And Lake Livingston State Park was my rustic Walden.
Once I resigned myself to the sweltering heat, the bugs, the trek to the ever so hygienic potties/showers, and general state of funk, I was okay with the whole camping experience. I didn't look or smell so pretty, but I guess that goes with the territory.
Because sunset chats and photo ops with friends go with the territory too.
And she is a horse.
Lady was a bit grumpy. We bonded.
Saturday afternoon I had a SMASHING headache. It was probably a combination of caffeine withdrawal (we were roughing it after all--no coffee pots), the heat, and sleeping on the floor. Thank goodness for large doses of ibuprofen.
Camping would not have been complete without cooking hamburgers, hot dogs and late night s'mores over a fire pit. Yum!
We struggled with hordes of pesky flies though whenever we set out the food. We tried hanging bags of water over the food tables, but the flies just mocked us. It was rather like Amityville Horror.
The purpose of this weekend was for the older girls (Big Sis) to bond with the younger girls (Little Sis) in our youth group and strengthen their relationship as an overall group. There were lots of fun activities to choose from during the day, like swimming, paddle boats, canoeing, etc. They also played team games each evening and won spirit awards. There were even some late night pranks after lights out (shhhh). I'd say a good time was had by all.
The teen girls held a devotional each night and then conducted the worship service Sunday morning under the pines.
It was so encouraging to see the girls participate, many of them stepping out of their comfort zones and leading either a song or prayer or even sharing the devotional message. I was really proud of them!
As school begins, I am very thankful they have created strong bonds of friendship and will be able to support each other during the challenges of the school year.
I can't end without sharing a picture of the Ultra-Awesome-Super-Fabulous Counselors:
(Aren't we cute?)
Even though I don't have a daughter in the youth group yet, I will in the near future. It was encouraging to be around the other moms and see how they interact with their daughters and the other moms. My little mental video camera was whirring away and I learned a lot just being around them. I feel so blessed to have been able to participate in this weekend with these outstanding ladies and all of the wonderful girls.
*Confession: I have never read Walden or anything else by Thoreau. I hope we can still be friends.