Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 304...frisbee and soccer balls...

Today we left Bay Shore Camp. I loved this week. As hard as it was to keep energized sometimes, relying on the Lord was super vital, and that made it so. much. fun! God is so faithful. Every time I gave it my all, he made sure to give it a little extra so it was impactful.

I just bought a pair of Tom's Shoes! Yay! They are purple chords. I am excited.
I also get to see my boyfriend Monday, and life is good, we are being taken care of at Liz's house. Its been wonderful.

Luke has been giving me frisbee throwing lessons. He is just great! We played soccer, then they returned Jacob's soccer ball because he didn't like it. It was too slippery or something. I took a shower and it was wonderful. Now I am awaiting my prince to call...

The Lord has been so faithful this tour. He always came through and then some, even when I didn't expect it. may he receive all the glory, honor and praise. PRAISE THE LORD!


Friday, July 30, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 303...key changes...

Adam Davidson is the man. I love his constant modulations, and  he let us in on a wee secret tonight. I am super excited to try it out. Its a way of getting from the key you are in to the new key you want to play in. I would explain it, but I am just too tired.

Tonight after service, a group of us stayed behind and hung out around the piano for almost two hours. We just sat around talking and playing random songs...

well not its time to call the boyfriend. I get to see him in two days. :)


Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 302...t-bell run anyone?...

that is exactly what happened tonight. Billy Stone and Kyle Reif came to visit us and friends at Bay Shore. Then we had the grand idea to go to Taco Bell a couple of towns over. It is now after 1:30am and we have to play at 9am. oh joy.

that is all. I am going to sleep now.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Adventure Called Life day 301...five days...

There are only five days left of tour. I am a little sad. I really, really enjoy tour. But, I am so tired. I wish that I had more energy, and more to give the kids. All I can do is participate all that I can, and always be available, even when I really just want to curl up on the floor and go to sleep :)

Last night with the Lord's marvelous provision and hand, I lead a little girl back to Christ. I am in awe of what God is doing here at this camp. We are playing a lot, getting really hot and sweaty playing awesome games with the kids, eating really awesome food, and being blessed all the time with great people to work with. I am just so thankful for this experience and this job. my life is amazing...

almost time for dinner, Liz and Luke are doing special music tonight and the rest of us, minus Jake, are singing in the choir. This is gonna be fun!


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 300...milestones...

I can't believe it! My 300th day of blogging is here! WOW. Looking back on this journey has been incredible. I would encourage anyone I know to keep a journal and just see what God has done in a weeks time, and in 65 more days, it will be an entire year! Wow. just wow.

Here at Bay Shore, we are living it up in the sun. This afternoon I worked the zip line with Jake and Eric. I am developing calluses and it rocks! I love asking the kids if they had fun, and of course what their name is. I remember going to camp and feeling like I mattered all because some "adult" asked me for my name. It can literally make a kid's week that you ask AND remember their name...

We play two more times tonight, yay for this job. It is THE BEST ever. I am so ridiculously blessed.


Monday, July 26, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 299..beach day...

Today the whole camp loaded up on buses (wellspring took the van) and headed to the beach for the afternoon! Lake Huron is beautiful. I loved it. Completely clear day, so I have plenty of color on my arms and shoulders. My legs are still miraculously white :) Tonight Liz, Marc and I are going to tabernacle choir practice! YAY! Adam is leading the choir, so I am excited for that alone, but being in choir is lots of fun too...

We don't have youth service tonight. But we do have a family campfire after Big People service. I hope it doesn't go too late. All that sun and water made me pretty tired. This is our last monday on tour :( sad day!

its been a great summer of manic mondays...


Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 298...sunday, sunday...

Today we play four times. Yeah, that's right, FOUR TIMES! We have played twice so far, so only the youth service, and the young adult service is now left. I am looking forward to playing for the college kids! Woot! woot!

I am having difficulty staying awake today for some reason. maybe its that lazy day sunday afternoon attitude I usually have at home...idk. This place is so relaxing and very beautiful. There is a boardwalk that goes out toward the shore of the saginaw bay. I am looking forward to seeing the sunset tonight. I hope that I can see it, we might still be in service, idk...

Zachariah is having a good day at work it seems. I am rejoicing for that! YAY LORD! Maybe we can skype tonight? :)


Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 297...record time...

