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Medically mandated pause

Posted by hrgarippa on 31 July, 2008

I broke my left baby finger. And now it must stay at a 90 degree angle, wrapped in plaster for 6 weeks so that the fracture does not become displaced. If that happens it will require surgery and pins and more plaster.

It has taken me 10 minutes to type this so needless to say most blogging will be on hold for a while, so to all two of you reading this I’ll see you in September.

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Kamp Pictures

Posted by hrgarippa on 14 July, 2008


The Kamp grounds are beautiful

So is the sky…when it didn’t rain.

Some of the boys…

More of the boys.

My Krew at Kamp (by the way, I know how to spell…but at KAA everything starts with a K)

Jasmine and Summer

Kristina learning to golf.

Chanittie loving every minute of her golf lesson.

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Hallelujah, We’re Home!!!

Posted by hrgarippa on 10 July, 2008

We are back from Kids Across America and an interesting week. We rolled into Dallas around 8am, yesterday and the kids were happy to once again have electricity (their words, I’m guessing this means A/C), TV, and to be able to see their mamas and friends.

The first time I went to KAA I had the typical “mountain top” experience. I loved it, was so upset that we were going home. I truly never wanted to leave the bubble that is camp. The second year wasn’t as great, I was trying desperately to recreate the first year and didn’t take time to really enjoy much of anything. The third year, I was very distracted and was kind of caught up in my own mess.

This year, I needed time. I needed no agenda. So that is how I lived. I spent ridiculous amounts of time just staring at the beautiful Ozarks. I laid in a field for hours in the rain. I went out into the middle of the golf course, in the middle of the night and laid looking at the stars. I went on long walks, talking out loud to the Lord. I read interesting books. I fell asleep in the reading room and on the porch in a rocking chair. It was all bliss.

This year, for me, camp was wonderful, for our kids it was a mixed bag. Many of them struggled with the structure of camp and the long list of rules that they and I found hard to follow. But as I sit here and process the week at KAA I realize that we were all exactly where God wanted us to be, and though there were hard things that we all struggled with He used and is using them for His ultimate Glory.

Here is one example,

The theme of camp this year is Transformers…”Be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” Romans 12.2. Many of the kids, like me have a difficult time with the concept of transformation, some thinking that as they give their hearts to Christ that all the mistakes they make will simply vanish.

At the beginning of the week I gave my girls a journal and told them they could use it to write how they were feeling. “You can write anything, in anyway you want.” I told them. “And I’ll only read it if you want me to.” They thought this was pretty cool, and just like Freedom Writers. I didn’t think they’d really do it, but one of the girls, a girl I call Sweeter, took advantage and wrote how she was feeling. She wrote this,

“I think I’m a Christian, but something is just wrong, I keep messing up. Miss Hannah I think you and I need to have a one on one talk cuz I don’t know what to do.”

I asked her if I could read this to group, because I was pretty sure they were all feeling this way and she said yes.

After reading it every girl raised their hand and said “yes they were confused.” They all thought they understood what it meant to follow Christ, but they just kept sinning and didn’t understand why.

I wish you all could have been a part of the great conversation that followed. The honesty. And the relief in this girls eyes when they realized they didn’t have to be perfect. God loves them right where they are at, and that transformation will take a lifetime, it is all part of the journey they are on.

I cannot tell you how thankful I am that God orchestrated all this so that we could have this very conversation. We have some very precious girls that went to camp with us this year. Girls that are hungry to know more about who their Father is and how it is that He loves them. Please pray for Adrienne, Destiny, Kaylene, Triana, Jasmine, Summer, Ka’Trina, Carmen, Gabby, Shaterrica, Amber, Ashley, Kitty, Saibyan, Keambrea, Dominiqua, Tiara, Maia, and Octavia.

I’ll post some pictures when I get into the office.

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