Sunday, August 6, 2017

Camp in Review

Mornings are beautiful here!

 Here are some pictures and videos from the last couple weeks of camp...
(Some pictures are courtesy of the camp photographer)

 Teen 2 Pit Crew

Teen 2 was easier than the previous couple week because we were feeding 30-40 less people.

 Making sun-dried tomato basil pesto sauce to serve over chicken and noodles.
It is so yummy!

 My friend and I went kayaking one day, then it started raining and chased us back in. ☺

 Sarah was Mr V. for her cabin's skit.

 And here is Mr V. He has a lot of fun with the kids!

 Sarah and her best friend.

 Slaughter in the water!!

 Evening Chapel

 I love Friday night campfire!

 Sarah and I got to Skype Esther! We really miss her, but it hasn't really set in that she will be gone for a while.
When I get home, it will hit me because she won't be sharing a room with me for the next year or so.

 We were able to do a group Skype, so we got to talk to everyone at home at the same time!

 Junior 2 was the easiest camp this year because our highest number was 70. I kept thinking that I didn't have enough food because I cooked for double that number the first Junior camp.

 Some of the operational staff played instruments in chapel during the singing.

 Slip 'N' Slide time!! You have to get wet first, or you won't go very fast. The water always feels cold, but also good after being in the kitchen.

 Soap in the face!

 This is what happens when the camp photographer leaves her camera in the kitchen. 😂

 One of the best nights for the kids! Food trucks showed up to deliver them food.

 Staff special.

Sarah, Alana, and I while we were shopping with my best friend. I am going to really miss seeing her everyday, but at least she doesn't live 26 hours away anymore!

Here are some videos from this summer...

Most people didn't know who this was until they told everyone Saturday morning. There was one cabin that thought it was me. 

Oh, Ichabod...

I am really thankful for all the messages this summer. It was really cool how a lot of the speakers mentioned the same things, or the pastor of one of the churches I attended this summer mentioned something that was taught during the week, or my personal devotions would have a verse about one of the subjects from Chapel, or when we cooks would have our devotions together every morning, a verse would remind us of a message from that week.

I am looking forward to being home soon!
I have really missed my family!
The one week I did go home to tell Esther goodbye, I cried a lot on the way back to camp, both tears of joy because God was leading my sister on an adventure, and tears of sorrow because I am not going to be able to see her for a while. That week was extremely difficult because I was physically and emotionally exhausted.
I am very thankful for the strength God has supplied, and for all who have helped and encouraged me this summer.

I am looking forward to next year!!

And Asa cried unto the Lord his God, and said, Lord, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O Lord our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O Lord, thou art our God; let no man prevail against thee.
2 Chronicles 14:11

Thursday, July 20, 2017


 Almost all of this weeks staff.

For the past 7 years, I have spent at least a week and a half here. For the past 5 years, I have spent 6 weeks here. For the past 2 years, I have been the head cook here. Now I am working on my 8th summer here.

Peniel Bible Camp has a special place in my heart. I have made many friends, some of them my best friends now. I have met people that I never would have never met otherwise. I get to listen to chapel messages every weeknight. The cooks have devotions and pray together almost every morning. I get to interact with kids of many different ages. I have seen couples meet and marry. I have seen children grow from Junior campers to being able to cook and counsel for Junior camps.

I have so many memories here, so many inside jokes.
Riding plasma cars around at 11 or 12 at night (in the dark) singing songs from Sound of Music
Eating cheese cake at midnight
Oh, remember the BBQ in the cheesecake pan? 
Reenacting a scene from Anne of Green Gables (without the Gilbert)
Cook cheers
Here are a few pictures from this week.
To see more, go to Peniel's Facebook page

 Taking campers' money. 😊

 All the campers. (Esther and Anna are the first 2 counselors on the right side)

 Singing Happy Birthday to Esther!

 The staff introducing a new song in Chapel.

 Anna's cabin

 Esther's cabin

Sarah and I grilled burgers last night. We did about 200. I think we were both coated with grease and we lost a ton of liquid doing this. I am thankful for Sarah and her willingness to help me with this very warm job!

And one of my favorite parts of camp...

Slip and slide!!!
I get to do it after all the kids get done. It feels really good after cooking in the kitchen for a lot of the day, especially when it is 98 degrees in the kitchen like was yesterday.
I also love when the nurse or other cooks do it with me!!
This is actually probably the cleanest slip and slide I have ever done. I am usually covered with soap, grass, and dirt.

So, if you are ever looking for a good Bible camp to attend, come join us! 😊

And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
Genesis 32:30

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Jonah Man

This little guy was 5 months old when I took these. Now he is 7 months old!!
He is growing so fast. I hadn't seen him for a couple weeks, then I saw him on Sunday and he looked so grown up!!!

Big sister and aunt playing in the background.

You can see his teeth when he smiles.

That smile just melts my heart.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6

Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13

Thursday, December 22, 2016


This October, Esther and I went to Maine with our Pastor and his wife for a conference.
On the first day, we ladies didn't have to be in any meetings till the evening, so we went sightseeing.
I have seen the Atlantic Ocean from an airplane, but have never been at the ocean. This was also Esther's first time.
The water was a little cool, but we had to take off our shoes and let the waves wash over our feet. It was an awesome experience. We live close to Lake Erie and I have been there many times, but this was different. On the other side of this water was a different continent. France was directly across the great expanse of water.
I hope to go back sometime soon, so if anyone wants to take a trip, let me know. 😊
I hope you enjoy the pictures! (there are a lot of them) 
Of course we had to get a picture with the ocean.

I love the coast!

The waves on the rocks are beautiful!

Paddle boarders. I have done it on a calm lake, but it was pretty windy that day.

Cape Neddick Lighthouse, the Nubble Light.

Looking down the "cliff" at the water hitting the rocks.

After going to the beach and the lighthouse, we went to Kennebunkport and walked around looking in a lot of the shops.

This was the our the back window of one of the shops.

A lot of the houses in the area are older and I took pictures of a few of our favorites.

This is Captain Lord Mansion. We wanted to go in and look at it, but they didn't have any vacancies, so we knew we wouldn't be able to see much.

We had to drive across the line to New Hampshire several times, and I really liked this bridge!

On our way home.

I hope you enjoyed looking at the pictures as much as I enjoyed posting them!

"Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The Lord reigneth. Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein."
1 Chronicles 16:31-32

"The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein."
Psalm 24:1