Monday, July 30, 2007

Day 1 by the Youth Group

Daniel: It’s hot. Hi Mom and Dad and Steve. Love you. We moved a bunch of desks and bookcases for a Catholic priest’s home. Our crew members are nice.

Kristen: hi everybody! I miss you all! WE have had loads of fun but (sorry mom) I got a paint stain on a pair of my blue jeans! People have been making fun of my southern accent and my FERRCRACKER! When we get in the car we play the JEEP GAME! It is so fun because New York has loads of Jeeps! I love it here so far and I can’t wait to see Ya’ll! Can you believe they don’t say ya’ll or sucker in New York!! THE AMISH PEOPLE WERE SO COOL! Well I love you and miss you all! I love you, dawn, with all my heart and I miss her little smile! Everybody is so nice and I’ve already made new friends!!! Love you all! BYE!!

Lauren: WHADDUP PLAYER, haha. The car ride was smooth, tight quarters, but livable. We enjoy all the weird road signs (Gorham [= ). It’s been really hot up in “hurr”. We got a shower today [Monday]. I did Avalanche Ranch, again, it was fun, they weren’t as enthusiastic as Kathie and Lisa. I can’t wait until tomorrow, free night. Ohkay done. [=

Stephanie: Hey, Stokesdale! It’s soooo fun up here!! The ride up here went by really fast because I slept for a lot of it. Even so, I am so tired!!! We got our crew assignments last night. At first, I was really ticked off because no else from Crossroads was in my crew. For all of last night and this morning, I hardly said anything to my crew. (Shocking, I know.) But as the day went on, I started talking more and found out that the people in my crew are really a lot of fun!!!! My crew and I helped with migrant farmers’ kids. They’re all Spanish. I didn’t know how much English they spoke, so it was weird for a while. After a while, the kids started talking more and it was a lot of fun. In the afternoon, we painted a storage building. I’m sooooooo tired but it’s really fun!!!!!!!!!!

Meredith: The trip so far has been pretty good so far. Its NOTHING like what I expected. There are not as many people I expected, but I‘m cool with that. My crew’s project involves working with people from an assisted living center. Some of them have AHMAZING stories. I miss being back home in north Carolina. Everybody makes fun of our accents, that we didn’t even know we had.

Stacey: The trip up to New York went pretty good, but it was pretty tight. We had some pretty interesting conversations and we made up a game where we yell JEEP! when we see a jeep. Our room is small but still fun to be with each other. My work crew is amazing, I love them. We are going to a nursing home and planting flowers, pulling weeds, and just working in the gardens. I think it’s hilarious how the people up call sodas pop. Haha. Well, so far I have had fun.

Brianna: Hey yall!!!!! I’m a southerner!!!! It has been really fun so far!! The trip up here was sooooo fun!! But it was kinda cramped. Our van played the random game where someone says a word and the next person says something that reminds them of that word. Some of the words were Soooooo random!! But it was fun. Sometime we played the JEEP!!! game where you yell JEEP when you see a JEEP!!! Oh my gosh!! So any way I like my crew and the place that im working. Im working at a place called The VA medical center. One of the mottos here at the camp Is “Work nice, be nice!!!” and Ken is like, going overboard with saying that to us!! But its all good!! You know how he likes to tease us and stuff. I miss y’all mom and dad and Michael!! And all my friends that will see this maybe. See you when I get home on Friday!!!

Rebecca: Ok, well I’m having a pretty good time. I thought that I wouldn’t like it at all but it’s pretty cool. I’ve met a lot of new people and one that’s blind who is really cool. I’m really tired and the sleeping arrangements aren’t the best but I think we’ll manage. Anyways I’m having fun and actually talking to people I don’t even know when most of the time I wouldn’t even talk to anyone. But that’s all so peace out and see you peeps when I return.

Cecily: My favorite part of the trip up here was the seeing the Amish people and the giant marsh-Lellows and the JEEP game!! JEEP!! JEEP!!! The sleeping arrangements aren’t amazing or anything close. The food has been pretty good so far... but I’ve only had pizza and cereal. My work crew has been working at this assisted living place (for old people) and we played games with them and listened to their stories. That was interesting. Its been pretty hot. Oh yeah the WORST part is the whole WAKING UP AT 5:30!!! I hate that!! Other than that.. its been good so far.

Lisa: Canandaigua is a beautiful little town; it’s very similar to our area of NC. Of course they don’t “talk” like we do. Everybody wants to hear us speak! My crew delivers lunches to low income kids at area playgrounds. There are five others in my crew (all girls) and we are enjoying getting to know one another.

David: This is a fun place. It has the feel of a small resort town. Lake Canandaigua is right at the south end of town. Our crew went to help a disabled lady by cleaning her house. The first thing she wanted us to do was clean her ceiling. No kidding. Her house was actually quite clean, and I know why. She had us pull out her furniture and dust the backs. She was very grateful for our help. We’ll be helping someone else tomorrow. My crew includes five kids, and all of us are from different states.

Ken: Whasssuppp! Crossroads Family!!!! We had a great day today. I met my crew: Travis, Jenna, Rikki, Lauren and Tim. We spent the day painting at an assisted living home, and we also got to fellowship with the residents of the house. I am tired, but energized by the youth’s exuberant attitudes and giving spirit. Please pray for us, but so
far we are all being blessed in numerous ways. Talk at ya tomorrow.

Kathie: Hi. I am working nice and being nice. I read the book. I stepped in sewage, was stung by stinging nettles, and scratched by briars. Life is good (actually, it is!)