Camp Cherokee

We had a wonderful week at Camp Cherokee. We had 26 kids from Andrews come out each day to the day camp our youth initiated, planned, and ran. It was a fun week of building relationships with the kids (and some parents), sharing God’s love, and having lots of fun. While there are a few tweaks we will make if we do this again next year, overall it was a great success, and Jenna did a great job with the planning and organizing. And as usual all of our youth stepped up and did what was asked of them. Everyone had a great time. A few pictures from the week:

Now hopefully everyone can catch up on their sleep before we take Lauren to school in less than a week.

Last Sunday was a sad day as a couple of our seniors helped lead worship at church for the last time. Jacob and Lauren have been a blessing to our church for the last couple of years by sharing their talents with us and they will be missed and for far more than just their abilities to share music.



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School, Camp, and Driver’s Ed

We are quickly approaching the beginning of school for all the girls. We take Lauren on the 18th to Covenant, Jenna on the 27 to Belhaven, and Rebekah—well, that’s up in the air. For the first time in 6 years, I will not be tutoring a Classical Conversations class and Rebekah will not be with any of her classmates. For lots of reasons, her class disintegrated over the last week or so, and so she is left without classmates, and we are left scrambling to figure out what she will be doing for her sophomore year. Since she wants to join the class below her next year when they move up to Challenge II (order is not necessarily that important in Classical Conversations in the high school level), we need to come up with something else. So the plan right now is World Literature (The Odyssey, Cry the Beloved Country, Les Miserables, some Russian short stories, and Don Quixote, but that’s not set in stone), Algebra II, Spanish, Botany, and US History. We are looking for one more class to fill out the year. And then at some point in time, she’ll start, probably between Lauren’s departure and Jenna’s. But in the mean time, I need to write some curriculum plans so we can get started.

On Sunday afternoon our youth group will begin a week we are calling Camp Cherokee. It is modeled after the week they spend in Mississippi every year that they have wanted to implement here. We are doing a day camp for about 40 elementary kids that we help tutor during the school year. Then in the afternoon and evening, we’ll do camp stuff with just our youth. Should be a fun week.

And finally, in another “last” for the Herrington household, our last daughter has finished a week of driver’s ed. She now has to drive for 6 hours with the driver’s ed instructor (don’t know when that will happen), and then she’ll get her permit.

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We made a quick trip over to Chattanooga this morning. The girls got to see where Lauren will be going to school (and we turned in her final transcript). Her dorm:

Following the trip up to Look Out Mountain, we went down by the river for a picnic in the park before walking across the foot bridge over the river.

Finally, we ended the day at Clumpies Ice Cream Co.

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Camp Macon, Eclipse Miss, and Peppers

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.

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Texas Visit

We are back from our annual trek to Texas (though this year, we went twice, or actually three times, and for me it’s been four). All that to say it was good to see family—some for the first time in over two years. We got to experience 106° in West Texas (we don’t really do triple digits in the mountains of NC; in fact, it hasn’t even been in the 90’s this summer yet). And we enjoyed lots of good food.

Next week the three girls all go to Camp in Mississippi. It will be very quiet around here!

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The girls are back from Cuba and had a great time. They didn’t take lots of pictures, but lots of other people on the trip did, so we’ll have some more later with more details. But here are Lauren and Rebekah and their friend Becca.

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The youth group (including Lauren and Rebekah) left this morning for a week in Cuba. Prayers would be greatly appreciated.

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