The Shenandoah Valley

In June, I spent a week in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. I was attending Shenandoah Christian Music Camp, and having the time of my life, but when I wasn’t in classes or practicing music, I was driving to and from Camp, enjoying the gorgeous scenery all around me. The rich farmland and historical heritage of the area combined with the everlasting hills on every side add up to a sumptuous feast for the eyes.

My sweet host, Martha, recommended this spot to me when I asked about the countryside. “If you’re willing to take some dirt roads, then you’d like this little bridge over a Muddy Creek on Onyx Hill Road.” After giving me verbal directions, she entrusted me with a big map of the area, and I climbed into my car with two of my sweet housemates to go explore the country.

Most of the following photos were taken that afternoon, with Rebecca and Renita (my housemates) very graciously and patiently putting up with my frequent stops, and choosing our directions at Stop signs. “Where now?” I’d ask. “Um, left,” they’d say, picking the most favorable direction based purely on how it felt to us in our hearts.

Enjoy the following photographs!

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Lately I’ve Been | July 13, 2015

The problem with blogging is that if you aren’t careful, it can lead you into the trap of thinking you’ve got it all together. It also easily gives that impression to your readers. And once you’ve bought into that lie yourself, laziness enters into your journey. And we all know how deadly laziness is.

But the struggle is the same for all of us: every day we must die. And that fact does not change when you leave the foreign mission field, or when you change your job. And we have to share the struggle with those involved in our lives or else we lose valuable input and correction. So, here I am, trying to get back into that groove.

Lately I’ve Been…

Reading: Bittersweet, by Shauna Niequist. Also the book of Isaiah.

Challenged by: my friends’ ability to dream big without any restraints.

Laughing over and over at: memories of that ‘competitive’ two hour long game of Uno yesterday, where the longest pause between laughter was about seven seconds. My ribs hurt so bad today!

Selling: a brand new honey product. Coming to shelves soon! *rubs hands together

Excited about: my brand new niece. I hold her every single chance I get. Also, winning a volleyball tournament for the first time, while hanging out with some of my favorite people in the world at the 3rd term reunion last weekend.

Listening to: the brand spankin’ new Hope Singers CD, Eternal God. It has the best tones, pronunciations, and crisp timings I’ve heard in a long time.

Trying not to be stressed about: the usual – the future. Next year’s decisions are creeping on the fringes of my peace.

Making: life decisions. Aah!

and a new one!

Learning about: God’s ability to provide for every single need I have. Psalm 23 has so much truth packed into the first nine words.

I’ve also celebrated my birthday since my last blog post.

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My coworkers helped me celebrate by going out to eat at Melt Bar and Grilled in Cleveland.

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And two of my besties helped me celebrate by making homemade ice cream one Sunday afternoon.

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Also since I’ve blogged last, Club has started again.

CBS Tales: Part Three — Recreation

I recently came home after experiencing 3rd term at Calvary Bible School. This is my attempt to publicly review those good times. Enjoy the ride!

One day, we went to a local park to hang out, eat pizza, and celebrate Stephen’s birthday. Unfortunately, the weather was pretty drizzly and cold, which made our activities a little bit more complicated. But thankfully, Christy and I rescued the day with our Bag of Fun. We went and got the Party at Walmart, and brought It to a pavilion and had a blast there. There were some people who still chose to play Ultimate Frisbee or Soccer, but we all got together under the pavilion for lunch.

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Remember how it was a rainy day? So when we got back to CBS, since we were wet anyway, we jumped into the rushing creek and played a few games of Creek Volleyball!

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We had a lot of snow early on in the term, and after class one particularly snowy day, a snowball fight ensued!

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One free Saturday, nearly all the student body jumped onto four pontoons and cruised around a lake.

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This was what happened at lunch. Photo credits to Jonny Yoder!

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Other after school activities included Double Dutch, kayaking, going to the bluffs, lots of volleyball, and Scum, just to name a few.

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Even though this doesn’t do everything justice, I hope you enjoyed peeking into our fun times at CBS!