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It's our Plan B, But God's Plan A

Monday, August 18, 2014

Today is our first full day of Bible camp. I've nicknamed this year's camp "Camp Plan B". Every year we have to be flexible during camp week but this year seems especially so. Our lead guitarist dislocated his shoulder on the way to camp. He had it "fixed" and came anyway. We didn't have enough counselors for the girls after we had some "day of camp cancellations of staff". I was planning to stay with my co-teacher but my co-teacher became the teen girl's counselor, I got a new co-teacher the day before camp and ended up volunteering to help out the little girl's counselor. We had 8 new kids decide to come to camp the day we started. Our camp director has a job obligation that he was not able to get out so he's coming every day at 2 pm and we're working together to fill his shoes before that (not that we don't all work together the rest of the time).

But it is all working out. Most of the staff are people that my husband and I have worked with now for 4 years since the inception of the camp. We did get one new staff member this year and are breaking him in. ;) The two new staff members we had last year came back which made us really happy. We have the most kids this year ever. I have 16 kids that I teach the Bible - 10 of them boys. All but 3 of them are kids I've taught all 4 years so they're used to me. My new co-teacher is an experience ps teacher so even though she's going to have to jump in without a lot of preparation, we speak the same language. I am going to move to a cabin all my myself tonight. My health problems make nighttime my most challenging time. I think I got all of 2 hours sleep last night. There are already two adults in with the little girls so I won't be leaving them shorthanded. And the little girls have grown up a bit since last year and aren't quite the handful that they were then.

Today is a full day with an obstacle course, a ropes course, a climbing wall, swimming, kickball, and some crafts. I've been invited to join the band since they got tired of having an all male crew. I love to sing so that will be fun.

Well, I'm writing this at Starbucks while on a run into town for supplies. I've had my snack and I guess I'd better get back to it.

  
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JENNEINAZ 8/19/2014 10:25AM

  Happy Camping!

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FRAN0426 8/18/2014 10:40PM

    I bet plan B will work out just fine for the week. Having many same adults each year who know the routine make it ll go a whole lot smoother too.
Think you are making a good move going into a cabin alone for the night, hope that gets you to sleep better. Continued success at the Bible Camp for all of you .

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1MORNINGWALKER 8/18/2014 8:35PM

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1CRAZYDOG 8/18/2014 7:44PM

    ((((HUGS)))) Sending all good wishes.

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SHKIRK 8/18/2014 6:24PM

  Good you make time for kids. Sounds like you have it together. emoticon

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What Went - Saturday

Saturday, August 16, 2014

1. Another very busy day. Everything is printed out. I have supplies for activities and games. Sleeping bags and towels are already packed in the car. Other expensive items are waiting by the door to be packed tomorrow morning. I've been to the bank and the pharmacy. All laundry was done prior to packing. Phew!

2. but despite all that busyness my Fitbit only says 2024 steps. How did that happen? Oh well, I''m too tired to try and get 3000 more steps.

3. My daughter and husband ran a 5k this morning together. I didn't go to cheer them on this time. They had to leave at 8 am. Plus, my son and I worked all morning while they were gone on packing and if we hadn't done that there is no way I would be still functional at this point. I think it was special to my daughter to just do something with Daddy though.

4. Half of my music files that I wanted for Bible camp are gone. Poof. I have one more place to look but I think I'm out of luck. Oh well. The music would have been nice but is not absolutely necessary. You always have to have a plan B.

I probably won't be around SP for most of the week. The camp itself is in the woods and has either no reception or very spotty in certain locations. I might need to go into town a couple of times during the week and might stop at a Starbucks to check in but I'm not making that a priority.

  
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ALIHIKES 8/17/2014 8:40PM

    I hope you have a wonderful time! It sounds like you are well prepared and ready.
Alison

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JENNEINAZ 8/17/2014 10:49AM

  I am glad you got the important stuff done. Enjoy your time at camp.

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FRAN0426 8/17/2014 12:04AM

    Have a great time at camp, You did have a busy day today---along with several others this week getting ready for this next week. Your right sometimes you got to go to plan B.

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1MORNINGWALKER 8/16/2014 10:15PM

    So busy, but you sure got a lot done, nice that everything is printed, and you already have things packed and ready to go.
You take care and have fun emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/16/2014 9:28PM

    Be safe. Hope you find the files.

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What Went - Friday

Friday, August 15, 2014

1. I survived the day. Well, technically the day isn't done yet but I'm saying that on faith. It was a super busy day today. In the morning I went to the chiropractor and gassed up the car while ds17 volunteered at the library and dd12 baked an order of chocolate chip cookies for a customer. Then after lunch at McDonald's (yeah, I know), I dropped dd off at a friend's house then took ds to get his allergy shots. Then we went shopping for camp stuff. I didn't know that chocolate coins are usually sold only at Christmas time. . .

