Sunday Matters: I’m Back!

Sunday Matters

I actually came back earlier this week but you know how it is. You come home to laundry, no groceries in the fridge, and piles of mail to go through. And yes, my family was home.

My group and I had a fabulous week though. I spent a lot of hours outdoors and it was so good to just sit outside and be. This was an early morning shot of the lake. It was so peaceful in the morning.

Hume Lake
Hume Lake
Hume Lake
Another shot of Hume Lake.

A few highlights:

  • I didn’t die (always a plus but lots of people were injured during activities)
  • Somehow my average of 3.0 hours of sleep per night did not affect me at ALL. I had lots of pep.
  • The girls taught me how to play Mafia and it was super fun.
  • Although I didn’t get the gluten free meal plan, I had plenty to eat and didn’t have any reactions. Huge win.
  • So many wonderful conversations in the cabin.
  • Even when our bus broke down and something ran across my foot, I could see the humor in it.
  • There is nothing quite like bonding in a cabin with 10 other people.
  • Sink time or mirror time is like a Hunger Game’s battle when there are 10 other ladies in the cabin. What would it take to hang another mirror up??

Right Now:

We are about to head out to church. In the summer, our church does At The Movies and it’s so much fun. They show a clip of a movie and then tie it to the teaching. They make popcorn too! Last week we saw The Sandlot. Not sure what today’s movie is but our pastor said to bring tissues.

This Week:

Praise Jesus because my daughter’s one summer class is almost done. Just ten more days. She still has the other class to deal with but it will be easier for her when she only has the one class. It’s been a challenge to cram a semester into 5 weeks.

Also, she was cast as one of the Doo Wop girls in Little Shop (Ronette), She got a callback for Audrey, huge accomplishment but it would have been a lot with her two classes. She is very happy with Ronette.


I finished Pachinko for book club. I will get the review up soon. I just started (for real this time) The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister. I just love her books.

I didn’t get much reading done at the lake. When I had time I spent it just gazing out at the water or sneaking a shake in. They have the best shakes there.


I keep watching Beachfront Bargain Hunt because one day we want to live by a body of water. Could be Oregon. Could be somewhere else.

But, the new season of Stranger Things is just around the corner! I cannot wait! My entire family plans to watch the entire season over July 4th weekend. That is when it comes out, right?

Fear the Walking Dead started up again and as usual, the story is all over the place. Pick a direction for these characters and go with it!

New Things I’ve Tried:

At my club meeting this past week, we were served a Korean meal to go along with Pachinko, and part of that meal was this delicious Korean drink. It’s kind like flavored vodka but made of rice. It’s potent and so yummy.

Grateful for:

I am so grateful for our awesome camp experience. I was so worried about my health when I left but all was good in that department and I seem to be good right now although still sore. All that hill climbing to the cabin and back! Wow. My legs hate me right now. Still.

So what did I miss? A week without internet or my phone and nothing much seems to have happened. Fill me in.

20 thoughts on “Sunday Matters: I’m Back!”

  1. It sounds like your trip was fabulous! I’m glad things worked out so well for everyone.

    Yay for your daughter’s class being close to done. I don’t think kids know what a pain it is for their parents too.

    1. At last these classes are online and we don’t have to drive her to class and back in the middle of the day. Of course, them being online means 16 weeks are crammed into 5 which makes the workload ridiculous. Just a few more days of history and then a few weeks of Child Development and then summer can begin.

  2. I really loved hearing about your trip and it sounds like it did you good, Ti. Those pictures of the lake are so lovely and I can completely understand the peace you got from sitting and gazing. So glad that you went.

    1. I am very glad I went too. It took me a long time to ask for the time off from work because I was seriously doubting my health at the time. But, I’ve made some changes with my schedule and commitments and this next year ought to be a lot better. Hopefully.

  3. I am so glad your time at Hume Lake went well! What a relief and it sounds so relaxing. School has ended for me, but I am teaching summer school online. We’re half way through and there are a ton of students not doing their work….

    1. Both of the classes my daughter is taking online require responses to other classmates and so much of the time, the others have not posted their original response so she can’t post her replies until the very last minute. Annoying.

  4. So glad you had such a good time! And glad that there were no issues. I grew up living at a lake and oknow how peaceful it is. I also lived by the ocean in Monterey, California for a while and that was amazing, I’ve been wanting to move back since I moved away.

    1. I bet Monterey was fabulous. I would love to find a nice house on a lake somewhere. I love the beach too but not the sand and out here we have tar to deal with because of the oil slicks. Yuck.

  5. There is nothing like camp in the summer. I loved all the experiences you described (mirror time! How well I remember that when I was the counselor for high school girls!) The icing on the cake (for me) would be the glorious lake. Glad you’re home safely.

    1. So you were a camp counselor too? So you totally get what I am saying. It’s physically exhausting but oh so rewarding. I have lots of great memories stored up in my head.

  6. Camp sounds like it was a great time, and no injuries or food reactions is a huge win! My daughter was in her second A team swim meet of the season and reduced her breaststroke time by 1.98 seconds. So proud of her. She’s worked really hard to get qualified this year for this stroke.

    1. Your daughter is killing it. Being able to shave that much time off is pretty impressive.

      No major injuries for me but my entire body still hurts and I am still not able to walk normally.

  7. Yep, Stranger Things “drops” July 4. We’re also looking forward to. At least, part of a binge-watch, I think. Maybe they’ll put it out Wednesday night, which I’m sort of hoping, because my wife works Thursday night (midnight shift into Friday morning). That would give us more time to watch.

    1. Our campus is only closed the one day, so I am taking the day before and the day after the 4th so I can have a mini vacation. I felt like it was too close to my week off but now I am glad I requested it.

    1. It’s a little intimidating. I know I overthink it too. It’s also very rewarding though. And me, on a lake, sitting still reflecting on life? A rarity but so worth it.

  8. Beautiful photos! Glad it worked out better than you expected. Sounded like a successful trip. Warm as well? We just got back from our trip to Montana on Tuesday night so I’m still catching up. Way behind with everything. We had a very good trip but I’m glad to be home too.

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