128 Days of Summer

Adventures from April 28 through September 1 of 2013

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Sunday, September 1


Today was long day number 2. Take care of kids, do about a thousand bajillion harnesses, and kill my hands working bottom of zipline. Also, enjoy the moments of worthwhile conversation with other staff and the guests. Run back to the house to see cousins we hadn’t seen in years, and then go back for MOAR harnesses and things! Yes. That was my day. It’s good to be at camp, but I’m still slightly freaking out about school starting so soon. Summer is basically….over!


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Saturday, August 31

You know that awkward time when the schedule you were emailed isn’t the real schedule and you work earlier than you thought? That happened today. Luckily, I had showed up early to get a wristband and be official and things. Thus commences one SUPER  long day. I’m kind of tired of doing up harnesses, but it was fun to be able to spend time at camp with my cousin and a few friends. It’s always a good time, even when it’s not a good time at ALL. And my friend is sleeping over tonight! Super last minute: check. Didn’t ask permission: check. No one had a problem with it: check.

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Friday, August 30

Today I did lots of things. Started off by taking my sister to buy her textbooks, which resulted in me spending all of the money I could possibly spend in one day. Fantastic.

Secondly, I volunteered again! It was kind of nice to still be able to have some sort of a routine in my week, even if it IS the last week before school starts. It was the last time for most of the ones going off to school to hang out, so it was a little bitter sweet I think. Also I got schooled in Blokus. Really badly.

Thirdly, we drove to Michigan! Again! I’ll be working Saturday and Sunday and also my mom is visiting my grandma so it worked out splendidly. I’ll get to spend time with my cousin and friends and get paid. Yeeeee! However, on the drive down there was a massive storm and our new car is slightly (as in a lot) lighter than the old so it didn’t like wind. We had to stop on the side of the road for a little while but we made it through alive!

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Tuesday, August 27

Today I mostly just did little things around the house until I went out for the evening. Then I proceeded to get completely drenched when it opened up and poured and I didn’t have an umbrella. I was also slightly lost when I got off the subway. By slightly I mean I thought North was South, and thus went the wrong direction. This made said drenching worse. Also, I don’t know if you’ve ever tried, but texting/operating a touch screen phone is very hard when your fingers are wet and becoming wrinkly.

Once I got to the house my meeting was at though, it was fine. I obtained a nice towel and they dried my sweater. Also it was a good time of fellowshipping and talking about the year for CCF.  While I’m glad I’m not on committee this year, it is still nice to know that planning is happening and there is excitement bubbling.

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Monday, August 26

I was able to meet with my friend for “coffee” today 🙂 She had returned from her missions trip to India, and it was a wonderful time of catching up and sharing what we learned. Sometimes it feels like I’m way too lucky to have these people in my life who care about me and who I am able to continue investing in and being invested in by. Friendships based on a mutual desire to grow continually in faith are the bestest kind.

I also got to teach again today! It was actually really fun today. The cuteness and eagerness of the students totally made the entire evening. I love being able to laugh with the students and I feel like I feed off of their mood, so it’s nice when they show up in a good one. Also “Call Me Maybe” was on the radio afterwards when I drove home. *Fist pump*

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Tuesday, August 20

So today was a great day because I passed my G driving test today! I’m mostly just happy that I never have to do a driving test again. Unless I move to Europe or something. Darn it …..

Moving on, I was able to meet up with my best friend here today and catch up. It was delightful. We walked and talked and discussed things that happened in our lives and what we God has been teaching us. I’m glad to have her back in my life again. Also, I am thankful for Starbucks, parks, walking, and life. Today is a thankful kind of day.

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Sunday, August 18

Today was the first day back at church! It was really cool because we had 11 baptisms. count them – 11. It was beautiful to see all the things God has been doing while I’ve been gone. It was also beautiful to see the kids and adults alike professing love for Christ and being thankful for his presence in their lives. Most assuredly inspiring and a great reminder of what it looks like when faith is blossoming.

Afterwards, i was able to spend some time with some high school friends. It was a great afternoon of reconnecting and catching up, and really just being us. I missed the friendship we had, and it was nice to rekindle it a little bit. Also swimming.

To finish up, i was able to skype with a friend from camp. I loved being able to see her face again, but also be able to continue our haphazard friendship-discipleship-mentor thing we’ve got going on. Yay friends 🙂

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Saturday, August 10

The kids left! I can’t believe I made it through this week, but at the same time, I look back on it and can believe that God had his hand on everything that happened the whole way.

After kids left, I went with my friend to Big Rapids to go on an adventure. This adventure included finding the best store ever downtown. It had candy, ice cream, free fudge samples, a four seasons room, and a wall of candles. Basically you could live there. There was also  J.C. Penny run, but minor details. We also went to Applebee’s for dinner, which was nice because real food. And, of course, any road trip would not be complete if there was not a trip to Mejer. I may or may not have bought a Curious George Treasury book.

To cap off the day, we returned to camp to spend some time at a campfire and hanging out with some people before kids come. The peanut butter s’mores made a reoccurrence, and the conversation was great. I am so thankful for adult conversation after this summer at camp.

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Thursday, August 8

Today was good but sad but bad. It started ok. I had afternoon break, which always means a better day. During my break I hung out with two of my friends and one did tye-die. We had some fun doing that, but mostly I was thankful for the time I got to talk with him for the day. I am so thankful for adult conversations and for the care of other counsellors. It always helps a little to know that someone else is praying for you and encouraging you to persevere.

The sad part of the day was that this friend left for the rest of the summer. Did I cry, yes. I feel like I was blessed by him this summer and it’s hard to say goodbye when you know the friendship afterwards will be different (when you don’t see someone every day, things are different).

This was sad, and then to top things off tonight was the worst campfire ever. Another episode with the other girl combined with one of mine disobeying, getting angry, and then throwing a massive temper tantrum. Needless to say, we missed pretty much all of campfire. However, it made me that much more thankful for the other counsellors and staff in the area. One more day!

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Tuesday, August 6

On the plus side, tonight I was able to do my 25th SSB! Kind of ironic that I wanted to complete it, and God let me have my 25th one. And I remember almost all of them, so that’s also kind of fun. I’m starting to feel better about the week (I absolutely love my co and our traveling cabin counsellors – we hold each other up), but at the same time I still don’t particularly want to be here. On my break I did a Wesco run, which was nice. Tried Razzleberry Peace Tea, which was actually pretty good. At campfire we had a little bit of a meltdown with a girl in another cabin, but it should be ok.

On a completely unrelated note: POST 100! I didn’t think I would make it this far ….