Continued Update till July 18th.

Hello everybody! 🙂 Nice to talk to you all again.

First things first, the Internet was down for the good first part of this week, and then we were really busy, so this is the first time since the Internet being back up that I’ve had time to sit down and type this.

So.

This week was REALLY busy. First week of Camp Leo, which was about 60 kids and 40 staff members, plus about 10 of us Buck Creek staff. Camp Leo, for those of you don’t know, which I would assume would be a lot of you, is a camp for diabetic kids, to try and give them the experience being away from home at a summer camp, and yet helping them stay on track with their diabetes, and also, for the younger kids, teach them how to learn to portion their meals, making sure they match the amount of insulin with the amount of carbs they will eat for lunch. They bring in their own counselors, a HUGE medical staff, about 5 campers per nurse/doctor, and some recreational staff. We, Camp Berachah, provide some rec staff, and kitchen and housing. All staff are volunteers, and most are diabetic. While Camp Leo is not a Christian camp, there are some Christians in the staff, and one of them was the kitchen helper that Camp Leo provided for us. Her camp name is Chopper, which ties in to her job, which is mainly chopping up anything that we need chopped, like fruit or veggies, to help provide more time for meal prep for the rest of us. Most, if not all, of the CL staff are very willing to help if you ask nicely.

Because of the amount of dishes from CL, the amount of time in the kitchen increases, and the breaks between shifts are shorter. We started our shifts of days off, and mine was actually today, hence the time to type this all out. 😉 There wasn’t much time for activities during free time, and most of my free time involved naps or laundry. I did get to meet more of the CL staff, including a couple of counselors, Elmo and Baloo (from the Jungle Book). Elmo apparently can perform the annoying red puppet’s laugh, but thankfully he’s never done in my hearing. Other than that, he’s a really nice guy, I’m pretty sure he’s my age, and he loves working with kids. Oh yeah, and he reminds my of my mom, because he doesn’t quit something just because he failed the first time. This I saw when he tried to climb the hard aisle of the rock wall, and finally made it to the top after about 8-9 failed attempts. Baloo is a very nice talkative 19-year old guy, who also loves kids. He loves to swim, and definitely loves laser tag. I could tell he didn’t like having to skip on playing laser tag because he had to be the counselor waiting for the kids at the starting place, but he had a good attitude. Unfortunately I didn’t get to know any of the female counselors very well, as it always seemed like I had to work when they were doing rock wall or laser tag.

I did however, get closer to one of our female staff, our lifeguard for this week, Lilo. (Think Lilo and Stitch). She is a sweet gal who recently moved from the Philipines, and is both still discovering American culture and growing in her faith. If you could pray for her, that would be great, as she struggles with  random bouts of depression. She (and I) don’t yet know why, and they only seem to last for a few hours.

Unfortunately, I ran into some tension problems with one of the other staff. I had been asking the Lord for help with being patient, and, being the Wise One that He is, He has given me plenty of opportunities to exercise being patient. I thought I had been doing well, and then I missed one day of Bible reading and messed up pretty good by not handling a situation well. I have since apologized and been forgiven, but of course am now dealing with the consequences.

Also during this time, I have developed a cold. It started with a slightly sore throat on Wednesday, grew to a stuffy nose and tiredness yesterday(Thursday) and today is going away, but still have a stuffy nose. Thankfully God has managed to give me a “second wind” during my shifts at work, and I of course had today off, which has helped greatly. As well as this, tomorrow is a light day, where we only feed CL staff, and then Sunday I have the day off as well. Having a cold could not have come at a better time, in my opinion so far. 🙂 God is good, and His timing is perfect.

It has been wonderful to see His timing in hindsight, watching how He led me through certain spiritual subjects and life lessons before working here, and now being able to use what I’ve learned so far to help or advise others here at camp. It is easier here, without distractions, to read my Bible every day, and yet I’ve still missed a few. Those days are actually the days when it is harder for me to treat others well, and how God calls us to treat them. This is an interesting time for me spiritually, and I am truly excited to learn what He has in store for me the rest of the summer.

