monday gifts

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Thankful for… 

rest and slow and lots of fishing.

a great week with family and friends in Mississippi.

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spending time with my wonderful Mamaw.

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lots of fun adventures with my brother Joe!

sunsets & sunrises on old family stomping grounds.

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so many epic table games. The best ones being when my cold-blooded Dad lost. :) In all fairness he was on a winning streak most of the week. It was sickening.

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how God worked it all out so we were there for several special family events.

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Joe’s awesome birthday gift!

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laughing so, so so so hard with/at father and brother on the road.

homemade ice cream. sweet tea. perfect weather. books. fishing. watching Jeopardy with Mamaw. goofing off with cousins. fishing. shade. grace. magnolias. conversation. fishing. safe travel. prayer. oak trees. porch swings. hymns. yard work. people who have known and loved me my entire life.

(I really do have a lot to be thankful for.) 

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Thankful for… 

my days of “boredom” when I was a teenager. I miss them sometimes! All that sleeping.

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my Val and my Hanner-Nanner, birthday week friends!! And yes Valerie did make a watermelon cake, because she’s amazing like that.

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late night centerpiece-making. And laughing. And overdosing on oreos.

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the fun I have with the people I get to care for on a daily basis.

babies to hold and play with!

how I can cast all my cares on God because He cares for me.

hours of music to listen to while painting my room. And a Kathy to “help” me tape.

a new phone.

birthday cards.

grill-outs and fire pits and fresh tomatoes.

my aunt’s kahlua cake. Yep it is delicious flavor.

friends who helped with moving and who apparently think they are funny.

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The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him. -ps. 28:7

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in the studio

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This week I had fun making birthday gifts for my twin cousins!

I just taped & painted the clip boards, in the process discovering that some of my paint is ancient and dried up.

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Linking up with Jen, who has the neatest post today about encouraging creativity in their discipleship school students in South Africa! So fun!

a few camp favorites

In an alliterative list form, because it just Worked out that Way.
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Waiting for my campers to arrive. (Not the RV campers you see in the background, I mean the small children, who come to the camp, so we call them campers.) 
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Walks & practicing my Bible memory verses.
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Wranglers who are so encouraging & help my girls be brave and try new things!
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Wacky quiz practices. One of the ladies helping in the kitchen kept watching us from afar, shaking her head sympathetically. But I realized that I love a good ole chaotic environment where we are silly but still get a lot done. The noise does not bother me and I’d rather the students be interacting and having fun than sitting there silent and bored. I mean, not to boast or anything but my team went absolutely undefeated so I must have been doing something right! Right? (Or my team was stacked with good quizzers. I’ve heard it both ways.)
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Wishing I was as eager a learner as our youngest campers. The way they soaked up my dad’s Bible stories, listened and remembered and asked questions, was amazing.
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Wearing red staff shirts along with a truly fine, funny, humble & caring group of people.
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Whiling away the hours in the Tradin’ Post. It’s a tough job I’ll tell you that much.
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Wondering why we didn’t start doing Bible drills with the young, squirmy, hyper ones years ago. It’s kinda an old-fashioned deal but man.. it holds their attention and they have a blast. We started this after noticing that probably 90% of the students coming to camp (this is including lots of church kids and even AWANA kids) struggle to find Genesis much less Psalms in their Bibles. It was cool to see their confidence build as they learned their way around the Bible.
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Wildly cheering on my quiz team. I love the competition! So fun. All types of students enjoy quizzing, but my most favorite is when a kid who is maybe a bit of an outsider, not so athletic, not popular, very smart but with very little confidence– when they catch on and realize they can be awesome at it.
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“Wow” Dad. The older campers this year played a ton of basketball, and my father was right in there with them! Pretty awesome. And loud. :)
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Well, well, well. I have nothing to end with except this normal average sunset picture. But I enjoyed all the days I got to spend back at camp this summer, even the normal average ones!

Abandoned Farm Adventures, Part III

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What’s that? You want to see more pictures of old barns and assorted farm junk? Ok!
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Cleverly braced with barbed wire.
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O this lovely barn.
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One of my favorite parts of exploring the old farms was seeing the plants and wondering who put them there. Overgrown mint, asparagus, and this sort of flowering evergreen bush. At one of the places, a huge owl was perched in a dead tree. Later I found a feather.
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Our speaker one week at camp, Jack, came on an evening farm tour. Obviously the farm adventure was a very “in” thing to do this summer… next year probably everyone will be doing it!
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Part I
Part II

monday gifts

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Thankful for… 

ice cream.

watermelon.

my funny cousins!

when I look back at some things and think, yes, wow that was so very tough… but also see God’s faithful love shining through even then.

grace and patience.

the older ladies in my life, and their friends, I have a good bunch right now!

work! And lots of it.

saying goodbye to the beloved grouch couch. Which I felt to be ours by now by common law, and so when the actual owner came to reclaim it, I called it couch-napping, which doesn’t sound like a crime at all. Sigh! I get too sentimentally attached to things.

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