Thursday, June 30, 2011

Back from Camp

We made it back form Young Life Camp. At 7 am on Sunday after driving through the night. I'm still recovering. But it was so so good. I haven't had time to write a good post about camp, and honestly I'm not sure if I will. Young Life camp is one of those things that is so awesome to experience and impossible to really do justice to when talking about it afterwards. There are so many hilarious things that happen that aren't that hilarious if you weren't there. Our roommate/teammate Keith made a video slideshow for us, which I will post as soon as he puts it up on You Tube. But until then I will share a few highlights of the week.

1. Having awesome conversations with girls and getting to explain why Jesus had to die for us and what the significance of that is.

2. Staying up late, laughing, and acting like a complete dork.

3. Getting to be in the opera, one of my favorite parts of camp.

4. Hilarious skit characters that say things like "What my name is!"

5. Seeing students fully commit their lives to Christ.

6. Praying with seniors who were our junior leaders, and hearing them pray for their siblings who were on the trip.

7. Seeing walls and barriers come down and kids having a blast acting like kids.

8. Our cabin winning the obstacle course.

9. Getting to be part of a flash mob at lunch one day.

10. Tubing, zip lining, rope swinging.

11. Rain all week - NOT! this was kind of a bummer but we had fun anyways

12. Square dancing, karaoke-ing, dancing, and dressing up like a lumberjack.

13. Watching my husband ball out on the basketball court with 2 of the guys in his Bible study and win the 3v3 basketball tournament and beat the program team.

14. This is a bit of a story, but it makes me smile still thinking about it so I'll share. The last night of club, right before we had to get on a bus for 9 hours, I was part of a game. It was a guys against girls game, with about 6 campers on each team, and I was the team captain for the girls team. Whichever team lost the round, the team captain had to dance or dare. Unfortunately the girls weren't listening to me, and the boys were beating us pretty good. Meaning, I had to dance or dare. The first 2 times I chose to dance because I love to dance and had been dancing all week and knew the girls would love to see me up on stage showing off all my moves. When we lost for a third time though, I knew I couldn't take the easy way out and should go for the dare, which was a pie in the face. (In Young Life, a pie in the face basically means a plate full of whipped cream in your face.)  So I opted for the pie in the face, knowing that I would have to live with hair that smelled like sour milk for the 9 hour bus ride home. As they are preparing my pie for me, Derek stands up in the audience and comes forward to the stage, and says, "I can't let her do this." He proceeds to stand on the stage and take the pie in the face for me. When the game was over I asked him if that was planned and he said, "No, I just couldn't let you take a pie in the face before the bus ride home. It would have been in your hair all night long." And that's why I love him. He also provided a great illustration to all the students who had just heard about Jesus dieing in our place and taking a punishment on himself that should have been ours.

It was a great way to end an amazing week. This list doesn't even begin to describe how awesome the week was, but that's ok. I'll hopefully be back soon with a little video slideshow :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Blogging Rut

So obviously I've been in a bit of a blogging rut here recently. I'm getting to about 1 post a week. But life has been busy and every time I think about blogging I'm not really sure where to start. Which is kind of similar to how I feel in life right now, I don't know where to start.  I'm feeling kind of antsy about a lot of things in life right now, but I'm not really sure what to do about it. Here are a few examples:

1. My house - I want to do something with it. I'm not really in love with any of the rooms in our house right now. I would love to redo just about all of them including my kitchen, our bedroom, both of our guest bedrooms, the living room, our bathroom and the guest bathroom. The problem is I don't know where to start and I don't want to spend any money. This is a problem. If anyone wants to come over and hold my hand and help it would be much appreciated.

2. Friends - Between Young Life and work, I haven't had much time for friends. For like the last 4 years. Derek and I have a lot of friends who are awesome people, but I feel like we lack the time to really invest in those relationships. Which leaves me feeling frustrated and like I have no friends, which I know is not the case, but it just seems like everyone else has so much more time to hang out and live life together. And then I feel left out. Which is a sucky feeling. But again, I'm not sure where to start because I don't know how to create more time.

3. Work - I like my job. There are a lot of things about it that are interesting to me and get me excited. But with all the nice weather recently, I just want to be outside. By a pool preferably. Sitting inside all day and seeing how nice and sunny it is outside just frustrates me to no end. I wish I could work part time just in the summer, so I could have a couple more days off a week to be outside. But I don't think that really flies as an excuse to go part time.

So this is the rut of life I am in right now. The good thing is that God is and has been teaching me a lot recently. And so I am trying to listen to Him and enjoy all of the fun things that are going on right now and not focus on the things that I can't do much about. Anything you feel in a rut about and need to vent? Feel free to share!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A List

I haven't really been in a blogging mood recently, so I decided to make a list because its easier. Also, as usual I don't have very many pictures. So here it is:

1. I played in my first golf outing on Monday. It was kind of last minute but I filled in for people I work with who were going to play but weren't able to. My co-worker Lindsay played with me. This was her first time ever playing golf. I had a whopping 36 holes of golf under my belt. Luckily, my friend and roommate for the summer, Keith Biscuit was available to play with us. He knows what he is doing. It would have been a long(er) day had he not been there.

2. I improved my golf game. On the second to last hole, I hit the ball from the tee onto the green! This was one of the highlights of my game.

3. The other highlight was driving our golf carts through sprinklers that were on one of the holes. The temperature was in the low 90s, so driving through the sprinklers felt amazing.

4. My parents came down to visit us this weekend. We took them on the Bourbon Trail and toured the Woodford Reserve and Buffalo Trace distilleries. They were great tours and I would recommend it to anyone.

5. We also did a little driving tour of Frankfort and visited the capital building and governors mansion, two things I'd never seen before.

6. Saturday night my friends Jenna and Stephanie had a prom for the 30th birthdays. We all dressed up (up being a loose term, for many it meant an 80s goodwill dress, I didn't have time to find a tacky dress so I just wore an old dress I had with tennis shoes and some jewelry from high school) and danced our hearts out. I actually have a few pictures from this.

Derek and I

The birthday girls

7. After the party was officially over music continued to play and the few of us who were left danced like crazy people to the world cup song Wavin' Flag. That was probably the highlight of the night. We look crazy.

Kyle above and his wife Katie below. I love the picture of Katie because it shows off her gorgeous dress so well :)

More ridiculous dancing

8. After prom we all went to a bar and hung out some more. It was a really fun night. Derek and I don't go out to bars very often, so I felt cool sitting around drinking beer after midnight.

9. Less thank 2 weeks until young life camp - holla!

10. We got to go to camp a couple of weekends ago. It was so much fun. Hanging out was awesome, and the teaching was life changing. I need to go back and look through all my notes and maybe do a post about what I learned from it. It was wonderful. 

So 10 seems like a good place to stop the list so I'll end it here. Hope everyone has a lovely day!