Wednesday, August 24, 2011
well...tomorrow will soon come and it will bring with it some more of my most very favorite people in one of my other most very favorite places, but...has it come too quickly? or has it taken it's time in coming??? - i can't decide, but either way, it has come and i embrace it with open arms
grab your bag and grab your coat. tell the ones that need to know. we are headed north.
Monday, August 22, 2011
haha oh the crazy adventures that will ensue
Sunday, August 21, 2011
feeling quite proud of ourselves for being so directionally fluent, we decided to head over to walmart to look at some things i needed for school. being somewhat ambitious, we felt that of course we didn't need directions since we could get to panda express and blockbuster; besides walmart was near our friend Holly's house so of course we could find it...
we started off by driving down one of the main streets that we knew eventually would take us from pleasant hill to martinez, but as we traveled along, the road became more and more unfamiliar until we finally found ourselves in the midst of a shell oil plant...this was when we finally decided to call our dear friend holly who just so happened to be driving in that same area (what she was doing by the oil plant, no one knows) and decided to try to find her and follow her back to walmart.
when we finally met her in the parking lot she asked us what we needed from walmart. Faith and i both began to laugh as we announced that i was in search of a gps system for my new car, which i promptly bought so that we could find our way back home. it was a wonderful welcome back for certain : )
p.s. his name is Jack and my car's name is Kerouac : )
Monday, August 15, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
wow! i haven't written in quite a while, and the only reason i have for this is that i've been extremely exhausted and stressed. the few weeks after darling Madi left were not the easiest weeks of my life. i finally was put with 3rd and 4th graders which was great, but my heart was so drained. i couldn't pour my all into them because there was nothing left to give. it took a lot for me to allow myself to step back and realize that God had these awesome girls in His arms and He was going to love them and teach them regardless.
during the next week, Dallas week, i was given the opportunity to be craft director for the week so Sprinkles could have a break. i loved it! i loved being in lanyard window; i loved helping organize all the crafts; i loved keeping the kitchen clean; i loved everything about it! unfortunately, there was a misunderstanding that took every last ounce of patience from my body and i finally broke down crying. i cried for Madi; i cried for the month of May; i cried for loosing my co-RA; i was exhausted, lonely, and misunderstood. the lies that flooded my thoughts still haven't relinquished my heart completely, and with that baggage i entered into the final stretch of the summer including staff retreat, which ended up being quite cathartic.
Dallas week was followed by another week of 3rd and 4th graders. i was so excited to have them again because, after my cathartic weekend, i finally felt like i could give them more of myself. i had some trouble with one of my campers not wanting to be in my group or do anything really, but by the end of the week, she was having fun too :) week 8 also brought Boonis to Day Camp. Boonis is our end of the year fill-in one-on-one counselor who is absolutely fantastic.
that weekend was our annual summer staff banquet. this year the entire dinning hall was turned into a Cuban night club for "Tropicano Cubano Hermono". the night was absolutely perfect!
the following week brought the last week of family camp and another wonderful group of 5th and 6th grade girls. for a lot of my campers, this was their very first time at mount hermon, and i was so privileged to be their first counselor.