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New Adventures

Wow, Can you believe it has been so long since our last post. If feels like just days. Sorry about the wait we will try to make more frequent updates.

For those of you who haven’t heard the big news. Andrew was hired on as the General Manager at Lone Prairie Camp January 1’st 2012! I was hired on along side him to do networking and office administration! It has been a true blessing and we are really excited with where God has us.

over the past few months we have been busy travelling around Alberta advertising and connecting with shareholder churches. We are really excited for the summer which is quickly approaching.

We have gone on 2 great adventures since Christmas. We headed to Winnipeg MB to celebrate Sarah Joy’s wedding! She was stunning. While we were there we were able to connect with Danny, Michelle, Stephen, Mark and Matt! A Prov Reunion! It was so great to see such great friends!

This past week Andrew and I headed to Tacoma WA to purchase the new boat for Lone Prairie Camp. We had a great opportunity to connect with Andrews Oma and Opa! It was an amazing trip but we are so happy to be home!

 

 

I promise to check in soon! Have a great day! We love you lots!

 

Posted May 29th, 2012.

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2 days till IGNITE!!!!

The Bergsmas

This past week we had the pleasure of celebrating a true milestone. Syd and Leanne Bergsma Celebrated 21 years of ministry at Ellerslie Road Baptist Church. It was inspiring to hear the stories and watch as past youth were reunited with their leader. People from all over the world sent messages about their current ministries and how this amazing couple played such a role in shaping their relationship with God. Andrew and I can’t help but be amazed by how the couple serves together. Throughout the night stories were shared about their different talents and how with those distinct differences they come together and serve God as an amazing team. This evening helped both Andrew and I as we reflect on our own lives, focus on our own skills and attempt to discern how we may best compliment each other. Congratulations again Syd and Leanne! You two are truely Amazing!!!

As the week continues, Andrew and I have a lot to look forward to. Again we are just about to head off to Bible study where there are about 18 consistent youth joining us to discuss the Bible, their questions and the book  “The stranger on the road to Emmaus”. Please keep us in our prayers as we launch into discussing the trinity, attonement, and the story of Cain and Able this evening!

Tomorrow Night is going to be something special! After a day of getting lots done we get to see some very special friends of mine, Danny and Michelle MacGibbon! We haven’t had the opportunity to see them since the wedding and though the time will be short, during their layover in Edmonton, it is going to be AMAZING!!!

Counting down the hours till we get to see them!!!Then we hit the weekend. Ignite weekend. One all youth love as it is filled with passion, challenges, and new experiences as they explore their faith! This year Starfield will be joining the team as the worship band! Can’t Wait!!!!

 

  We will be sure to fill you in on the details next week!!!

Posted October 26th, 2011.

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The Change of Seasons

Our Home

Most people know Camp as this amazingly beautiful place during the summer.They occasionally have experienced itduring winter but rarely have the opportunity to see Gods hand at work throughout the Fall. It is amazing to watch as the leaves change from green to gold, deep reds, and brilliant oranges. It is evident that change is most definitely in the air!

Two weeks ago Andrew and I had the opportunity to take our first official class together. While I was still auditing the class we enjoyed the chance to learn and grow together. The class we took was a modular session that had been put together by Acts Seminary and was presented by The Journey, our local chapter. We were challenged in many topics revolvingaround counseling. From marriage counseling to the difficulties of counseling children we learned a great deal and were challenged every step of the way. Andrew and I are now certified to run pre marital classes through prepare and enrich! Last Monday was my last working at Block Buster. As many of you know the stores across Canada have closed as of October 1st. Since then I have started working at the local video store. It is a family owned business with an amazing history and Christian heritage! It is a pleasure to be working with them!

This past weekend Andrew and I had another amazing opportunity to learn. As representatives of Lone Prairie Camp we were blessed with the opportunity to attend the Global Leadership Summit Canada held at Ellerslie Road Baptist Church here in Edmonton. We had the opportunity to hear from the for most leaders of the world. We learned about building strong leadership teams, challenging peoples beliefs, working hard, and serving allwho are around us!  It was an amazing conference!

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Finally this fall Andrew and I have joined the ranks of the Sr High youth ministry at Ellerslie Road Baptist church as youth sponsors and Wednesday night bible study leaders. We are going through A stranger on the road to Emmaus by John R. Cross. It is our desire to walk through the book and challenge the perceptions of the teens as they think through the rich and challenging history of Christianity From Genesis to Revelations!

 

 

 

Posted October 3rd, 2011.

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Paradise – part 3

The boat ride to Xcaret!

Monday May 30th -  Xcaret Mexico

Xcaret is a majestic park by the sea that features unique activities, where you have fun while discovering the natural  and cultural richness of Mexico. This park was located just down the river from our hotel within walking distance! For the day we spent our time wondering around the many natural exhibits like the monkey island, the cougar island, a

look at the detail!!! Eber would just LOVE this!

romantic boat ride, a trip down another under ground river, a trip through the mayan village, a butterfly pavilion, a spanish villiage, green houses with some of the mostbeautiful orchids, flamingoes, and an exhibit dedicated to the education and preservation of sea turtles (SOOO COOL). In the late evening we enjoyed a romantic dinner back at the resort at one of the ala cart restaurants, this particular one was the grill ( Andrew and i couldnt help but think about how much Eber would have enjoyed it) before heading back to Xcaret for the evening performance. This event is a nightly show that includes over 300 different people showing the history and culture of Mexico! We even watched as they played a game similar to basketball and football where you use only your hips, and the fire hockey game! It was amazing!!!

