Going to Camp for the First Time//Growing Up

Hey ya’ll! A lot has happened in my life recently 🙂

First of all, I found a piece of home in New England. In a place that I never expected 🙂

At the end of June my family went up to help at a camp a couple hours away, getting everything ready for the camping season. Our church here helps out there a lot during the summer.

So I went, expecting it to be the typical Christian camp. My family has never sent any of us to camp before, and I had never really thought about going.

I think I fell in love with it the first day 😉 It was out in the country, had these neat old cabins, was near a lake… And the people there accepted me right away. Everyone were asking me if I was coming to camp that summer. People actually talked to me, which meant the world to me 🙂

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One of the boys cabins 🙂

I did a lot of praying and thinking there. One night I went out walking. I looked at the stars (The stars, yesss! It felt so amazing to see the stars again ^_^) and prayed and asked God a lot of questions. Then right before I went back to the cabin I heard the sound of all the counselors singing hymns. It was a magical moment 🙂

It’s hard to explain, but that week made me a better Christian. I had kind of lost my spiritual fire, but it came back strong after that week 🙂

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By the time it was time to leave I was determined to ask Mom and Dad if I could go. Boy, was that whole deciding if I could go process a roller coaster 😉

It went something like this:

Maybe, no, maybe, no, yes, maybe, yes 😉

But finally, after all that, I was there. At an official week at camp. I couldn’t believe it 😀

I would tell you everything that happened at camp, but that would probably take about 30,000 words to do 😉

It was so amazing ^_^

We sang a lot of songs, played a lot of games, made friends, had devotionals… So much 🙂 I was in a great cabin and had a great counselor. I felt like I belonged there, no one made me feel like I was out of place.

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This was part of the live-action Clue game that we played one night 🙂 This is me and my cabin talking to Reverend Green.

Going to Camp for the First Time//Growing Up--Blank PagesMy sad attempt at tightrope walking 😉

Going to Camp for the First Time//Growing Up--Blank PagesChapel. It was so amazing to be able to hear all the kids singing every day.

Like I said, it was the closest thing I’ve found to home in New England 🙂 The day I had to leave everyone was asking why I had to leave. No one was very happy with me ;P (I had to leave a day early 🙁 ) I managed somehow to not start crying, surprisingly 😉

It was really good for me. It was very different from anything I had done before. I’m definitely planning on going back next year 😀 In a couple years, when I get old enough, I might think about counseling there 🙂 I think it would a great ministry for me, to be able to teach kids about God and the Bible 🙂

After we got back, my brother Noah and I talked for about three hours about everything that happened at camp 😉 It was a Sunday, and almost everyone was gone, so we started talking and completely lost track of time. That’s how much happened to us at camp 😉


A random thought that may seem completely unconnected but to me it isn’t…

I’m growing up. It’s so weird, but I’m not such a little girl anymore 😛 It won’t be that much longer until I graduate. I’m realizing that more and more… I had a lot of people asking me what I was going to do, where I was going to college… The other kids my age talking about college and careers. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing 🙂 It’s weird to think about, but it’s going to happen sooner or later, whether I like it or not. All I can do is prepare for it 🙂 It feels real to me now. It never really has before. I know what I want to do now, what I think God is calling me to do. And I’ll just have to wait and see what lies on the road ahead. Whatever happens, God will be with me 🙂

“I’m going on an adventure!”
-Bilbo Baggins

Bye for now, peeps!






What I’m Thinking– Random Moments

This is an idea I’ve seen around, and I’ve always thought that it was neat 🙂 The only problem is that it is never your current train of thought… You may sit down and write half of it, and then get called by your mother to do something, or only write half a post in a day, and when you come back your thoughts are completely different! But it’s still fun 🙂 Let me know what you think!

What I am:

Thinking: About photography.

Eating: Nothing.

Wearing: Green M.A.R.C.H shirt, and camo jeans.

Excited About: My play next month! 🙂

Looking: At photography inspiration.

Listening: To my sister asking my Dad about something 😉

Writing: This post, and working on the outline for my latest NaNoWriMo story.

Reading: The Kingdom That Turned the World Upside Down By David Bercot

Making: Pizza soon 🙂

Sewing: Just mendin’ a few things 😛

Acting: Jo from Little Woman 🙂

Planning On Dressing Up As: Jo

Singing: The Star Wars Theme Song with words. This is pretty much one of the most awesome songs ever… XD

Talking: To no one…

Planning: On seeing peoples soon 😉

Wondering: Why a friend hasn’t texted me back…

Watching: Road to Avonlea and StarGate 😀

Playing: With the idea of using bubbles and glitter.

Asking: Myself if I should start cutting up pizza toppings yet, or wait till Mom starts the dough.

Naming: My Grandma’s cat 😉

Wanting: To go play with my camera…

Finishing: Up this post.

Signing: Love.

Feeling: A tad sick XP

So there we go! Whether you understood any of that I don’t know… But you get the idea, I suppose 🙂 Now go out and enjoy this beautiful weather!


(Okay… I admit it. I no longer mind being called Essie. I used to hate it, but the other day I realized that I didn’t mind it anymore…)