Greetings from the TEXAS coaches lounge. This is Grace, and I just want to start by saying this is my favorite place in the world. My mom even calls this my happy place, and well, she is exactly right. I love it here! I love the people. I love the camp. I love the country. I love this place. This is indeed a taste of paradise. So, it is with a tired body and a sad heart that I report today was our last day in paradise. Well, our last day at camp anyway 😦
I just read Hayden’s blog. Let’s be real, that boy can write. I’m not going to try to match his level of vale(whatever it is called that I can’t spell) number one ranking in your class, but I do want to tell you about our last day here at camp. Did I mention I love this place?!
The day started as a typical day with majors before breakfast. First, let me say, that early in camp a bunch of the coaches got up early to go workout. We would swim and maybe run or some would do push ups and stuff like that. Well, today, for the third day in a row only my dad went to swim and work out. He asks me everyday, but I just wasn’t feeling it today. Sorry pops.
So, we went to majors and I coach volleyball with Chandler (and most days my dad). He was showing around another group during majors, so Chandler and I led the campers in a mini-tournament where Team Grace, Team Cornflakes, and Team Akunamatoda played a round robin King of the Court style match play. Not to brag, but Team Grace was undefeated….my team is pretty stacked! Next, we gave out awards at the majors. Each major gives out 3 awards. MVP (Most valuable player); Most Improved; and I am third. Ragy, Mira, and Alfred won these awards for our major. I loved seeing their faces when we presented the awards to them. Seeing their joy made me so happy!
After breakfast (yes, I had 5 donuts today…sorry dad), we had the big swim/run race called Man/Woman of the Wadi. It is pretty dang intense. My cousin Cate and I decided to tag team where I did the swim and she did the run. We won our heat but it was still pretty dang hard. I’m so glad I didn’t try to do the whole thing…maybe next year!
Next, we had a huge pool party where we hung out, played in the pool, played nine-square, had a belly flop contest, threw the frisbee around, and then watched the last version of hunger games (hard to explain but basically an on-going part of the program where one person from each cabin competes is some fun/exciting/crazy game). Did I mention camp is crazy fun?!
After lunch, we had a break for a couple hours. This time it was my dad’s turn to take a nap while me and a bunch of coaches went and played wally ball (volleyball on a squash court). It is super intense and fun and the campers love it and so do the coaches. Next, we had our last major of the session (sad face!) and then the last cabin competition. After dinner, we had the huge camp war ball event and closing ceremony. I loved it but also hated it. It is not fun saying goodbye to these campers and staff that we all have become so close to. My dad says every year that the days are super long but the weeks fly by, and he is right. It seems like just yesterday we were touring the pyramids and pulling into camp. Now we are saying goodbye to sweet friends that we love so much. I love this place, and I love what God does in this place. Each year they say they learn so much from us and camp would not be the same without us, but life would not be the same for me without this place. I learn so much from them! They are kind and generous and fun and loving and passionate and funny and bold and crazy….and this feels like a glimpse of paradise.
Thank you for praying for us and following the blog and being a part of this team. We will come back and hope you will always join us. Grace….signing off.
PS…Racheal, this is a shout out to you. Hope you are having fun in Hawaii. Can’t wait to have you on this trip next year. I’m saving you a spot on the plane next to me 🙂