Wednesday is a "free day" at family camp so Trent and I snuck away to a Starbucks so we could see pictures of Naomi getting Lydia Hope.
Family camp is always such an interesting experience that really can't be described fully in words. Now in our 3rd year, I am beginning to see a trend emerging. It seems like in the first few days that God really burdens me for all the sludge in my life. Those things about myself and my family that are unhealthy become extra annoying and evident. I was pondering this trend on Monday and thought of course it is like that because Pine Cove is such a God centered place that there is no room for our sins in His presence. I know this cleansing is good for us and it helps me to leave there a better mother and wife. This year it feels a little more painful than usual. Perhaps I have more sludge.
As I was thinking about that de-sludging I wondered what it says about my environment and my priorities that this muck does not burden me more at home. I wonder, after all this, that if when we are not intensly burdened by our sludge we should question the active presence of God in our everyday lives. Ouch.
2 fun other notes:
1. We got to Tyler and a different week of camp expecting to meet all new families and found that there are 3 families here that we know from college and one that used to live down the street from us. These families are now spread out across several states but ended up here on the same week. What a small world.
2. One family we did not know brought with them their nanny who just arrived here from CHINA!! She is a young christian lady who became a believer in a small church there and then was given the opportunity to come to the states to live with this family for a year. She was amazed that we would adopt from China and didn't even know that people here did that. She speaks Mandarin and is going to translate a letter to Ruthie's orphanage for me to send with our next package. Meeting her has been a highlight.
Have a great remainder of your week. I am off to de-sludging