Thursday, July 28, 2011

YoungLife Camp 2011

Camp this year was wonderful, exhausting, emotional and so much fun! God did some amazing things, like always. Why do we always underestimate Him?! He is a big God, so why not expect big things?!
I love when I go to camp and not only does God work in the kids' lives but He works in mine as well. I got to spend an entire week with Him, who made me and who loves me more than I can imagine! I left even more grateful for what Jesus did on the cross and I also left with an appreciation for what a huge responsibility it is to be a parent. Some of the stories I heard were heart breaking and most stem from broken homes, God gives us these kids for such a short time, why not do the best you can with the time you have?! I would have taken all these kids home if Greg would have let me! :)
Night 1- To much fun getting ready for an obstacle course

To say that I laughed a lot with these girls wouldn't be too accurate. I laughed more with them then anything other cabin I've had. They were too funny!

We had a "messy games" day. Our clothes were a little crispy afterward!

Loved the swing!

One night we had a carnival. The kids have to play games to get tickets to make their leaders to things...they were pretty gracious with me I only was in the pie eating contest and the dunk tank! Not a good combo when pregnant but still fun!

80's night...Please take notice of my cut off sweater with the GIANT baby belly underneath. Super classy!

I always love going on the hike, usually most years its a pretty brutal hike. This year they decided to make it a little more mild, it was still tough but I couldn't pass up the chance to go with them!

The ropes course is my favorite thing to do at camp, I was bummed that I couldn't do it this year but getting to see these girls experience it from a different angle and cheer them on was really cool!

All dressed up on the last night together!

If you can imagine this pretty much sums up the way they were the entire week...too funny!

I was blessed with 12 wonderful girls, that's right 12 girls in one cabin with only 2 leaders...oh yeah and only 3 bathrooms. I was so blessed with Jenna, the leader from Eagle High, she was such a trooper her first year at camp! I literally don't know what I could have done without her! Thank you for all who prayed for me this week, God defiantly heard your prayers. I didn't get much sleep and came back with a terrible cold that almost turned into pneumonia but it was worth every minute! Each one of my girls made a commitment at camp, either to start following Christ for the first time, re-commitment to Christ, or they already were following but they had personal commitments they wanted to make. It was so refreshing and convicting to see God working in these girls lives and them in return responding and listening to Him.

I'm not sure if I will ever have the opportunity to go to camp 35 weeks pregnant again, or if I do call me crazy x2. It was nice to take a step back and get to experience camp in a different way. But Next year I'm getting on that ropes course!


  1. First I have to tell you Carson walked by when I was looking at this and saw the ropes course pictures and said, "Uh that doesn't look like a very good idea" :)

    Second, I'm so glad you went! I'm sure it was hard but I know the rewards far outweigh the sacrifice. They always do. This is a week the girls will remember forever! You made a solid investment that will have eternal rewards!

  2. I love that you went to this without a second thought. Not even your 8 month pregnant belly stopped you from being with these girls that are so close to your heart.

    I also trust that the Lord was working on you just as much as them knowing that you would need to be filled up for the journey your in now. Such a hard and painful one to walk through ... I am so thankful that you have Him to cry out to and carry you. I know that through this you are continuing to be a testimony to these girls and those around you.

    Love you!