We have lots of memories of summers past and among some of the fondest are those we made at Camp Quaker Haven, the camp for Evangelical Friends churches in the mid-America region. LeRoy and I met there many, many years ago, started dating there 49 years ago this summer and went back there the day after our wedding a year later. We raised our own children going to Family Camp, beginning when Heidi was less than 3 months old. When they were old enough, they attended camp there even though we were not attending a Friends church and while Heidi’s family attended Family Camp last year, this month is the first individual camping experience at Quaker Haven for the three youngest grandchildren. Jadelyn attended Kids Camp last week and Ben and Bailey will be going on Tuesday this week, carrying on a proud tradition. I hope it proves as memorable for them as it has been for us!This year’s theme has been Making It Stick and yes, duct tape was involved! The song leader, a young man from our church, was stuck to the tree with it.
A week ago on Saturday, LeRoy and I went with a group from our church to Carney, OK to help with cleanup for the tornado damage there. Since it had been nearly two weeks since the storm, most of the major debris had been cleared. I helped at the Baptist church, sorting and shelving donated food.
We learned first hand that the best way to donate supplies to a disaster area is to give money to a reputable organization instead of giving non-perishable food items or cases of water. Some of the donated food items had dates as far back as 2011 (we threw those away)! And since at least one other church in the town of 600 (where 54 homes were demolished) had a similar quantity of water, they may be watering lawns with the leftovers!
These and others were moved outside and part of a semi load was being returned.
In the afternoon, we all went to two different sites to pick up, but the majority of the clean up had already been done. We did find lots of pennies, poker chips and a few dominoes intact but very little else other than this planter, which I think may have been brought in since the storm, and a few hardy rosebushes.
This week we will be tying up loose ends and gearing up to leave Kansas for awhile. A week from today we will be on the road again, headed for new adventures in the Rockies, two 13-year-olds and an 8-year-old in tow. Think we may be making a few more summer memories?