week three: “you are more awesome than powerade.”

things that have happened this week that i love:

1.) the minifarm. mainly because it’s hilarious to see 10-year-old boys (who like acting tough) get really excited about holding tiny bunnies.

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also they loved the pigs. no surprise there.

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2.) banana death march. the brave counselors rocked it this week. they were excited, which meant their kids were excited, which meant everyone had a great time.

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we made sure to get a couple of victory poses in there too.

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also it ended with me getting a banana smashed into my hair, even though my cabin didn’t win. didn’t expect it, but since i like bananas and the face kids make when they realize they get to smash a banana on a counselor’s head, i was totally fine with it.

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3.) clinics. mine and fizz’s hip hop clinic was awesome, and mountaineering is always the best! so much encouragement.

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hip hop even got to perform at closing campfire! they really deserved it because of all their hard work. it’s always so fun to see how excited the kids get when they realize they get to be in front of all their friends and show off what they’ve accomplished.

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4.) the gentlemen games. it was a new activity this week… they all seemed so excited to be gentlemen, i thought we could spend some time writing (sometimes odd) encouraging notes and posting them all over camp. it soon became a game of straightening everyone’s shoes and clotheslines as well. not mad about it.

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we even got a response from one of the cabins!

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this activity is definitely coming back next week.

5.) country hoedown night! lots of dancing, lots of singing, lots of taylor swift. enough said.

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6.) two of my favorite campers ever, gabe and isaac, were here this week. gabe and i play cards together, and isaac and i play checkers. both of them are incredible people. mature, respectful, so easy to talk to and hang out with. i write back and forth with them throughout the year, and it’s been awesome to see how God has continued to grow them into men after His own heart.

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needless to say there were a lot of awesome things to be thankful for.

it was with a sad heart that i said goodbye to the miami gentlemen of week three. they were amazing, and they were a blessing in every sense of the word. for a week that could otherwise have been extremely difficult, my cabin made a huge difference. God allowed me to make connections with all the guys, and it was really difficult to watch them leave. but it’s cool to think that those kids of young men are now blessing the outside world, and not just camp.

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one of my favorite things about this cabin was that all of them became such good friends, too.

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this weekend i got to hang out with johnny d at his old youth pastor’s house. i had never met them before (though i’d heard great things about them for the past two summers), but they’re the kind of people that don’t care about things like that. i was welcomed with open arms and we talked about life as if they’d known me for years. it was such a blessing to spend time with such selfless, compassionate people. plus they lived out in the middle of nowhere, and it was gorgeous. just one more reminder of God’s power and love for the simple but powerful things.

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