Monday, June 20, 2016


We spent the last week at RYC (Rustic Youth Camp) in Alabama.  This was my family's seventh year to attend this camp, and it proved to be so much fun as always!

Lynn and I stayed with Mrs. Beulah (just like we have the past 6 years), but this time we had only 5 children with us--my two youngest, her two youngest, and her niece.  So, for the first time, we had to take only one vehicle to the camp each day.  Clay, Parker, and Carson were overnight campers, and Olivia served as a bunkhouse counselor for the girls.  She also helped teach the 5 & 6 year olds. I spent my week teaching the 3rd and 4th graders with four other wonderful ladies.  We had 27 children, 18 of which were boys! Over the years I have taught 3 & 4 year olds, 5 & 6 year olds, and 3rd and 4th graders.  For the past three years I have taught the 3rd and 4th graders, and that is my favorite class!  The camp preparation is brutal, but the week is always completely worth it!

Julie spent the week at home with Jimmy (she is too old for camp, and too young to be a counselor). Next year she can join the ranks of hard working counselors.  :)

Olivia's friend Brian also worked as a counselor in the boys' bunkhouse and a camp photographer. Julie's friend Sam came for a visit last weekend, and so we have have a fun house full since arriving home from camp Friday night.  I am still doing camp laundry!

There were many highlights of camp week-----3 girls were baptized in the lake, the Florida College Friends musical group gave a concert on Monday night, Jimmy and Julie visited us twice during the week, Julie and Big Sam came over to camp the last day, Mrs. Beulah braided our hair Thursday night, the kids swam and swam in her pool, and they took a record of 2 baths for the week! (Chlorine cleans dirty kids, right?) Many Bible lessons were studied, many crafts were made, and many friendships were established or rekindled.

A fun, exhausting week!

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