Now for a confession: I have NO clue what I’ll be doing after August. No clue. At all. And this is both freeing and weighs me down. But somehow, the knowledge of me having no idea what I’ll be doing is helping, I think, to draw me closer to Him, and yes, there’s a wee bit of excitement to see where God is leading me.

This post was a wee bit more personal than the others, but it’s what’s on my heart right now. 🙂 I miss you all, and love you, my precious family, both immediate and Brothers and Sisters In Christ.

Quick prayer request: One of my friend’s younger sisters is going through a tough time right now. This is what my friend posted; PLEASE pray for Katelyn. She went to the clinic and the Dr. there sent her to the ER immediately for further testing. She has high white blood cell count, bladder & kidney infections. Please, share with your friends so as many people as possible can be praying for her. Update from her mother:

Just wanted to put out a quick update because you all have been so awesome with your kind words and offered prayers. It blesses my heart SO much to see you all care enough to take a moment to pray for my children. the body of Christ is a beautiful thing Katelyn is doing SOOO much better. she is perky today, even ate breakfast, finally her fever is down without tylenol and motrin. her meds are working. the hospital called this morning to check on her (totally impressed with Legacy and their ER pediatric staff) and to say that her cultures still haven’t come back so we don’t know any new news on her kidneys, but she LOOKS so much better and is smiley and wants to play that I know she is doing well. and she’s keeping food down. she lost 10% of her body weight in just this short time, we think it may have been festering for a couple of weeks which explains the random fevers. anyways, just wanted to let you know that she is on the mend and to thank you all again for being such beautiful caring friends.

Thanks for reading my post, and for praying for little Katelyn.

Adios!

Ellie ❤

Update from July 6th Afternoon to July 8th Evening :)

Photo on 7-8-14 at 4.16 PM #2

Hi Everybody!

Man, I wish I could take good pictures with my laptop! There’s a hummingbird feeder outside the dining hall, and right now there are about four or five birds busily sucking up nectar. 🙂

July 6th, in the afternoon, Rel, Andrew and I rode up to Buck Creek from Camp Berachah with the group of counselors and rec staff for the week. This week includes Blitz, Sunshine, 2×2, Buster, Lilo, Soundboard, L.T. Grey, Kiki, Soldier, and Krackle. There are 4 girls and 6 guys. Which names are gals? And which are guys? 🙂 It’d be fun to see your guesses! The trip was uneventful. 🙂

July 6th, after dinner (which I had off), the campers and staff got to take turns playing a round of laser tag. I had fun, but mainly because of the strategy aspect of the game. 😉

July 7th, successfully woke up at 6 and took a shower before heading to get breakfast ready at 7.  After cleaning up, Sierra and I packed the brown lunch bags for the campers and staff who were going on the field trip. Andrew and Sierra were the kitchen staff for lunch, so they went and I stayed. Meaning I had time to relax and catch up on FB and email. I also got to read and almost finish a book I had brought. I helped out with dinner, alongside Andrew. The after-dinner-game for the campers was dodgeball. Andrew got to play, and I got to be a referee, along with Sunshine. The rec staff took turns playing/being in charge of the jails. The counselors and Andrew played every game. Ironic moment of the night was when one round, I called Krackle out for going over the line, he was arguing with me, and 2×2 told him to not argue with the ref. Then came next round when 2×2 crossed the line, I called him out, and he started to argue with me. Krackle couldn’t stop laughing. 😀 I went to chapel, where the kids are learning about the fruits of the Spirit.

