June 28, 2010


Forget all these lame summer movies. Yawwwwnnnnn.... I simply can't wait for this one. Sophia Coppola is one of my all time faves. I've watched this preview a few dozen times since it debuted a week or so ago.

Come quickly December and bring Christmas and Somewhere with you!

ps...Toy Story 3 is adorable. I cried. You should see it.

psss...I just literally ran around the beach like a crazy person trying to put everything away as a HUGE thunderstorm rolled in. Out. of. breath.....Trying to get a 19ft. inflatable banana (that weighs about 50lbs more than me) into a tiny shed all myself....let's just say that it wasn't the easiest thing I've ever done.

June 26, 2010

hop on over

An Orphan'sWish

Want to help the orphans in China, but not sure how?

Well, this is as simple as it gets...

Just go to Ni Hao Y'all (one of my favorite blogs) and comment on this post. Stefanie is donating one dollar to An Orphan's Wish for every comment. It's that easy!

I'm already a sponsor for Shannan and LOVE getting updates about her each month. Plus, I'm honored to be able to volunteer for AOW. It's a wonderful organization that is doing amazing things for orphans.

So hop on over, and spread some love!

June 25, 2010

a shade from the heat

Remember that time I used to post on my blog?

Me, neither.

I could drone on and on about how busy it has been here, but I guess you already knew that from my absence. Didn't you?

It's island week here, which means I've spent about 5,000 hours in the sun, on the boats, in the sand, lathered in 5 layers of sunscreen, sweat and dirt.

Oh, and let's not forget that it was about 103 degrees with the heat index yesterday. No, I'm not joking. It literally feels like my skin is baking in the oven.

God has been teaching me much. It's been yet another week of tough times. Things breaking. Being exhausted. But you know what? I'm learning so much in it all. How selfish I can be. How great and amazing God really is. How He picks me up when I'm completely done, completely empty, completely finished and reminds me that He loves me and is everything I need.

I've been reading and re-reading the book of Isaiah quite a bit lately. We were studying it in my small group this past spring, and it has been water to my soul during the past 2 months. I loved this verse I read last night. It was perfect for the end of a particularly long, HOT day...

"For you have been a stronghold to the poor, as stronghold to the needy in his distress, as shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat..."
-Isaiah 25:4

Gotta run. Back to the river. Kids awaiting their time in the water. The fun never ends here!

June 20, 2010

love you, Daddy-O

I'm sure you all have wonderful dads. I'm sure they are loving and kind and giving. I'm also sure they can't even compare with mine. He's one in a million.

My nephew LOVES him. He is the bees knees to Luke. No one else comes close (except Mom, of course). The rest of us feel the same way. We know how blessed we are to have him. We know how much we LOVE him too.

Have a wonderful Father Day, Daddy. Sorry your kids are scattered across the globe today and not able to be with you. I'm so glad I got to spend some time with you last weekend playing games and eating yummy meat. You are the best. The best dad in the world and I love you pieces!

June 19, 2010

please enjoy this list

  • I have missed being here this week. It can't be helped because of how busy/crazy/horrible it has been, but none the less, I've missed it. While I won't go into detail about why this week was so tough, I will say this. Sometimes God shines brightest when things go absolutely horribly wrong. Like "the banana boat pops twice and both boat lifts break" wrong. And that's just the tiny tip of the iceberg.
  • My time in the Word was amazing this week.
  • I was able to re-connect with a dear friend, whom I haven't seen in a few years. Just her being here helped me get through all of this mess. I actually met her here at camp my very first summer 12 years ago.
  • ....I can't believe I've been here for 12 years. That's just crazy. I was only 22, fresh out of college and desperately missing my college friends. This place changed my life......
  • I'm now wearing swimsuits just about every day. Part of the beauty (and the curse) of working on the waterfront.
  • These shorts are the most comfy thing in the world. Seriously.
  • I broke my TV/internet diet today and watched 3 shows I love: 9 by Design, Friday Night Lights and Chuck. Oh, and caught up on blogs for a good long while. It was a wonderful escape.
  • 2 hour naps, complete with crazy dreams are the best.
  • I have the best brother in the world. And I miss him terribly.
  • Text messages are perfect for camp life. Especially when conversing with my Sundance brother.
  • My sister is going to Paris on Monday. Argggg..... Super jealous.
  • I'm thankful to be loved by a God, who doesn't leave me where I am, but challenges me to run after Him.


