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October 06, 2011

Home Away From Home

Home Away From Home

     Snow Wolf Lodge has become our home in less than three weeks, and family bonds are most definitely starting to form. On day one we learned to “LOVE WEEDS!!!” no, not the illegal kind. Canadian Thistle is a dreaded little scoundrel to those playing volleyball or ultimate frisbee, if not plucked lovingly from its soil. But if it has a chance to mature, it has a beauty and fragrance that is captivating. 

I cannot put into words my astonishment and thankfulness that God brought me to Summit Semester. Daily I am overwhelmed with love for and from my heavenly Father, and am in awe that He chose to have me here. Yeah, Summit Semester is that amazing!  

I think I've  started to get the hang of our weekly schedule, so I’ll try to give you a short overview. We’ll start with Sunday, seeing that it’s most likely my favorite day of the week. It's not because we get internet and can spend a few hours hiding away in facebook land, but because for me, Sundays are as peaceful as a day can come. They start out with an hour or two of worship and prayer with other fellow believers, lunch at the park, and then the rest of the day is set aside for reading, writing, drinking coffee, and calling family, cleaning, sleeping, hiking, and just basking in God’s goodness and faithfulness. 

Mondays are our day of “family” hikes as I like to refer to them. Last Monday we went on a two-hour hike up to the Semester cross, a cross that the first Summit Semester class constructed at the top of one of the mountains that you see from the front porch of the main lodge. The view is just God’s love all around. I always think of The Sound of Music, when I see it.

Tuesdays are our day for solitude and work crews. “What is solitude?” you may ask. Well, solitude is a full hour and a half where it’s just you and God. We each have our own spot that we picked last week and that will be our spot for the rest of the semester. There, we will meet with God and just be still before Him, read scripture, journal, pray, and worship Him in the midst of His beautiful creation.

Wednesday evening is when our beloved Dr. Bauman comes in to remind us that we have no idea what we are saying most of the time. He helps us to see our stupidity. But that’s for our own good; that is why we have come to Summit Semester. The rest of the week is pretty much the same, classes, studying, dish crew, more classes, volleyball, Risk, puzzles, coffee, more reading. We have front porch reading twice a week (currently we are reading Sir. Gibbie, by George MacDonald – it is not a children’s book) to which everyone looks forward. 

Saturday nights Dr. Bauman reads to us from his book about fatherhood, with its stories from his childhood about his journey to please both his earthly father and his heavenly Father. It has been sad, sweet, and downright hilarious. No matter how much he rips us apart in class, I could never get tired of this man. 

This morning we headed out to meet up with the rest of the Summit Semester students who adventurously spent the night in the wilderness, to hike up V-Rock. Every drive we have taken to anywhere, I have seen some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever beheld. The hike up V-Rock was incredible. It was exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. Beauty was everywhere you looked. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. Once my “buddy” and I made it to the top we were so excited that we made it and so in awe of the beauty of our God that we decided that God deserved a big “Hee-haw!!!” So we gave Him one, on the count of three we both just belted it out. It was grand! Today (like every other day) has been fulfilling.

 May the Lord of peace himself give you peace always in every way. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you.



Clara is a veteran Bible quizzer, with a heart to help the orphaned children of the world. She desires “to sharpen her intellectual understanding of Christianity so that she can give answers for the hope she has in Christ.” She competed in Bible Quiz tournaments for nine years and was voted “Most Valuable Quizzer” in 2010. She hopes to study American Sign Language, and is interested in pursuing training in massage therapy as well. She is active in the youth group at her church, and enjoys needlework and crafts of all sorts.

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  • October 07, 2011 // 03:35 pm //  # 
    Becky Mahoney's avatar Becky Mahoney

    Clara, dear, your description of the week was so fun to read. Miss you so much! <3!

  • October 11, 2011 // 02:31 pm //  # 
    Jody's avatar Jody

    Oh Clara,

    I loved reading this!! I wish we had gone to V-Rock when I was on staff… Maybe I’ll have to venture up there myself one of these days.

    Also, I love that you mentioned story-time with Dr. Bauman. That had to be one of my most cherished times of the week at Semester.

    Keep enjoying your time there, it will go way too fast!

    <3 Jody

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