April 14, 2009
I live in a rural area near Charleston, IL (home of Eastern Illinois University). My husband, Jim, and I both grew up in this area, moved to Findlay, OH, for 34 years, and then came back home for our retirement years. We are parents of 3 wonderful children (Kyle—Chicago, IL; Gayle—Columbus, OH; & Dan—Dayton, OH). My husband worked his entire career in the offices of Marathon Oil Company. I worked for attorneys (both in Charleston, IL, and Findlay, OH) but have spent more of my time being a wife and mother, and using my “creative juices” to write, scrapbook, and serve in the church and with family camps.
Ah, yes, family camps… that is where my passion is! In 1981, another couple and we (and all our kids!), attended our first family camping event near Dayton, OH. Then, in 1983, when that camp was in jeopardy of closing, we were asked if we would like to try our hand at directing such an event. We had no experience with such things, but one door after another kept opening before us, and next thing we know, our friends and we became Directors of a family camp (for ONE YEAR, we thought!) Guess what, we continued to serve as Directors of that event for 20 years, and are continuing to serve on the staff as Advisors and have not missed a summer family camping event in the 26 years of its existence!!
That being said, I was encouraged by several folks to write a book on the “how-tos” for doing church family camp ministry, and in 2005, my book “Reconnecting Time, Planning Church Family Camps” was published by Discipleship Resources. My heart’s desire is that this resource can be helpful to others who would like to start such a ministry. There is no time like the present—in these difficult economic times–to bring the family “back to the basics” where they can begin to draw closer to God and to each other!