The never ending summer

I know it hasn't been that long since my last post but to me it feels like it's been FOREVER. I feel a little disconnected from all my blogger friends. While I've been slacking in writing, I've also been slacking in reading. There are so many blogs I want to catch up on but I feel a little overwhelmed! First world problem, right? I know. Feel free to slap me back into the "real world" where missing out on blog posts isn't a "real" problem. Thanks.

Why the absence in words? Well, we've been a bit busy. And we've been traveling. It all started with Omega, our high school camp. Omega took place July 25-29 in Baraboo, WI. We joined two other local churches and took a group of about 125 high school students and 20 adult leaders on a five day camp adventure. It was an amazing week. Expeditions Unlimited hosted us for the week and they did an incredible job. They have some of the best staff on the planet. Our week consisted of morning and evening sessions (teaching and musical worship) team competitions, canoeing and kayaking, rock climbing, our own version of the "Ironman", lots of camp food, ropes course, sand volleyball tournament (in which Caleigh Hill and I placed 4th, woot woot!), basketball, many conversations, dodgeball,  girl-filled cabins, and lots and lots of fun and laughter! Relationships were built, strengthened, and some tested. Our students were challenged to embrace a new life with Jesus and we sang our hearts out to Gungor lyrics night after night. Many memories were made that we will cherish for years.

It took a couple of days to recover from the lack of sleep and sore muscles. My body endured activities that it hasn't crossed paths with in years or maybe ever! I was sore for days in places I didn't even know existed but it was worth it! 

But... the train is not quite ready to pull into the station. Justin left this morning to speak at a camp in Lake Geneva, WI until Friday. We are mourning his absence. Mostly me. I figure as long as I can keep a steady stream of Starbucks iced chai lattes in my veins, I just might make it to Friday. 

I'll be doing my own fair share of traveling this week as well. On Wednesday I will be driving back up to Baraboo to pick up my new friend Niki. Niki and I met during Omega. She's 22, a stellar softball player, and someone who is allowing Jesus to use her brokenness for His glory. She's been interning at Expeditions Unlimited all summer and her internship is done this week. We hit it off right away and we're constantly laughing all week over how many things we have in common. Another long-lost sister added to my list of many:) I'm looking forward to spending more time with her and driving back from Baraboo with her on Wednesday. 

Thursday Cooper and I are hoping to drive up to Lake Geneva, WI to spend the day with Justin. Not sure what that will look like but I'm sure it will be fun:) 

Friday night I get to see Greta Jones!!! I am beyond excited about this! She will be in town from Charlotte to visit the TeSelle family and I am hoping they will let me come over to steal some hugs:) Greta's hugs are highly sought after so I may have to bribe them. 

There's still more....

Saturday morning I will be flying to Raleigh, NC with Justin's mom. She has an old friend who lives outside of Charlotte that she hasn't seen in years. This friend is nearing the end of her life (at the age of 95) so Gloria (my mother-in-law) would like to see her one last time. Gloria hasn't flown in years so I'll mainly be going to help her navigate the airports. Once I get her dropped off in Thomasville, NC on Saturday I will be doing some driving of my own to visit some of my favorite girlfriends. I can't wait! We will be flying back home to Chicago on Tuesday. 

Whew. Are you tired? Because I am. It will be a great week but I'm thinking I might need a sabbatical after all this. 

Hopefully there will be some fun stories to come. 


  1. OH you are getting the LONGEST hug ever when I see you! Trust me! And geez you are busy bee!