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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Project 365 ~ Week 30: Campmeeting…It was AWESOME Y’all!


Well my house is almost back in order, the laundry is almost all done and I’m. So. Tired!

I love Campmeeting but I am also EXAUSTED!

The week of 95 plus temps and late nights of fellowship take their toll on my 52 year old constitution. I am thankful for a light week ahead so I can recuperate a bit.

The week was awesome, the nightly worship services were awesome, the fellowship was awesome and the food was awesome. Are you sensing a theme…..AWESOME!

Click here to read an article and see more pictures from the local paper.

If the calculations are accurate this was our 180th year worshiping at the campground. My family started attending campmeeting in 1993/94. My son was a pre-schooler and my daughter was just a twinkle in the Lord's eye. We began spending the week in residence very shortly after that as my energetic little boy loved the non stop outdoor activity and being surrounded by acres of woods, creeks, and dozen’s of ready playmates.

Now after a decade plus it is just a given that on the third week in July you can find me out at the campground. I will share that this year was a bit different. The family that shares the tent with me, her daughter and my daughter have been childhood friends since they were in diapers.


Now they are both sweet sixteen and off with the youth for the week.

We looked at each other one evening as we were getting ready to turn in for the night and both of us commented on the fact that our babies are all grown up! It was girls night in the Mark tent after 15 years all our children have grown up and were off enjoying themselves in the company of their piers. It was a bit sad but it was also just part of how life is.

I consoled myself with the knowledge that in a few more years Muffinhead will be old enough to come stay the week with Grandma, so I am marking off the days until that time comes!

Sunday, July 17

Each night we have a HUGE covered dish supper! The table is always filled to overflowing with amazing food. The fellowship after the meal is wonderful as well.



The little ones enjoy playing in the dirt and kicking up the sawdust!


Playing a game of Frisbee tag or touch football!


Monday, July 18

Over the course of the last few year the campground committee had done some major improvements. Now that we have a full time caretaker in residence the grass and other landscaping projects have all taken hold.

Just look at the difference…this is 2009.


2011…..Green grass is a good thing!


It’s not exactly the same vantage point but this gives you a good idea of what it used to look like!






Tuesday, July 19

We discovered very quickly that our front room was going to be home to more that just my cabin-mate! It took momma bird a day to get used to the idea that she had to share her space with us noisy humans but by the end of the week she was flitting about the rafters with bits of food in her mouth totally oblivious to our comings and goings. It was sweet to wake up to the hungry voices of the babies insistently calling for breakfast!


Wednesday, July 20

My son and his family came on Wednesday. She is always intrigued with my little battery operated fan. Note to self: Muffinhead needs her own fan for next year!


Each night they have some special fun thing that happens after the worship service. Tuesday was watermelon night, Wednesday was S’mores night. After worship all that wanted to stay gather around the fire ring and make S’mores!


After a few bites Muffinhead decided that S’mores were just not her cup of tea! It was fun to watch and really really sticky afterwards.



Thursday, July 21

There is a really neat story behind this picture and I will be planning a full post about it later in the week.


Friday, July 22

More of the landscaping improvements. These lovely Black-eyed Susan's line the entrance as you drive in. They are just beautiful.


The new split rail fencing that lines the road out front is just beautiful. I am so happy that got rid of the old unattractive chain link fence. It just gave the who front of the campground an intuitional feel to it. Now it just is so inviting as you drive up the the campground. I just love all the new and wonderful plantings going on!


This is the view from my rear view mirror. It just make you want to come back don’t ya think?


Saturday, July 23

This is my sad tale of woe! Looks are defiantly deceiving. It may look like regular corn, however it was awful. It was tough, tasteless and inedible. It went straight from my table to the trash. I was so very disappointed. My second attempt was a miserable failure. It was tough, mushy, pasty and had absolutely no flavor. You can be sure that I will be doing some additional research on how to grow edible corn.

Disappointment is an understatement.

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Well that’s it for me this week. I am off to spend some time resting and recovering. I love campmeeting but I am so tired. I need a good nap and some intentional down time to recover for a bit!

For more P365 y’all head over to Sara’s and link up!




The Bug said...

Looks like a GREAT week! And I love the improvements they've made to the grounds...

Sorry about the corn. My dad grows good corn in NC - I should put you in touch with him :)

Rebecca Jo said...

Look at all the people!!! Looks like an amazing time!

I TOTALLY have to get the Mr.Rogers book now!!! Never even knew that was out!!!!

The picture in the rear view mirror is pretty dang cool!

DRATS on the corn not tasting good... it looks so yummy. Shows how looks can be deceiving!

I now want a smore!

Mimi said...

What a disappointment to have the corn not turn out well. It looks like a great week at camp though. I loved the baby birds.


momma frans said...

what a fabulous week!! we had a camp like that out in east texas we used to go to when I was a kid. that was the highlight of my year for a long time.
a couple years of TLC definitely improved the place; what a difference!!

Lori @ The Davidson Den said...

Wow. Campmeeting looks and sounds simply wonderful. What an amazing heritage your church has in that tradition!!

How cool you got to share a cabin with a family of birds. Sweet.

Bleh. So sorry about the corn. :(

The Cyber Hermit said...

The camp meeting looks like it was a lot of un and Muffinhead is so cute!


Wow what a great week you appeared to have. I have been to Campmeetings before and loved them....but then I am one of the weirdos who love Revivals and tent meetings too. I loved the baby bird pic too.

rita said...

Lovely pics.
Lovely time.
Biiiig mouth baby birds!
Favorite--rear-view mirror!

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