I remember being a counselor at church camp. You go, go, go. Everyone’s hyped and excited and completely exhausted. It’s up, up, up, up… Then it seems like every week, there’s some sort of emotional/mental crash around Wednesday or Thursday.
Yeah, well, Camp Taviano is no different. My cousin Jill (13) has been here since Saturday night, and it’s been one activity after another. The girls have been together every second. Very little downtime. And last night after supper, complete meltdown. COMPLETE MELTDOWN. The details are personal, but at one point, Gabe took Ava away for a bit. Jill was on my cell phone in the basement, bawling and begging her mom to come get her. (I had my ear to the vent.) And I was on Gabe’s cell phone, crying to MY mom that I just didn’t know if I could do this for two more days. (Livi was in the basement with Jill, also bawling.)
My mom gave the phone to her little brother (Jill’s dad), and we chatted. He was very calming and rational and made me feel much better. (and I’m sure my mom was praying her heart out in the meantime!) I sat down with Jill and Livi, we prayed and cried and talked. Gabe and Ava came home. Everybody apologized to everybody else, and everything is fine now.
Praise the Lord! It was all Him, and I’m sooooooooooo grateful!
I feel like I’m a little out of sync this week. Not doing such a hot job of keeping up with people, remembering what I said I’d write about, and blah, blah.
Totally forgot I said I had happy news. Well, I won two tickets to Living Proof Live in Louisville with Beth Moore (Aug. 1-2). I entered the contest thinking I could give the tickets to Gail and Krista. Well, Gail was already going, so I thought Krista and I could go. Except I sorta forgot to mention it to Gabe, and since we’d agreed awhile ago to communicate about things like conferences and speaking engagements, it caused a little strain. That’s better now though. Whew.
Sooooo…after much excitement, it turns out Krista can’t go. Sad, sad. So, I ask Terri. She’s all excited. Then realizes she can’t go. I’m so bummed. I think the final plan is that Krista’s friend Sam will be going with me. I would have asked one of you Ohioans to go with me, BUT my whole family is going down and staying at Gail’s. Didn’t know about inviting another whole family. And how could I pick just one of you? And so on and so on.
And I don’t think I commented about all of us getting together while Holly is stateside in September, but ABSOLUTELY!! Can’t wait to meet you, Holly! And Missy! And Terri! And whoever else said they want to get together, and I haven’t met you yet!
Found out about two more pregnant friends yesterday. Congratulations, beautifuls! WOOHOO! One of them blogs here. How sad that a gazillion people are pregnant before my preggo book comes out. Oh, well. I’m sure they’ll be another round of you preggo next year…
And Nixie is having a… baby of a specific gender! Congrats to Nix and SP! Love you!
Please pray for sweet Tonia today. She and her family have had a rough couple weeks with their son Justin being in the hospital. They sure could use your love and prayers!
Bible study (Beth Moore’s Stepping Up) yesterday was AMAZING. After writing what I did about us being unique and encouraging each other, the video session was about EXACTLY THAT. Except waaaaay better. I have sooo much I want to say about it. I’m just feeling really burdened for people who are feeling discouraged and attacked and bummed.
Satan will use ANYTHING to get us down, and we’ve got to get our focus back on Christ! Wanna hear what mine was last night? I had just survived Meltdown Central, and I’m catching up on some blogs. I read the comments on a certain preggo friend’s site, and they’re all about baby boys and how wonderful they are and how they’re the best, best, best and how moms of boys are queens.
And I think to myself (completely irrationally, of course), “I’m so left out! Nobody loves me! There’s this great big happy club over here, and no one wants me in it! I’m a loser! Everybody hates me! They think my girls are nothing! Only boys are important! I don’t like any of these people anymore!”
But then I talked to God. And then beautiful Nixie called me. And then I remembered the TRUTH. I love my girls with all my heart. I love being a mom to girls. I love my friends who have boys. I love their adorable little boys. It is not a club. God gave us all different ways to relate to different people. Gail and I have a special bond because we both have 3 girls. Jamie and Kristen have a special bond because they both have 2 boys. (not leaving anyone out, just typed the first names that came to mind!!!!) BUT WE ALL LOVE EACH OTHER. And focusing on Christ makes ALL the difference in the world! ALL THE DIFFERENCE!!
The devil gets all giddy with evil-lust when we’re down and discouraged. BOO on him and his lousy, stupid tactics!! Encourage somebody this weekend, girls! A lot of somebodies! Don’t just “write” encouragement notes in your head. Tell someone!!
That’s all. Love and hugs for a happy weekend!!
p.s. The girls just got up (well, Nina’s been up for hours), and they’re already getting on each other’s nerves. I’m fighting the urge to be awfully annoyed. Normally, I’d just scream at everybody, but I have company. Please pray for me!