Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sick and tired...

So this 24 I'm feeling a little under the weather....just one of those days. Allergies are killing me. Thankfully, I got some great rest last night. Two of our kampers and their families from last term invited us to stay the night with them at Big Cedar Lodge. They were so so sweet! And what a blessing! Beg Cedar is so beautiful and so refreshing. Lately, I've been feeling overwhelmed by the idea of staying here all summer. I don't know why that is...I mean, I've done it before. Not that I'm not enjoying it, but I'm finding myself having to rely on the Lord more and more for energy. I also feel like I've been taking this time here for granted sometimes. Sometimes I can't believe that I'm here and sometimes it feels like I've been here forever! I don't want to wish this time away! I love it. I'm going to blame the feelings of overwhelmedness on the new job. I have loved being a KPD, but it definitely pushes me out of my comfort zone sometimes. It is definitely a very flexible jobs, but also one of those jobs that, even thought you don't have something you are supposed to be doing at every moment of everyday, I feel like your still supposed to keep busy. Lately, even in life outside of kamp, I've noticed that it's been hard for me to be OK with free time and to use that time wisely. I'm slowly starting to figure it out...I know it may sound dumb, but that's just where I'm at. We got a new group of kampers a couple days ago. Austin's here!!! I'm so excited. It's so fun to have my little brother around. The new girls in my section are super cool. It has been so much fun to hang out with them already. They are so easy to interact with them....I needed that! I needed that motivation to be in cabins and spend time with girls, even though they are not necessarily in my cabin.
Unfortunately, I better go. It's time to head back to Lampe, MO. Sorry again for the limited post. And, facebook is still being lame about pictures. Every time I try to post some it doesn't work. I'll try again on my next time off. I have a 48 (two days off) at the end of this term, and I get to hang out with my mom!! I'm so excited!! Love you all and thanks for your continued prayers.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Loving life!!

What a glorious time for the break! We are at the Rapps house right's so nice to be in a house, relaxing, and hanging out with one of my favorite kamp families. Things have been going really well so far. I am really learning to love my job. It's so fun to be able to hang out with kids, teach classes, and help out with parties and other things as well. First term was so great. The kids were wonderful. I'm over cabins 4, 5, and 6, so I got to hang out with a lot of the 12 and young 13 year olds. It's cool to be with the younger kids for a change. It was so much fun to help them braid their hair and put on their sweet make-up for Western night. The parties and activities overall have been great. I've been leading All-Around specialty. We had a great group of girls in our class last term. There were 22 of them! They were so fun and engaged in anything that we did. We played solleyball (a K-West creation between sand volleyball and softball), swam in the lake, played water polo, octoball (another kamp creation), 4 square...This next term, I'm hoping to take the girls over to K-2 ( the high school kamp) because they just built a water slide down a hill. It looks like so much fun!!

Highlights since the last blog:

-hanging out with great friends

-teaching mountain biking

-no injuries on the blob!

-fun with All-Around

-getting to help with set up for parties

-getting the chance to lead a small group Bible study for counselors since our usual leader, Erin, is out of town for her sisters wedding

-dancing my heart out while teaching the kampers our Komo dances

-getting to know some really cool kids

-building the All-Around trophy out of junk from the maintenance shed

-getting to drive the golf cart fav!!

-learning more about the book of Matthew! So cool! I'm feel like I'm learning and growing more everyday!

That's all I can think of for now. Love you all. Thanks for all your letters and love you've been sending.

Keep praying for kamp this summer. We need it!!

Monday, June 7, 2010

A break feels so good....

I'm on my first real 24 of the summer and it feels so, so good. I mean, we had a few breaks during staff training week, but this has been the first time since I got here that I've been able to stop, sleep, shop, and take care of things as needed. We got our first slew of kids on June 1st. At first, I didn't really know what to do. I am so used to being in the counselor role...having a co-counselor and my own group of kids to run around with and look out for. But, when those kampers started arriving, I think it really hit me that I won't have that again. Yes, I still get to hang out with the kampers when possible and teach classes, but it's not my job anymore to run around with a group of 12 middle schoolers. Part of that is sad, but the more I get into it, it's exciting as well. It's take me awhile to figure out my job as a KPD (or middle management position as John Coffer likes to call it). Basically, I'm a counselor without a cabin. Instead, I'm in charge of cabins 4, 5 and 6. The majority of these grisl are 12. They are absolutely wonderful! For the past two years, I have alwasy worked with the older girls, so it is nice to be with the young ones for a change. They are so great! It's fun to get to encourage their counselors and spend time in the cabins when I can. I feel like I have gotten to know about a third of the girls in my cabins decently well. It's kind of cool getting to be the "fun aunt" who comes in randomly and just gets to hang out. Sometimes this means making friendship bracelets, braiding hair, helping with make-up for the western party, playing Horse, talking my the pool, and just hanging out in classes. On the flip side, it's been cool to get to help out on the leadership side of things. It's been such an honor to get to sit in on some meetings, talk things out, help with activities, etc.

Some highlights of kamp so far:

- seeing 3 SNAKES in the lake while teaching sailing. Are you kidding me?? 15 years at kamp and NOW I'm seeing snakes. Awesome.
- Komo Leaderships girls v. Cabin 8 in a dodgeball game. They won. Don't want to talk about it : )
- teaching the FIRST EVER girl's aquaskipping class at K-West. Such a blast.
- dancing our heart out in the gym, dining hall, and anywhere else it randomly busts out
- swimming in the lake with my All-Around Specialty girls
- getting to sit in the teepee with the chiefs and princesses during tribals
- the Western dance...always a blast!
- playing my djembe for K-Life worship
- leading PINK with Nicole...the girl's daily specialty awards
- midnight Bananagrams with my fellow KPDs
- hanging out with the Rapp kids

Ok, I have to go for now. Time to head back to kamp. Love you all and I wish I had time to write more and talk to you all. Check out facebook for some pictures.

Please be praying for kamp, the staff, and the kids that are coming through. We need your support!