Ramblings About My Life: Summer 2018

Hey there!

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind. We have been doing so many things since the start of June, it's crazy! Training for summer camp, directing summer camp, baking special orders, reading up on business stuff, and working to create my online presence for the business are only a few! I wish I could write blogs about every single thing! But I'll just stick with one for now.

Back at the first of June, I had the joy of staying for a week in Little Rock for the Ozark Mission Project 2018 College Staff Training. For those of you who know me personally, you know that I was on College Staff back in 2014 (it's been for years already?!) and it was a pivotal summer for my life. It teaches you so many things about God and yourself. It's exhausting, but it's the best summer job ever. 

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It was truly inspiring to watch them bond over a few short days. This group of college students were some of the most hardworking and intelligent there are. They played silly games, wrote a parody to "The Friends Song", created an amazing video, learned how to build wheel chair ramps, and grew themselves spiritually in order to lead the campers spiritually. I cannot express how proud I am of them! 

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Before we ran off on our next adventure, I thankfully had some time for rest! I loved spending my mornings slowly with some coffee before starting my day. I baked some stuff, went to the lake, spent time at church, went building searching (YAY!), sketched my future kitchen, played with my dogs, and took some naps. And then, naturally, it was off to another week and a half at the best summer camp ever! (That's OMP, in case you didn't catch it...)

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You really don't want me to get started on everything that happened while on staff at Bear Creek OMP. I really want to say that it was the best summer ever, but I've said that a lot already and it doesn't truly do the experience justice. 

Being on staff, you get to arrive before the campers. All of the people on Volunteer and College Staff were so amazing. It was obvious that the Lord hand picked us all to be there together. I can't imagine a better or more hard-working team. It was a blessing and an honor to be there with old friends, new friends, and family. I loved every second of it!!

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When the campers arrive on Sunday, its a whole new, totally amazing, story. It's crazy, chaotic, and so much fun. My role has change a lot in the past five years, so now I get to enjoy watching the Lord work in these students' lives from the background. I honestly wouldn't have it any other way. 

My absolute favorite part of each day is an activity we do in the evening called "sharing." Campers get the opportunity to share with everyone how they saw God that day/week. And man, let me tell you, it is so incredible. Almost every night I get chills or am moved to tears because it is so blatantly obvious that God is moving in all of us there to build his kingdom. I love it!!

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The week always comes to a bittersweet end. Everyone is exhausted and ready to sleep in their own beds, but it is so hard to leave the new friends you've made and gotten so close with. 

But when I finally made it home (3 hour drive while sleep deprived... not fun), I took my annual 4 hour post-OMP nap and got busy baking a super fun strawberry 4th of July cake! Woot! Told you it's been a whirlwind.

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Now that things are finally slowing down, I'm really soaking it all in! I've probably got a month or two before things really start kicking into gear for the bakery. Acquiring a building is coming along nicely (I can't wait to share more details soon when it's official!!) and I haven't had any panic attacks yet, so that's good! I'm really really excited to see where this all leads, and I have faith that the Lord will make it be whatever he has planned it to be.

It is my prayer that I will always remember to keep my life balanced and not to overwork myself. I pray that I will have the ability to do this. I pray that I will not let any successes or failures I have get the better of me. I pray for the Lord's will in my life and for Samantha's Sweets. I hope that it honors and serves Him! I'd super appreciate your prayers for this as well!

I have felt nothing but love and support from friends, family, and customers. This business has already allowed me to build relationships with people in my community, and I'm so thankful for that. My heart is overflowing with gladness and excitement from everything that's happening (oh yea, and I'm getting married in November to top it all off!!). 

This life I have is crazy, but I'm loving every single second!

Peace and Blessings,

Samantha :)