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Family Camp 2015 got off to a great start. Despite all the hectic weather going on in Texas, we experienced sunshine and a very pleasant night and day here at Family Camp.

The sun broke through Friday and we’ve had sunshine ever since. Last night we hosted a cookout on Flagpole Hill while eating burgers and hot dogs and enjoying a very pleasant evening. Everyone then threw on their mud boots as we hiked to the Initiation Pond for some cane pole fishing. Again, the weather was beautiful. The bass were biting too. Most campers and families caught at least one fish. We ended the evening with a Sing Song around the Camp Fire. We played You Are My Sunshine, When I First Came To This Land, Salty Dog, Froggy Went a Courtin’, Wagon Wheel, Shelby County Breeze, and the Camp Song.

This morning we started the day with a traditional flag raising, and then our parents had the pleasure of hearing from Dr. Chris White (with help from John Marek and Mike Adams). Chris led a discussion on vulnerability and how it plays a role in us experiencing more rich, impactful relationships. Families rotated between regular activities this morning, and then this afternoon we went on a hike to the Carving Trees. Thanks go Juanse and crew we had ice-cold watermelon waiting for us after a mud-filled afternoon in the Pinson Creek.

Tonight we’ll be having Family Skit Night, a truck ride, and Sing Song at the pool to complete this beautiful day in the piney woods.

I’m excited to get more time this evening with our first-year families. It seems evident that all our families are having a terrific, fun, and restful weekend.

Family Camp is a time for us to serve our Huawni Families and get kiddos a taste of what two weeks is like here.

Marshall blows the siren with Kelsey as a fish is caught

Michael and his daughter Allie get some quality time together

Danni & Paige broke in our new cane poles while fishing at the iPond.

Marshall expresses the joy of eating a s’mores after fishing.

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