Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Romantic Radar with Ron Nydam
We apologize for the delay in blog entries. The internet has been down for several days in Blue Ridge Lodge making it difficult to do our weekly posts.
Last Monday Ron Nydam from Calvin Seminary visited with us for our large group meeting. The focus of the talk was how to make relationships work. In his stories, Ron Nydam encouraged the Calvin group to consider past experiences, accounts and pains that may affect our relationships today. It was a very good lesson on self-reflection and self-improvement.
On Wednesday, a large portion of the Calvin group drove to Grand Lake for some bowling. Because the alley was full when we arrived, we had to make a short little detour to Grand Lake Chocolates for some ice cream (not a bad time-passer). When we got into the alley, we had a great time figuring out the self-scoring system and just goofing around for a few hours. Everyone had a great time for our last weekly group activity. Next comes the end-of-summer banquet on the 14th!
Monday, August 04, 2008
A Full Week with Ron and Debra Rienstra
This past week Monday we had a great talk from Ron and Debra Rienstra. They first had us think about and talk amongst ourselves about how our parents had divided up work, family time, housework, etc., and if, in our opinion, this was done well or if it could have been done differently. Then they had us think about what it will be like when we are adults, with jobs, possibly families, and other responsibilities. They had us draw a pie chart of how our time will be divided up between all of our activities per week. Ron and Deb then talked about how we will need to think about our priorities and what we will devote our time to in the future. They also talked about how if there are other people in our lives, such as a spouse and children, sacrifices will need to be made and what we may have seen as our “vocation” may be different.
It was great for all of us to talk and think about these things, in thinking about our futures. It was good to hear from Debra and Ron’s personal experiences in figuring these things out.
Besides cramming in as many fun activities as possible for their family, the Rienstras had a full week because of the one-on-ones they had with many of the LCI students.
For the Wednesday activity, almost 20 of the LCI-ers and the Rienstra family went to Water World in Denver. We spent the day there, swimming in the wave pool, sliding down the water slides, floating down the lazy river, and just enjoying the warm sunshine. Most of the group, after Water World, went to 16th Street in downtown Denver for dinner, shopping, etc. Others went and saw “The Dark Knight”, the new Batman movie in Imax. It was a great day!
Only a couple more weeks… hard to believe!