Dear Summer Camp Directors, The world is a chaotic place right now. We see it on the never-ending news cycle, we hear the stress it in our loved ones' voices over FaceTime, and we feel anxiety well up within ourselves. Uncertainty creeps around every corner, and it may feel as though decisions demand attention before … Continue reading Dear Summer Camp Directors – We’re In This Together
Dear friends, family, and fans of Deer Valley Ranch, As you may know, a very special group of people has recently taken ownership of Deer Valley Ranch by the grace and goodness of God. It's quite a story, and I'd love to tell you about it sometime (seriously, let's get coffee or schedule a phone … Continue reading Dear Friends of Deer Valley Ranch
This time last year I wrote a letter to 2018. Why not continue the new tradition? So here it is. My letter to 2019 - short, sweet, and full of memories. ____________ Dear 2019, What a stellar year you were! Thank you. Thanks for being 12 months filled with family, friends, accomplishments, travel, goals, and … Continue reading Dear 2019. This is My Letter to You.
It's nearly bedtime on day two of the national conference for the Christian Camp and Conference Association, but I sure am awake and excited by all that's happening at Lake Buena Vista here in Orlando. Worship and Bible teaching from Eugene Cho kicked off the morning, as well as inspiring stories from camp professionals who … Continue reading Blogging from “Beyond” – Day Two
It’s here, my favorite week of the year! I'm in Orlando for the national conference for the Christian Camp and Conference Association, where camp people from across the world come together for inspiration, relaxation, learning, and community. What had been plain conference rooms with boring carpet just hours ago have been transformed into spots where people have … Continue reading Blogging from “Beyond” – Day One
An incomplete list of the things I am thankful for, in no particular order God, who is my Provider My mother, who has given me more than anyone else and is the wisest woman I know. My family, and the roots we have across the country. My sister, who’s far more talented and skilled than … Continue reading An Incomplete List of Gratitude
"Some days you'll need a cup of coffee and an open Bible, and you'll need to get a refill on both." - Sleeping at Last You know, some days are better than others. Some days feel positive and productive and full of life and joy. Some days are gray, so very gray, that you wonder … Continue reading Notes from the Northwoods Vol. 3
I always remember college semesters passing by quickly, but the fact that in one month I'll be on my Christmas break from Wheaton/HoneyRock is absolutely ridiculous. Where has the time gone? My 24th birthday has come and gone. The "branches have traded their leaves for white sleeves" and the lakes are freezing over. The horses … Continue reading Notes from the Northwoods Vol. 2
For the past year-plus, I've been writing Reflections posts on this site. Partly as an exercise in meeting my deadlines and writing honestly. Partly as an update to friends and family. Partly as a record for future Rebecca to remember these days of being slightly dazed and confused, living a life that's not always laid … Continue reading Notes from the Northwoods Vol. 1
Dear Summer Camp Staff. I see you. I've been you. Believe me, I understand what you're going through right now. I know that you're entering the mid-summer slump that plagues camps across the country. You've mastered staff training, you have a few weeks of camp under your belt, and the newness of camp has worn … Continue reading Dear Summer Camp Staff. I see you, and you’ve got this.