Camp Cherokee

When we returned from Mississippi, we jumped right into a week long work camp for our youth. They went around and mowed, weeded, cleaned, fixed, painted, … and had some fun in the process. We broke the kids up into three groups and sent them to other houses besides their own. We had four guys staying here. The kids began and ended the week with a campout. And we had a time of worship and teaching every evening. All-in-all it was a great, fun week. But we really shouldn’t plan back-to-back camp weeks in the future.

We hope to continue this mission week here in our county every summer, but we also have some tentative plans to take the youth to Cuba next summer. But we’re a long way out from that, so we’ll see.

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A week and a half and we get the girls back!

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Camp Macon

The family (minus Jenna and Lauren) returned from Mission Camp Macon last night. The week long camp involves student missionaries from Noxubee County and around the south who seek to minister to students from the county. Some of the student missionaries go into various churches and community centers to lead kids camp, a VBS type ministry to younger students, while over 200 junior high and high school kids are bused out to Lake Forest Ranch for a sports camp. The kids are broken up into 20 teams, with three student missionaries per team, and they participate in volleyball, ultimate frisbee, basketball, archery tag, and angleball. They also participate in non-competitive activities like horseback riding, zip line, rock wall climbing, archery, and fishing.

The beginning of the day begins with student missionaries leading Bible studies and sharing their faith. The ministry seeks to bring different races together to experience fun, friendship, and fellowship with God in a way that speaks loudly to our current culture which finds itself divided in many ways along racial lines. It was a joy to be a part of this work which began back in 2004 and to spend time with people who love to see walls broken down and learn from them. It was also fun to see the cousins from Waco who were also there!

Everyone but William.

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The girls with a friend from church who went with us. IMG_2712

Lauren with one of the girls from kids camp.


And even though Jenna got to leave the office and be a mentor to a group of student missionaries, she still had to do some work, like belaying for the rock wall:


We’ll go back to get the girls at the end of camp in August.

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Blueberry Picnic

The blueberry picking/picnic was a success: 7 pints and a nice day to be outdoors.

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And in case you didn’t notice, you can also pick flowers at Stoney Hollow Farm.


In addition, we also bought some beets for this. And we bought an eggplant—just because.


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Another Weekend, More Friends

Another weekend brought another visit from friends, this time from Texas. Janelle sang in our wedding 21 years ago, and nine months after we got married, we attended their wedding.


John is very handy and fixed two apple power cords of ours that no longer worked, which saved me $80.


On Friday we went to the Folk School’s concert. The Chuck Nation Band was playing. Some good bluegrass on an enjoyable outdoor North Carolina evening.

We are a week away from taking Lauren and Rebekah and a friend from church to camp. And then we’ll also get to see Jenna!

Tomorrow we’re heading up to Robbinsville to Stoney Hollow Farm to pick blueberries with some friends from church. Haven’t decided yet whether we’ll hit the fireworks at the park tomorrow evening or not.

And finally, we sure are missing this:


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Putt-Putt in Helen, GA: A Review

Back in the late 80s, I started a putt-putt rivalry with my friend James. Who knows how many rounds of putt-putt we played in Austin while in college (Peter Pan Mini Golf on Barton Springs, and another one near Highland Mall were frequented quite a bit).  Graduation moved James to Houston and me to Temple, but there were courses in both of those towns and we visited each other semi-regularly. Finally, James moved to Africa 14 years ago, so our playing time has been limited to furloughs for him. But we’ve played in Atlanta, and it seems some other places as well.

Today we resumed the rivalry after 4 long years by going to Helen, GA, which has three different locations, one of which has two courses. Needless to say, we made up for lost time, but getting in 72 holes of mini golf. We finished 2-2, alternating wins.

If you are ever in Helen and happen to want to play a little putt-putt, Bavarian Mountain is the best course of the three:


In addition to being the best course in town (with two separate 18 hole courses), the owners, Jim and Doris were extremely friendly and we enjoyed visiting with them greatly (and Romeo and Juliet were nice too).

This was followed by Pirates Cove (where one has to pay for parking!?).


And bringing up the rear was Alpine Golf. It was the prettiest of the courses with lots of flowers everywhere, but the holes did not role very true, and the layout was rather bland and unimaginative.


The only redeeming factor for Alpine Golf was the ice cream shop.

One of the oddities of all three that we had never experienced before was all the holes were lined with bricks, with small gaps in between each brick. While it made for a pretty layout, bricks (with gaps in between) don’t produce accurate bounces consistently.

We ate lunch at Cafe International, a little gazebo, sandwich shop overlooking the Chattahoochee River. They make a good reuben sandwich.

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June has flown by. After getting back from Texas, I performed a wedding here:

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Then everyone but Rebekah got sick. Then I went out of town for three days for my annual training for the tutoring I do for Classical conversations.

Every summer the Folk School has a week of classes for junior high and high school kids. Lauren won a scholarship this year and got to go. The two classes she got to take were recycled art and puppetry. Here are a sampling of some of her items she made this week.

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This weekend, my good friend from college, James, who has been in Africa the last four years, will come up for a visit as he is in on furlough. I am sure we will resume our long standing putt-putt rivalry.

And next week, we have some friends from Texas who will be stopping in for a night as they are at a conference in the area. And just like that June will be over. July is shaping up to be busy as well. The second week in July, we take some kids from church to camp in Mississippi. Lauren will stay and work the last few camps like she did last year. A week later, our church is doing a mission camp in the community. Then in August we are still hoping to make it back to Texas for a niece’s wedding and on our way back home we will drop Jenna off at college for year #2. And speaking of colleges, Lauren is a transcript away from finishing her first application to college: Mississippi College.

Fun but busy summer.


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Another Milestone

The last of the Herrington children is finished with braces.


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