Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Camp Brackenhurst



So much has happened since our last post, and among the happenings, we were able to attend Brackenhurst's 10-year reunion last weekend at Berry. There is so much to be said about this that really cannot be captured in words... so many emotions surround our time in Kenya. We were able to look on camp representatives from each of the 10 years since its launch. I know Pete and the initial team were not even thinking that one day a 10-year reunion would take place. Both Pete and Kim said many times this weekend that they "didn't know what they were doing"! Wow, God really is and does bigger things than we could ever imagine.

The pic above is the 2001 camp team minus quite a few important folk! (Thank you Amanda for the pic)! It was wonderful to relive hilarious memories and even some we wonder how we are still alive! Brackenhurst of course stemmed from our roots at WinShape. We share so much history with all of these friends. It just simply cannot be replaced.

Though, we look forward to the history that is in the making now through a faith community developing here in Asheville. Who knows, maybe in 10 years we will look back on beautiful people with changed lives as we did this weekend.

Camp Brackenhurst is now referred to as Camp Blue Sky, and is operated by a remarkable staff. You can find more information about the work they do here:
www.campbluesky.org

Thursday, February 4, 2010

the farm



These were taken on my grandparents' farm in Bedford, Indiana. (Thank you Mom for the pic. of me and Pete.) Thank you Pete for the shot of the field. Let me tell you, this is one of my favorite places on earth. All kinds of memories seem to flood my mind whenever we arrive. Actually, whenever the drive turns familiar again. It is just 8 hours in driving distance, yet it just seems like a world away. I so easily think of life based on what I have on my to-do list for the day. So much so, it is even difficult to comprehend that the townspeople of Bedford, IN have to-do lists that day as well. In fact, they run errands, have meaningful relationships, tackle hardships, farm land, gather in church buildings and meet for coffee. Isn't it so easy to live life with such blinders on, or is it just me?

Anyways, I'm thinking of our Gran and Papaw tonight. I pray they are resting well together on their farm in Indiana.

snow





A few images from the big snow in December. It keeps coming, which has been a pleasant surprise. It makes us enjoy this part of the world even more!