We have arrived at Bay Shore Family Camp! YAY! We got here around 1:15ish, set up, unpacked, sound checked and started laundry all in a little over two and a half hours! WOW. we are good! I am actually sitting in our cabin, on the internet. I know, such a blessing! Today is Liz's birthday, so everyone wish her a great 21!

I don't think we are scheduled to play tonight, but I think we have a meeting to be at after dinner. I hope that doesn't take up too much time, I would like to get some sleep :) I may be able to SKYPE Zachariah this week. That would be fun!


Friday, July 23, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 296...another camp at a close...

Today is our last full day here at Covenant Hills Family Camp. We played GAGA ball as a team, and lost ALL three games :) Yeah Goldbond! anyway, we have mostly packed up all our of equipment, the boys are watching a movie with Phil, he came to visit for Liz's birthday, and then staying the night in the Meeting Place, simply because they can.

I am choosing to call Zachariah early, talk to him until a little after 11, then call it a night. But what a day it has been! We visited Sandy's house, one of Liz's family friends from church, and swung out over the lake on a rope swing (which I jammed my finger on, its fine, just a little swollen and sore) and dove off the platform and swam the afternoon away...Then she made us Lasagna for dinner with pecan pie or cheesecake for dessert. It was amazing! They have a white baby grand piano in their front room, it was beautiful!

Tomorrow we head to Bay Shore Family Camp. It looks like it will only be an hour drive. That is a welcomed change from the last couple of drives we have made :) One more week, then we are done as a team. Tour has been amazing. I can't wait to see what God does this week!


Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 295...on stage switch-a-roo...

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Today we did a switch-a-roo on stage. Marc sang with Marrissa leading from acoustic guitar. Liz played bass, both Eric and Luke played electric guitar. I played keys, Jacob played drums and Jake ran sound. I loved it! 
I am discovering that most of the team would love to learn to play a classical string instrument. I would love to learn Viola or Cello. I think Cello trumps it. But how to afford one, first I must master piano. Yes. That instrument first. Then the others. I love music! I shall learn, learn, learn this year. No excuses. I will be the best musician I can be. There are so many people to learn from if I would just ASK. I can just see a room in my house some day with a baby grand in it, a few guitars, a cello, an oboe, and a french horn. Zachariah can play the guitar, french horn and the piano. I can play the piano, the oboe and the cello. I have yet to learn cello, but that would be awesome. One of my life goals :)
Tonight we are giving a concert for the afterglow activity, just like the youth band did last night. I hope ours goes better. Their concert went well, but i did feel bad, their attendance was down and they had numerous sound troubles. I know our sound will be fine, I’m just worried about keeping the kids engaged. We just have to give it up to God, we aren’t playing FOR the kids anyway, we are ultimately playing for God! 

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 294...volleyball equals teamwork...

Today we, as a wellspring team, entered into the Volleyball Tourney. Jake, Liz, Marc, Eric, Jacob, and myself played the first set of games, winning 2 out of 2. Then Luke joined us for the next set and we only won 1 out of 3. It was fun. I like being active. Since it was around 3:30, I went back to the cabin, grabbed a quick shower and started memorizing Philippians 1:1-15. That is my goal this week. I am excited for this. The incentive is to either memorize it, or buy the entire team ice cream. I’ll take the memorizing thank you! 
Tonight there is a concert being put on by a local youth group band. They have a light rack and speaker stacks. Big time stuff man. We will have to see how that goes...I hope they are good. There is nothing worse than a well equipped band that isn’t up to snuff musically. 
Tomorrow we are going to help sand, prime and paint a fence for one of Liz’s family friends. Then we are giving a concert in the evening. Also tomorrow morning we are all doing a musical instrument switch-a-roo. Liz is on bass, Eric and Luke on electric. Marc on vocals, Marrissa on vocals and acoustic and worship leader, Jake is running sound and I am playing keys! super excited for that! May God be glorified in our fun :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 293...walk instead of run...

So this morning I woke up and was like, "I don't think so!" It was EARLY! but I rolled out of bed, put my running shoes on and proceeded to WALK the campground. I ran *cough* jogged a bit, but for the most part, because of my cough, I walked very briskly and listened to some Phil Wickham. Amazing.

