It’s going to be a strange summer for me, folks, and now that June is here, it is starting to hit me!
Get this: I have spent time at Pine Haven Christian Assembly every summer since 1990, but I will not be there this summer.
I grew up going to PHCA , starting the summer before fourth grade. It took me under a week to acknowledge that this sacred patch of land in northern Minnesota was my new favorite place in the world. I attended every year, including the year after high school graduation, and I could not have loved this camp any more than I did. When I went off to college, I gave a speech on Pine Haven in my communications class. I even wrote a sonnet (the only sonnet I have every written) about the cabin I always stayed in.
After my freshman year of college, I returned to Pine Haven, this time as a volunteer counselor, which was even BETTER than being a camper! I met some of my very best friends at this camp (Eir, Ashley, Whitney, Dora) and have dragged other friends (Megs, Desiree) along with me to counsel. Years of experiences and inside jokes at that delightful campground have knit our stories together.
This weekend, two of our camp friends got married, and I attended the wedding, held in Rochester, MN. The ceremony and reception were like a giant camp reunion, and I LOVED IT. It was so good for my heart to be surrounded by these people I love. What an incredible thing to share so many memories and experiences with a group of people.
B’Dewayne McGirr Experiment, the Mavericks, the Killa Killas … so many great teams, so many great leaders, so many great friends. I have watched people meet at this camp, fall in love, get married. I have watched best friends ally themselves, friends who would be connected for years. We can’t escape each other. I wouldn’t want to.
I will miss you guys this summer. Lots.