home, home on the ranch

well, things are busy here. period. today is what camp staff has dubbed “day zero” (we speak in days here.. day 1=sunday, day 4=wednesday). in official, grown-up terms, today is known as training day — shout out to denzel. i worked from 6 to 3 training our new cooks — touring the kitchen, safety instructions, beginning friendships, and ended my shift by making 78 lasagnas. yuummmmm.

everyone missed the memo to put your guns up

i cannot believe summer is here. mentally, i’ve been here for 3 months already. but, i am ready for the normalcy of the same, exact schedule for the rest of the summer. yesterday i was grumpy pants (in a major way). all the interns had driven to denver on thursday to see a rockies v. diamondbacks baseball game at the coors field. three hour drive (one way) + 20 people trying to coordinate seats together = disaster and NOT relaxing. rachel and i drove back right after the game (detouring rei with all the other interns), but stopped to pick up chick-fil-a for the tatt’s in littleton. that’d be my boss and his family. we, rachel and i, then proceeded to the family dollar in bv // it’s a new thing in town// followed by a good meal at Eddyline with even better conversation. love rachel. she keeps me laughing and sane (at all times. and i do mean all). so, at work on friday, btatt asked me to do something for him and i gave him an ugly look — MAJOR WHOOPSIE.

WEEK 1 DAY 1 is tomorrow. big deal. pray. please!

in other news, peachy pat has arrived. as a semi-serious thing i bid on a crewneck patagonia fleece sweatshirt type deal and came back from work one day having won it! 9 bucks ain’t too shabby for a good ole fleece. thanks ebay. rachel has named her eleanor. please refer to her as such.

thanks for reading. thanks for caring. peace out.

love, emj  (the nickname that never was fully born, but now it’s stuck)

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work week, see ya later

work week is officially over as of 8:30am this morning. today the weather was over 70 degrees. one week until session one people get to camp. glory glory hallelujah.

there is no way around it — work week is just long. i pretty much ran most of the meals i’ll run this summer. it was hard, but very necessary to get back in the swing of simply running meals. i had forgotten all that goes into it. it became so simple after a few months. one day i had ‘projects/snack’ — basically i bossed around these two boys to do a bunch of random grunt work in the kitchen. we painted door frames, metal supports, and gas pipes in the kitchen. it was refreshing to not be completely in the kitchen for a day. the boys were fun and we laughed a lot. i’m ready for summer camp. i’m ready for consistency, a normal schedule, and to have people here longer than a week.

i opened the kitchen two mornings in a row this week (pancake breakfast, hello 4:45am & continental breakfast when everyone left, hello 5:45am). i’m physically worn out. spiritually, i’ve been waking up before going into work. WHAT A BLESSING! i’ve been praying for that since march and the lord is literally blessing me in that. there isn’t much else going on… i’m working a wedding tomorrow (a girl who works here at frontier). then, i’m off on sunday. we have a high school group using camp for a few days for a senior retreat thing — assign team gets here on thursday (WILL ACKER!) and then summer staff and work crew arrives on friday!!! pumped to say the least.

on another note, we just got camo young life food service hats. btatt ordered them.. classy huh? takin’ meh back to mah rootz. i’m kind of (really) excited about them. i’ll post a picture when the staff all wears them. on another, different note, we took a picture to replace in one of the store fronts in the dining hall. the kitchen staff (brandon, jim, rachel, philip, levi, sarah, and i) all put on old time-y clothes, posed in a faux-family-portrait and put it in the store front. hilarious — i’ll show you all soon.