I am happy that I got up and took the time to start my day right. Then this afternoon after service and lunch I walked the whole campground. I almost got lost, but I had a wonderful 40 minute stroll with Jesus. I loved it. I think the routine of just staying active is a great way to feel better in my own skin. Losing weight would be nice, but as long as I keep moving, I will eventually see results :) I played frisbee with Luke, Marc, Liz and Jacob before lunch and it was great to move around. I know that I am not the best frisbee player, but I am learning to get over it, and just DO it.

Tomorrow I will get up and jog again. I will do this for the rest of my life because I love Jesus and he wants me to take care of myself. So I will to honor him.


Monday, July 19, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 291...get in shape?...

I have been out of high school for three years now. I have yet to discover an exercise program or regimen to replace my pom/dance days. I wish I could just keep doing that stuff to stay in shape, but it is so not practical. I am going to try running/jogging. Here is where the problem lies. If I can't do something well, I'd rather not try it if I know that I will fail. I am still feeling a little sick, so I know that really running is going to be impossible for a few days. To discourage me further is the idea that I will not be very good at it at all. I am not into mediocre results. EVER.

*sigh* I just need to take it slow and have patience for myself. This is something that will take care of my body, and help me to be a better minister, daughter, friend and wife and mother someday. I owe it to my Lord to take care of myself.


Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day camp number two...

Here we are at Covenant Hills Family Camp. It only took about two hours to get to the camp, just outside of Flint in Otisville, Michigan. Liz lives in the area, so we are planning on going to her house for some WiFi and home cooked food. I am looking forward to this week, I love the idea of relaxing, serving kids and getting to know my savior better. Here's to another great, relaxing, but ministry filled week!


Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 289...airplanes...

Today on our adventure out with Damon, who took us to Daryl's Downtown for dinner, we saw airplanes practicing for an air show. I have found my retirement plan. After a career leading worship, I will be a pilot. I have always dreamed of flying, and that would such a cool way to spend retirement!

I get to see my amazing boyfriend tomorrow afternoon. I am super excited. I miss him so much! We won't be able to see each other for two weeks. I am not looking forward to that, but I know that being on tour is where God has me for the time being.


Friday, July 16, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 288...end of a mission...

We had a wonderful ending ceremony. After our "concert" that really wasn't a concert, more of like an extended worship service, but whatever Greg, he loved on all the kids. It was so touching. He had something to say about everyone of the kids on the trip. It was amazing and inspiring for my ministry someday. I pray that I can learn something significant about the kids in my youth group and learn from them as well as teach them.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 287...its HOT...

Welcome to the hottest day of the year so far folks! This is a FULL day of work for the crew and I'm excited to see how far we can get on our building! Our ramp is a little over 50 ft long, and I think with our crew's work ethic we can do it in the next two days!

I feel better today. We have a concert tomorrow night. I'm nervous to sing. I think I will be okay.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 286...SAWS...

servants at work is an organization that works for people who are disabled and need ramps and special stairs for their homes. They are retired, for the most part, and volunteers who work to better and serve their community. My pod, along with Dave's left Third Phase today, and we began framing our ramp!

I am sick. But again, the Lord will prevail!


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 285...landscape specialist...

According to our site coordinator, I am now the landscape specialist of Third Phase...too funny!

We are DOING WORK! My Pod and Dave's pod have spent two whole days scraping the cement front steps of the house with garden hand tools. I am so impressed with their work ethic!


Monday, July 12, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 284...mission trip...

Today we are going to a job site called Third Phase in Indianapolis. Its a half way house. I am excited to DO WORk.

I do feel like crap still. But God will prevail!


Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day right turns please...

Today I went to Owosso Speedway with my family. It was a lot of fun, except the part when Troy made a right turn instead of a left coming out of turn four going along the front stretch. He had been racing like a mad man for the first couple of laps. It was crazy to see really. At first I was excited to see him race so hard, but then I realized that it could cause trouble. BIG trouble. and it did cause trouble unfortunately. He drove so aggresively that he cut off Don in the heat race! The aggressive move sent Troy hurtling into the front stretch wall, and then because he lost steering, he was sent flying into the outside wall of turn one. Awful scene.

My heart stopped, my hand flew to my mouth, choking back tears. I wanted to cry. It was an awful sight. I wish I could have stopped it. I wish I could have gone back in time and told Troy that he wasn't clear of Donny. ugh.

