when i mentioned to a friend that i had "survived" HEB camp i was told "you were only there for two days!" ahhh, yes this is true. only two days. but for this starbucks addicted fan of central air two days could have been a lifetime. i am home and quite tired. i will admit it was like a little bitty mini vacation....any time away from your own small children for more than an hour at Walmart is like a mini vacation though. :) and i was looking forward to it though i was growing an ulcer thinking of the bug situation. i had even imagined (or hoped rather) that i might be able to sleep a wee bit better than my nights at home w/ a 4month old.....not so much the case but i won't complain even about that. i am tired. it was hot. there were bugs and not a starbucks in sight.....but the presence of God was in abundance everywhere. in the trees that hovered over our camp. in the calm and subtle flowing streams, in the river where we would swim,upon the faces of the youth i love and the adults there to serve. in the hot and muggy cabins and in the gentle breeze. His love was showered upon me and my soul was stirred and my heart raced as it hasn't in a very long time. it's always easy to come home from an experience like this and feel overwhelmed and "on fire" and i've lived enough to know that it does wane a bit.....but right now...it is good. and i feel good and loved and forgiven and united and reconciled and free....and i'll repeat this one again ....forgiven. i have lots of feelings and thoughts and ideas and dreams i want to share...some i've journaled privately during my devotion time while i was there. i even stopped on the way home several times to photograph God's wonderful kingdom and to be still and quiet with him. i pulled over on the side of the road....3 times to get out and journal....it was good......ahhhh, so much to say but my eyes are heavy and my heart is full...and i must rest now in the arms of my Lord.