I had the incredible honor of working on the photography team with this lady. If you don't know her, you should. Tori Watson from Marvelous Things Photography is a photographer I've admired for quite some time, and it was lovely getting to meet her in real life. You can see her official photos from the week here!
You wouldn't think they're just mock elections here. People take these things seriously. My dear friend Esther ran (and did an incredible job, I might add). But there was lots of campaigning. By which I mean, lots of free candy.
Did I mention that there's an epic ultimate frisbee tournament? I'm pretty sure there is never a time at NC when someone isn't playing frisbee. My team made it to the final four, which was unexpected and exciting! And there was also volleyball and basketball and such.
Two of the best parts of the day are the beginning and the end. Bonjour is a dedicated quiet time in the morning to really spend time in the Word (so good). And Rendezvous (whoa they like French or something) is time at the end of the day to spend time with the people in your room wrapping up the day, getting to know each other, as well as sharing/praying/laughing/etc. I co-led a room with one of the intern girls, Katelyn, and it was so sweet. Dang, I love those girls.
(These are all the girl room leaders. An incredible group of young women, I tell you. So blessed to get to serve with them.)
Session happens three times a day, morning, afternoon, and evening. There are powerful and challenging and funny and fantastic speakers, skits and announcements and stories and all kinds of good stuff.
If I could be one fifth of the actor this guy is, I would be happy. His part of the lip-syncing battle = easily one of my favorite parts of NC.
Frisbee teams (the Titans won, you see)! And also mini golf. Mustn't forget the mini golf.
There's lots of time to hang out. And eat food. And talk to people. Lots and lots of people. Also, apparently colored skinnies is a thang.
More crazy fun exciting elections stuff! And waking up much too early to stand in line and vote...
The camp has a bluff with an incredibly beautiful view over the mountains. It also has the best cell service in the whole place, ahem.
Coffeehouse (seriously so gorgeous at night).
(Sometimes I snap random portraits of people.) (People are great.) (Also awkward, but that's another story.)
On the last (very emotional) day, there was the ultimate frisbee championship game under the lights, and tears and farewells and...food. And the next morning it was even worse--trying to find people before they took off, giving last minute hugs, promises of roadtrips and seeing each other soon (everyone come visit me!). I actually think I've convinced a couple friends from Virginia to come see The Wizard of Oz when we perform in August. DO IT.
IN ALL. A remarkably grand week. Though I have many deep thoughts (my brain is a train wreck of deep thoughts recently) on it, besides just the superficial "yay cool people and cool things!" comments. (Though trust me, there are definitely cool people and cool things.)
People are great. Awkward, but great. I love my NC peeps.