Tradition

After a full week of work on our rental project, we took a welcome break and celebrated at Camp Quaker Haven at Family Camp. That camp is a tradition we’ve been part of for most of the last 43 years. Family Camp used to be held over the 4th of July weekend and we went for the first time, I think, when Heidi was just less than 3 months old. When LeRoy served on the camp board, we were even in charge of the programming for a year or two. Nowadays, the camp is buzzing with the grandchildren of the people we attended with so many years ago.

Chapel services are multi-generational and interactive. The gathered families are also multi-lingual so praise worship is sung in both English and Spanish and the speakers had a translator as well. Fortunately for all of us, God speaks all the languages and we are all welcome in his presence.

LeRoy and I met at Camp Quaker Haven in junior high and had our first date there exactly 51 years ago this past July 10, so it is a wonderful place to us. Both our kids attended church camp there and now some of our grandchildren get to build the same memories there that we did. Not only tradition but legacy is what Camp Quaker Haven is to us.

Now we’re refreshed and as ready as we’ll ever be to hit the ground running on our housing project. Saturday we stained and sealed the deck and worked on the bathroom floor. The bathtub has been resurfaced. The towel bars and mirror are hung and ready. We left Saturday with just one tiny, difficult strip of floor to finish. It should be ready for the stool to be reset tomorrow and carpet installation is scheduled for Tuesday morning. I’d say we are almost finished but we just don’t want to start celebration prematurely. “Mission accomplished” should be coming soon, however!

 

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