SAL-VA-TION: by grace

E-LEV-EN: children from 1984 to 2006

HOME-SCHOOL-ING: since 1990

DOWN-SYN-DROME: susie and gabe

GRAND-CHILD-REN: since 2010

FAITH-FUL-NESS: my steadfast rock, my biggest supporter, my leader, my friend, my love, my husband

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Camp 2011

Every year we like to say that this year was the best camp year ever. I can definitely remember some years that do NOT fit that description. Sometimes having a baby or several young children make the week less relaxing than it would be otherwise; sometimes there are campers who cause trouble, complain, or just have an attitude that requires summoning up more grace than you would like to summon; sometimes there are squabbles, factions, and cliques among people that creates a noticeable division in the camp; and sometimes the weather is cool (or cold) and wet.

Besides having to keep up with Gabe, this year, for me, really was just about perfect. The weather was fabulous, the kids were cooperative, the campers were tremendously helpful, the overall spirit in the camp was gracious and kind, and I got to hear every single message!! This year was our 19th camp and it's the first time I've heard all of the messages. I'm not sure if I've even heard half of them before. It was quite a treat. (I believe the messages (by Kyle White and Brent Nelson) will eventually be posted at www.northwoodsbaptist.com under the Camp link if you have the time to listen and want to receive a blessing.)

Here are some snapshots of our wonderful week.


ENJOYED HAVING SO MANY OF OUR OLDER KIDS (and granddaughter) THERE--the older ones actually enjoy sitting and talking with us, the younger ones just want to be with their friends!












FORT BUILDING

WALL BALL--a boys' game where it seems they are trying to kill each other, and looks like it too!



HALF COURT SHOT COMPETITION




EVEN THE RAIN WAS FUN




WATERFRONT ACTIVITIES





VOLLEYBALL


POOR GABE


GABE IS SIDELINED




GABE GETS TO PLAY







TALENT SHOW NIGHT





FYI--The conference/camp sponsored by Northwoods Baptist Church and held at Camp Nicolet is open to any who love the Lord and wish to join in a week of family fun and Christian fellowship. We will meet again August 20-26, 2012, but many of us will be joined in spirit all year long!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks like a wonderful week! And I am happy to see that you found Gabe's glasses!
Hugs
Lynn

Emily said...

Thanks for the pictures! We really missed being there. Maybe next year!

Keithslady said...

Lynn--he's actually not wearing the ones that he lost, but we did find them. We now have 2 pair with current prescriptions, unbelievable! Did I tell you he's going to 4K this year?

Emily--I posted a picture of the screen with a birth announcement for Eden on facebook. We were thinking of you and rejoicing with you! I'd love to see you again next year, August 20-26!