Friday, July 21, 2017

"It's Not Over Yet"

Here is a random picture of a newly shed cicada. The campers named it Jordan. :)

Our assistant director at camp this week, who's name was Shawn (but he wasn't my Shawn :) ), was in charge of keeping things on schedule and ringing the bell to let the kids know when different things were supposed to start.

I hadn't really wanted my Shawn to come along to camp this past Sunday, because it had been a busy weekend, and I wanted him to have some time to rest before jumping into another week of work. But he asked me to check and see if there was any projects that needed to be done at camp, and there was,  so he came. :)

While kids were registering and settling in, the other Shawn came up to us and asked if we knew of anywhere he could get a watch, because he didn't have one with him, but keeping track of the time was a big part of his job.

Friday, July 14, 2017

So Far, So Great!

This song is probably the kid's favorite at School's Out.
It was one of the songs I taught them on my first week, with motions too - and the next day two of the girls were trying to sing it and asked me to help them with the words. That was so neat!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

7 At 6

It's been different living in NY vs my life back home. 

One of the many changes, is that at 6:00 a.m. my MΓ©mΓͺre and a friend of hers walk seven miles around her town. 
I've been tagging along. 😊

Monday, June 19, 2017

Teapot Troubles...

One project I have to work on this summer is planing Bethany's Bridal shower! 
Fun fun :) 

Along with the decorations and food and other fun things to be found on Pinterest, I needed to figure out the invitations. 

Then I found this beauty. 

So darling! So classy! 
Not perfectly "Beth" though, but it was a great start. 

Also it's currently unavailable on it's Etsy page. 

So what's a clever bunny to do? 😏

Saturday, June 17, 2017


So long, my (somewhat) faithful little tracphone. 

You were a practical, sturdy, cheap (until I had someone who wanted to text me everyday) phone, and despite randomly dropping calls, not letting me set up voice mail, and randomly calling people when you were in my pocket, you did what you were supposed to.

Shawn:"pull your phone out of your pocket, you've called me three times"

Me:"I'm sorry!"

I shall miss your size and simplicity, but I'll remember you fondly.

So long!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Rainy Day Play :)

Put this song together this morning - it's been raining here and it seemed to fit.
It's a little funny having more then one voice on the video, but I was having fun with adding harmony on Garageband and still wanted to keep the video simple.

Hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The light of the Gospel

Fireflies are just starting to come out tonight. Or maybe I'm just starting to notice them. :)
They're one of my favorite parts of camp- seeing all their tiny lights blinking out in the field.

While we're on the subject of light....

"For it is the God who commanded light to shine out in the darkness, who has shown in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." 
2 Corinthians 4:6

Hey, I learned how to use a can of tuna to explain a biblical principle today, so going from fireflies to this verse was pretty easy. :)  Just one of the cool skills you get from coming to staff training. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Roses and Jubilee.

Roses, fresh cut from Memere's garden. 
Jubilee is my ukulele's name. 

And the binder and notebook are cluttering up the picture a bit, but I had them out for work stuff. 😏

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Omaha, NE

I was there today.

Got to meet with some cool people for staff training.

Also got to try bee pollen ice-cream, which wasn't quite as good as another crazy flavor called Good Morning Dawn Patrol, which had fruit loops, oreos, and granola in it.

If you're ever in Omaha, go to Ted and Wally's Ice-cream. :)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017

Running On Empty

Don't worry, I was parked at a gas station when I took this picture, and I made it there safely.

The fuel gauge pretty well represents my energy level after this week, but I have a weekend to recharge before the next week of camp- staff training, starts.

Thursday, June 8, 2017


Once upon a time... there was a rocking horse, who had two enormous googly eyes.

And a little crack in his neck.... but that shouldn't be a big deal...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Eternal Purposes

"Therefore, we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal."
2 Corinthians 4:16-18

It's not fun to be tired, worn out, discouraged because kids aren't listening, distracted by a headache.

I know that's not exactly the same as "perishing", but I could kind of relate. :)

If focus is on ourselves, it can make us quick to snap at people, (sorry Shawn), and not put our best effort into what we're doing.

That was my day, but after reading the forth chapter of second Corinthians, it helped put my focus where it should be. 

Doing this VBS this week isn't for me, or for my team, or for Camp Assurance- it's to reach these kids, who maybe have never heard the gospel before, with Christ's love. It has eternal purposes, far greater then how we might "feel". So it should be worth it to go through a little suffering, knowing that it's not the temporary things that are important, but the things that last for eternity.

Photo credit: Shawn :)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sun Tea

This is the newest favorite tea in our house ( we go through phases ) 
It makes wonderful sun tea!
With it being in the 80s and sunny, it's been perfect weather for making sun tea!

Monday, June 5, 2017

"Adventure is out there!"

My car got a little muddy today.

On our way back from the town we did VBS in this morning, we were just about to camp and we looked ahead to see a train across the road of our last turn. Not only that, but the train was stopped.

We weren't in a big rush, but we didn't want to just sit there waiting for a train we didn't know how long would be there.

So, we decided to find an alternate route to camp. :)

We knew there had to be some gravel roads, so I kept driving, and soon we found a road to turn down.

After a little ways, it split off two ways, and the road going our direction was minimum maintenance. It looked alright though.

There was a semi truck on it, backing up, but I drove around it, and we continued on our adventure.

This little dirt road went up and down over some hills, but when we reached the lowest part, we saw why the semi had backed up.....

