It’s TUESDAY!!! 😉 And I have so much to share about the past week that I was slightly ‘missing in action’ on social media. I wasn’t completely absent, but I spent much of my time in the water, doing puzzles with my sis, singing songs, holding children, eating icecream sundaes, talking to friends, and just enjoying camp.
This week is all about why I love camp (and blogger giveaways.) Every year, since I was 11, we’ve gone to a family camp for families who come from all over the US. This year there were people there from Texas, Maryland, Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska, Missouri, and Illinois. All 270 of us packed into a tiny campground with a beautiful lake and the sweetest camp staff ever and proceeded to make quite a few amazing memories.
Camp used to be so un-nerving for me. It had unfamiliar food. It had food that wasn’t like my ‘normal’ diet. This year was different. It was one of the best years yet, because I didn’t really think about it. I didn’t feel myself as attacked by anxiety when I ate something different. I ate when I was hungry, and I stopped when I wasn’t.
Most of all, it was a wonderful week to just get away and enjoy God’s awesome creation. We were in an area that I would fondly term as ‘pancake land.’ That made for some ‘speedy for me’, 2 mile runs through the morning fog before camp started each morning.
And that leads me to just a few of the awesome things that I took away from camp and this week for which I am so grateful. God is certainly a generous Heavenly Father to give us all these simply wonderful things. For this week, these are a few of my FAVORITE things.
1. Good Food. It’s so easy to take good, clean, safe (a.k.a. hygienic) food for granted. I realized this when I went to another third world country. We are so blessed in that we can go anywhere and get a salad of some sort or an apple without thinking about whether it has some sort of disease lingering on it… Ok, I hope that didn’t gross you out.
Subway makes for good road trip food. 🙂 Funny story here: I was ordering my sandwich, and I was in such a hurry to get through the line, that when it came to the sauce, I readily asked for buffalo sauce.
One thing you have to know about me: I don’t like hot food. I have a gringo mouth. However, I realized this after we were in the car and driving away. So… I ate it anyway, and it was pretty good . . .
2. Being able to MOVE Happy and Exercise without caring a bit for the time or the calories that you burn.
For the past 4 years at family camp, we’ve done a ‘mini’ triathlon. The first 3 years, I did the whole thing, but this year, I just wasn’t feeling it. I didn’t even feel pressured by the amount of other people who were doing it to want to do it myself. However, I did want to do a relay with someone. I love running, but I ended up finding someone who is much much faster than my slow turtle legs will ever carry me, so he agreed to do the running. We had a swimmer lined up because I’m even slower at swimming. The night before the race, our swimmer, for reasons of his own, decided to pull out. All eyes turned to me…
Um…. Well…. ‘Ok, I guess I’ll do the swim.’ I said this, knowing I would come out of the water close to last. The swimming is definitely God’s way of keeping me humble.
The next morning we got into the water. They asked me how I was feeling before I got into the water.
This was my response.
The story only gets better. I ‘impatiently’ did not untie my shoelaces before getting into the water. I could not get them undone, or I wasn’t patient enough, which resulted in a crazy decision to ride the bike BAREFOOT.
Yup, I’m a bit crazy, but it never hurts to have a bit of craziness to carry you past being ‘stressed’ over your lack of preparation. Thankfully, I actually do go barefoot a great deal of the time, so my feet survived with a few sore spots.
3. Beautiful little Children. Children have such simple, contagious joy. I walked up to this little one and sat down beside her. We were watching a young man blow up, and twist balloons into all sorts of fancy balloon art. She told me that she was waiting for a ‘buwhoon.’ I asked her if she was tired. She said, ‘Yeah,’ in the most adorable baby voice I have ever heard. Then we just sat there for the next 10 minutes, babbling (Yes I babble to babies) and talking to each other. So precious.
Psalm 8:2, “Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants. You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.” 🙂 God made babies for a very special purpose. :)))
This big yellow thing? Yeah, it kind of scared me for a long time. I don’t know if you’ve ever done it, but if not, here’s how it goes.
a. Person #1 jumps off onto the blob onto the second yellow stripe. They crawl out to the end and tuck their head in, waiting for the next person to jump, which results in the first person launching off into the air before hitting the water.
If you do it right, it’s really fun. The hardest part, for me, is jumping out onto the blob. This year, I finally was able to run and jump without a second thought. YAY for fears conquered!!! Thank you Jesus!
4. The Blogger Community. Other bloggers are AMAZING. I really did not realize just how influential and encouraging I have found other bloggers. 🙂 I have laughed, cried, and learned so much from them, and I can’t wait to continue to glean as much as I can in the coming years. . . I hope I’m still saying the same thing when I’m 80.
Not to mention, bloggers like ‘The Clean Eating Couple’ run amazing giveaways. I was shocked when I learned that I got to try a case of Umpqua oats from one of their last giveaways. I almost never buy pre-packaged hot cereals, not because I’m against them, but because they are almost always more expensive than a bag of normal oats.
However, I was blown away by these oats. These were so good. And they are extremely simple. You boil your water. You open the top, pour it over, steam it for 3 minutes, add copious amounts of toppings, and eat. Breakfast was ready in 5 minutes or less.
In the past month I joined the Sweat Pink community and entered a couple giveaways and blogger prompts. You might have seen some of them, and I can’t wait to share some of the other goodies that I plan to incorporate into my daily eats in the next couple months. Yum. Yum. . . .
5. Last but not least, summer fruit that is perfectly ripe is SO GOOD, albeit a bit messy. This morning I pulled a peach that was perfectly ripe out of the refrigerator. It was beautiful, but the process of eating it wasn’t pretty. I looked like a 5 year old by the time I was done, juice dripping down my chin, elbows, onto the floor… It wasn’t beautiful, but it was SO good. 🙂
What are you grateful for this week?
What is your absolute favorite summer fruit?
Have you ever been to a camp? Did you have a good experience?
Subway!! What kind of a sub sandwich would you build?
And don’t forget that my giveaway is still running for a jar of PB & CO for 2 readers if you fill out this blog survey! 🙂 I would love to hear your honest thoughts. Don’t worry about hurting my feelings. 😉