Cottage Girl

June 18, 2010

My God is bigger


It's been a tough, tough week here at camp, friends. I can almost physically feel the evil one trying his best to destroy us. It has been one thing after another each and every day....

If you feel so led, please pray for me and our little camp. One thing I do know, anytime a group of people are poised to do great things for God, the evil one is.not.happy. I also know, that my God is bigger that him. My God moves mountains and turns shepherd boys into kings and puts orphans in homes and raises the dead. He doesn't leave His children when life gets hard.

I'm counting on that. I'm betting on Him winning. And I'm convinced that no matter how ridiculously ugly it gets, He will still come out on top. I'm trusting that His Word is truth and His love is everlasting.

I'm loving the words in this song right now.

June 15, 2010

gem of a find

Too hilarious not to share....one of the guys was telling us all about this gem of a video yesterday. Enjoy!

ps...things are going well, except that our banana boat popped Day 1. But I did get to talk to a little girl for about 20 minutes about everything under the sun. She told me that her mom is in heaven and she lives with her grandma. And she had never walked in the sand before. This was her first time at a beach. My heart melted and I prayed at that moment that Jesus would love on her this week through all of us. What a beautiful reminder of how important camp can be in a child's life.
Gotta run! Dinner and then back to the beach!

June 13, 2010

(the office)

The campers arrived tonight. Week one has begun. That means that I switch over to my "summer office." It looks quite different than my spring/winter/fall office. I must say that the summer office is my favorite. It's pretty. It's fast. It has laughter and fun written all over it.

I'm sorry I've been so MIA lately. I fear it will only get worse as the weeks go on, but I'll do my best. I'm trying to spend less time watching TV/being online this summer. It's tough. Sometimes I fail miserably. Tough habit to break. But I know it's good for me. I'm reading more. I'm spending more time in the Word. I'm gardening, art journaling, cleaning and playing Banangrams with my parents. You know, the usual...

If I'm away too long, you can always coax me back with lots of comments! Remind me that there is still someone out there who reads all this silliness. Oh, and pray for us too. We're doing our best here this summer to be empty of ourselves and filled up with Jesus so these kids can see Him and know Him. It's hard work!


Cottage Girl

June 10, 2010

smoothie update

Today is the 3 week mark of my smoothie experiment. The experiment that kinda just happened. I just decided on a whim to give it a try one morning when I was craving a smoothie. And I didn't stop. I've had one every morning for the last 3 weeks.

The small things that I noticed that first week have only continued.
  • I have more energy (relatively speaking...it's camp insanity now, so of course I'm tired). Thank you, Chia seeds.
  • My stomach issues that have plagued me since I was about 15 have become almost non-existent. For just that reason alone, I'll drink one every day for the rest of my life.
  • I'm getting a great big serving of fruits and veggies when it's hard to eat as much as usual because of my camp food diet at the moment.
  • They just taste delish. I do miss eating cereal though. I LOVE cereal. Gotta put that back in my diet in the evenings or for snacks.
There are more, I'm sure, but those are the biggest.

This particular one pictured is my second favorite recipe lately.

The ingredients:

chia seeds
a tiny bit of agave

Blend it all together and enjoy! I get the fruit at Sam's Club or the grocery story already frozen. I don't add ice because the fruit is frozen and perfect without it. I also use water instead of juice, which I always thought would water it down, but actually is perfect. There isn't all the processed sugar that's in juice.

The only big thing I noticed is that I have Elevensies almost every day. I get so hungry between breakfast and lunch! It's helped to eat a small amount of protein or starch at breakfast time with every one else at camp. If I don't, I try to have a piece of fruit or some granola on hand to get rid of those stomach rumbles.

Such a wonderful discovery. I'm loving every minute of it.

June 09, 2010

I would like to....

(I went to Paris once.)