Then it proceeded to pour, while I was still outside. So drenched I ran back into the trailer to wait out the sudden thunder shower. It was a surreal day. I have a minor throat irritation and sinus pressure. I am going to pick up some Zicam so I don't get sick, just in case...

Timmy got out there for qualifying and it was beautiful. There is no other sound in the world as a Tech West Race Car...pure awesomeness...After the wreck, he decided that his head was not in it anymore so He didn't continue to race. My heart sunk. I wasn't happy. But I understood.

 back to SAU in the morning...


Friday, July 9, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 282...return home...

Today we said goodbye to the campers of the Junior High session of Camp Michindoh. I wish that we had more time. Part of me feels like I didn’t get to connect with the kids as much as I wanted to. It is an interesting paradox, being a worship leader, but not a counselor. I don’t want to over step the counselor’s duty and their relationships with the kids. I think they did a great job this week. They lead cabin devotionals and apparently they had a lot of questions about worship and what the songs meant. That made me really excited that they were getting into the songs so much that they wanted to know what they actually meant. That is an answer to prayer.
When we get back to Spring Arbor, I need to run by the office and see Liz for some admissions stuff. Then Zachariah and I are going to spend the rest of the day together. I am super excited to see him. We are sort of celebrating our third month together. He is amazing, and I am so blessed by him everyday. Praise the Lord! 
Thank you for another camp. Thank you that we have made it this far. Keep preparing us for this upcoming week. We need you. We need your grace, your love, your mercy. We love you!
In Jesus’ name,

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 281...relax down the waterslide...

Today is our last full day here at Michindoh...its kind of sad, but im excited to go home on saturday...we are headng to the race track. Tim Brodd, the racecar driver we used to race with back in the early 2000's. I am super excited for that. I am owe so much to my leadership development to the Brodd racing team.

I am going to spend the day with Zachariah to celebrate our 3 month anniversary. I am excited to for that too.

But I am still here at Michindoh. I need to focus here.

Allow me to focus completely on these kids, and on you. May I always do things selflessly. I love you. I am in awe of you.
In Jesus' name


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 280...renew...

Happy Three Month Anniversary to my wonderful, handsome boyfriend Zachariah! I am so blessed by him. He is an amazing man of God. I really really like him. I also really really love him too.

Being away from him is hard, but its made me realize how fortunate I am to have him. I am amazed all the time that he has chosen me among all the fair maidens in the world. it just baffles me sometimes.

The Lord has been renewing and recharging my mind this week. I am very excited to go on the mission's trip next week. I am also a little scared. I got stung by a bee yesterday and I have other bug bites that have flared up into allergic reactions. So far this summer the bugs are winning. Pray that they don't bother me in Indy. I need to be at full strength next week :)


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 279...recharged...

This day has been so relaxing. In the morning and afternoon I hung out with the kids, but right now we are just hanging out. I must have gone down the water slide with Brittany at least a dozen times, that was tiring. Its good that we didn't go out to Silos with the rest of camp. I needed this break. Hopefully Zachariah will call after his shift and I can remember what I wanted to talk about...


Monday, July 5, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 278...refresh...

This place is so refreshing. Praise the Lord! I am so grateful for this week of relaxation. We are still working or ah, PLAYING hard :) but we also get time to relax, like now for instance. I am going to go read my Bible. Such an awesome day.


Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 277...michindoh...

Spring Arbor University bought camp Michindoh as of June 1st last year. Its weird to be going to a place that "we own". weird. But oh so welcome. We are not counselors this week, we are just the worship band and a group of people who can help out with activities and such. Its a ton of fun to play music then just hang out with kids all day. so cool.

this week my posts will be again rather short. I plan on taking naps and digging into the word so I can survive our missions week next week! continue to pray for us. its greatly appreciated!


Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 276...michigan here we come...

we are making the long trip from Wisconsin to Michigan! woot! woot!

keep us safe. keep us sane. its a long trip. refresh us O lord. I love you.


Friday, July 2, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 275...almost there...

last full day. *whew*

You are amazing and so faithful. I am so amazed by you.
thank you.
In Jesus' name,


Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 274...pressing on...

here I am again, no energy. there are so many things demanding for my attention. Lord, speak to me, even in the chaos. I crave your voice and your love.
In Jesus name,