What do you get when you have non-stop 90-100 -degree heat, a view of a tractor out of your hotel window, an overnight stay in the Twilight Zone, a week spent with teenagers, and 9 days of very little sleep? If you're with the right people you get a stinking good time! And we were with the right people. :)
Dale and I recently took a little vacation. It was a vacation to us - no kids, no cooking, little responsibility, much laughter and catching up with old friends. We first flew to the grand city of Fayetteville, AR, where we really did have an awesome hotel suite despite a lovely view of a tractor from our window. Only in AR! I can say that because my dad is from AR, and I spent many summers there as a child. :) One of our former youth, Patrick, asked Dale to be one of the officiating ministers in his wedding, and we were so glad it worked out for us to be there. And this girl was pumped about spending a couple of days by the pool soaking in some sun, which is exactly what I did. That plus time with dear friends made for a very refreshing weekend!
Here we are all done up!
My good friend Janet just wants to be like me! ;) Actually everyone else just wanted to be like us. I bet there were 10 women all in black & white print at this wedding!
Sat. night after the wedding we began our roadtrip back to the Nashville, TN area with Kevin, Janet & Isaac Shrum & Alanna. The reason? Super Summer 2010! This is a youth camp we had been involved with for several years when we lived in Nashville and Dale had been asked to come back to be a part of the leadership. But, before we got there, we had to stop overnight to sleep for a few hours. Our stopping point - because it was midnight & we were exhausted - was the thriving metropolis of Loanoke, AR. They actually had a variety of inexpensive lodging options, some not too shabby. You'd think we could have gotten rooms at just about any of them. Nope. There were no rooms in the inns... except for the Economy Inn. All I'll say is that it was several steps down from EconoLodge. And, honestly, I love to camp in the woods and can sleep just about anywhere. But this place was straight out of the 1970's and the room the guys stayed in probably hadn't been used since! I tried not to touch the sheets as much as possible and prayed against bedbugs! The rest of our experience will just live in the memories of those of us who were there...
Super Summer was a blast as we got to relive our youth ministry days, spend time with former youth and great friends, and get 5 days of solid biblical teaching & awesome worship. Our cups were filled!
You just had to be there to understand why we are wearing camo togas!
The past & current youth ministers of IBC on dueling horns.
I knew these kids when they were born! My good friend Saundra drove to the camp to meet me for an afternoon of catching up. Hannah was a little jealous that I got to see her old buddies and she didn't, but I brought back this picture just for her. :)
Janet & Sarah, two of my favorite people!
Dale with our good friends at Las Maracas, an old Nashville favorite.