We spent the past week at my home church’s summer camp. My husband was the main camp speaker.

I taught the 8 year old class and helped Renae lead worship.

This is proof for Darla. We did sing ‘With Jesus in the Boat’. :)

It was a fun week!

At the beginning of the week I sat MissE down and explained to her that she would be largely on her own. I needed to trust that should would do her best to make good choices. Overall, she did great!

I had the same chat with Junior. He responded by getting into as much mischief as possible.

He melted the hearts of all the girls at camp, young and old.

Camp was over the 4th of July, so we had our own little mini-parade. Here is our family all ready to go!

It was really fun to serve at camp with my family and alongside those from my home church. I recognize more and more how fortunate I was to grow up in such a loving church body.

I am especially thankful for my youth pastor, Steve, and his wife, Darla. They have been serving faithfully at my home church for almost two decades and continue to be an encouragement to me!

My all time favorite part of camp, though, was that there were at least five adopted kids in attendance. I tried not to be a creeper, but it was fun and encouraging to watch the different kids.

One family just got back from a three week trip to Vietnam to visit the birth places of their children. Talking with the dad, he said his favorite part of the trip was visiting the orphanages and seeing how happy the kids were considering how little they had.

MissE became good friends with another little girl that had been adopted domestically. I talked with the girl about adoption and how we were adopting. She was very excited for us! She said she hoped we would adopt a brown baby, because she loves brown. So precious!

Recap of the last week or so

1. We went camping with our small group from church over a week ago. It was a fun time filled with campfires, s’mores’, laughter, and mosquitoes. We came home with a new appreciation for our friends and possibly our bathroom.

2. We celebrated Father’s day all week thanks to a broken garage door on Monday and a broken van on Tuesday. My super hero husband managed to get both fixed within hours and life went on as usual. I baked him an apple pie to show my appreciation.

3. We celebrated receiving a new number!

4. On Wednesday we sold T-shirts at the BLAZE (a summer kick-off for area youth). Thus far we have sold around 50 shirts! 100 more to go :)

Along with food, games, and a band, John Michael Hinton performed a magic show.  He was superbly entertaining!!! He connected well with the youth and closed with a solid presentation of the gospel. I would highly recommend his show.

Our friend, youth pastor Matt, was the organizer of the event. He gave us the stage to share briefly about our adoption. He has been such a great support to us!An extra special thank you to our pastor’s wife, Debbie, for watching our kids that night!

5. We dominated the three legged race at the MOPS leadership picnic on Saturday. I seem to remember winning this event at the AWANA Olympics back in the day. It helps to be excessively tall.

6. Tonight I start a bible study with my youth group girls. We are doing Nehemiah: a heart that can break by Kelly Minter. I am praying the girls really go for it and dig deep.

All that to say, I feel like we are just cruising through summer! We leave to spend a week at camp soon where my man will be the camp speaker and I will have the privilege of teaching the 8 year olds. We love camp and are really looking forward to spending a week there as a family!