It makes me think of when Frodo told Sam, "You have so much to enjoy and to be, and to do." That's what I felt like, going into summer. I really do have so much to enjoy and to be and to do.
So I'm sorry that my blog has been pushed to the background, but that has to happen every once in a while and I really feel like that break was very good for me. Now I'm popping up out of my hole, back into the blogging world again. And so much has happened I don't even know where to start.
I've gone to two different (very different) summer camps, and the one at Christendom College was probably the best week of my life.
That summer program was absolutely amazing. Peregrin wrote a fantastic post about the week that you should all hop over and read if you haven't yet. She just knows how to word things perfectly. ♥♥♥ And it was so lovely to meet her and have fun together at Christendom. :)
There were so many things about that week that I just want to treasure for the rest of my life.
I'll always remember...
- the fantastically amazing and super fun counselors
- the wonderful people I got to meet
- the bowling fun our first night, and the ice cream
- hiking to the top of a mountain for some astounding views
- trading and sharing clothes with fellow girls right and left -– coming from a girl with no sisters, let me just say that living with a bunch of girls for a week was just so delightful :)
- singing the beautiful Prayer of St. Augustine for the talent show with my three lovely friends from Michigan
- canoeing on the Shenandoah river
- swing dancing in an 1800's barn to jolly Irish tunes
- THE VIRGINIA REEL...it does not deserved anything less than caps... most fun thing ever
- daily Mass and adoration in the chapel
- choir practice every day, and the chance to sing such beautiful hymns in the chapel for our last Mass
- amazing classes with amazing professors: literature, history, philosophy, theology – I can't even say which was my favorite
- late night conversations with my awesome roommates
- listening to the coolest debate ever, put on by the Chester-Belloc debate society one night, with everything reminding me of Chesterton's time and just blown away by the awesomeness of it all
- having SO much fun at the talent show, laughing oh so hard – that was one of the best nights, and it even ending with dancing before we went and crashed into bed
- and then the Friday night dance in the Commons that was even decked out with lights, where everyone knew how to dance so much better than earlier in the week
- having a Rosary-candlelight procession late at night
-sitting around the bonfire the last night, toasting marshmallows and listening to touching spiels from counselors
- staying up till 3:30 a.m., signing dog-books and savoring some of the last moments we would have together
The Irish sing-alongs we had were totally fantastic: these songs below bring back so many fond memories. And singing them in a barn with fiddles and a real Irish dancer, and swaying together in lines as we belt out the chorus... I'm missing those times so much now. Do I need to say that I've become really, really in love with Irish music?
This is the awesomely-hilarious head counselor we all enjoyed so much. :)
As a skit for the talent show, I performed John Branyan's Shakespearean three little pigs, which was a lot of fun.
|thank you to Peregrin for these last two pictures :)|
The Friday night swing dance, view from the balcony of the Commons. Isn't it just gorgeous? ♥