Last year my boys attended Camp Dove with our church. They absolutely loved it and couldn't wait to go back. Amelia was old enough to go this year, but I wasn't quite ready to send her without me yet. So Maynard and I packed up right along with the kids and headed to Ludlow Falls, Ohio with our church group.
Our kids rode in the church buses and Maynard and I rode alone. We talked all the way there. Like constantly. No one interrupted us, we didn't have to answer any questions, and we didn't have to talk in code. It was so nice to catch up with my husband. We rarely talk anymore. Sometimes Maynard will say, just text that to me. Ha Ha We live in a smaller house now and I'm pretty sure my kids hear everything we say.
We stopped for lunch at Culvers, somewhere in Ohio, and then loaded back up to get to Camp Dove. These kids were so excited about getting to camp.
We arrived a little early so we had to wait until they actually was ready for us to assign us rooms. The kids played on the playground while we waited. We finally got situated and was assigned rooms. Our boys stayed in the dorm with the boys and Amelia was to stay in a cabin with me and Maynard.
We got the keys to our cabin. All the cabins we little white building and all the streets were named. Some of the names were, Peace, Love, and Joy. The first cabin we were assigned to took me by surprise. I was expecting something a little nicer. We were paying $40 a night so I wasn't expecting what I seen.
The only bed was a twin size day bed with a trundle and a futon for a couch.
Now Maynard is 6'6" and a daybed and trundle definitely wasn't going to work, I was near panic. I went back to the office and explained our situation. I won't go into a lot of detail being that this is a public blog and I don't want to shame anyone. However, I wasn't given the most hospitality measures. A statement was made that hurt my feelings, but I smiled right through it as they gave me another room to go check.
I went to the new cabin and it was definitely bigger, but dirtier. There was a full size bed and it was clearly broken and leaned to one side. However, there was a couch and Maynard said he would take the couch. Either that or we were going to just get a motel. And we would have except Amelia's heart was set on staying on the campground. I found some cleaning supplies and went to work cleaning and sprucing the place up. Soon it looked much better and I could relax again.
It was kind of neat. All the cabins made the campground look just like a little village.
After all the cleaning, we made a trip to town and bought air fresheners and other things to make our cabin more livable for the next couple days.
While I was cleaning Amelia was busy making friends at the playground. She brought her little friend inside to our cabin. Amelia was beaming with pride that she had made herself a friend so soon.
We went to church that night and it was pretty hot, but we were loving the service and seeing all the kids pray and worship. I forgot to mention that this camp is only for kids ages 7-12. I love that there's a camp just for that age. All the activities are for their age and no one is there pushing them out of the way because they're little. The services are on their level and the preaching and lessons are about what they may be facing now instead of geared toward teens and what they face.
That night all the kids headed to their rooms and a storm was brewing. It rained and stormed for most of the night it seemed. I was awake most all of the night because I just knew I had bugs crawling all over me. Ha ha
Let me also begin to tell you how amazing Camp Dove's food is. Amazing. They didn't take shortcuts. Everything was made from scratch and so so so good!!
After breakfast we went to church to sing a couple songs and then the kids went to Ready, Set, Go!! They run from the main chapel into another building for a morning class. People were dressed up in costumes and served cheese and bread as you walked into the classroom. It was pretty neat. They had a lesson, seen skits, puppet shows, and played games.
There was a time for activities and then before you knew it it was lunch time. I was never hungry and yet didn't ever miss a meal. You never knew what you might miss out on!!!
They had a salad bar every single meal with everything in the world on it.
After lunch there was more time for activities and then choir. I loved hearing the choir sing in the night services.
After supper it was shower time and time to get ready for church.
It was always so hot at church, but not unbearable. I kept my cabin unlocked with water bottles in the fridge so our group could come cool down and get a water if they needed too. We had 2 air conditioners and our room was always cool. So very thankful for that.
My boys stayed so busy that I didn't get to see them much or get many pictures of them.
I gave him money and told him to go buy himself one. The concession lines are long and slow and plus we were never hungry enough to get anything, but I too had been eyeing those huge pretzels. Titus came out and asked me to sit with him and he offered to share his pretzel with me. So we sat and ate that pretzel and he told me all about his day at camp. It was a sweet moment that I loved!!!
Titus went back to his dorm and I went back to my cabin. Maynard and Amelia both demanded to know where I had been. Amelia was more jealous that I had been with Titus than over the pretzel. Ha Ha
There was a waterslide at the camp too that Amelia loved. It was hard to wipe her grin off of her face all week. She was having a blast. I didn't get any pics of the boys going down the slide.
We had decided to go ahead and love Camp Dove a little early to head on to Camp Blessing to stay with Tara and Rueban. They had been wanting us to come to their camp for some time now and it worked out that it was the same week and we were only 3 hours away. My kids didn't want to leave Camp Dove, but yet they were excited about going to Camp Blessing too. We finally got everything packed up and we were on the road again. I just knew they would all sleep and we wouldn't hear a peep out of them. Boy was I wrong!!!!
I couldn't pass up this picture!!!
We arrived at Tara's and I immediately had to wash clothes for the boys. They had gotten about everything dirty. Tara and Rueban had dinner for us and we ate so fast and got ready so fast. We went to the campground and it was so so so so hot!!! The service was really good. The choir did excellent and people started going to the altar to pray. I asked Amelia if she wanted to go pray and she said, "Nah! I'll get the Holyghost tomorrow night! Ha Ha. She was so tired and worn out. After church we got the boys settled into their dorm. Josiah was just fine, but Titus was a little apprehensive. I could tell he was hesitant to stay, but he did. We went home and did some more laundry and got some rest.
The had tons of activities for the kids including nature scavenger hunts, water slides, zip lines, and so much more.
That nigh we found a fan and sat in front of it at church. It was another great service. I asked Amelia if she wanted to go pray again and she said, "Nah! I decided to just wait and get the Holyghost at my church!" Ha Ha She was church out.
Titus had an allergic reaction to something. He was covered in hives and was red and itchy. He said he just wanted to go home. Josiah didn't want to stay without him and he decided to go on home too.
|They were all happy to be together again. Titus still felt crummy!|
|They loved playing with Cooper!|
|Amelia was not happy about sharing her room with the boys!|
|Tara had her room set up cute for us. I found out I made up her bed wrong though!|
We went back to camp the next day and it ended that afternoon. The boys got to zip line and they loved it. I will also try to include a video of that on here. Josiah won a certificate for being the most friendliest and Titus' award was for "surviving". That basically describes him. Josiah can make a friend anywhere. I remember when he was little he went up to a boy at McDonalds and said, "You will be my friend, you hear me!!!!" Hopefully he doesn't have to force anyone to be his friend these days.
The next day was what we were all looking forward too. We needed a break from church and camp so we went to Lake Eerie. It was beautiful and perfect weather.
|Titus made this tee pees all over the shore!|
Maynard took lots more pictures once again and I forgot to get them off of him.
We left the Lake and got ice cream. Maynard has those pictures. Tara and Rueban hosted a cookout. I washed all our wet clothes and managed to forget to check pockets and loaded Tara's washer full of rocks. I also tore up her dryer, but it has since been fixed. They'll learn to let me ever stay with them again. Ha Ha!!
We left early the next morning and was home by 6 that evening. It was so good to be home. We unpacked everything and I started washing clothes.
So thankful for safe traveling mercies!!
And now next year>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> TO THE BEACH!!!!