For the 1oth year in a row, Jenna has been to Lake Forest Ranch—either as a camper or working on staff. Lauren has been nine years (she missed one), and Rebekah has been six times. They all went together this year for the mission camp week, along with three other kids from our church. They had, as always, a great week. And they got to see three cousins as well as Emily, Elizabeth, and Daniel were all there. It was a very quiet week here.
From a trip that our youth group took there two years ago, our youth group is trying to duplicate in miniature a mission camp here this year. It will be the second week in August as we put on a day camp for the elementary kids that our church and another ministry in town have been tutoring for the last two years. Jenna, from her experience working at Lake Forest Ranch, is acting as director of our camp here. It’s been good experience for her in organizing, delegating, and communicating.
We hope to make it Chattanooga this week as Jenna and Rebekah have yet to see Covenant College where Lauren is going to school in the fall. And speaking of Covenant. One of Lauren’s roommates is from NC out near Charlotte, one is from Columbia, and one is from Washington via Taiwan. She will have a very multi-cultural year ahead.
Jenna doesn’t have to go back to school until after the solar eclipse (we are in the thin, full eclipse band that runs across the country). Lauren, however, has to go back 3 days before the eclipse, and Chattanooga, while close, will not see a total eclipse.
Finally, we did our first canning of the year tonight: seven pints and 3 half pints. And we are most excited that our first okra is growing. So there will be more of this in the future, of peppers and okra hopefully.