Tuesday, July 12, 2011


So when talking to people about my camping trip, the most common question was, "You're camping... like in tents?" To that I laughed! I think there is something to be said about camping in tents vs. trailers or any other way. There is a sense of 'roughing' it, and being in the climate...
Needless to say, we camped in Washington so we experienced multiple different types of weather. Rain, Sun, Clouds, Wind... you name it! Just about everything but snow... (however just a little higher on the mountain there was some.)

We had a blast! The first group (5 of us) got to the camp site about 9pm on Thursday night, so we quickly set up camp and got a fire going! Then the guys pulled out a guitar and we sang tons of songs ranging from "This land is your land" to "We all live in a yellow submarine". (It's stuck in your head now, isn't it! Muah ha ha ha!!! My evil plan worked! ha! Just kidding, I'm sorry for that...)

Here is a picture of our tents... first morning....

We played tons of Tennis, catch, horseshoes, and went for several walks with Sadie (Keith and Paige's dog). It was so fun and Lake Tyee was beautiful (something I failed at getting a picture of...)
Below are some more pictures of our time...

If you look closely... there is dinner in that fire!!! (Poor Mans Stew - potatoes, onion, bell pepper, chicken, celery, and carrots! It was Delicious!)

Here's Paige! She was a trooper! She was on top of it when it came to the meals! She is making our first meal in this picture... Spaghetti!!! Mmmm

Sadie... Love this dog! Though sometimes a trouble maker, I always have a blast with her! We had some good walks around the lake together!

We had a competition for the best s'more. I believe this one was the first of many... but here you have it! Keith's s'more in all it's glory!

Our Spaghettie dinner over the fire! Red sauce with meat, noodles, garlic bread, hot water for hot chocolate and coffee! (It was raining and cold this day.)

There you have it! A snapshot of my weekend! I had a blast! We had a total of 8 people up there over the weekend (in shifts) and I couldn't have asked for a better bunch of people to spend it with! They are truely the best!

Now, I have less than 24 hours to go before heading to Malibu Young Life Camp with over 300 high schoolers, I have a lot to do! :)
Until then...

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The 4th and More!

Last night was the 4th...

I really enjoyed my weekend with Friends and Family! I started my weekend off on Friday afternoon shoveling the rest of the river rock from my folk's house into a pickup with Keith and Paige. Then off to our Double-header softball game... Lost the first and won the second, then off to plan for our upcoming camping trip! Hopefully I can get some sweet pics up of that! :)
Saturday morning I was up and hitting to road early with Kristin for our Saturday Garage Sale trip! :) We tend to do this every couple weeks or so! We mainly stayed in Bellingham this time, but we have gone to Lynden and Ferndale in the past as well! There are always such interesting things at garage sales... ranging from furniture to clothing, to random household appliances and pets. I think the bonus is always to have a house selling donuts that early in the morning, accompanied by the sale being a fundraiser for a good cause! (A few weeks back we went to a sale being put on by 3 families that are adopting 7 kids from Haiti! How cool is that!!!) Anyway, Kristin found a few more "project" items and I got the enjoyment of driving! Can't get much better than that! :)
Small group at the Bascom's that night with Caleb, Jaron and Kristin! Sooo good! We are going through James and unpacking all the good stuff in it! I have learned so much since we started! It will be a few weeks now, but it will be good to finish up chapter 5 in a couple weeks!

Sunday morning was a fun experience! I was on worship team, but this weekend was a little different! The team was a little smaller due to the Youth heading to Summer Camp last week in Spokane, WA. So, the team was Jaron, Steve (Jaron's dad0 and myself. We are currently working on a song set as a trio in our spare time, so it was fun to sing together! We were able to spend the morning really focusing on harmonies and doing some a capella pieces too! Ohhh it was so fun! It was great to just take things back to a more simple way of worship! Less distractions and more focused time with Our Lord! Music to my soul, Literally.
Later I got together with friends (some old, some new) for a BBQ and some roasting marshmallows! Always a fun way to start off the month of July with having s'mores! :)

Monday... the 4th... there are so many things to think about... those who fought for us, those who are fighting for us, the freedom we have, the family and friends we share out lives with... so many things to be thankful for! I had a blast with my family for an afternoon BBQ and some ladder ball. It was nice to kick back and relax. Then I was off to Birch Bay to see the fireworks! Awesome night!

All in all, good time had by all!

Happy 4th Everyone!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Catching up a bit...

Do you ever feel like you have too much to do and not enough time to do it?
I feel like I have spent the last several months starting to weed out things in my life... (I have to stop there and say that all were good things that I LOVED doing, I was just doing too much)... and now I came to the realization today that, for me, this will probably never stop! haha!

I love being busy! Not the crazy-can't stop-can't see a light out kind of busy, just a life-full-of-stuff-people-on-the-outside-think-I'm-crazy kind of busy.

A few things to catch up on...

My brother is getting married in August and it's been super fun to be involved in the plans and getting to know my future sister-in-law better! She is the BEST! :) But with all the wedding plans unfolding, it makes me wonder... Will my time ever come? Am I doing something wrong? Do I even have time for someone if the right guy were to come along? For all these reasons and much more, I can truely only give it over to the Lord! My thoughts, desires and so much more only belong to Him! In that I can find peace!

In other things... My summer has begun and is fastly moving forward! I have a camping trip (or 2) planned with friends at Lake Tyee (near Concrete, WA) and can't wait to share what that experience is all about! It's at a property that my co-worker owns who has graciously offered it for me and whoever I want to come join! It's awesome! I get to check it out next week! Pictures to follow on that one for sure! :)

My softball team is up and running as well! We have a great team this year and currently hold a 5-1 record! Best yet I think! :) (however we have had the possiblity of 10 games, 4 of which have been rainned out... but they will be made up for sure!)

Next on the summer agenda, I head off to Malibu Camp in Canada in Mid-July with a little over 50 FHS students! Can't wait! I love it up there! The amazing scenery, the solitude away from life, the ever-changing hearts of the students, and the pure fun and joy the kids (and leaders) have while there! All that while being smack dap in the center of God's creation where the distractions are few! There are 27 girls (including 3 leaders) going so far and I am really looking forward to seeking lives transformed! :)

Well, enough of a catch up for now... I am currently waiting for my clothes to dry for work tomorrow then off to bed! But maybe I will just read another chapter first...