I’m going to be trying to get myself in the habit of blogging everyday prior to my leaving so I can do it the whole time I’m there. I may not have a whole lot to blog about at this point, but get ready. I fly out on the 31st. BOOM!
I just finished working for 2 weeks as a guest Leadership Personnel person at Camp Firwood. It was a definitively huge blessing. I got to spend time with people I love lots, I got to drive boat lots, I got more tan, and I met new and wonderful people. It was lovely to be somewhere where I didn’t feel spiritually, emotionally, and mentally worn down everyday. I was physically exhausted, but that is SO MUCH better than any other sort of exhausted.
There was this one day that I blobbed (http://campfirwood.org/ Look at the campers section and pick blob) 40 kids and felt like I had been hit by a truck or given a minor concussion. The blob tower is 15 feet high and I went off it 40 times…I fell a grand total of 600 feet that day–two space needles–and then I took a nap. I planned on wobbling (oh yes. I said what I meant) to my bed and taking a 20 minute nap…well it turned out to be an hour and a half. But it felt great.
Another highlight was that a kid came to camp FROM SPAIN! I got to sit in on bible study with him everyday and interpret what the kids were talking about, being a good catholic lad he knew a good deal of the answers, but overall I loved being able to connect with him. It was such a cool thing to be the only person on staff that week that he could actually talk to. Not that I didn’t want him to make friends, but rather that he got to know me and I him better than most other people at camp. Such a great kid. The Spanish I got to use was so much more fun than the Spanish I used at work all year. I got to have a conversation, not argue, explain rules, or explain math or english. I got to get to know another person in their language. Could this be the reason I like languages? Yes. It is.
I was also one of the blessed individuals who gets to go on the second staff break to the Firs Chalet on Mt.Baker. Oh man. So great. Highlights include jumping into glacial water 7 times, having a snowball fight, going sledding, and making up songs with Rachel Vanderwerff and Meghan Watson. The seventh time hurt the most, snowballs and sledding are always a plus, and I make up songs every now and again with Robb Watson and Keaton Vanderwerff. It was nice to let our little sisters share in a fun tradition. Rachel has great lyrics.
That being said, I will summarize with the following: good times, lots of good times.
Trip to Europe preparations are still underway. I found a place to stay in London which I’m pumped about and I think at this point I have everything I need to have on the journey. I’m not really sure what to think about it all, especially because at this point I have no idea what to expect. All the better I figure. The Lord is indeed mysterious. It doesn’t feel like I’m leaving yet…that might be because of how much Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess I’ve been playing….or it might not.
I’m glad that I went to camp (found out I might have another summer left in me afterall) and the Lord showed Himself to be faithful as usual. I think it’s safe to expect the same faithfulness in this next stage of the journey. That’s the plan.
PS: Shout out to John Fisher and Allie Mullen. Great CITs. Way to go guys.