This one time at camp…

This one time at camp…

You cannot converse with me for very long without hearing something about summer camp.  Whether it’s the eight years that I attended youth camp as a child or the three summers that I served as photographer at Pine Cove, camp seems to weasel its way into every discussion.

A favorite activity at most youth camps is the blob.  If you aren’t familiar with blobbing, it essentially consists of a giant inflated pillow in a body of water and a high dive.  One child sits at the end of the pillow, and the other child stands on the high dive.  When the second child jumps down to the pillow, the first child is launched into the air.

I was an average-sized teenager.  Thus, I wasn’t very good at blobbing other campers.  However, I loved sitting at the end of the blob and letting the largest high school guys launch me into the air.

As you can imagine, this didn’t always end well.  For the sake of this story, we need to backtrack to the Friday night before I went to camp in 2012. (Warning: this story is loooooooong, but I will try my best to keep it short)

Lake at High Point Camp

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Simple Joy Saturday #21

Simple Joy Saturday #21

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

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January 27 – February 2

1. On Tuesday, Pine Cove posted this blog that I wrote over the summer, and I was reminded (once again) how thankful I am for the three summers that I worked at Pine Cove.   I don’t get any compensation for saying this, but if you live near a Camp in the City church, you need to send your kids to camp!

I have photographic evidence that every camper will have fun in a Christ-centered, safe environment:

 

2.  My second joy of the week is pretty nerdy.  For grad school, I have to write a weekly four-page paper.  This week, I am researching the prompt, “Discuss Bandura’s progression from Behaviorism to Social Cognitive Theory.”  Long story short, God directed me to an article that is basically an autobiography of Bandura’s progression from Behaviorism to Social Cognitive Theory.  It was so helpful!

3. A few weeks ago, I was told that a college friend was starting a Friday night Bible study.  We had our first meeting last night, and it was joyous.  We laughed and joked around, but we also dug into God’s Word.  Here is a snippet from our study:

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What I’ve Learned About Living in Community

What I’ve Learned About Living in Community

I originally penned this post back in August when my spirit was high off the joy of camp life. The words fermented in my drafts folder, forgotten, until yesterday. For my current stage of life, I am back living with my parents, which, as a 22-year-old, proposes a relational confusion (am I child or an adult?). As I read the words that I wrote just months ago, the Holy Spirit comforted me. God’s will is that I will be sanctified wherever I am, and I am called to minister to whomever is near me. So for now, I am being sanctified and ministering in my hometown. And when I move to my next dwelling, I will be sanctified there. I hope this post encourages you like it encouraged me.

The last three years of college spoiled me a little.  After freshman year, I never had a roommate.  Although my dorm rooms always had two closets, two dressers, two desks, and two beds, I was the only person living in the room.  It was nice.

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Simple Joy Saturday #5

Simple Joy Saturday #5

Every Saturday, I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week. These posts may grow or evolve as time passes. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

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What a week of joy!  I don’t know if I can limit myself to three things.  This feeling was on repeat:

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The Tip of the Mitt (And UP)

The Tip of the Mitt (And UP)

Mackinaw City and St. Ignes, MI

Simple Joy Saturday #4

Simple Joy Saturday #4

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

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1.  A dollar well spent

There were several times this week that I only spent $1 on a purchase.  I bought a bag of peaches, pears, and plums at the farmers market for just a buck.  A high-end thrift store in Holland, MI was in the process of rotating merchandise, so all clothing was marked $1.  Also, the ticket to climb Castle Rock in St. Ignes only cost 1 dollar.

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2. Visiting Instagram-worthy locations

I have been traveling a lot this week, and I have also been posting on Instagram more than ever before.  It seems that there is beauty everywhere.

3.  De Zwann

Windmill Island might be my favorite place in the whole world.