We did it we went on a family vacation with just the 6 of us ( well sort of….) First off let me explain what Kanakuk is for those who have no idea. It is a Christian based summer camp for kids ages 6-18 years old. They have several options and length of summer camps. Paige was invited by one of our good family friends the Grogan’s to try it out with Bella last summer. She loved it, we loved it for her… and found out as we picked Paige up from K- Kountry (camp) that they also had a family camp experience. On a whim we toured the camp site and decided that was something we would like to do as a family the following summer. Well here we are few days home from the camp experience and let me tell you WE as a FAMILY will never be the same!!!
We loved it! K-Kauai Family Kamp makes you feel loved by God, renews your spirit, makes you feel like you are in Hawaii in the middle of Branson, and it challenges your current status in life. They have about 125 college students on staff serving day and night to ensure that we had an amazing experience. I have never seen a group of hard working students devoted to God and serving others like I did this week. I know the same holds true for the other Kanakuk camps. No wonder Paige loved K- Kountry and wanted to go back. She was encouraged, challenged, and excited about life’s potential after camp. WE felt the same after K- Kauai.
Now it’s no vacation ( well unless you don’t do the activities… no fun in that & remember we have triplets life = work.) In the morning we had devotional/speaker time within our own age groups. So parents listened to that weeks speaker, Paige had time with her counselors, and the trips went to the little kids room for fun activities. Then we meet up for lunch and off for “High Tide” time with family which could include doing a Ropes Course, Zip Lining, Tubing, Bluff Jumping, Archery, relaxing at the pool, etc… I was skeptical about taking the trips and worried about what the meals/ rooms would be like. The meals were great or I was just starving from going so much. No really the kitchen staff did an awesome job; they had it hot and ready every meal 3 times a day. The counselors would sit with the families which made it so much easier for us. They helped me feed the trips, clean up the crazy mess, and entertain while we finished our meals.
Our speaker for the week was Dan Seaborn! If you have never heard of him that’s not surprising. In a nut shell he is the Dave Ramsey for Marriage and Family. God works in funny way sometimes. So few weeks ago I started reading ” Nurturing Great Kids” on my bible app. Loved it everything seemed very practical. Few weeks later I see the actual book on Brent’s wish list for amazon. Strange he had no idea I was reading it. I said hey what do you know about this book? Brent said Amanda that’s the guy who is speaking at our family camp. NO WAY! Dan’s encouraging, gently pushing you to change words will probably be one of the biggest turning points in our marriage and how we raise our kids from here on out. So I strongly recommend reading his books/ checking out his website Winning at Home.
The evening time at camp was always bumping. We had themed party nights, two parent nights and lots of fun. The trips got to do their first foam party and loved the Birthday Party for the camp. Here are some fun pictures so please enjoy.