Friday, July 27

the return of a camper

"Blessed are they who have the gift of making friends, for it is one of God's best gifts. It involves many things, but above all, the power of going out of one's self, and appreciating whatever is noble and loving in another." ~ Thomas Hughes

In just a little while we'll be leaving to go and pick up our camper girl as her week of adventure has come to an end. Yesterday in the mail we received TWO letters from her and I giggled as I read them. The girl writes like she talks...her voice came through in her words :-) She's been having an awesome time and making lots of friends. That's good. Girls like friends and when you're almost 11 years old friendships seem to be more important than younger sisters that are suddenly appearing more pesky (AND MESSY) than fun! She is such a neat little girl with many admirable friend qualities (spoken by a true mother, eh?). And you know, this spring my oldest daughter's maid of honor was a friend she met at the same camp, so the friendships formed now can branch into your lifetime.

She does have one important camp letter writing lesson to learn that apparently her older sister hadn't taught her and that is to NEVER write a bad horse story in a letter that mom will be reading before you get home. ALWAYS tell mom those stories after you are safe and sound in your bed the first night back from camp. Otherwise mom may want to come and get you and bring you home BEFORE camp is over. Bucking horses?! How dare they consider that with one of MY girls?! I never did like those animals! :-p

At least I didn't note what I was concerned about with this daughter....being homesick. She truly doesn't like to be away from her mom and often cries if I'm not home at bedtime as she likes mom to tuck her in. So, perhaps this was a big step in growing up for her.

Anyway, time to rouse those who are going with me this morning!

Have a nice day and perhaps drop a note in the mail to an old friend of yours to bless their day with a reminder of your friendship :-)

Tammy ~@~

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