July 28, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Tuesday at Timberledge

Wow am I exhausted! Today is Tuesday, and I can’t believe how incredibly worn out I already am. Lucky for me, as I write this I am sitting in the office watching the kids heading down the hill from the cabins and tents carrying their backpacks and sleeping bags. They are headed out on the overnight hike in about fifteen minutes. It is an experience unique to camp, and this age group is the first time they do this in the progression of camp. Almost as a rite of passage.

They walk to various campsites in different locations in the vastness of property that is camp. They set out drop cloths and sleeping bags, make fires and prepare dinner over them. Then they head to a place called the Porcupine Caves, at the base of a beautiful natural rock face. We have an outdoor chapel service, complete with an acoustic unplugged version of worship. Then back to their campsites to sleep, or often not too much sleeping. Soon enough morning will come, and in they come. Back to the center of camp to have breakfast. It is usually a wonderful bonding experience and they come back into camp closer, better friends, and with new bonds formed.

In the meantime, those of us who are a bit older and not used to the grueling late nights and early rising mornings anymore, we treasure the time they are away. The stillness and quietness here in the camp center is a much welcome relief to the fast pace of the last few days. It gives us a chance to catch up on some of the smaller things that often get overlooked in the hustle and bustle of the early days of the week. But we also get to start the fun stuff, the things that make our week special and unique. We will fill 500 water balloons for tomorrows rec. We will finish the details of our elaborate plan for human clue tomorrow night. And my favorite part is that we will go off to bed at an early time. Recharge. Get ready to start the end of the week, as it begins to blur by. The later in the week it is, the faster time goes. Before we know it Saturday morning will roll around. And in all our tired, bleary eyed glory we will bid Camp Timberledge goodbye for another year.

I will take a moment to say that I am forever grateful to all of my staff that work for me this one week a year. We talk about if for months in emails, excited phone calls and meetings. We plan and scheme, making each year more creative and fun filled than the last. But what many of you in the blogosphere may not know is that my staff is made up of volunteers. We are paid nothing for our service but eternal rewards. We do it in service, to further the Kingdom. And there is a beauty and purity in that. Back when I was in college and ventured east to Grotonwood for the summers I did it because as a college student and wanted to be paid for the camp experience. But as an adult, this is what Daddy D and I do for vacation, to remind us of how we met and what brought us together . We tithe of our time in service to God. We are raising our boyz to do the same. So many people have been taught the wonders and beauty of a relationship with Jesus Christ through this camp. I am happy to give of myself and my family to further that treasured legacy. And I am amazed and awed every year that there is an entire staff of people willing to do the same.

I’ll leave you with just a few pictures of the week so far…look for the video of the week on Saturday


  1. Wow! Busy mom! It looks like a blast for the kiddos. Take care.

  2. Hope you Have A Great end of the Week! Again, another childhood memory for me! LOVED CHRISTAIN CAMP! You are such a blessing to your family AS WELL AS all the other families you will touch through this ministry! God Bless You!

  3. your boys are beautiful!!!!!!!Love your blog..natalee http://totmama.blogspot.com/

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