We have been having a fun week with Megan here at home. We have followed our normal routine plus we sewed a new dress (with puffed sleeves - like Anne of Green Gables) so we have stayed busy. It has been neat to have the one on one time with Megan but I sure do miss my big kids.
I am glad that we miss them. I feel blessed that we are able to share close family relationships - that we love being together. God created families and He wants them to be strong. I do feel truly blessed with the family that God has given to me.
Though as a general rule I do think it is good and important for families to be together as much as possible I do also think that Bible camp can be a very good thing for children. It is a time when they can concentrate on learning more about the Bible and grow closer in their walk with God. Camp is a neat time for making new friends. Some of the friends I made in Bible camp as a child I still enjoy a friendship with even though we live many miles apart. Experiences like camp can also be growing times for children, camp provides challenges that they might not experience at home.
I know that there can be some dangers in sending kids off to camp - there may be bad influences either through other kids or even the adults there. In the past I have worked at camp when my kids were there but that has left me separated from Ken for a week which I don't care for either. This year at camp my sister is there, I have heard good things about other leadership there, I met and visited with the counselors and I have done a lot of praying. We have a big and mighty God who is watching over all that happens.
Do you send your kids to camp? I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject!
P.S. I wondered if keeping up with things around the house would be easier or harder with the 3 kids gone. I have determined that I have to work harder with them gone. I knew they were good workers but I didn't realize quite how much I would miss there help.