Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Great Rain Out 2010

8:30am - Weather Channel predicting 80% chance of RAIN, some heavy on Sat. Severe storms on Sunday
(the plan to go camping on the 1st Ever Ladies Camping trip is still ON) 10 ladies going is now down to 8 though.
10:00pm - Plan may change. A poll goes out by email to have an indoor campout @ Tara's.
1:51pm -I wonder, "should I still bring the grubby clothes I packed and bring my camping chair anyway?"
Donna suggests this could be an annual event if it goes well (she and Tiffany have Co-Coordinated this trip)
2:51 - read official email that the location has been changed to Tara's
(should call Amelia)
4:30pm - called Amelia & Kelly B. because they are two that don't consistently check email

4:00am - First Storm arrives
10:00am - has been raining nonstop for the past six hours - forgot to print verses and still need to make more necklaces for the "KNOW/NO" game
1:15pm - some of us meet at Big Lots to follow each other out to Tara's
1:45 - head out to Tara's, get lost, make it anyway. It has not stopped raining yet.
2:15 - Those of us who are at Tara's (Tara, Amanda, Donna, Kelly, Tiffany, & me) ride out the Barn to check out the loft as an option for sleep and/or devotional. It looks rustic and good, but not safe for a baby, and we know our precious Eliana is coming, who is just shy of her 1st birthday. It also seems like a long haul over there, even though it is jut across a field that hosts a flooded road/pathway. It sounds like a great option, but do we want to haul? We can't decide. We consider it for morning devotional possibly at the very least.
2:50 - back at the house we start the "Negative/Know" game (yes, name changed) with the necklaces
3:01 we are welcomed to camptrip 2010
3:02 opening prayer (lol)
3:07 - Tiff explains the prayer non-hike and we all disperse to go spend time alone with God.
4:30 (or so) - Kelly E (with Eliana) and Anna (with junk food) arrive safely after their detour
4:45 - Amelia arrives (is this right? I can't remember)
5:00 - Start cooking exquisite meal (hot dogs in a frying pan) Hey, it wasn't bad!
6:30 - Still raining constantly with heavy rains during the quite frequent storms
Amanda starts us out on a game called "Ha Ha Ha" We laugh enough to burn off some of the calories from the hot dogs and junk food.
6:50- next game "Follow the Leader" (some of us are better than others at this one that is for sure!)
7: 15 - next game (Amanda has tons of these up her sleeves, obviously) "Mafia" Crazy game that reminds us of clue and I'm horrible at this one too (am I good at any games, I wonder?)
7:30 - Lana arrives making it now ten of us there
8:00 - We snack more and it becomes obviously clear that the "No/Know" game has dominate players, so we award them their prizes for 1st and 2nd places (Congrats to Amanda for 1st place and Tiffany for 2nd) Everyone gets their own necklace to keep as souvenir from this camp out. To my delight some people like them and even wear them after the game is over.
8:30 - Anna leads us in worshipping our King with our songs
9:00 - Tara starts us out with a devotional thought and then the floor is opened to share. It has not stopped raining or sporadically storming. We share, then discuss why it is that we share. Then we go deeper, because no one is going home.
11:00 - Break. Then gather back around the candles
11:30 - For the first time in my life (that I recall) I laugh and cry during the SAME prayer! Wow.

