July 23, 2006

Saturday night Jenn, Olivia, and myself went to church camp in Pennsylvania with Al Brock and his two daughters Mary and Maddie. I had not been there for a few years and it felt good to be back.  Being at camp is like being at home.  The familiar faces as we pull in the camp are so warm.  There are just some folks you can always count on to be there. The smells and sights bring floods of memories, and I can't help but feel a little choked up for the times gone by.  It still amazes me how just ten days out of a year can have such a profound effect on a lifetime.  Its not just the friendships made, but the lifelong decisions that many of us have made at camp that make it so memorable.  From the outside it looks like a few acres of old buildings, some barely standing, but I'm not the only one who would say it is a special place. 
Jeff loved camp.  He is seven years older than me, and I would love to hear his and Al's stories about camp when I was a kid.  I couldn't wait to be old enough to stay in the dorm.  When I think back on my childhood, much of it revolved around wanting to be like Jeff.  Quite honestly, I don't know of a better role model.  Lately Jeff has been talking a lot about camp, and he very much wanted to be there.  But due to his current condition, he was unable to make it.  So Al had a great idea that we could take camp to Jeff.  He brought his video camera and thought it would be nice to make a little documentary of video messages to Jeff.  During the Sunday morning service the entire congregation stood up and said "We love you Jeff" and cheered and clapped for him.  Then we all sang for him "In my heart there rings a melody".  It was a great idea, and it was so nice to see the warmth and happiness, even among the tears, that continue to surround Jeff.  He is such a happy and honorable man, it is only fitting that we cheer for him.  The life he has lived so far, and everyday to come was and will be days that deserve cheering and happiness.  I want to thank everyone who helped us create that video for Jeff.  I know he will love it.  From the sincerity to the silliness, it was all outstanding.  I also want to thank everyone who has been praying for my family.  I know some of you feel like you need to do more, but the prayers mean more than you know. 


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