Summer Days Volume #2

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

We started July off by preparing and packing to send Anna Claire off for her first week of overnight camp, or Kamp in these parts.  We're super blessed to live in the hometown of Kanakuk.  But even if we were still in Tennessee, I had already planned in my head to send my girls each summer.  One of my best friends growing up was an annual Kamper and I've met others along the way during college and have always known I wanted my girls to be part of family.   They both have attended to day kamp, but this was AC's first overnight experience.    

The last two weeks of June through me for a loop so July 1st, we had to hit the ground running.  After lunch, we had a Yeti's before driving by Kamp to get acquainted with the location and then finish shopping for the things Anna Claire would need for the week.   Shopping for kamp is no.joke y'all.  But the OCD planner in me had a ball.

That Yeti's was GOOD!

We bought Anna Claire's trunk from Everything Summer Camp and it was just about perfect!  She decorated the top with a few stickers and family pictures.  When we get closer to camp season, I hope to come up with a post to share, but for now this will suffice.

 I labeled her trunk and you can request a custom decal for your trunk here. {shameless plug}

Packed and ready for a life changing week!

Anna Claire went with one of her best friends, A.

The girls receiving their barn assignment, Barn #4!  

 Checked in, barn mates and counselors met, unpacked, and beds made!

 Once those things were complete, we were able to tour the grounds, do some shopping for Kanakuk apparel, and find the snow cones!  

 Saying "see you later."  

Knowing they were together and in the best of hands made it easier, but it was still tough to leave her.  Last view of her as we left her at Kamp.

Some of the memories shared by Kanakuk from her week:

Got to love snail mail!  ;-)  And I LOVE how God placed another special needs sibling in her path for the week.

Getting our Big girl back was such a precious memory!  Not a dry eye.   💗

It's crazy the growth a child can have in just a week, physically, mentally, and spiritually.  She brought home a trunk full of smelly clothes, a ton of amazing memories, new friendships, the knowledge that my tacos are still the best, a Bumblebee Award, a Faith on Fire Award, and one of the overall kamp awards, The Spike Award (for displaying Christ-like character as Paul describes in Galatians 2:20). So thankful for her incredible week where kids can just be kids, be encouraged, and be loved on! 

4th of July was spent with Ava and Alli (John worked) and then we did fireworks that night!  It was super odd (and sad) not having Anna Claire with us.  If there is anything we learned, we won't be doing Kamp over a holiday again.  ;-) 

While Anna Claire was at K-Kountry, Ava spent her days at Kampout, Kanakuk's day kamp adventure.

That's my girl!
 On the second day of Kamp, Ava celebrated her 7th Birthday!  I LOVE attention to detail and Kanakuk didn't miss it.  Ava had her very own Birthday sign awaiting her at the entrance to Kamp!

We had to say goodnight to 6...

to be able to wake to 7. 

 Celebrating with a new bike! 

After Kampout we had dinner at our favorite little restaurant with Papa and Nini and Aunt Kellye and Hannah!


So proud of this nugget! She received the Four Square Life Award and her counselor said she "exudes the love of Christ!" Just a few years ago this girl couldn't handle being in group/public settings now she lives out loud! 💓



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