Wednesday, May 28, 2008


Downside, originally uploaded by sarah_laughingguts.

Love this.

Saturday, May 24, 2008


Edit from the last post. Apparently it was only 50 when I wrote that.

I did take a kayak out, and paddled straight into the wind as it continued to pick up...and I turned around when I realized my paddling no longer was pushing me further in. I just floated right on back, putting the paddle in the water only to right the kayak so I wouldn't tip in a wave.

What a week. We had 450 souls fed each day. It was nuts. This coming week, we're having about 80. Oh glorious 80! It'll be like Pleasant Vineyard days, when you just about knew everybody's name by the end of the week.

Speaking of endings- it's like another chapter is closing and I see before me blank pages. The InterVarsity staff that I have come to know and play with (and even dye my hair red with) said their farewells, having put in their 3 weeks of obligatory Cedar Campus time for the summer.

I am indeed being sucked in...

Thanks, friends, for sticking around and valuing me!

And congratulations to those two PVM couples marrying this week and next (or is it last week and this?)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Glorious Day!

Here in the upper peninsula of Michigan today, the sun is shining, there are a few white puffy clouds, the wind blows (great sailing weather), and the temperature is a balmy 70 degrees...

The buds are starting to burst into leaves - it's spring!

And we're in the middle of our 4th chapter focus week - it's summer!

I just can't seem to smell that fresh air I'm going out in a kayak soon.. adios :)

Saturday, May 17, 2008


I just found out that this game group friends of mine are joining on facebook is also that one and only 'game without a name'...

This dear game, which I first played in summer 2003 is now known as Positron Omega.

I'll need some educating as to why this particular name was picked.

I've taught it to many people, the most recent being to some of last summer's crew.

At first, I was indignant. But this has me wondering, why? It's not like it was my game. There are memories associated with it, endearing it to me, but still it is the same game. A new generation plays it now, though, I suppose. The former years are gone, and it's not a bad thing that the name has changed. I'm feeling that passage of time, and like a crochety old grandmother, I don't want it to change.

I'm just telling myself that what's important is that people are playing it. And I do still know some of them.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Accepting the Challenge

I'm going to go carry-on for two months' travel.

Think I can do it?

Friday, May 09, 2008

Doing it

I'm going to Africa!

Simply increible. :)

Beginning with a flight to Dar Es Salaam October 9th, it's going to be an extended journey with about a month in Tanzania and then Thanksgiving in Morocco; ending up with visit to a number of friends in western Europe. (Although this has been in the works for months, I can still hardly believe it's really happening)

Initial Fears - That I'll be one of those ignorant and abrasive tourists, harming more than helping; becoming homesick with all that traveling; or that I won't integrate this experience with my future and those in it.

Initial Hopes - Not so much to 'find myself' but to discover more clearly what I should be doing in the near and distant future; making contacts and friends toward that end; being a breath of fresh air and a blessing to those I encounter in this endeavor!

Today - I'm considering a call to Turkey and glad for hugs; searching for volunteer opportunities and thinking about going to nursing school..

Monday, May 05, 2008


I had thought that I began a post already, but can't seem to find it. So in shorter version than my dream-post, I welcome you to consider with me the passage of time.. :)

Tonight I spoke for a few minutes to about 200 of our guests, encouraging them to consider the dirty work of Cedar Campus Crew this summer for themselves, putting themselves in a place to help prepare this place for others to come away. I began sharing with my own experience as a student who thought sure it would be nice, but was improbable for me. Look where thinking gets me: in charge of that very program!

Last night, my friend Lisa and I took the front, leading (I hope) the 30 gathered there into deeper worship through music. I didn't even realize it at the time, but it's a moment that will never happen again; and special in that the first time I came to this place, she was with me.

A few girls and I also got together and prayed spontaneously together that night as well, and what began as a plea for God to heal in a couple specific areas became a heartfelt desire, together, for his leadership in our paths of life. It is SO good to be in this place, serving where there opportunities clearly stare you in the face. For so many students in these Chapter Focus Weeks, the time is huge and extends far beyond the one week spent here resting and seeking and wrestling. What a privilege, responsibility, and honor to be a part of it!

And in the middle of all this, last week marked 2 years since my main man was taken from me. It wasn't as hard as the year before. And I am beginning to learn to shift the focus from dad's leadership to a higher leadership.

Later, gator.