If last summer (spent on the West Coast) was all about experiencing uncharted (for us) territories, this summer has been all about reconnecting with dear friends and establishing new relationships.
Yes, it has been a very good summer! Before we head out tomorrow for several weeks at our beloved Cabin in Vermont (little happy dance here), I thought it was time to do a bit of a wrap-up of our Montrose Summer. Maybe it was because there was no Big Project for Gary to work on as in years past (like the motel walkways or the air conditioning in the main lodge) – though he kept plenty busy working on the dorm renovations,
getting two new bathrooms ready for the “next step,”
and any job that seemed to crop up over the summer – the summer seemed to have a more relaxed feel.
But I have to confess, it was really the people that populated our Montrose summer that made it so very special. From the year-round staff members to the high school kids who served the meals and ran the dish pit and worked in housekeeping (oh, so many beds to make) to the summer interns (love you, Hannah!!) to the maintenance staffs to the summer camp counselors (a brief but memorable couple of weeks!) to the long time and oh so excellent volunteers, to the SOWER couples that we worked with to some dear Montrose friends we’ve made over the years, I just can’t imagine spending my summer with a finer bunch of folks. I failed miserably in getting pictures of EVERYONE, but here’s a collection of some of the folks we will be taking in our hearts as we move on down the road!
But it wasn’t just our exceptionally fine Montrose ‘family’ that made this summer special. There was the encouragement of friends, old and new, at the Montrose Christian Writers Conference, there was our super-fun Family Reunion just last month, and there was a much too quick visit to our hometown where we were able to reconnect with dear friends from our “previous lifetime”.
(Again, not nearly enough pictures of all the hugs that were exchanged!)
It was a great summer of friendships refreshed and renewed and begun. It reminds me of a song we sang in Pioneer Girls back in the day –
Make new friends, but keep the old
One is silver and the other is gold.
A circle is round,it has no end.
That’s how long, I will be your friend.
Amen and Amen.