Life is so amazing right now. I just got back from camp at Lakeview. I've gone to camp every summer since 4th grade and always have an amazing time. But this year blew them all out of the water. It was soooo awesome. I had the best group, the best cabin, and the best experience. I don't even know where to start.
I got to see Blake a boy from my group last year who is going to be a junior who I love to death and hang out with him. And I was really honored I guess when he came to me for advice about this girl he likes. I got to hang out with kids I see only for a week every summer and that's always too cool. I square danced and rode a mechanical bull for 50 seconds before falling off. Me, Kara, and Glynna got to be "disciples of the day" and read the stuffed scoop box and call out the mail. 2 mornings we got to sweat to the oldies Richard Simmons style. I tried ROPES course but freaked out and had to come down, but was still proud of myself for trying lol. We had this competition between small groups and ours won by 2,000 points and we didn't even cheat. This year was special not only because it's my last year as a camper, but because it's the last year as Houston Northwest District. They're breaking up all the districts in the conference for some reason and these churches we go with will never all be together again. So even if and when I come back as a counselor it's going to be totally different.
We had worship and small groups everyday and that owned of course. Small group 12 was made up of all graduated seniors so we were all going through the same things and it was awesome. Nate was our leader and he can go from being really goofy to really serious about God and that's really cool I think.
The last night was the best. First of all, Wayne Kerr led worship and he is beyond amazing. If you don't know him or his music, I highly encourage you too. But the best part was being able to actually give communion. Usually at camp on the last day the seniors give communion, but we did it the last night this year. And it was sooo special. I felt so unworthy but at the same time so incredibly honored. Who am I to give communion? Who am I to be able to watch people take it from the best view in the house? It was incredible. I witnessed people not only take communion but worship to some powerful music. I could see God on every single person's face and knew that they were being touched by Him. When communion was over I knelt down on the altar and started crying. Me cry? I know big surprise. But I was crying because I was so sad that this was my 9th and final time at Lakeview and that it was never going to be the same for anyone there again, and because I was so happy for all that God has done for me and the people in that room. Just being able to give communion and watch people was such an honor and amazing experience that I know I will remember forever.
So yesterday, after 4 short days at camp there was a final small group and a final worship. Both very special. Everyone in senior high camp was jumping up and down and dancing like crazy to the Happy Song when it hit me. This was it. I was sad but at the same time I didn't care because I truly was so happy, and everyone else around me was too. What a way to go out. What a way to end 9 great summers.
During that last group gathering I finally got a letter from my mom. And it said that I have a surprise waiting for me when I got home. I immediately thought it was a car. Because we've been looking at Escapes and Equinoxes for me to take to college for a few weeks now. So I got really excited and started telling everyone I was getting a new car. So on the way home I called my brother, who was the only one home, if I got a new car. He said no but I didn't believe him. I kinda expected it to be waiting in the driveway when I got home, but it wasn't. It wasn't there when my mom got home either. I was talking to her about it and she said that it was raining a lot that week and she was in a bad mood about the Astros losing so much that they didn't even go looking at cars. That sounded believable so I got disappointed. Then my dad came home and we were going to go get something to eat. Well he has one of those ear pieces for his phone and he just started talking on it. He said the neighbor down the street wants a new faucet so he was going to go check it out and be right back. I got mad cause I was so hungry and just wanted to get something to eat. But he came back soon and we all walked outside and there it was. My new car!!!!!
It's this dark gray 2005 Equinox and it's soo cute!!! It has leather seats and a moon roof and 13,000 miles on it. I love it so much!! I'm still so excited! They really tricked me, but it's okay, because I got a car!!! The convertible is now officially my brother's, which is a little sad because I love that car a lot, but I'm so psyched to take my new cute car to college! All it needs is a name. Yay!
So that is how the best week ever went. A beyond amazing time at camp having a great time with friends and growin in my faith and them coming home to the best surprise ever!! Pictures to come later. Have a nice day!