2. But we found chocolate coins at Party City! This insider knowledge was given to me by the manager of a candy store at the mall. I actually don't like candy but I'm definitely going to shop there if I ever need to because of the helpfulness of that manager!

3. My printer is working! This is important because I have to print out all 9 lessons tonight. I tried to print and got sheets of white with occasional ink splotches on the page. Not what I needed to teach from. It comes in handy to have a live-in computer geek. He diagnosed the problem as "plugged printer heads", cleaned them, and voila! I can print!

4. The dryer is working! This is important because we have tons of laundry to do before camp so that we have the right mix of clothes clean to choose from before we all pack. This morning I put a load in the dryer and it was still damp after an hour. Not what I wanted to see today. But after cleaning out the lint trap and making doubly sure that all settings were correct, we're getting dry clothes. Phew!

  
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1CRAZYDOG 8/16/2014 5:30PM

    Glad the printer problem is solved!



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JENNEINAZ 8/16/2014 11:04AM

  Customer service is a great thing! Woohoo!

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1MORNINGWALKER 8/16/2014 1:10AM

    Very busy but productive day.
I bet you are tired. Have a good night. emoticon emoticon

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What Went - Thursday

Friday, August 15, 2014

1. My kids were thrilled to find 'play with Legos' on our to-do list today. We made a 6 foot racing track for Lego cars that we will use at Bible camp. Tomorrow we will need to dismantle it very carefully and figure out how to transport it in pieces. 3 cars didn't work with the track so we went out and bought new sets that will work.

2. One other activity we were going to do at camp didn't work out when we tried to execute it. That's why we do all these things now ahead of time! We're going to plan B.

3. I've been working through some feelings about my dad's life and death. My eldest sister called today. Our journey and feelings have been similar so it was good to talk to her.

4. I've got a full list of things to do tomorrow. I'm too tired tonight to do anything more.

  
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1CRAZYDOG 8/15/2014 6:11PM

    M kids grew up w/Leggos too. DS is 22 and still loves 'em! LOL

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1MORNINGWALKER 8/15/2014 3:57PM

    The Lego project sounds fun, hope everything goes together when you get there.
So good to have someone to talk to about your Dad. Does take time.
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JENNEINAZ 8/15/2014 11:49AM

  My kids would be thrilled to see 'build with legos' on their to do list too! I hope you get the track safely transported and have a great time at Bible Camp.

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PICKIE98 8/15/2014 4:45AM

    How cool to use Legos at Bible School! those kids will LOVE it!! Variety keeps them wanting more....

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Hyperfocusing

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

There is too much to do. So much so that I feel a bit out of control whenever I think about it. So I'm choosing to mono-task, aka hyperfocus on one thing only. Of course you still need to eat, sleep, run the dishwasher, but for the most part, I'm focusing on the main thing.

This week that is getting ready for Bible camp. I've now written all nine lessons and have sent them off to my co-teacher. Today I need to read all 9 of those lessons as a whole, check them for continuity, make revisions as needed and then send the revisions to my co-teacher. Then my co-teacher and I will start to assemble materials.

Bible camp starts on Saturday. I'm starting to get excited even though there is a lot that still needs to come together. I will have 16 kids from age 8 - 11 in my group - mostly boys! This year's theme is relationships. I had a hard time getting started on this topic but now I could write a whole 'nother 9 lessons on the topic!

Food and exercise is happening but I'm barely even thinking about them. Some days I'm making my step goal and then some. Some days I'm not meeting it. Maybe I should "worry" about it some more but I have no more focus left to give to that.

  
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1MORNINGWALKER 8/14/2014 7:55PM

    Great idea, one thing only, less stress. Have fun at bible camp emoticon

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FRAN0426 8/14/2014 12:39AM

    You are doing what you can with focusing on one specific goal in mind each day, for now that is what you can do---seems like your handling that. Good job on getting steps in each day, we don't always reach our quota for the day--but some is better than none. Enjoy the Bible Camp that your teaching at starting later this week.

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COASTAL6 8/13/2014 5:31PM

    Your doing Bible Camp, that's great! Your trying your best with food, an that's all that counts!
Good Luck!
Rooting for you!
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1CRAZYDOG 8/13/2014 2:17PM

    Good luck!

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YVETTEB57 8/13/2014 1:03PM

    One foot in front of the other. Hold steady. emoticon

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 8/13/2014 12:36PM

    Great job on making exercise a part of your daily habits/routine!

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JENNEINAZ 8/13/2014 11:56AM

  One thing at a time. You can do it!

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