camp anawanna, we hold you in our hearts

we live at a camp--actually the camp i went to as a child, and the one my mom, aunt, uncle, and grandma went to before me. jim and i met on staff here in college, we got engaged on the hill under the stars, and we were married in the little outdoor chapel of the pines. in a lot of ways, camp is like home, but living in ligonier year round, i still feel a lot like a stranger in a strange land.

jim's job is year round, which most people have a hard time grasping. camp only last three months, but a lot goes into recuiting staff and campers, and planning programs in the "off-season." jim directs the adventure program, and that doesn't really get an off-season, except perhaps between thanskgiving and new year's. youth groups, law firms, schools, and sports teams use the property year round for team-building and challenge activities. jim builds and maintains the high and low ropes courses, climbing tower, zip line, and bike park and organizes off-site caving and white water rafting trips. it's a pretty sweet job, and his favorite time of year is the summer when is able to train a staff of twelve college students to run the adventure program for the 2000 kids who will come to camp this summer. he loves teaching and training and vision-casting, and he is great at it. his staff arrives tuesday, and the whirwind begins!

yesterday, i took the baby to visit two friends i made when i was a couselor at camp. i spent almost five hours in the car, dylan barely napped at all, and she screamed the last hour back, but it was still so good to see my old friends. we all have babies. one of the girls, who i met when we were on high school staff together, amazingly has four kids, two of whom i had never met. it was fun to reconnect and get to know one another again in another capacity. i am so thankful for the people that God has brought into my life through the ministry of camp.


Trisha said...

I have had car rides where Samuel screams and I am driving and have no idea what to do. Once I was in traffic in Pittsburgh on my way home, it was the worst 20 minutes of my life! Any tips on how to get through those times?

D said...

I've been living in Ligonier for 20 years now and it still seems like I am living in a strange land. There are lots of us, but there are benefits. There's something to be said about being in a community that's small enough to lose the anonymity factor.

I miss the city but I love living in the green. We used to live in the city and visit the green. Now we live in the green and visit the city. It's a life choice.

Enjoy it while you are here. It won't last forever and be assured that you are where you are supposed to be. God doesn't make mistakes, right?

debojo said...

Oh it was so nice to see you too!! Sorry we couldn't make it for Memorial Day - it would have been nice to see you again. I'm glad you made it back, and hopefully the cupcake made it a little yummier of a ride :) Let's do it again soon (or maybe I should say more realistically when camp is over?)

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