A Year Ago

On January 24th 2009 we got on a plane and flew to Illinois to interview for our jobs at Great Oaks Camp…

Paul at the Chicago airport, waiting for Tyler to come pick us up...

me standing in front of the trailer

Even though you can’t tell, in this picture I have on a “cute” sweater (a “cute” sweater, not a “warm” sweater) and 3 inch high boots…

Oh, how far I’ve come?!!  🙂

Here we are now…one year later…

my staff picture for our new website that Paul is designing

Paul's staff picture

Thank you, Tyler, for giving us a chance…

Random Observations for today

If you can run on the treadmill and text at the same time, you are not running hard enough…(this was not me; it was the guy next to me)…

If it’s 33 degrees outside, why does the weatherman say the high today will be 28 degrees…

If we’ve been communicating for 5 months about your group coming to camp this next summer, don’t ask me the night before your meeting (on a Friday at 4pm) to make you a contract and have it to you by Sunday…sorry, not going to happen…(I made an “example contract” but not a real one, just to suffice her)…

If you want to buy a candle that you think is $1.59, make sure you watch the cashier as she is ringing it up and not wait until you get in the car to realize it was $11.59…Oh, well…gotta support the local shops!

If you want to feel better about your day, wake up 45 minutes early, go to work early, and keep yourself busy…it makes the day go by A WHOLE LOT faster!

Snip, Snip, Burn, Burn…

Chrissy, at Shear Perfection, loves me…she got to cut my hair twice this week!

I got 3 inches cut off on Tuesday, plus she put some layers in it for me.  I really like it.  It’s lighter and it just looks “fresher.”  Today she cut off another 1/2 inch and put more layers in the front…

Why?  Why, do you ask, would you get a haircut twice in one week?  Well…

When you lean over a sterno to blow it out and flames come back up and singe your hair…that’s why you get a second haircut…

Word of advice…DON’T DO THAT!  Your hair gets fried and it smells kind of funny, too.

Encouraging words…

What Faith Can Do by Kutless

Everybody falls sometimes
Gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes and make a new beginning
Anyone can feel the ache
You think it’s more than you can take
But you are stronger, stronger than you know
Don’t you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard
Impossible is not a word
It’s just a reason for someone not to try
Everybody’s scared to death
When they decide to take that step
Out on the water
It’ll be alright
Life is so much more
Than what your eyes are seeing
You will find your way
If you keep believing

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

Overcome the odds
You don’t have a chance
(That’s what faith can do)
When the world says you can’t
It’ll tell you that you can!

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do
That’s what faith can do!
Even if you fall sometimes
You will have the strength to rise

He Is With You by Mandisa

There’s a time to live
And a time to die
There’s a time to laugh
And a time to cry
There’s a time for war
And a time for peace
There’s a hand to hold
In the worst of these
In the worst of these

He is with you when your faith is dead
And you can’t even get out of bed
Or your husband doesn’t kiss you anymore
He is with you when your baby’s gone
And your house is still and your heart’s a stone
Cryin’ God, what’d you do that for?
He is with you

There’s a time for yes
And a time for no
There’s a time to be angry
And a time to let it go
There’s a time to run
And a time to face it
There is love to see you
Through all of this
He is with you in the conference room
When the world is coming down on you
And your wife and kids don’t know you anymore
And he is with you in the ICU
When the doctors don’t know what to do
And it scares you to the core
He is with you

We may weep for a time
But joy will come in the morning
The morning light

He is with you when your kids are grown
When there’s too much space and you feel alone
And you’re worried if you got it right or wrong
Yes he is with you when you’ve given up
On ever finding your true love
Someone who feels like home
He is with you

When nothing else is left
And you take you final breath
He is with you

Aloha Hawaii…

We had a wonderful time in Hawaii…I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking; enjoy!!  I’ll post pictures over the next two or three posts, so it doesn’t get too crowded…

Paul's 1st time in Hawaii

Pearl Harbor Yacht Club


on the beach

Makaha Surfing Beach

Makaha surfing beach

Paul looks so natural in Hawaii...sunglasses on and slippers in hand

1st time eating sushi...yum!

Paul at Germaine's Luau

at the luau

sunset behind the luau

Snow Day

excerpts from a story on Yahoo.com

“…In Bowbells, in northwestern North Dakota, the wind chill hit 52-below zero Thursday morning…”

“…including negative 40 in parts of South Dakota…”

“…minus 27 in northeast Nebraska…”

“…An additional 10 inches of snow was expected in Iowa, already buried by more than 2 feet of snow in December…”

“…Wind gusts of 30 miles per hour were expected in Illinois — along with a foot of snow…”

OK, that last part pertains mostly to my state, but I will tell you we don’t have foot of snow…yet…We have about 7 1/2 inches (according to my tape measure this morning) and are expecting more tonight…we’ll see…but the temperature is 16, the highest it has been all week (we’re on a heat wave)!

Today I have on hiking boots, two pair of wool socks, two pair of pants, two shirts, a coat, a hat, and thermal gloves.  I’m really not that cold…but of course, the furthest I have walked is to Pine Tree and back…

Here’s some pics from today…

road going out of camp



our car


7 1/2 inches


What is missing from this picture?

This is our kitchen.  What is missing from this picture?


Our stove/oven….

Right now we don’t have a stove/oven…We HAD a stove/oven but it didn’t work very well.  On 450 degrees it would take a pizza 45-50 minutes to cook (when it’s only supposed to be on 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes)…

So, needless to say, we had to REALLY plan ahead for dinner…nothing could be spur of the moment…

Paul and Tyler went to go buy a new stove/oven today and got one, but it’s natural gas and we have propane (or it’s propane and we have natural gas, I can’t remember).  Anyway…they had to order a part and it won’t be here for 7-10 days.  By then, we’ll be on vacation. 

So, for the next 4 days we are without a stove/oven.  Crock-pot meals are going to be the way to go for us…until we leave…