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throwback thursday: CO camping

Sometimes, when you work at a church and one of your dear friends who also happens to be your pastor decides to move to Scotland with his family (which includes his wife, who also happens to be a dear friend) then you get to help plan a celebration of their time here. And while you just might feel a teeny bit resentful – you know, because all of the planning is making you think about all of the leaving, and you are more in the camp of pretending that it’s not really happening – it’s still you’re job so you pull out binders of CD’s of old pictures.

And that, friends, is a very good thing. Especially when you come across these: pictures of a camping trip in 2005 – when we decided it would be great fun to take a staff & elders group to Colorado. Over 70 of us took over a campground. I know not all of you will know all these faces, but for those who do, take a little trip back in time…

Fellowship North staff camping in Colorado in 2005 (1) (Jonathan, Jackson & Ben, Elizabeth and Sarah, Will)

Fellowship North staff camping in Colorado in 2005 (2) (Jonathan, Nathan, Will)

Fellowship North staff camping in Colorado in 2005 (3) (Will & Diane, Steve & Jessica & Ethan & Makala, Taido, Tony)

Fellowship North staff camping in Colorado in 2005 (4) (Taido & Ben, Alex, Jared, Elizabeth)

Fellowship North staff camping in Colorado in 2005 (5)

(Alex, Jones kids + Blair, Bobby & Bailey, Elizabeth & Blair)

Fellowship North staff camping in Colorado in 2005 (6)

(those 4 again, and those 2 again, and all the kiddos listening to Ms. Beverly…)

Fellowship North staff camping in Colorado in 2005 (7)

(that’s Tony, and Sarah sticking out her tongue, and all the kids in a line to hit! a! pinata!)

Fellowship North staff camping in Colorado in 2005 (8)

(hey! There’s me & Alison, Craig & Cole, Jackson…)

Fellowship North staff camping in Colorado in 2005 (9)

(Blair, Jared, Cole)

Fellowship North staff camping in Colorado in 2005 (10)

(Tony & Donna, Ted & Bryan, Alison and Ben)

Fellowship North staff camping in Colorado in 2005 (11)

(Annette & Sarah, Jonathan – time to get the bandanas on for team pictures!)

Fellowship North staff camping in Colorado in 2005 (14)

(Will took the bandana business very seriously)

Fellowship North staff camping in Colorado in 2005 (12)

GO TEAM! Orange was the best…

Fellowship North staff camping in Colorado in 2005 (13)

(Josh, Bailey & Taylor & the Clousers, and HANS & FRANZ!)

It’s good because it helps you remember that you joined yourself to this crazy tribe long ago, and even though things change you are a part of it for good. Looking back at then helps you realize that back then you never could imagine the now. And now – even though kids grow, people move in and out – now we can’t imagine what comes next, but change is good even through the hard, and that one day we will look back at today and lean in, and laugh…

 

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9 Comments

  1. jennifer holsted

    Patagonia!

  2. Oh my dear goodness!! I can’t even.

  3. Annette Avery

    Oh wow. I had no idea these pictures existed! They were all tiny and so precious!! Thanks for sharing, SB.

  4. That was so much fun picking out the faces I know!

  5. Thanks for the memories. I miss you all, and these photos make me want to rush back to NLR and hug everybody!

    Wish we could be there tomorrow night to help send the Chinos on their big adventure. Thank the Lord for blogs, email, Facebook and all the other ways we can keep in touch nowadays!

  6. Dena

    Love seeing those pictures!! I will never forget that trip!

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