california, y’all

anybody know i was born in the oc? true.

went back to my roots + headed west earlier this month for challenge course manager training at Oakbridge. we flew into San Diego and got to spend a sec in the city/on the beach. it left me wanting to explore and get into the culture out there. instead, we hightailed it to a starbucks, then headed to camp — here’s a peak of what went on.

ropes course photo

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housekeeping thoughts

we have had three different groups in camp in the last 3 days. keeping. us. busy.

today i was in housekeeping. not one of my favorite things to do, but my brain started turning and my mind started connecting some dots and i wanted to see more of christ in my work this week… these are my thoughts:

cleaning camp — it’s hard work. and i only take part in turning camp over every now and then. we have to pick up the dirty things and sweep the floors before we can really get the rooms sanitized and vacuumed and bathrooms mopped and wiped down. my mind jumped to how christ ultimately cleansed us of our “dirtiness,” our sins + on the cross. and every day his mercies are new and i get a fresh start. housekeeping is like that in a way. cleaning up the mess. and it always becomes clean again.

obviously, the gospel is infinitely different and better (and perfect on its own!) than my housekeeping analogy. i’m sure there is a more eloquent way to connect those dots, but there is my muddled brain seeking to see more of the cross and the gospel in the little things.

hope your christmas season holds some stillness and rest //

“merry christmas and long live the King” -father christmas, in the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe

{ july is for favorite things }

i have always loved july.

it is the peak of summer. for the last four years, it’s been the month of young life camp that my confidence blooms as i have (usually) adjusted + learned  my job thus causing fun to be had amidst work. (fingers crossed, that’s true this year as well.)

then, last summer, andrew flew down in july to make us “official” again. BEST day ever. independence day comes right at the beginning… WIN. see, soooooo many perks.

i thought each day of july i’d share one of my favorite things as it is one of my favorite months.

until tomorrow…

{ summertime }

this video warms my heart to think of all the people who volunteer their summers away at a Young Life camp.

year after year.

how much stronger relationships with christ are after a month of serving in such community.

how many campers get to hear the gospel because of these people’s hard work.

and this is my job — can i even call it that?!    assign team, summer staff, and work crew have all arrived — it’s day one.   go time, folks!

thankful for the relationships i’ve made (and who i have become) through young life camping.

{ condo living }

My time has been split between southwind and my condo with a splash of Publix (best grocery store in America!).

I love living in a small space.

It makes me do more laundry and keep it tidy. It makes me embrace a simple lifestyle. Work and home. I was just telling Andrew how there is nowhere to stop between work and home, so there isn’t much of a temptation to shop for a cute new dress, to have Chick-Fil-A for supper, or to stop for Sonic’s happy hour. Most nights, I’ve gone home, showered, made dinner, and gone to bed before 10pm, sometimes even 8pm.

It’s just me and my bachelorette pad. Redbox is my new friend since i’m doing a whole lot of movie watching since I don’t have cable.

speaking of things i don’t have… coffee table, more shorts, rug, more decorations. the list is longer than i just admitted but i want to be grateful for what i do have, which is a lot. Job that I love, an incredibly authentic friendship, crazy good bossman, nice car, fancy clothes.

i’m just learning that living simply in the world’s eyes allows you to live richly when your focus on the Lord.

you are forced to look to him, to spend time with Him (if i am diligent enough to do that daily), and to rely on Him for all things.

He, after all, has given us the greatest gift of all. I need  to remember that more.

(I’m done with my tangent y’all)

ASSIGN TEAM ARRIVES TOMORROW.

WC/SS ARRIVE ON TUESDAY.

CAMPERS ON WEDNESDAY.

hello summer! it sure came quick.