Here we are at the close of the Training Day Camp Week, with the Retreat
all set to begin tomorrow.

   
It would be impossible (and perhaps boring!) to cover all that has
happened in the past week so this will be a (hopefully) short synopsis!

   
The 3 Training Team Leaders have been really super at checking in almost
every day so that I was able to feel in the loop of what was happening at each
Day Camp.

    Of
course there have been highs and lows, technical glitches, potential Team Members backing out, children with learning difficulties causing minor chaos
etc. But by and large the sun shone, the Campers had a great time and the 3
Leaders came out alive! And the reports show that we have a group of truly
dedicated Team Members.

    It
looks as if all of them will benefit from the next phase of training and will
“earn their spurs” in time for the Commissioning Service this coming Thursday evening.

     I
have already made three trips over to Isaiah 40 today! 

    
Alexander came shortly after 10am and we made two trips with frozen
foods and other supplies from home, then while I attempted to cram everything into
somewhat limited fridge and freezer space, he picked up the two (giant) orders
of fresh produce and delivered them to me. After filling up the pantry, hanging
a few more signs and setting out dishes for tomorrow I came home, had a quick
lunch, then Wil and I went back and did a bit more setting up.

  We
will be shorthanded tomorrow until the evening so I want to have a lot of my
own work and be free to help get everyone organized when they start arriving.

  
The bad news is that we are still one person (well actually 3 people) short, but without 1 more
we just cannot configure 5 Teams.

  
And so we wait and pray for the small miracle, which can change our
sorrow into joy!

  There will be no Sunday Reflections Post tomorrow, at least I cannot
promise one, as by 1pm, all hands will be on deck at Isaiah 40. Next Saturday watch for a proper report on the one week of the year for which we
plan, virtually throughout the other 51 weeks!

     
      There has been very little time in the garden this week, no time for
sewing, and not even much for baking, but I did make some giant chocolate chip cookies,
which I hope to use for ice cream sandwiches later in the Summer…

                                         Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup butter or Earth Balance

1 cup brown sugar

¾ cup white sugar

2 eggs

2 cups unbleached flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp.  coarse sea salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup dark chocolate chips

In a large bowl, beat together the butter
and sugars until fluffy. Beat in the eggs. Blend together the dry ingredients
and stir into the egg mixture. Add the vanilla and chocolate chips and mix
well. Using an ice-cream scoop place mounds of dough on a large cookie sheet
lined with parchments. Only put about 6 cookies per sheet, as they will spread
into 5” rounds. Bake for 17minutes in a preheated 325F oven, rotating the
cookie sheets halfway through. Makes 18-24 giant cookies.