Friday, May 31, 2013

The Night That Never Ends

We had the "Night That Never Ends" at camp on Wednesday night.

All of camp gets dressed up in 1890's Western wear and we have a giant spaghetti dinner, carnival, a conclusion to the program with a crazy opera and then a giant square dance. All of this takes place from  7pm until midnight.

It is one of the best nights of the week and it can only be captured in pictures.
The kids were waiting to head down to the infield. We can't let the high schoolers know about "cowboy night" so we have to hideout in our cabin. Check out all the details in this picture. You can see our cabin was built in the 1930's. A real frontier cabin with rough hewn logs. It is like Little House on the Prairie. 

 This is the kids favorite night!

My high school girls on Work Crew. Both dressed hilariously.

You can see how magical the night is. Of course, it did end up snowing! It was SO COLD! 

This is our Buncombe County YL crowd out here. We are missing one guy who was busy setting up the sound. On the far left is our NEW INTERN Jimmy! 

And you can see if here the video scrapbook of the week so far: Frontier Ranch Video Scrapbook

It has been a fun week so far. We are hoping for the weather to warm up next week. The middle of this week has been a bit cold with a little snow but nothing like Crooked Creek which saw actual accumulations yesterday! GEEZ!

We are so glad to be here. Asher discovered the joy that is playing frisbee golf and has had a huge amount of adventure with his buddy Charlie and Lucy is having so much fun with all the little girls here.

We are just one week into this! Three weeks to go :)

Common Sense

"Jesus Christ demands the same unrestrained, adventurous spirit in those who have placed their trust in Him that the natural man exhibits. If a person is ever going to do anything worthwhile, there will be times when he must risk everything by his leap in the dark. In the spiritual realm, Jesus Christ demands that you risk everything you hold on to or believe through common sense, and leap by faith into what He says. Once you obey, you will immediately find that what He says is as solidly consistent as common sense.

Trust completely in God, and when He brings you a new opportunity of adventure, offering it to you, see that you take it. We act like pagans in a crisis--only one out of an entire crowd is daring enough to invest his faith in the character of God."
Oswald Chambers
My Utmost for His Highest
May 30

Monday, May 27, 2013

Incredible day

You might get tired of the barrage of photos, but seriously...

The weather here is amazing. The skies are so blue. It is the perfect temperature. I'm so mad I left my "real" camera at home so you will have to make due with my iPhone pics. 

High school girls from Alaska graciously gave Lucy and her girlfriends here at camp these tutus and crowns at the volleyball tournament today. They were in heaven.

This is the panoramic shot from the rodeo tonight. I mean...look at the sky. The clouds on the mountains. It was incredible.

I can't help it, I love seeing these girls everywhere I turn! 

We have some campers here with sensitivity to firearms, so we the program guys improvised and used slingshots tonight. Hilarious. Trust me. 

We are doing great here and can't believe that it is only Monday! All of friends back home are heading to school tomorrow and we have a big pool party on tap here. Life at camp is grand! 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

This week!

We have campers from:
Scottsdale, Arizona
Anchorage, Alaska (military base kids)
Anchorage, Alaska (townies)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Arkansas Valley
Knoxville, Tennessee 

Pray for their leaders, families and friends at home, cabin times, and all that happens during this week of camp! 

Pray for our work crew, summer staff and assigned team as we serve these high school students.

12 Years!

This was on our first assignment at Frontier Ranch. 
Circa 2003. Two years married. 

We didn't have a blog back then, so I have no digital memories until we have two kids :)

Fast forward to 2007. 
Crooked Creek Ranch.

2008 at Windy Gap.

2009 at Crooked Creek.

Last time we were here at Frontier Ranch, 2010.

Another one, cause I love this picture on my anniversary. 

2011 when we went to France for our sabbatical instead of YL camp. 
Thank you very much. 

2012 at Crooked Creek Ranch. 
I am so blessed. We love our family and how Young Life helps us to reflect and celebrate our marriage, its growth, transformation and the depth of love that has occurred since we went from a me, to an us, to a Sloan family. 
I can't wait to see what pictures happen with our kids this month! 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Buncombe County YL

This year we are so glad to have brought with us some of our high school friends from Asheville to Frontier Ranch to do Work Crew! 

These high school students went through work crew training in January, applied for work crew and were accepted to come to Frontier Ranch. We have 12 other students that are going to YL camps nationwide but we are so lucky to see these friends work, play, love and grow in their faith this month. 

It is a huge honor to get to go on Work Crew and we are pumped to have them here. 

Pictured is (L-R) Luke Haynes, Camille Smargesse, me, Ellie Fuller and Alex Hudak. 

Luke and Alex attend Christ School and Camille and Ellie are rising seniors at TC Roberson. 

Luke is washing dishes (The Pits), Alex is in landscaping (ODC), Camille is in housekeeping (Tawashie) and Ellie is a laundry girl. 

Please pray for them! 

Friday, May 24, 2013


"God can do nothing for me until I recognize the limits of what is humanly possible, allowing Him to do the impossible."
--Oswald Chambers//May 24 (My Utmost for His Highest)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Travel Day Update

We made it ALL THE WAY OUT HERE to Buena Vista, CO. We started at 4am and arrived at 4pm CST. 

Here are a few tasty pics from the day: 
Loved snack time

In flight entertainment rocked our faces off. 

Matt and Asher looked like rock stars in the Denver airport. Guitar and cowboy hat. Hilarious. 

The kids sitting on top of ALL OUR LUGGAGE. Five checked pieces. Plus two carryons for everyone. Geez. 
A three hour bus drive through the wilds of Colorado. 

Arrival at last! We just found out that a leader on our Young Life team at TC Roberson hung this sign in 1993. Isn't that so cool?! So many pictures are taken under this sign every year!
Fake it till you make it. Not looking as fresh as yesterday. But alive and with full hearts. AND NO PUKE. It's a miracle!

It Begins Again!

Here we go again! Young Life has graciously asked us to go to Frontier Ranch in Buena Vista, CO for Young Life camp. 
We left yesterday afternoon for Columbia, SC and right now (4:44am) we are on our way to the airport! Flying to Chicago, then Denver. We will meet our team, board our bus and travel to camp-two hours away. This will be a long day. 

But at the end of the day, we will be sitting in the middle of a 14'r-Mt. Princeton. I can not wait. 

Here is the address for camp in case a little mail wanted to be sent our way: Frontier Ranch
22150 County Rd 322
Buena Vista, CO 81211

To recap, here are some pictures from the last time we were there!

We love you and will miss you all!