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Sunday, June 29, 2008

My Surprise Camp visitor

We had two surprise visitors at Girls Camp this week. One was the Secret Service for President Bush and the other was my cute freckle faced daughter Annie Kate.
It was the last night and everyone was at the fire circle starting Testimony Meeting. (Testimony Meeting is a chance for the girls to get up and share their personal testimony and feelings about their belief in the gospel principles of the church)
I was in the main lodge finishing up the slide show with another girl. A girl from my ward who came up just for the night said, I brought something for you about this tall and has cute freckles. I melted. I told the other slide show creator "I have to go" (keep in mind we had 1 hour to finish the slide show and we were adding photos from just a few hours before)
I ran up to the fire circle and was just crying with joy. I could not believe I missed my girls, but especially AK. I think it was because I kept imagining AK up here in just 3 years.
One of the hardest things about preparing for camp was when Annie Kate asked me when this girls camp was going to be and when she should start packing and then me explaining to her that all this that I was preparing for was only for girls ages 12-18. That was hard. She wanted to go so bad.

So when I ran to the fire circle she saw me and started running down. I could not stop hugging and kissing her. (Jeff said she had a really hard week with me gone) We sat in the back and just could not stop talking to each other. We stayed for a few testimonies and then I realized I needed to get back to help finish the slide show and AK needed to go to the bathroom. It was so much fun showing her my cabin (which was totally posh), where the girls slept, where we ate and then showing her the craft tables. One of the things I was in charge of this year was the crafts. She was so excited as she has watched me get everything ready for so many months.

She sat down and made one of the wooden necklaces. She wrote "preview of camp 2008" She also wrote a letter to all the girls from our downtown ward as she had noticed that their mailbox was empty. (oh I can't wait to talk about the camp mailbox)

It was just an awesome experience for her to be there with me. She stayed for the slide show but cried the whole way through knowing it was almost time for her to go. I gave her my camp hat to make her feel better and Jeff said she slept in it that night.

One of the blessings I never even imagined from serving at Girls Camp was how much I appreciated my girls while I was gone and how I feel such a strong responsibility to teach them as much as I can about Jesus Christ.

13 comments:

michelle said...

This is wonderful, Kristi. I'm so glad AK got to visit you there so you both could get a fix! It must have meant a lot to her to see you there and get the visual on what you've been doing all week, as well as what she can look forward to when she turns 12!

Kim Sue said...

I love that she wrote letters - she has such a big heart. Like her Mama!

lelly said...

so sweet!

Jessica said...

I almost choked on my cereal, there was such a lump in my throat reading this! Annie Kate will be so fun in YW.

Nikki said...

Oh my goodness. I have to know about your camp mail. I've been asked to set up some sort of mail center at Girls Camp this year. I said I would if I could call it "Good Mail at Girls Camp" :) Anyhow details when you get a chance please. :D
Love that AK was able to visit. Great experience for you both!

The 5 Bickies said...

What a special time to share!

Lauralee said...

oh that is so fun that AK got to come up and see where you had been and get a little early taste of what is coming for her!

glad it was a great experience! your cabin sounds AWESOME!

Liz said...

So fun that AK got to visit you! I knew when you said you had a freckle faced visitor that it had to be her! I was just thinking about how it is not too far off that my own girly will be old enough for camp! Scary!

April said...

What a fabulous surprise! My oldest gets to go next year and she is so excited! I can't wait to hear more.

bryn said...

what a tremendous experience for you and your daughter. it is amazing how such an experience can touch you in so many different parts of your life.

Jill said...

It's so sweet that Annie Kate got to come up to camp the last night. It sounds like you both each other so much and had a memorable, tear-filled reunion.

Ryann said...

What a wonderful life enriching experience. I am so glad you went. P.S. I am LOVIN' all the ribbon!

Jenny said...

Church camp was such a big part of my life growing up. The most amazing memories and friends are still with me today fromthose experiences. I am so glad that your duaghter got to be a part of that with you. i can not wait until my kids are old enough to go and we can share that experience!