I knew going into this week, that camp would be a life changing experience…and it has been. Last night, I stayed for bedtime and read stories and tucked in, and I was struck by how young and innocent they really are. Even though it’s only been 2 days, now I get why a week can make such a difference in a child’s life. A week of being constantly encouraged, without fail. Encouraging them and hearing others do the same, is encouraging to me! It’s contagious. After only two days, I’ve already experienced so much emotion…overwhelmed with emotions that hit like a freight train. I’ve seen it do the same to some of the other adults too. I see them start to well up and then suddenly they disappear and reappear a few minutes later, composed. I’m sure we all volunteered to do this because we wanted to help and as cliche’ as it sounds, it ends up that we are being helped ourselves. I can’t even articulate what a profound experience it’s been after only 2 days!
So, I’m home today, editing the photos I’ve taken so far at camp and I’ll be going back later this afternoon for a big birthday celebration for the children and more photo ops : ) I’m also taking care of a little business that needs tending. It does feel good to be home, even though I know I’m missing out by not being at camp.
Last weekend Jared’s college roommate and buddy Ted and his wife Beth came to town for some tummy shots. Seeing them was a reminder of how sad it makes me that Dana College is closed. These guys had such a great college experience there. Without Dana, we wouldn’t have the met the Coxs’ and other quality people that became our basketball watching companions. I’m so thankful that Jared has such great lifelong friends who he met while at Dana. So, Ted and Beth are expecting a baby girl this fall. I think Beth looks incredible….
I hope you all have a great day and God bless!