Picture Perfect

Hope House

One of my good friends from college, Katy, got married this past weekend. It’s a beautiful thing to see a close friend marry a person that is so perfect for them. It was a great wedding, and I had a really great time visiting with old college friends.

Some highlights:

-dinner at the Melting Pot

-a princess dress…

-a glowing bride…

-her perfect groom…

-fun riding around St. Louis in a limo…

-riding around on a carousel…


-arriving at Steak & Shake in the limo and dining on burgers, fries & shakes like we weren’t wearing wedding gowns and tuxes and bridesmaid dresses…but we were…and it was great.

-watching Brandy and Danielle FIGHT for the boquet…

 bouquet toss

“Secret Ambition”

I read a little passage in Relevant Magazine:

Your educated, your well-read, you’re postmodern – and you speak negatively of everything. Big shocker. Welcome to the elite everybody. There are literally dozens of reasons not to do any given thing. If you obsess hard enough, I’m quite certain you can devalue another’s career, the Church throughout history, fans of Michael W. Smith, the Bible, and your mother’s claim to have birthed you, but that doesn’t make anything you do productive. You have been placed on this planet to add something. Expend some energy on that. Yes, the world needs critics in order to expel as much hot air as the rest of us need to breathe, but a lifestyle of criticism will lead absolutely nowhere. If you disagree with the way something has been done in history, how about attempting to change a new way instead of knocking down those attempting the old? And here’s a buzzword for you: perspective. As in, yours isn’t the only one. Believe me, in its day Smitty’s “Secret Ambition” rocked the Casbah.

I so often find myself drifting into a critical mindset. I hope that I will be somebody who changes things, and that I will not be somebody who is critical and devaluing of people…from the waiter at the restaurant (no matter if they do a good job or a poor job), to the president of the world (whoever that is…) I hope I lift them up and am positive in their life, in public and in private. And I still like “Secret Ambition”.

Picture Me Studio

I went to the ribbon cutting of Picture Me Studio today. Picture Me Studio is a new photography studio in Siloam Springs owned by some friends of ours. If you live in Siloam and have a chance you should check it out. The studio is next to Radio Shack, and is a part of Color Mate.

Show Me Your Glory

So I was driving to work this morning, listening to the song by Third Day, “Show Me Your Glory.” And as I was praying that phrase….Lord, show me your glory today…Thursday…..I’ll be going to a funeral in a few hours…..show me Your Glory this morning as I prepare for my day. And He did!

Just as I was coming up the hill from camp, God showed me that He IS there….and He DOES listen. And it was beautiful…..a beautiful deer emerging from the woods on one side of the road and disappearing back into them on the other. Beautiful. Cause I think that maybe, just maybe that deer could have been sent just for me.

thanks, God.

Camp at NLR

Summer Camp is going well. It is week four right now, so we are almost half way done with the summer. Please keep all of us (Beth and I,the resident staff at NLR, summer staff, campers, etc.) in your prayers. There has been some sickness going around which we need protection from. Pray for the summer staff that they would have energy and endurance to finish out the summer strong!

Why a Blog?

Well, you found it! We thought a little introduction to this blog might be good.

We have found that we are not very good at keeping people updated about what is going on in our lives and at camp. It’s not that we don’t want to…but we don’t do well getting newsletters, email, etc out. We are going to continue to try, but hopefully this will be a great way for us to let you know how & what we’re doing here at camp more often.  We hope to update frequently, so keep checking back for new posts!

 For those that are interested in all the details, this blog is hosted on Bluehost and uses WordPress.


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So what does Beth do at camp?

I’m glad you asked! Most of you know how Ben is in charge of the communications for New Life Ranch….website, promotional videos, brochures….but lately several people have asked me what my role is at camp.

Well, I am the editor of the New Life News (the newsletter we put together for camp that gets mailed out 3 times a year), I help out on registration day (collecting health forms) and I am part of a Resident Staff Small Group for our summer staff. (Each summer staff is in a small group, and each small group is paired up with some of our Resident Staff) My small group comes up to our house for an hour each Thursday. I love it! It’s a great way for me to get involved with the summer staff that are here this summer. I remember being on summer staff and how much I looked forward to that one hour a week where I got to go into a real house, with air conditioning, and yummy snacks to just take a break from camp for awhile. It’s fun being able to be on the other end now!