Honestly, I don't think I've ever had a weekend where I had three different things going on simultaneously! And I've spent the entire week just getting ready for the weekend!
Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, Brian and I will be attending the Hawk family reunion. This is an event that happens only once every three years, because the extended family is spread all over the US! But this has actually not been the primary thing on my mind this week.
Sunday afternoon is our annual picnic with our therapy dog group. This is always a fun event, as there are doggie games and lots of great food and friendship! But this has not been my foremost concern this week, either.
I won't be attending the therapy dog picnic this year, since I still haven't figured out how to be in two places at once. (I'd really like to figure that out one day!) You see, our church's preteen camp starts this Sunday, and I'm so excited to be part of the staff again this year! And that's what's been the overarching thing on my mind this week. I'm heading up The Amazing Race activity, and I've spent the entire week making sure that we have all the supplies we'll need for the activity to be a success. Whew! I'll be glad when camp starts, so I can finally rest up!! LOL!
Preteen camp is always fun - for the kids and for us staff members! Oh, we've had some tough times... Like last year, when a tornado warning was issued, and we all had to run for the basement of the groundskeeper's house. (We found out afterward that a tornado had touched down only minutes from our camp.) Or three years ago when several dozen of us got stranded in the picnic pavilion when a sudden thunderstorm and downpour caught us off guard!
But the kids seem to forget those times and, thankfully, concentrate on the great times that they have at camp. And to that end, the administrators and staff spend weeks planning and scheming just the right activities and games and lessons to help these little ones learn about our great God and His Way, and to help them develop friendships to last a lifetime. It's such rewarding work, though, and a wonderful opportunity.
And so, I've only just this morning decided what food I'm taking to the family reunion tonight and tomorrow. And I'm sending Brian off to the therapy dog picnic by himself, hoping that I've sent enough plates, napkins, cups and silverware with him. But most of all I'm praying and hoping that we have a fun-filled, uneventful preteen camp this coming week.
Hope everyone has a great weekend! I'll let you know after camp whether or not The Amazing Race was truly amazing or not!