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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Fouth of July, Freedom, Fun, Friends, Fellowship......

We celebrated our country's independence by starting the weekend at the Croaker Fest selling handbags and participating in the parade.  David Friedlein rode w/ the girls and had a blast!  They rode in their "Bronx Bomber" (i.e. pink Yankees go-cart).  The girls participated in a baking contest, but unfortunately they didn't place this year.  Kristen had a blast scaring everyone w/ Papa's crazy mask.  Later that night we enjoyed some of the fireworks while packing up.  The next day we did a mini-Cantata singing songs about how blessed we are to live in this country.  The church was decorated so beautifully and the girls had the opportunity to sing.  We finished the night fellowshipping at the Payne's house.  Monday our family met up w/ the Hairs and enjoyed the activities at Tryon Palace where we were able to hear the reading of the Declaration by costumed characters and a fife and drum concert.  A bit later, we had a picnic on the back lawn while the girls played "cricket."  We came home to rest a bit and take care of the animals and then went to the Hairs' house for some great food and fellowship.  We left early w/ them to get a good spot for the fireworks.  We found a great place (or so we thought) w/ them and the Friedleins.  We had room to play a few games of Boche and room for all our chairs and blankets.  The Marine Corps band was fantastic.  As the fireworks began, though, we realized our view was 1/2 blocked by a motel!!  AGHHH!  Oh well, the kids loved it anyway and it was so sweet to watch all of their sweet faces take it all in!  We love this country and are so thankful for the blessings God has given us because of it!
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Junior Camp 2011~~~June 20-24th

Junior Camp (better known as "dirt camp") was a blast as always! For those of you who know us know we love camp!  Our church had not taken juniors to camp in a while so this was an exciting event.  The kids did so great all week!  We had so much fun with them and enjoyed watching them make decisions for Christ.
Camp Facts:
-Bro. Joey McReight directed the camp and did a great job as always
-Gary & I did the music
-Bro. Stephen Kimbrell preached great messages each day and evening
-The kids had a blast at rec and game time with Mark & Casey Neppel leading that
-The pool was under construction.....but we made up for it with water games and lake time!
-The theme was "The Unfinished Task." 
-We were privileged to take 7 kids with us this year. 
We so enjoyed our week.  Yes, it was hot and exhausting, but so worth it. We enjoy seeing God speak to young peoples' hearts.   They are so tender and willing which is an example to us as adults for sure. 
Camp Woodmen is especailly dear to my heart.  It is the place where I went to camp when I was a junior.  I remember vividly decisions I made while there.  I loved camp so good I never stopped going.  Even when I became a teenager, I would go as a teen counselor even though we had to wash dishes all week!  That was back when we did all the cooking and cleaning too! Counselors today have it made!! I went up until the time we got married.  I did take a break from it until our kids got old enough to go.  But as you can tell, I love it!So, yes it is neat that my kids can sleep in the same cabin (#2 Ted Newton) that I did, but it is even sweeter to see them make spiritaul decisions at the same place.  However, it's not about the place.  God can speak anywhere....anytime!
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