to give you an idea of some of the fun!
Sometimes when I'm writing on this blog I think that maybe I should change the name to "adventures of a childless housewife" but I know that my luck will change come August and this will no longer be the case. You see I have realized that being a stay-at-home wife is a lot easier than being a stay-at-home mom because the one thing that would make life really hard (kids) is not present. Don't get me wrong, I think that kids will be a pleasure and a joy when they come around, but at the present I can clean the kitchen/living room/bathroom/etc and not have it immediately put back into desolation. Granted when the husband and I are both around things tend to get a little messier, but with my ample amounts of free time during the day, it is not hard to compensate. I have ordered my Hebrew and Greek textbooks for the Fall to begin working before school starts so I suppose my days will be less free, but until they come in....freedom is mine!
My days have most recently been full of searching for a new vehicle. Bill [our name for the '94 mustang - Cal's vehicle] has been headed downhill because of his old age for a little while and we have been saving to get Cal something better (I hesitate to say "new" because it will only be "new" in that it was not previously ours, but someone else's). Bill still runs and could get your from point A to point B on most days, but he is needing more and more upkeep as time goes on and this, my friends, is expensive. So, fingers crossed, Cal and I will be buying a used car in Houston, TX this weekend if everything goes correctly. You have to understand that we have had 3/4 cars sold out from under us within an hour or so of when we intended to buy the car (we just drive too slow?) and have had very poor choices in the Jackson area. I have also been reading the space trilogy by C.S. Lewis, currently on book 1 "Out of The Silent Planet". Lastly, this week I have been getting ready for CAMP TALLOWOOD 2010.
I am beyond thrilled to be going to camp next week!
So I have been helping to get everything organized, Cal and I have been to training, I have been writing chants for our group, I have packed a lot of things, and found a sash (in my costume drawers) that matches our team color! Whoop! I am so so excited. Tonight Cal and I will head to Target to buy some snacks for our cabins. I discovered last year that getting sugar-free lemonade mix was an awesome idea. I had a couple plastic spoons next to it and during free time a lot of the girls would add it to their water bottles, yumm. Besides the fact that I love going to camp, love youth ministry in general, and love these kids specifically (I interned at Tallowood BC last summer), I also think that the way this camp is organized is a great and biblical idea. In the years between 6th and 12th grade, if a youth goes to camp every year they will go through the entire Bible! This is not included Sundays or Wednesdays through the year, just camp. Last year all the youth and leaders were divided into the 12 tribes of Israel (I rocked out in Manassah) and within each tribe there are 2 clans (I was in Helek) to give all the youth a rec team. Each tribe has their own camp site to decorate (we built a wall last year out of Scripture) and they are organized according to where that tribe was located. They built a version of the temple on stage so we learned all about the prophets from about Isaiah to Malachi (Old Testament II class anyone?) and it was incredible. The youth got to learn about it from the sermons, but the games went along with it and the camp groups did a lot to teach each group about their tribe and its place in the Old Testament. Toward the end of camp, everyone is exiled by tribe (just like the exile in the Bible), the Temple is destroyed (on stage), and they did an amazing job showing the youth what the exile was like and reading Scripture alongside it. Very exciting! At the end of the exile we all came back in to camp to worship.
This year we are in the New Testament and divided by villages (I will reveal mine in a later post), learning about Jesus. Every village will learn not only about Jesus as He applies in the entire New Testament (camp goes through His Ascension this year), but will also learn key things about what Jesus did in their specific village! It should be amazing! Well, I'm off to do some more prep - keep praying for those youth, the leaders, and the Camp Eagle (our location) staff that help us!
It has recently come to my attention (and by this I mean that I no longer work so I have ample time to check everyone's blogs and last week I was sick so I had even more time!) that people have been a little lax on their posting. Very sad! I am loving reading each and every blog I am subscribed to and am completely sad that some of you have not posted since last November! I have since moved to a new state, changed my name and become a bakestress (baking awesome woman) since your last post. This is a crime, a travesty!
For those of you who this does not apply to, please accept my apologies for the rant. The rest of you...either post something or shoot me an email! I love you and am interested in your life!
Well this Memorial Day Cal and I got excited to hang out with some great people and grill out! There were ribs and chicken enough for everyone, yummmmm! We got the exciting task of bringing drinks and dessert - you know me I pulled out one of our party planning cookbooks to look up some fun recipes and decided on CREAM PUFFS! Here are some pictures of my efforts:
1st you make the dough and cook it until they are fluffy and light brown...
...Then you cut the puffs in half with a knife making sure to leave one side still in tact...
Then you make the whip cream (boy was that fun!) and fill with whip cream, strawberries...
They were yummy and delicious! I had a blast making them too so it was all worth it!
We then watched Taking Chance together which was a sad movie that had a great point. It shows Kevin Bacon taking the remains of a PFC to his family and in the process goes through some serious growth. Very good. We then came home and had some fun putting up our diplomas Here is the result!