Dear Mom and Dad

Dear Mom and Dad,

I’m sorry for anything and everything I ever did as a teenager.  I’m sorry for my bad attitude and lying to you.  I’m sorry for being disrepectful and grumpy.  I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry.  Now, please lift the “I hope you have kids just like you” curse!

Love, Melissa

Ok, so they aren’t that bad…I was exaggerating, so teen are challenging, but they are so much fun.  They love to joke and laugh and play games.  They love being silly, and when it “cool” to do so, they will act like a fool.  However, we are having some problems here at camp.  One kid has decided every time he gets angry to run away.   Some one snuck a phone. We caught one girl who stole hair clips (I don’t care about the hair clips only that she stole).  Cookies are missing, and some one has gone through the extra socks and underwear.  I had told them what ever they want, just ask, but don’t just take it.  grrrrrr.  So now, two are  cleaning the dinning hall after every meal.  The boy who likes to run away, is constantly with one leader.  I have gotten tired of dealing with each issue in regards to stealing so  the cabin is locked during the day so the girls can’ t be in it with out a leader.

The Teens are learning their verses and are excited to get point for answering questions or for random acts of kindness.  We’ve done the zip line and rock wall and have played so many games!  We’ve done many art project and had a couple guest speakers.  Camp has been really fun, despite the challenges.  We didn’t know what to expect since this was the first time with teens.  I saw teens who were “tolerant” of Christians reading their Bibles and learning verses.  Girls who are too cool to come to Sunday School are singing songs about Jesus in the shower!  

Now enjoy some pictures!

2 Responses

  1. Oh dear Melissa, it sounds as though Romanian teenagers are no different than American teens. I deal with so much of that in school but, like you, I LOVE teenagers. I will pray for you as I am lying on my back in the hospital for the next few days. As I said before a new knee or two may make it possible for me to come to camp in the future!!
    Blessings to you.
    Love,
    Shari

  2. Melissa, love the title of this blog, and I remember my revelation of just how amazing my parents were, too! We’ll pray specifically for your campers and for you/leaders, for protection of hearts and minds and bodies and for God to fill your cup so that His great love is flowing out of it…He’ll supply your every need!
    We’re fine here, tho’ the kids have battled sickness these last few weeks (strep throat…resistant to first medicine). We just got back from a cousin reunion at Isle of Palms, SC. Corrie Lee starts Kindergarten in Aug!! Love you, girl! S

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