For a while, anyway.
The laundry is not all done and put away, the bathrooms are not clean, the living room still needs straightened.
The dog and hens are boarded at Noni's house, and the children will join them tomorrow. The car is over-packed with a PA system, projector, musical equipment, & enough snacks and bottles of water for an army. We still have to fit the suitcases, guitar, computer, and 4 children in there somewhere.
My phone has been ringing off the hook today. Lots of last minute questions about what clothing is acceptable and what time we meet. One girl had her mother call to find out if a shirt that says "Be Smart. Don't Start." and a drawing of a cigarette with a slash through it violates the "no advertising youth-inappropriate products" rule.
Tomorrow Scott works part of the day, then we leave to have the annual youth camp with 24 of our closest teenage friends, and 6 other adult chaperones. We will be studying Biblical conversions and the adults will be sharing their testimonies.
The hardest part of youth camp is leaving my own children behind. Originally we had planned to bring them with us, but have now decided against it. The teens we bring along come from a variety of backgrounds. There's a fine line between protecting my kids from harm and allowing them to see the world for what it is. This time we've opted for leaving them with Grandma. I also feel like I would be short-changing either my kids or the teens if I were responsible for both this week. Fortunately camp ends Tuesday, so Scott still has the rest of the week off work to spend with our kids.
Our teens have many problems. If you think of us this week, please pray that they will surrender to the Lord. Pray that His power will change their lives and that they will live for God even when their friends and family are living for themselves.