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CBS 2015 : Day 1 : We Escaped!

We did it!  We got away again!  It’s been 2 years since we had a REAL vacation, and we were SO thankful it required signing up 5 months in advance;-)  We joined our friends and headed to Campus By the Sea again for Family Camp!  Last time we went we talked about making it an annual tradition, but then with building a house we just didn’t think we could swing it last year, so we opted out.  BUT this year we were determined to go, so we registered in FEBRUARY, and then we headed out June 28th!

I must admit it was hard to get to this point, Tom worked on the house up until the point we left, and I felt a little stressed going in, BUT what a GREAT time to be completely removed, and unplugged, focused on God’s word for us, friends, and fellowship!  It ended up being SO relaxing, I can’t even tell you!150628_01_BlogThe boys claimed they didn’t remember much about camp, but Holden remembered the boat ride, and where he wanted to be for the entire ride.  It was a bit rocky on the way over and he ended up soaked from the spray, but he was SO happy!150628_04_Blog150628_05_Blog

One of the MOST amazing things about family camp is the freedom, and independence gained by the kids.  You definitely get to have time WITH your family, but the kids have a program while the adults do bible study, AND during the free time they LOVE exploring the camp, and playing with their new and renewed friends, as well as water activities with us!  As soon as the wake up bell rings they head down to the playground or volleyball court for a game of “jailbreak” until breakfast:-)

As I said, Holden hung out here the whole boat ride over, which was too windy and wet for the rest of us, so he was out here with the crazy people, but not with us the whole time.
150628_07_Blog150628_08_BlogThis guy was TIRED from our 5am departure from our home, so he opted to be inside curled up on either me or Tom for most of the trip, and of course fell asleep as we were pulling into the camp dock.  I had to carry him and a bag onto shore…good thing I work out!:-)150628_09_Blog

I only wrote in my journal one day, but it was the first day, I wanted to include it here:

“The boat ride is like the crossing over to a world where the kids run free, practice independence, and the parents don’t worry.  Our cabin is high on the hill(exercise:-)) and we can clearly hear the waves crashing.  I’m so glad, we are slightly removed from the activity of camp here, and the sound brings me peace and relaxation.

The peace is a gift, God is good, I am excited for what He has for all of us this week.  The boys were off from moment one.  Even Daniel.  They are EXHAUSTED, they will be exhausted but it will be SO, SO worth it!

Tonight: Dinner+worship+games, showers+bed:-)

Thank you Jesus for this place, to seek refuge from this world and seek you daily and wholly for a week.  It’s SO different than India, but in it’s own way just as rewiring, and powerful.  Thank you God for teaching me, loving me, and showing me your ways.

Thank you that we had the means to come here, that you provided friends who introduced us to family camp, and a husband who cherishes this time as much as I do.”

I can’t wait to share our week with you!

Romans 15: 5-6 (NIV)

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”


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