35 Days of Favorites: Longer Summers

I once read a book called More Hours in My Day. I don’t really remember anything I learned from it, but I can tell you this:

I have learned the secret to adding more hours to your day.

Summer, specifically….

Here it is: Move to a summer camp, live there for a few years, and then move away.

That will do it. The entire time we lived at Red Rock Bible Camp, I felt as though life was on fast forward. I loved it in winter, but summer whizzed past far, far too quickly.

Now that we’re living in Niverville, time has stopped going by at the speed of light, and I am loving the longer summers.


I noticed on Facebook the other day that the first batch of campers had arrived at Red Rock, and I was actually completely shocked. It felt as though summer should almost be over already, when I think about how quickly time past at camp.

Every time I look at the calendar and realize we still have the whole summer before us, I feel surprised, and then really, really excited.

I loved living at camp, and the energy there in summer was incredible, but I am ready for slow summer days.


I am ready for hot days at the lake, and camping (for the first time since Kaylia joined our family!), and every other good thing we can possibly squeeze out of these next two months.


Sweet goodness, you can take your time. I’ll pay for it with another slow winter, but it will all be worth it.

daisyfernsunsetWhat are your plans for this summer? Anything you want to be sure to do in the next two months?

Camping Out on the Weekend

The plan was to tag along on a camping trip with Ben and all of the counselors-in-training this weekend.

Things started off well. The girls were having a great time in the tent.

And then this happened:

That would be the hail that came down on our tent. Since the rain kept coming, and it was only supposed to be eight degrees at night, I took Kaylia home. Anika wanted to stay.

But we went back for a bit the next day, and it was very, very nice.

You can feel the end of summer in the air, but she’s still putting on a good show.

We played with rocks:

And climbed trees:

Played in the sand:

And ate hotdogs with the CITs:

And then both girls wanted to go home. Anika was missing her bed, after being a camper for a whole week.

And on that topic, I must share that my two girlies have been very happily reunited. They missed each other last week! Anika is hugging and kissing Kaylia constantly, and Kaylia puts her little arms around Anika, pats her back, and says, “I love you very, very much!”

But sometimes she is tired of being kissed and hugged, and wants to run freely. Then she says, “Go WAY, Anka!!!”

Yes, well. At least there’s more love than fighting most of the time.