It was muddy, and someone had driven through, leaving a trail of deep ruts through the mud, something the semi must not have wanted to venture through.

What should we do?
Turn around?
Go for it?

We went for it.

Dennis, our team leader, prayed as I started driving again, and gave me the encouragement of "What's the worst that can happen? We can all get out and push if we have to."

Thankfully, we didn't have to. God got us through, even though there was a couple times my wheels were spinning a little.

Back on dry road, we made it back to camp to see that the train was still sitting there, so our out of the way trek was not in vain. :)

It's always fun to have a little adventure. 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Those Rosie Roses!


Guess who just bought these gorgeous climbing roses?

( Becca did! ) 

With such lovely fragrant apricot hued blooms, and winter hardy to -40 F; I am one very happy customer.
 Joined mom on a last minute trip into town, and while browsing through greenhouse - came upon this darling. It just had to come home with me.  πŸ˜
( Roses are my one weakness ) 

And freshly watered roses just are so photogenic. 😏

Friday, June 2, 2017

Last Day of the First Week

VBS, where Camp Assurance goes out into the surrounding towns and puts on bible clubs in the park, is just finishing up today.

My team had the farthest to drive- nearly and hour and a half to the first town, but they've been troopers. We've had a lot of fun together, and it's been a really good week.

There's a rather funny typo in the Missionary story.

We've decided a hippop3otmus could mean a three headed hippo. :P

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

John 3:16


today's memory verse for VBS

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Late o clock :P

Yep - this sheet is all I had planned. We managed to fill 2+ hours with (mostly) focused discussion and study!πŸ˜€ 

Bible Study happened tonight! As it happens every last Tuesday of the month. 
It went well, and I managed to fill our time - and more - despite my lack of preparation. 
I am constantly amazed at God's living word. Even though I didn't plan all I was going to say, simply have my verse references and a general lesson theme - God speaks through His word!

Praise the Lord!

( I don't recommend being unprepared. But tonight I was more unscripted then usual. Even so, we got to talk about a lot of important things I couldn't have planned.... So, yeah. Get in God's Word!!!)  

Monday, May 29, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

221b Baker Street

Well, I can't tell you Shawn's real address, but he has a new apartment! Once we're married in the fall, it will be ours to share, but he gets to be there first over the summer.

I've been able to bring some of my hope chest items to add to the collection of things Shawn had, and or purchased for his new home, so its fun to see them in their proper place, instead of all packed away. Do you remember those canisters from this post? It's been 4 years since I've bought them, so it's pretty exciting to finally have a place to use them. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

From the rising of the sun...

...Til the time that it goes down, the name of the LORD shall be praised!
Psalm 113:3

Monday, May 22, 2017


What does a 60's Psychedelic Rock song, a 70's Pop song, and a 70's Country song all have in common?

Well for one, they're all songs I've grown up with and love. 

And two, these particular songs- despite each having a different story, genre, style, and rhythm- all had similar lyrics and themes. At least I think they do. 

And I think they're better together. 😊

So, here's a jam I created, I was really just messing around. It's all rather improvised and crazy - but very very fun to make and I hope you like it as much as I do!

 I'd love to see how many songs you can identify in this bundle of fun!

With my trusty ukulele, microphone, and Garageband this was invented. 😊

Not a Porcupine

For my mom's birthday, we got her a weeping redbud tree. That's not a picture of the one we got her, just an example. Maybe someday Mom's will get that big and pretty. :)

Becca and I had fun using the code word for Mom's gift, and she was very excited when we showed it to her yesterday. Shawn got it planted in our front yard, and we're excited to see how it does.

I bought it in NE, which is growing zone 5, but my family lives in zone 4.... hopefully it will weather through the winter.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Bethany Cake :)

(Happy accident) 

Doesn't this look cool!? 

Totally accident. 

Beth was making Mom's birthday cake. 
(Happy Early Birthday Mom!) 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Thank You Jesus

No, I didn't intentionally try to copy Becca's beautiful silhouette photo from yesterday, (my photo is nowhere close :) ) I just couldn't take a direct photo of this thing, cause it's a surprise.

One of the gals I've been working with here at camp, Mary Ann, is such a good example of just talking to God throughout the day.

Well, today we were out grocery shopping for camp, there was a place I needed to stop to get above mentioned thing. Let's call it a porcupine just for the fun of it.

So, this place had a couple porcupines, but they were quite expensive, and none of them would have fit in my car. A clerk called another store, but they didn't have any... I thought I'd just have to wait and look some places closer to home, but Mary Ann thought of another place to look. 

While we were driving there, she said a quick prayer out loud, asking God to help me find what I was looking for.

I thought this place would be kind of a long shot for porcupines, but they had some!!! They were less then half the price, and they were smaller too, so I could fit one in my car!!!

Praise God!

A certain someone will be very excited to receive this porcupine tomorrow. :) 

Thursday, May 18, 2017


Just as the last light was fading I got outside in time to take this picture. The dandelion became the perfect subject of the shot and of my thoughts of late. 


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

Shawn and I were joking this weekend- 

"Freetime? What's that?"

When camp gets underway, life will be crazy for a while.

If I think about it too much, it's a little overwhelming.

But I know "it will be ok",  as Shawn told me last night.

It will be a busy season, but God will get us through.

I just need to keep my eyes fixed on Him.

It will also be a season filled with fun adventures, and learning, and growing, just as all of life is.

One of my favorite Charlotte Bronte quotes is this:

"I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward."

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