2:20AM - First group (five people) goes to bed. Who knows when the other five go to bed, because I was in the first group. I'm not sure if Tara ever went to sleep, I seem to recall her moving about during the night.
7:00 - Lana leaves; I feel exhausted.
7:30 - I sit up and think which leads to praying.
I end up going downstairs to hang with the only person I hear awake, Eliana (and her momma, Kelly E." I enjoy this sweet morning time with them.
8:00 - go upstairs where some are stirring and sipping coffee (thank you Tara).
I run to the coffee pot and guzzle down two cups while starting to cook the bacon. Discover Tara's stove is more advanced than my laptop. Tiff starts on the pancakes. Then we all eat.
10:15 - early bird devo and communion (by Donna) where we share our favorites stories and remembrances of Jesus, our Beloved.
11:00 - Clean up, pack up. Some of us make cards while others play another one of Amanda's bottomless stock of games.
12:45 - leave for Guadalajara
Rain has NEVER stopped.
Amelia's vehicle needs help starting then Anna's van gets stuck in the mud. Thank goodness Matt (Tara's husband) had just returned! Some of us have already left and we don't even know this is happening.
1:30 - Lana is already there with a table. Amelia drives home instead of eating. The water in the Cumberland River is almost to the restaurant. Driving is horrendous, but we have no idea that within 24 hours Riverside Drive will be completely flooded and covered by the overflow of the Cumberland. It will set record level highs, five to six feet above what it has ever been.
2:30 - Group picture (can someone crop Amelia in?) Hugs all around. Everyone heads home.
4:15 - The rain stops. God has graciously shined His mercy on each of us, individually and together.

I love you ladies, for all that you are, and all that you are not. I have grown because of you and your willingness to grow too. I thank Him immensely for you.


Donna said...

Reading this ... it makes tears come to my eyes. Just seeing how this weekend was perfectly orchestrated by God up to the very minute detail. The flow of conversation, the ease and joy that was present, a rather uneventful drive to and from Tara's home, and a final lunch on the riverfront! The Lover of our Souls is Amazing!

Donna said...

One more thing: Funny how on Friday we went from 10 down to 8 ladies attending, but God made it happen that all 10 were there!!!

jenna said...

Yes! It was awesome that everyone who wanted to come was able to!

I did forget the part of the night when the deeper discussion was happening and lightening flashed to reveal the dog largely posed in front of the window!

Kelly said...

Wow, reading that brought tears to my eyes also, thinking about how perfect everything was. I found it interesting to see what time everything was happening, since I had no clue about time from the time we met at Big Lots until late Sunday morning. Just want to say some thanks...Thank you Tara for opening your house to us (and your gracious family for giving up their home for the night), Thank you Tiffany and Donna for all your planning, Thank you Tara, Tiffany and Donna for your Devos, Thank you Amanda for your games...such fun!, Thank you Anna for leading some beautiful singing, Thank you Jenna for the necklace and the log, Thank you Jenna and Tiffany for breakfast and whoever cooked the hotdogs (Jenna?), Thank you for the prayers, and thank you to each and every one of you ladies that opened your hearts and lives to me and allowed me to do the same, you gave me a very special gift that I will treasure always. Mostly, thank you God for your awesomeness!!!

Tara said...

I was thinking exactly the same thing today. How every detail just "seemed" to fall into place without our trying to make things happen. God knows what He is doing and knits hearts together very easily. I feel like I have been given a wonderful gift from my Papa because Matt and I were able to host such an awesome gathering. I was also thinking of all the different things that could have gone wrong, but didn't. The storms; we didn't even lose power, the heavy rain; we didn't have any serious flooding. Even the ability to go to a restaurant on Sunday and the very next day, that same place is under water. Everyone got home safely and on this side of the river, they have now shut down both bridges into Clarksville from out here. Just every little detail was taken care of before we even started. He is always amazing!!!!

Kelly E said...

I'm actually wearing my necklace right now :)
I too want to echo the thank yous to all you fine ladies for everything you have done, but especially a Big thank you to God for everything he has done and will continue to do.
Oh and by the way, it was my car that got stuck, not Anna's van. Matt was all impressed with the police interceptor package and then it gets stuck in the mud...He was just as happy to using his towing package to pull it out though, it seems :)

jenna said...

Kelly, I should have noted that all times were to be considered "approxomite" lol, because I had no idea what time it really was either!
Tara, yes-thank you so much for letting us use your home and being such a relaxed and open hostess of your home.
Kelly E, aha! thanks for the clarification on the sticky car situation! :) Thanks for wearing the necklace of rememberances also!
Love you all!