Hope you aren't bored of all the photos. We love to document our family adventures on the blog for the future. It's a great way to have those memories at your fingertips down the road.
The family camp counselors were a remarkable bunch of young folks.
We were very impressed at how servant-hearted they were and how
they just did everything they could to make the parents and kids feel welcome.
We had a "barn dance" one night and it was absolutely entertaining to watch the
family camp staff get out there and lead the way to fun. Natalie (on the right)
was our family guide. What a wonderful and Godly role model
she was for all our children. Hannah really loved having Natalie with us.
I won't put their names up because I haven't asked them if they mind
but I do want to tell you a remarkable story about this family.
First, I was just almost in tears watching them dance with their son
who has Downs. The little fella was a delight all week long warming
hearts with his big heart. We found out after a couple of
days that this family had almost adopted Chrissie Patterson and knew
the Patterson family. So here we were in the middle of the Rocky Mountains
where we had been invited to come at the last minute.
We didn't know any of the families. And yet, God arranged for us to
meet and become friends with this couple who also have a heart
for adoption, and had almost adopted Chrissie whose
home-going to heaven we had just recently attended
along with a wonderful weekend with the Patterson's.
God can really arrange things, can't He?
This is why our black brothers and sisters make fun of us white folk dancing.
Seriously, the barn dance was absolute, screaming good fun.
The kids, the counselors and most of the parents danced, or sort of danced, or
attempted to dance to all the fun songs. The counselors and staff were a HOOT,
doing the Hannah Montana dance, the Michael Jackson Thriller routine, and all
the usual steps like the chicken dance. It made me realize I need to let my
hair down (yes, that is a figure of speech) and cut loose more often.
It's healthy and relaxing to just "have fun" sometimes. I'm far too serious.
Hannah and I love to dance at home. We are thinking about getting some
instructional DVD's and really learning more. I DETEST the overtly immoral and
sensual dancing that is so common today but, and I hope my Baptist and
Church of Christ friends won't hammer me too hard, the "fun" group dances,
country line dances and modest ballroom dances are really a very enjoyable way
to have some family fun. And FATHERS, it is great way for you to be affectionate
to your daughters and teach them the respect, modesty and courtesy they
should demand from any future male suitors.
Couldn't resist another shot of "P" and his Mom.
Brittany Hess shows us all how to do the Chicken Dance with style.
Kyle and Brittany Hess are only three months into their wedded bliss.
Can you tell they are madly in love?
It's just SO hard to capture the size and depth of the mountains.
We saw this cave and Hannah took off "climbing up" to it. She got about
50 feet and discovered that climbing up a 150 ft steep grade was a
little more complicated than she imagined.
I'm sitting here in Oklahoma now where it's 140 degrees outside.
It was about 70 on this ridge a couple of days ago.
I wonder if the family is up for another 19 hour drive this week...