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Super Camp

So, this is an accountability factor, because this week I’m publishing excerpts for upcoming books I’ve been working on. These are very near and dear.

This one is Super Camp, something my summer campers inspired.

Chapter 1: Getting to Know You

Ms. Wonder’s Super Camp was the best every summer. The kids this year were super excited to be in her camp. Camp was already buzzing about what had happened the night before.

“Did you see the news last night?”

“I’m a kid, of course I didn’t watch the news.”

“Well, you missed it. There was a burning building and somebody ran in and saved another kid that was stuck inside. No one knows who it was.”

“Yeah. And last week a kid was lost and standing in the middle of traffic. Somehow, someone stretched out and pulled the kid from the street before a bus came.”

“Well, this morning I heard on the radio someone walked into a pool to save a kid who fell in while he was playing outside.”

“How cool would it be to help people like that?” chimed in Ms. Wonder. “Welcome to Super Camp kids. Please have a seat, and let’s get to know each other a little better.”

Just then the lights cut off in the camp.

“What’s happening now? Ugh, that storm has caused so many power outages.”

Bzzzzz. The lights were back on.

Knock knock.

“Come in,” said Ms. Wonder.

“Sorry, I’m late. My name is Madison.”

Ms. Wonder smiled. “Nice to meet you. We were just starting introductions. I’m glad you could make it during that brief outage.”

“Outage? Oh, yeah. The electricity.”

“Alright class, everyone have a seat, let’s begin.”

Everyone sat at the tables.

“My name is Ms. Wonder. Super Camp is special to me because we make sure we select the best kids we can. Each child has something special to offer to our camp, and I always look forward to seeing what it is and so do your peers. So let’s start with Madison, we know your name, but what else can you tell us?”

Madison stood up, “Well, I love reading and writing, I really like studying about electricity, lightning, and other power sources. I think that stuff is really cool, in fact my friends and family call me Electric Girl.”

“Cole Dawson is my name. I love coloring, especially dinosaur pictures. And I love playing outside. Sometimes it feels like I was made to be outdoors.”

“Lily Foster. I love doing science and math projects.  I know it sounds boring, but I think it’s cool.”

Ms. Wonder began to speak, “Well class, we have a few more kids coming to camp, but this is a great start for intros.”

“Excuse me,” a voice said clearing its throat.

“Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t see you there. It’s like you came out of nowhere,” Ms. Wonder said with a smile.

“Ha! I get that sometimes. My name is Silas Brown. I love reading Captain Underpants books.”

“Ha, ha. Well they certainly are creative books. That’s for sure. Well, I think these children walking in are the last of class. Come on and have a seat.”

“I’m Esteban Blake. I like volcanoes. Lily is my cousin.”

“My name is Aiden Lucas. I like robots and playing air hockey.”

“Hi everyone, my name is Nevaeh. I love math and reading.”

“And lastly, we have Mr….”

“Colton Brody. I love to draw and my favorite channel is the weather channel. It’s pretty random, but those tornado chasers are entertaining.”

Ms. Wonder stood up. “Well, I think that’s it for intros. Does anyone esle have anything interesting to share or add to their introduction?”

The students looked around…

“Anybody?” asked Ms. Wonder.

Still, silence.

“Well, I’m sure there’s something you each have that’s super interesting. Why else would you be at Super Camp?”

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History

I am often amazed when I think about my great grandmother. She will be 91 soon, and obviously that’s amazing. And she’s a healthy 91. She has a great memory, she knows exactly who everyone is, and she can tell you about her childhood as well as the latest news if she needs to. She’s doing good. She’s a sure example that whatever they did when she was younger worked, seeing as the newer generations aren’t living that long, but generational differences I will save for another day.

One of the things that most impresses me about my great grandmother’s life is that she has lived through so much history. She’s seen women have more rights. She’s seen the first biracial president. She’s seen a woman run for president. She’s even seen her great great grandson and how much personality he has at only two years of age.

History. She’s lived it in almost every since that we tend to think of the word. And it’s so interesting to think that there were probably days that she had to give up her bus seat, and now she has a bus that comes to her house and picks her up. I can’t even imagine what it feels like to live the reality that you had always hoped and prayed.

And maybe she didn’t pray for it for herself, but for her children or her grandchildren. It must feel pretty good to not only see them live out that reality, but live it out right there with them. And that, I must say, is pretty cool.

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Lessons from a 2 Year Old – Where’s Daddy?

Where’s my daddy?

That’s my 2 year old nephew’s only concern. When his dad comes around his only care in the world is being where daddy is. It really doesn’t matter that usually it’s about being wherever someone who has food or candy is. When Daddy is home, it’s only about him. Where is my Daddy? Where is my Daddy?

Am I ever like that?

When I wake up in the morning is the first thought that comes to mind about being with my Heavenly Father? When I’m home am I adamant on being where God is? When I’m “away’ from Him do I long to be with Him?

Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m like that. I want to be, but I don’t think I am. Because even when I have my alone time with God, it’s so easy to think about what I need to do next. It’s so easy to start thinking about what’s on my to-do list. And it’s easy to put that alone time on a to-do list, when it’s not a “to-do” but a priority of life.

I want to be where Daddy is. And not because I’m supposed to want to be there, but because I really want to be there. Because I know I need to be there. Because I know He wants me there.

In Matthew 18:3 the Bible tells us to be like children. And after watching my nephew, I think I finally know why…

Matthew 18:3 (NIV) And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

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Teen Education

Do we take for granted the things we used to be taught in our youth?

Talking with teenagers today, I’ve come to the realization that what we used to know is what they are still learning. What I mean by that is that what I knew at 13 or 14 is not what they now know at that age. And the older we get, the more we realize that we didn’t really know anything at that age either.

Even if I hadn’t been taught something, there was some interest to learn it. There was a different zeal in people when I was younger. Children either wanted to learn or appreciated the fact that someone had to teach it regardless of whether they cared or not. There was still some respect for education.

I can’t say that’s true today, which is a pretty drastic change that has occurred in such a small maount of time. There has been quite the decline in interest when it comes to knowledge and obtaining more, which is scary to me.

Fearfully, I now have to ask, if so many teens today care so little now, what will they care even less about later?

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Real Mothers

It’s humorous and sad to me that people don’t know what really makes a mother. Because you had a baby doesn’t make you a mother anymore than it makes a man father. You had a baby and if you’re not taking care of it you’re a momma at best.

I know people who are real mothers. They give up their time, their money, and their life to make sure the little ones in their life have every need met. That’s a mother. These people did not have their own children, but they have been a part of these kids’ lives from day one. And they wouldn’t have it any other way.

I understand there is nothing like having your own child. I get that. But I definitely don’t think that people who did not birth their own children should feel as if they aren’t mothers. When you make the same, if not more sacrifices that these mothers do, when you give the same amount of time, if not more than these mothers, and when you would do anything for these kids all weighs more than biology.

Don’t feel like you have no right to celebrate Mother’s Day just because biology says otherwise. A woman who sacrifices for the well-being of a child is a mother to me. A woman who says no to her wants to meet the needs of a child is embracing motherhood. And a woman who consistently gives up her nonrefundable, priceless, precious time to be there for a child, no matter what, is a mother.

We should all be so thankful that motherhood isn’t limited to birthing rights.

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