Go to Japan (and buy lots of washi tape)
Stay at the Princeville for a LONG vacation
Learn to surf
Adopt an orphan from China
Marry my love
Sew an entire outfit for myself
Get a photo published
Write a novel
Watch a scripted TV show being filmed
Have my (plus family and friends) photo taken by Tara Whitney and The Image is Found
Find the perfect vintage dress to wear somewhere fancy
Live next door to my brother again
Write more letters and mail them
Go to Sundance again (and again and again)
See Italy on a long, extended tour
Meet the Chapman's
Not be such a hypochondriac
Travel the country in a RV
Take a hot air balloon ride
Finish my art journal
Find vintage furniture for super cheap at yard sales and flea markets
Complete a reading of a C.S. Lewis book (other than Narnia)
Not be a person consumed with money and things
Give more than I want/get
Do a girls getaway trip with my camp girls.
Do a girls getaway trip with my college friends.
Have an avocado tree, peach tree and tomato plants in my backyard
Write in a journal every day for a year
Always and forever make lists of random things

June 07, 2010

3 chapters

3 chapters in and I'm hooked.

If you need a book to read this summer, start with Ender's Game and then jump over to Ender's Shadow. I don't see how you would ever be disappointed, especially if you like space ships and children and a well told story.

On a completely different note....
I really liked the movie Revolutionary Road. It's not happy. It's not a comedy. It's dark and twisted and sad. But told so very well. A movie doesn't have to be fun and happy to be enjoyable, in my opinion.
Tonight, I was once again berated and belittled because I liked this movie (my friends all HATED it). Sorry, friends, I like my stories with a twinge of sadness. I like to cry and feel something. A great big NO THANKS to sappy, silliness for me. I'd rather claw my eyes out than watch The Notebook. The horror!

But we can still be friends, right?!

June 06, 2010

emotional overflow

"Joy is the emotional overflow of experiencing God's grace in our lives evidenced by gentleness and peace." -Pastor Greg

Church was good this morning. Good as in...exactly what I needed to hear. Philippians 4:2-7

I'm sorry I've been so absent. I used my precious off time today to take a nice long nap, plant some bushes and do some crafts. Ahhhhh...... I feel so much better now. Well, at the moment at least. I'm going to bed way too late, but I think I need this creative time to make myself a little less mentally crazy this week.

We are doing another week of staff training. Lots of working on the beachfront and answering phones and a bazillion other small things. Have to have it all ready for when the kids come a week from today (yikes!). I still can't believe that it's here already.

I promise to pop in this week when I can. I still have that long list post half written and just about ready to post.

Night, everyone! Stop by and say hello, if you get a chance. I'd love to hear what you are doing with your summer.


Cottage Girl

June 04, 2010

severely lacking

I'm working on a nice long list post for you. It still needs a little more time. Unfortunately, time is something I'm severely lacking at the moment. Or should I say blogging time is actually something I'm severely lacking.
For instance, I have to say goodnight now (at this ridiculously early hour) because I have to teach a boating class at 6am tomorrow. I'm thinking it's not such a good idea for the teacher to fall asleep while teaching important things like water safety. So off to bed I go.

i miss you.....

June 02, 2010

all over again

It went well today. And, by golly, I'm tired. Met some cool new people. Did some boat drivin'. Did lots of talking to God. Ate a super delish dinner. Off to bed to do it all over again tomorrow. God is doing some great things here...

***this photo reminds me of the beginning of Charade, a classic Audrey favorite of mine. You should watch it this summer.

June 01, 2010

hold your right hand

(check out this fun tutorial on messy buns from Elsie's blog a few weeks ago.
Tried it and love it!)

Feeling a bit (read: VERY) overwhelmed tonight.
We start staff training/camp 2010 tomorrow.
My free time goes to pretty much "non-existent" in less than 24 hours.
This is especially tough for me this year for some reason.
Selfish...that's me.

I've been spending lots of time in the Word this month.
Isaiah, especially.
I think that is the only reason I'm not in the fetal position crying right now.

Doing ministry requires such a great amount of selflessness.
Some days I'm good with this. (Read: some days God is gracious with me)
Some days I stomp my feet like a child and complain.

But truth be told,
I wouldn't choose to do anything else for the next 10 weeks.
I'm still in love with what I do.
Once again, I was humbled tonight at the reminder that God chose me to be used here.

So, will you please pray for me/us? We are 70 people trying to be selfless, serving children and teenagers, and emptying ourselves each moment so that we can be filled with Jesus. It's HARD and the enemy does NOT want us to do this. But we KNOW that He will provide us with everything we need. He promises...

"For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, 'Fear not, I am the one who helps you.'" -Isaiah 41:13


Cottage Girl