Saturday, June 17, 2017

Camp (Yes, I'm Still Alive!)

I didn't die (well, not quite!). Since June 1st, I've been working at Camp Caraway. I and the rest of the summer staff have been getting a lot of training on things like counseling, children, disciplining, belaying for the rock wall, cleaning, zip-lining, etc. I have gotten to know over 20 people as if I've known them for years. I love them and I enjoy the work, even though some days are rough.

This is where I sleep. there is another bunk bed in the room and there is another room with more beds. There are seven girls. 

Counseling class 101 at the lake. 

Our first Sunday morning. I took this picture of the guys crossing the bridge over the lake. 

Maliboo, Coco, and Yogi (these are their nick names). 

A very full truck ride. 

The rock wall. 

Coco, and Flipper with our boss, Houndawg. 

Scooby, Zuko, Squints, Benji, and Doodlebob. Yes, we are all given nick names.

One night we went camping as staff, but it rained on the way up, so it was a struggle to get the fire going. Eventually they got it. 

One of the mice we've trapped in the girls' basement. 

The view of the Uwharrie Mountains. 

The girl staff: Me (Mico), Flipper, Scooby, Miny, Tweety, Maliboo, Coco, and Otter. This was right after we got our nick names. 

The men staff. 

There's a little idea of what my life has been like in the last two weeks plus. I will try to update when I can. I am home for the weekend. 

God bless! 


Monday, May 29, 2017

May's Weddings

We went to two different weddings two Saturdays in a row. The first was the wedding of a friend we've known literally all our lives (our parents new her parents before either one of them were married). Her name is Susanna and she married Sam.
The church where the ceremony was held. 

The reception

Bethany and Bethany dancing along with other wedding goers.

The bride and her father.

Kimberly and Bethany in the back and Bethany, Lydia, and Daisy in the front. 

The pretty cake with birds on it. 

Sam and Susanna

The beautiful roses





Yesterday we went to the wedding of another friend that we've known for a while but not quite as long. Her name is Lindsey and she married Zachary.

The beautiful bride and her sisters. 

Zachary and Lindsey with a nephew and nieces. 

The clubhouse where the reception was held. 

Inside the clubhouse. 

Zachary and Lindsey. 

Pie and cake for dessert. Yes! That's a LOT of pie!

One of the best parts of the wedding was the groom and bride toss. 



Well there goes two more people to the land of marriage. 
In about a month, my sister will be among them. 



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

More From Haiti

You thought I was done with this topic, didn't you? Well, I'm back at it.

My team leader, Barbara, sent me some pictures that she took while there, so I thought you might enjoy seeing them. So all the photo credits go to Barbara in this post.

This was at the young girls' orphanage. 

Inside the young girls' orphanage. We were about to hear the Jericho story. 

Our team on the orphanage roof. Left to right is Barbara, Beth, me, Erica, and Kendal. 

Our team be the river at Valley of Hope. 

This is me and my translator telling the Bible story at the church. 


You may remember that I did NOT want to leave Valley of Hope on Sunday. I told you that right before we had to leave, I sat down and some little girls braided my hair. I didn't have a picture of that, but Barbara did, and I love it!
Here we are at the Wahoo Bay, eating our delicious meal. 

And, finally, the beautiful, smiling, photographer, Barbara (I guess the photo credits go to someone else here but I'm not sure who). 

Friday, May 19, 2017

In the Mountains on Mother's Day

On Sunday, Mom wanted to go hiking for Mother's Day, so after church we went to Hanging Rock State Park and hiked the Cook's Wall trail, which is really beautiful. These are some pictures I took along the hike.

The beautiful, winding path. 

We saw a deer along the trail. 

This was one of the cliffs by the path. 



Near the top there is a lot of green grass. 

Pilot Mountain. 

The end of the trail. We continued on, however. 

The rocks became very jagged when we got off the trail. 

Dad, Mom, and Lydia.

Mom and Dad coming back after our little detour. 

The steep rock wall. 

A close-up of the rocks. 

With my super power, I was able to push these rocks apart. 😉

Lydia walking in the grass. 

Sheer ecstasy. I could stay at this place for quite some time. 

Bethany in a clear, sparkling creek (that looked much better in reality than in this picture). 


The grass growing in the creek. 

Mom's gifts. Apparently we all thought Christmas or winter gift wrap was the best. 

Have a good one!