Motive behind the Crumpton Camp

We picked up our kids today from the Crumptons, our friends who heroically kept them this week–Monday-Friday. Needless to say, the children had stories. They had plenty of them. They never stopped talking from 12 Noon until I prayed with them shortly after 10PM and put them to bed. They were wide open.

We capped off their week of fun with a day on Lake Keowee. The Crumptons have a boat, which they keep at the lake. We typically go out with them once a year. This was that time, which was a great time for the children to end their week.

There were several reasons Lucia and I wanted to do this–send them to the Crumptons for a week. Here are a few reasons, in no particular order:

  1. We trust the Crumptons, so it was a no brainer for them to keep them for a week. They know us and how we parent. They understand our values, priorities, and vision for our children.
  2. The Crumptons would interact with them and not push them off to the side or put them in front of a TV for a week. It would be interactive fun.
  3. We wanted to see how our kids were applying what we have taught them for 10, 8, and 6 years. Having them away from us for five days would give them many opportunities to put Christ on display as well as sin.
  4. Our hope was they would be a positive influence on the Crumptons, e.g. encouragement, faith building, relationship building, and so forth.
  5. The Crumptons are going to get our children if both of us were to die suddenly. Our goal was to have a week like this, plus many other interactions where they can be with our children so if something tragic was to happen to us, the transition would not be too difficult.
  6. This week would give Lucia a needed break to rest, take a slow pace, and take a deep breath. Children are needy you know and this was very good for Lucia to chill a bit.
  7. Our kids would be influenced by the Crumptons as they get to build relationally with other adults. This would help them to continue to mature into what they will be for most of their lives–that is, adults.
  8. It would be a lifetime memory for the children.
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Kids are at Crumpton Camp

Our friends, Chuck and Heidi Crumpton our keeping our kids this week. We’ve called this their first annual Crumpton Camp. They were picked up last Sunday evening after small group. We will get them at the lake this Saturday, after we spend some time boating around.

Heidi sent an email last night about their first two days together. It was major encouraging. Here it is:

Hello Friends,

Where do I start! Youngest to oldest is a good idea. 

Ansa is brilliant, determined in a good way, obeys even though she may not concur, eager to learn, loves the dog Ashley, has her mothers teeth and really loves any kind of bling!

She can flat throw some questions on you once she gets warmed up. I love that about her! I was sorta talking to myself about Ashley’s fur shedding and being everywhere and Ansa sighed and used her determined voice and said …. that sure is a good dog … went about her jewelry sorting without even looking up. Ansa offered to brush Ashley for me and has taken charge of it with great delight! 

Haydn is the kindest kid I have ever met! He loves without thinking, unlike most of the human race. He gives his sisters first choice on his own, and seems to find satisfaction in doing so. 

Last night he was coloring at the kitchen table and wrote his name on his coloring book and said… hey Mrs. Heidi did you know, that if you try to say the A in Thomas it sounds like… TOM ASS. Whoever is teaching him his vowels is pretty darn creative… that’s all I have to say.  

He loves the gun stuff with Charles and Chuck and waits patiently for them to get done working so he can hunt bear. 

Tristen is a soap maker and lets Ansa participate, which is very kind of her. She is fun to talk to, because she acts like both of you. We were talking about Chuck making them laugh and being silly, and I said I was the more serious type …. her reply was..

Um, no Ms Heidi I think you are fun too.. sometimes. Tristen has reminded Haydn and Ansa of your house rules in a loving way without being bossy. I have noticed she is very aware of right and wrong, not in a rule abiding way but in a heart way. I almost started to cry happy tears, when I realized her heart was involved and she wasn’t just obeying a set of rules.

Well tomorrow we are going to the Pickens Flea Market for a bit and then hopefully we will unload some of the soap on my mom, sisters, niece’s and sister-n-law and anyone else in the greater Pickens area who have a liking for the finer things in life. I will send pics tomorrow via iPhone.

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Heidi Flaugher