It is now September, and woefully past the time when I should have picked this poor little blog back up out of the dust I left it in for the Summer. But man, did this Summer require a doozy of a recovery time.
I sat back and looked at my life the other day, and realized that, just about every season since January of 2012 I've been doing new things and learning new aspects of Camping Ministry. Summer was the same thing again. This Fall retreat season is the first time that I know what I'm doing because I've done it before.
That's a whole lot of growing and stretching and learning to experience. I have succeeded at things I never imagined myself capable of.
I've also failed miserably, and received much grace, for which I am so grateful.
For curiosity's sake, I just went back and read last year's coming-back-from-the-summer post. Friends, I could say most of those things word for word about this year and they would be equally true. Summer at camp is beautiful and fulfilling in a way that a relaxing vacation could never be, but it sure is hard.
That's all you're going to hear about that. I'm going to pick this blog back up (sort of) like I never left off, with my first challenge! I've decided to participate in the Blogtember challenge this month... and since I'm already a week late in hopping on this bandwagon, we'll just have to see how it goes. First post - about where I come from - to come tomorrow!
Now, as some of you might suspect from the title of this post, I have another first going on as well - my first guest post! My cousin, Kassie, texted me a little while back and asked if I would be interested in guest posting on her blog even though I hadn't posted on mine in a little while.
Guys, I've seen guest posts on other blogs and thought about how fantastic and exciting it would be if I ever got to do one, but that was always in terms of years and years from now when I actually have time to focus on blogging. I was blown away and so incredibly honored that Kas would ask me to guest post for her.
Kassie and I have been friends from day one. So many of my friends talk to me about how they don't really know their cousins or family members, and every time I have that conversation, I am so grateful to have the Kitchen family in my life.
From blowing out each other's birthday candles and wearing each other's clothes when we were tiny to Sushi and cupcake dates today, I wouldn't trade my friendship with Kas for anything. So to have her admire my writing enough to want it on her blog was so encouraging.
What I would trade? My entire wardrobe for hers any day...
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