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Reflecting

It’s funny how summer, when I have way more time, is more difficult to keep up with my weekly blog!  I have two weeks to catch up on- so I’ll do my best to get these done asap!

I was so blessed to have been able to go away to a cottage last week with some of my favourite people.  I had forgotten how amazing being outside, away from civilization, hanging out, and playing in the water is.  Honestly, if I can swing it, I need to get myself a cottage- imagine how relaxed and ready for school you could be if you were enjoying cottage life for all of July and August?  So, here are my seven favourite things about the cottage and I’ve put in a few pics from my trip as well!

 1. Reading- Life is full of distractions and because of that reading seems to be a lost art.  Gone are the days when people will sit and read for fun- it’s much more important you read facebook updates, and try your hand at the latest level of Candy Crush.   Netflix and PVR allow you to watch your favourite shows whenever you want, and the options available to watch are greater than ever!  Why would you read a book? But at the cottage, distractions are gone- and you can pull out those unfamiliar things called books!

 

Relaxing

2. Sleeping- Ultimately the best thing about cottage life.  As an almost narcoleptic, I can appreciate anywhere where you can fall asleep and people don’t judge you.

3. Bonding- There is something about being at a cottage that brings people together.  Maybe it’s the fact that there’s nothing really to do, no one else you can text, or that you are in such close proximity of each other, but you can’t help but bond with those around you.  Good conversation seems to flow and the level of comfort you feel is unlike anything in the city.  You get the person’s undivided attention.  No texting or checking twitter feeds here!  I think my most meaningful and real conversations have happened either at a cottage or at camp.

Yogaing

4. a) Relaxing- Within seconds of arriving at the cottage, stress seems to melt away.  It probably has something to do with the sound of birds in the distance, the water lapping, and the air so fresh you can’t help but breathe deeply. The peace and calm you feel with no set schedule and no pressure is amazing.  Why go back to reality?

b) Reflecting- In the stillness and quietness of it all, you can’t help but think and reflect on your life, your relationships, and your purpose.  You have the time to think about things without pressure of time and people around you.  Something about being in nature makes you feel closer to God and brings about clarity and peace in a way that is impossible in the busy city.  Things and priorities just become clear at the cottage.

5. Eating- Cottage food rocks.  Hamburgers, candy, freezies- what more can you ask for?  And, you’re on vacation and doing lots of active things- it’s okay to have a few more calories, right?

6. Laughing- Your guard is down, you’re relaxing, and you are with some of your favourite people.  You can’t help but laugh and smile. Ya, that’s my favourite thing about the cottage.

Playing

 

7. Playing- kayaking, hiking, doing yoga on the dock, splashing in the lake, skiing on the lake, exploring, and playing in the trees are all awesome things to do at the cottage.  People don’t play enough anymore.  I’m a fan.

Forget reality.  I want to go back.

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7.  The Tuck Shop -Hands down the best place to get your sugar fix and to get to know the campers.  I miss my Salt and Vinegar Crew (made up of 10 year old boys) and all the 5 cent candies (including the pears and strawberries which you can never find outside of camp!)

ImageAmes and I at the Banquet 2001

6.  The People- from Boyd and Patti, without two of the most hardworking and genuine people you’ll ever meet, to my now best friends, special people I’ve met along the way and instantly bonded with forever, to the campers, (a few who have become dear friends and “little sisters”) the bonds made at this camp are more than you could have even hope for in a lifetime.

5.  Prayer time- I loved from 9:00-9:10ish, where we would divide into small groups of 2-3 and pray for the camp, for the weather, for God to move.  For those ten-ish minutes all you could hear was all this chatter, but the cool thing was it was all to chatter to God about our common goal and desire for the camp;  An indescribable and amazing feeling and sense of purpose.

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4.  The Movie Skit (and other crazy adventures)- from lactose intolerant volcanoes, to the time Sarah P, Kelly and I got to run quiz, to serious dramas- I had so much fun and gained so much confidence by being involved in this side of camp.  And the tears streaming down your face from laughing so hard has to be the best feeling in the world.

3.  The orange tube.  Need I say more?

 2. Wide games/mud pit- Again- no explanation needed- and when the two of these were combined.  Genius

1. The Lake (and Slippery Rock!)  If I had to pick my absolute favourite place in the world- it would be Graphite Lake.  So many fun water games, quiet times, good chats, sunbathing (with Sabrina!)  and always the epic battleship game with the teens.

Team Aunt Em and Uncle Adam

Team Aunt Em and Uncle Adam

This is not an extensive list.  Campfires, Box Head, Star Gazing, The buses arriving, Epic Pranks, Weekends, Trips to Town, Dressing up for Banquets…. all memories I’ll hold in my heart forever!

CLICK on the SPEECH BUBBLE- what are your favourite Graphite Memories?