OVERALL, this week = fun and low-key (despite the work). blessings to yall!

altitoots

greetings from the great state of…

home of what i like to call the altitoots (lots of pootin’ due to the altitude)

well, after a road trip full of bumpy roads (arkansas), many o’ cows (oklahoma), massive winds (kansas), and snow in may (colorado), WE MADE IT!!!!

last night around midnight local time [aka 2 am for you eastern time zone folks], we arrived at the haks’ house. may i just say they were so hospitable and willing to let us stay at their new house they moved into on sunday. whoa, talk about gracious. chris used to be on property here at frontier and helped me get my internship last summer, so i’d say he’s a big reason why i’m at frontier at all this summer. we woke up and it was snowing. hard. (keep in mind that i was in a t-shirt and shorts.. brrrrrrr). it was such a blessing to be able to sit with him and julie this morning, talk about life and camp, and just be. it was peaceful and relaxing and a great way to start my time off in colorado.

karl and i bopped our way on over to bv — napped on the short, 2hr drive — and was greeted by some of the interns and precious jess chambers. i interned with her last summer. she is so full of life. i wish she were staying all summer again, but she now is married and has a real job as a nurse in grapevine, tx. she’ll be back with her camper girls during week 4 of camp, but its been another gracious thing the lord has given me: time with her.

dinner happened. club happened. and not i’m about to crawl into my wonderfully-made bed to get some good sleep before day 1 of work tomorrow.

love you all. thanks for caring and reading. until next time… may the toots not be with you.

i solemnly swear

i, emma jane brooks, solemnly swear by the power invested in me ( mainly to thy self ) to document this summer. be that via blog, picture-taking, or letter-writing, it shall happen. keep thy accounth.

just wanted to make it a public announcement, so the world will know i’m not falling off the face of the earth for three months. i’m leaving for my road trip with karl on the 11th — t-minus 5 days. there will be many stories and pictures to come. buckle those seat belts people (i sure will be) because it’s going to be an insane and crazy summer!!

i will be working with people that are (or will become) so near and dear to my heart. sarah and philip, who were on summer staff last summer, and good ole jim. can’t leave brandon out either. plus, the two year-longs that will be in the kitchen, levi and rachel. stay tuned for the beginning of dream team 2010 formation. ready, BREAK!

worship unpacked I

i feel as though my spiritual life has really been impacted through worship. i want to share some of my thoughts on a series of songs that have caught my attention.

i first heard this song at a wedding i went to in highland park, tx about 3 years ago with my good friend, john elmore. it was the first wedding that i really felt i watch and understood what a marriage ceremony was truly about — uniting in the lord. this song reminds me of how we, as children of god, are united with him in two special ways.

i want to go deeper into the line: “my name is graven on his hands, my name is written on his heart.”

graven means to impress or fix (as a thought) deeply. the lord has us deeply impressed into his heart. i don’t think i can ever fully comprehend that. i try to relate that to my relationships here on earth (i think of people who i think of often that don’t live in the same city as me). god’s picture and action in this is so much more consistent and powerful than mine is here on earth. then, to think of my name being written on his heart — how to even imagine that emma jane brooks is steadily on his radar and  placed on his heart at all times. what a big concept that is so full of truth, yet so hard  to know in its fullest form. i try to compare this to people who the holy spirit reminds me to be thoughtful towards and compassionate towards. i still don’t think of these people all the time, but the lord thinks about us all the time. what a blessing that is for us. don’t take it for granted.

before the throne of god above

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong, a perfect plea:
A great High Priest, whose name is Love,
Who ever lives and pleads for me.

My name is graven on his hands,
My name is written on his heart
;
I know that while in heaven he stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair,
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look, and see him there
Who made an end of all my sin.

Because a sinless Savior died,
My sinful soul is counted free;
For God, the Just, is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Praise the One,
Risen Son of God!

Behold him there, the risen Lamb
My perfect, spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I am,
The King of glory and of grace!

One in himself, I cannot die
My soul is purchased by his blood
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ, my Savior and my God
With Christ, my Savior and my God

here’s hoping that you find yourself encouraged that the lord is always with you and you are always with him. may these lyrics move you and encourage you in your relationship with christ.

james 4:8 ::: come near to god and he will come near to you.