Friday, August 22, 2008


The first night of camp we got some rain showers right as we were finishing up dinner. All evening activities were moved indoors, and the kids were able to cook s'mores in the big fireplace in the basement of Jensen Hall. A Ga-Ga ball pit was set up, and there was ping-pong available to play, as well as balloons for the little ones.

The rain eventually subsided, and the sun began to shine, so we all headed outside. Shannon and Naomi were heading up to the west deck to play some carpetball, and Katie decided to run and follow them. In her haste, she tripped and fell in a mud puddle.

This was the result.

Even though we rinsed the dress out right away, the stain is still there. Oh well.

"Who can say, "I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?" Proverbs 20:9

Family Camp 2008

This year we switched to Family Camp 3 at Iowa Regular Baptist Camp. I cannot recommend Family Camp enough to families. We all have a great time of fun and fellowship. Part of that is because we WIN all of the tournaments...part is just because it's one of the greatest places in the whole wide world to be. The fact that you don't have to cook for a whole week doesn't hurt, either. I'm going to split my story about camp into several posts, and add a bunch of pictures.

Here are a few pictures of our room in the Arnold Dorm, where our family of 10 sleeps for the week.

We have our own private bathroom and air conditioning. It's not the Ritz, but it's very adequate.

"When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet." Proverbs 3:24

First Haircut

This haircut was a bit (okay, a really long time) overdue, but I was holding off having it done until I had Hudson's 1 year old pictures taken. By July, when Hudson was 18 months old and I hadn't had the 1yo picture taken, I gave up and decided to cut his hair.

He didn't do a very good job sitting still, so there were some pretty wild cuts. Overall, it was an improvement.





"Every word of God is pure. He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him." Proverbs 30:5

Snapping Turtle

Alex, Jackson and Sam were playing down at the creek one day. They were privileged enough to witness the killing of four raccoons by our dogs, and then had the good fortune to come across a snapping turtle. They left the raccoons behind, but chose to bring the turtle home, wrapped up in their (once) white t-shirts. They kept it in the front yard and played with it for awhile by poking at it with sticks, but alas, their mean mom put her foot down an declared snapping turtles inappropriate pets, so it had to go back to the creek.

They really are very ugly.

"Do not strive with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm." Proverbs 3:30