July 8th, yesterday, was fun! I had breakfast off, and took care of somethings after breakfast, including finishing a book. 😉 Lunch was quickly taken care off, then off to the duplex for some quick relaxation time! Because of the very warm weather, I changed into shorts and a tank top and headed over to the Longhouse, which is the meeting place for the campers, to help blow up balloons. I only popped one! 😀 Headed up to the lodge to start helping with dinner, which was soft tacos. Yummy! Chapel was good, talking about the fruit Patience, and how patient David was, waiting for his turn as King, and refusing to harm Saul, the Lord’s anointed. After chapel, the rec staff, Andrew, the camp nurse, the speaker, and I headed up to the zip-line. This is like at 9:30 at night, so it’s dusk, and getting darker, and the zip-line is very high up. Everyone had a blast, and those with special harnesses got to flip upside down if they wanted to. (Which they did!) And no, those people did not include me or Andrew! 😉 By the time it was my turn, it was dark out, to the point that you could barely see in front of you. It did by no means minimize the height of the starting point, which btw, is called the crow’s nest for a reason! Stepping off that platform was truly a step of faith for me. Haha apparently, the lack of noise coming from me on the ride concerned a couple of the fellow staff down on the ground. They had a flashlight that they pointed on me so they could see me and throw me the rope to pull me to the ladder. Only after I tried to go down the ladder did I realize my right leg was shaking whenever I tried to put weight on it. That went away very quickly. 🙂 Interesting how delayed reactions are when you’re scared, that they seem to happen after the fact.

Well, that is all for now! I’m surprised at the fact that I was able to use the internet this soon, but it was a nice bonus. 🙂

Ta ta for now, Ellie ❤

Day 5- Update from Days 2 – 5

Day 5

      Scarce internet up here at camp, so probably only going to post every few days. Hopefully at least once a week. 🙂 

   Highlights the last few days: 

        Dinner of steak and corn on the cob, with chocolate pie for dessert, with the other staff, and then my boss and her husband opening their jacuzzi for us kitchen staff to enjoy. And we enjoyed it. 😀 – July 3rd.

        4th of July morning, we got to sleep in, then got ready for feeding lunch to a bunch of day campers who came up for a field trip, then feeding lunch to those day campers, giving us a nice lead-in for this week. In the afternoon after we were done with the kitchen, we went to clean up the Retreat House, (which is really really nice, and has 4 floors; basement, 1st and 2nd floors, and a smaller 3rd/attic floor), then we got to get ready to “down the hill” for the big 4th of July celebration down at the main campus. 🙂 

       4th of July late afternoon, met up with Cuz Rel, (pronounced are-ee-el 😉 ), walked around camp. Andrew enjoyed playing laser tag, and I enjoyed watching him. 🙂 we walked back to Rel, who was at the main office, and then we hung out the rest of the night. Andrew went on the Big Swing, we ate ribs for dinner, with potato salad and chicken. Oh yeah, and cake and punch for dessert/drink. Andrew and I went on the GoKarts, Andrew driving, me holding on for dear life. He wasn’t that bad, Dad, you’re going to have an easy time teaching him to drive. Just maybe coach him on not going faster around curves. 😉  

       4th of July evening, we watched Rel’s highest boss, the executive director, get dunked oh, about 10-15 times. Some of those kids had really really good arms. Even his mother-in-law participated. 🙂 Rel had to go take care of something camp related real quick, so Andrew and I played tether ball. Surprisingly, that was some good exercise. Then we went back to Rel’s house and played with George. Man I missed that kitty, and it was only 2 days since we had seen him. We stayed in until it was time for the fireworks. 

       4th of July night. We found a spot up on the hill at the main camp, where there was a big open space, at one end of the field the fireworks were set up, and at the other end was us, the audience. Music played, fireworks went off in a spectacular fashion, I felt proud to be an American. 

        5th of July, Rel, Andrew and I went to Walmart and bought time devices. Came home, watched the Lego Movie, ate lunch, went to go see X-Men in theatres with Cuz Katheryn. Came back, ate pizza, and watched the A-Team. 🙂 

        6th of July, this morning, we three went to church and enjoyed ourselves. Bit of discomfort, it being a new church and all, but still picked some good things out of it. 🙂 

                    Signing off, See ya later, Sayonara! 

                                 Michelle