Friday, January 5, 2018

Sarah- 2018 Senior

Last August (yes, 5 months ago), we were at camp, and Sarah wanted her senior pictures done.
We took them 2 different nights because by the time we started the first night, it was getting dark.
So here they are!

 I think this is a really cool picture, but it was getting too dark, so it is blurry. 

And the second night:

 Sarah was standing in the lifeguard chair and I was on top of the slide.

 When your best friend is there, you have to get pictures together. 😊

 These pictures are very much Katie and Sarah.

We had a lot of fun doing these!
Lots of laughing and crazy faces, sneaking past the Chapel so we didn't interrupt the group that was in there, crazy golf cart rides, and more!

It is hard to believe that Sarah is a Senior this year and is planning to go to college next fall. My little sister is growing up!

Sarah, I love you and am very glad you are my sister!
(even though I don't show it all the time)
Put God first in everything!
I am praying for you!

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil."
Proverbs 3:5-7

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

But There Is Forgiveness!

I love this Psalm!

"Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities."
Psalm 130

Monday, October 2, 2017

7 Years Ago...

I was in Russia!
This is the first plane I was ever on.

 After 26 hours of flying and maybe an hour of sleep, most of which was in the Moscow airport because I don't sleep very well in planes.

I went with my Grandparents to visit the Church they had helped when they were there.
We left the US in the morning of Sept. 28 and got to Arkhangelsk, Russia on the 29th (which was a Wednesday).
We had a Bible Study in the Pastor's flat on, I believe, Thursday (we stayed with the Pastor and his sister). That is when I met Alexey. He was like a big brother to me, taking me to different places I would not have been able to go to otherwise, teaching me things about money and history (most of which I have forgotten). I still can't believe my grandpa let me go with Alexey and his friends to Malye Karely 2 days after we met, but then, Pastor Andrew said it would be fine. :) 

 Malye Karely is an outdoor museum with old wooden buildings from different parts of Russia.

 The Northern Dvina River

 Tatyana and Arina!

 The view from our flat.

 Grandpa and Grandma walking home after talking to some classes at a school one of their friends teaches at. I got to go once all by myself while they were at the dentist. That was really fun!

 The Pastor and his (legal) wife after they came back from the wedding palace. They didn't consider themselves married until a week and a half later when they had their Christian wedding.
 Alexey and his girlfriend took Grandpa, Grandma, and I to the entry into Arkhangelsk.
 And they were married!
We missed the wedding because of a mix up on who was supposed to pick us up, but we had fun at the reception. :)
The day after the wedding, Andrew officially became a pastor!

I am very thankful to have been able to take this trip. It definitely helped me in my relationship with God and my grandparents.

Please be praying for these dear brothers and sisters in Christ as Russia is closing to the Gospel.

Until next time,

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