Thursday, June 24, 2010

YoungLives Camp 2010

Wow. What a week!
I think I am finally caught up on sleep...i slept 12 hours last night :) It was much needed! I came home physically, mentally and emotionally exausted! Pretty much every day at camp I journaled alittle bit about the day. I thought I would share some of that with y'all! (I swear, I have never heard 'y'all' used so much in one sentance!!
-What an eventful day! We left for YoungLives Camp at 7:30 am. About 3 1/2 hours later the tire blew out in the suburban behind us. We stopped for at 30/45 min to put the spare on. Started driving...about 45 min later that same suburban's other back tire compleatly blelw out! It was scary to watch! We stopped at some schetch canoe place for 45 min while they changed the tire. It was was 101 degrees out. Quite obvioiusly Saten wants to make it hard for us to get to camp! That means that big things will be happening this week!
-For starters, lets just say that I want to scratch my eyeballs out. Last night was the 1st night of babysitting. I am with the 3-6month olds. Our nersery is about half the size of my own room...full of 17 babies and 13 childcare workers. Not to mention the cribs, toys, chairs, rockers and changing station we had to cram in there! For the full 4 hours we had them they all screamed bloody murder. It was compleate insainity. Finally, the moms picked their babies up at 11:15 (wayy to late to have babies out if you ask me!). I skipped breakfast this morning just to get an extra hour of sleep in! Here's hoping today goes 100 times better...or I might just run back to Kansas!
-Wow. Thank you Lord! Today was so much better than last night!! There were still some screamers...but i suppose that's to be expected! I'm pretty sure I am going to be responsible for 2 babies now....Malea and Alexiz. I was originally only supposed to be with Alexiz...but I was with Malea for the majority of they night and the grannies in there kept saying that I was so good with her. I hope that goes well!
-I just don't even know what to say. Today sucked. I want to stay in bed and never leave untill Tuesday at 11. (when we leave.) The suckiness has nothing to to with the babies for a change. :( Oh, and I really hate being refered to as "The Kansas Girls".
-I am starting to realize that I am going to miss sweet Alexiz and Malea when camp is over! They are both such sweet girls! Even though Malea is kinda high-mantenice she is still such a joy to be with. I am glad that I had her as well as Alexiz.
-Wow. Tonights club was really cool! 3 different trip leaders shared some stories about some of the girls in their group. Wow. Thats really all I have to say. Those girls come from such hard and difficult backgrounds. I can't even imgine it! So many of them were so shocked to hear that the childcare workers actually had to pay to come take care of their babies...and we arn't getting a penny for it! I think hearing those stories gave me a sudden energy burst. I want to take care of these babies well. Their moms so despritly need to hear about Jesus and that will happen because we are watching their kids!
-This is the last day of camp! It's sort of bittersweet. I am so ready to get home...sleep my own bed and hang out with my friends! At the same time, I am really going to miss these babies. Also, I feel like I am just now starting to form a connection with Malea&Alexiz's moms!
-Well, Im on the bus traveling home. 9 hours in a charter bus...with 11 babies. This could get interesting! This morning was really cool. They had a New Beleivers Walk. All the new Chiristians gathered and walked to a few places and someone talked about their new faith and what it ment. It was very cool to see. As tired and stressed as I am, I think I want to go back next year!

Malea and I out for a stroller ride :)

Alexiz and I on the bus going home!

The "Kansas Girls" :) Our Childcare workers on Western Night


  1. glad you journaled the truth. Serving is tough work sometimes and the *only* way you make it through is Christ's power in you. Truly sweet to see at work Him in your heart.

    and for the record, you did something I would NOT have volunteered to do (unless the Lord was VERY clear!) Way to go, girl! So proud of you!

  2. So glad I got to experience that week with you Hannah, love you!