Tuesday May 31st – Coba

Coba


Coba was a whole new kind of adventure. Though we had set out to tour ancient ruins like we had during our trip to Chichen Itza this expedition was different. Jorge our guide picked us up bright and early and we spent the morning being educated about Mayan ruins and traditions. There are a few unique things about Coba. this particular site has a very rustic feel (think Indiana Jones). Though the main pyramid is intact many other ruins are being discovered and reconstructed to this day. There were vines, weeds, and

At the top We Made It!!!

rubel throughout the ruins. It was breathtakingly beautiful. The other detail about Coba that makes it extremely special is that it is currently the last pyramid that you are able to climb. Now I know what some of you are thinking… Sarah climb… how tall was this thing? well there were 110 stairs ranging in size and shape and it was VERY VERY high. Andrew was very excited to take me climbing and it must be love because i joined him. There were many water breaks and a minor panic attack on the way up but the view was amazing. On the way down… we took our time, and I had the chance to get to know a french guide who spends her days helping people down the pyramid!!! Best advice I have ever heard “always make sure you can see your feet”!

Following our climb we wandered the rest of the ruins and did a little shopping at a Mayan shop before heading back to the resort! The rest of our day was spent enjoying the beauty of the ocean, the beautiful sun, and a showing from some local artisans!

 

Wednesday June 1st


For our final day in Mexico we enjoyed a relaxing morning at the resort followed by a romantic dinner and an evening out on the town. We took a taxi into the local city Playa Del Carmen and spent a few hours walking around the beaches and shops. Enjoying the sunset, and getting to know some locals. I must say the concept of getting a Starbucks while in Mexico was actually rather unsettling, with so much richness and culture why would one go for the ordinary? While shopping we found one lady who had some of the most unique and traditional pieces of art we had had a chance to see throughout our trip. Though I attempted to ha gal I learned that this wasnt my forte!

 

Watching the sunrise

Thursday June 2nd

Andrew and I woke up early on our final morning. We were slotted to leave at 10 so we woke to watch the sunrise on the ocean, took a leisurly walk, enjoyed our last mexican meal (chocolate filled crossants SOO GOOD) before heading to the van. It was an amazing morning! Our flight was restful, and we landed in Toronto just in time to have a quality evening with the McEacherns!

 

 

Stay tuned for more details

 

– Sarah

Posted July 5th, 2011.

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Paradise – part 2

the river flowing through our resort

Friday May 27th

Being our first official day in Mexico, we decided to take it easy and enjoy the resort. In the morning we had orientation with our liaison, booked a tour, and arranged our upcoming days. We enjoyed a leisurely lunch, went in search of the monkeys on the property, and made a point of swimming in as many pools as we could that day. We made it to 4 before turning in for the evening to get some sleep in preparation of our next great adventure… Chichen Itza!!

Sarah infront of Chichen Itza

May 28th – Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza was our first of many excursions while in Mexico! This particular day was a day I won’t soon forget! Though maybe for reasons other than what you would expect.

Ruben our tour guide did a great job of leading us throughout the day. We started out our day at a store run by some local Mayan people. This store specialized in jewelery, dresses, and plates that represented that of the Mayan culture.They also were known for their coffee (though I didnt take them up on their offer).

Andrew and the Observatory

Next stop was Chichen Itza one of the new wonders of the world! Though Andrew had been there before this was my first time and it was beautiful. The detail was amazing and I must say it was an experience I wont soon forget. We had 2 hours at the site and though the first hour was spent traveling around with our guide, we made the most of the second half where we explored even more of the site! Andrew even managed to get us to the observatory which was afew km away from the main site. It was beautiful and I really enjoyed it (just don’t tell Andrew!!).

Following Chichen Itza we went with the group for an amazing lunch at a local restaurant. While there we enjoyed some of the best tacos I have ever tasted, and the enchiladas were superb! While at the restaurant we were introduced to a new drink called Hamika (sadly I don’t know how to spell it and Google didn’t help) made from a local flower!  We also had a chance to enjoy a show performed by a few 12-14 year olds who danced, sang, played with fire, twirled plates on their head, and balanced water jugs!

The Cenote Maya

Then it was off to my favorite part of our adventure! We went swimming in the Cenote Maya. An underground river that takes place in a cave! It was amazing!!! The water was refreshing, the colours amazing, and I enjoyed every part of it, even the fish swimming around my feet (though there may have been a scream or two).

Before heading back to the resort we had 1 more stop at a city called Valladolid. This small city had been restored to represent the spanish luster it once held. As we spent about an hour touring the neighborhood we enjoyed some local music, amazing architecture, and had a chance to enjoy some traditional mayan art. It was amazing!

By the time we got back to the Resort we had just enough time to enjoy a italian inspired meal at the Buffet and enjoy a midnight swim!

Sunday May 29th

After such a great adventure on Saturday, Andrew and I decided that it was time to enjoy a day at the resort! We stayed close to home and relaxed on the beach! Enjoyed the amazing food at the ocean side restaurant and swam! That evening we went to the first of 4 ala cart restaurants. This particular evening we enjoyed the Meditteranian dining! It was amazing!



Be sure to stay tuned for more on our great adventure!

 


Posted July 5th, 2011.

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Vegetable Garden – Day 1

 

Digging In The Garden

Hey Everyone,

Andrew and I are currently living out at Lone Prairie Camp, and we have the most amazing property, friends and opportunities! While here we decided that it would be fun to try our hand at farming… on a much smaller scale.. but still! Though it is late in the

season (the wedding, the honeymoon, and lots of rain caused quite the delay) we have started preparing our garden for vegetables!

We planted garlic, snow peas, carrots, green peppers, lettuce, and broccoli! Though we are sure many wont make it. We will keep you posted on our gardening adventures. If nothing else its a great chance to spend some time together!!!

Hope you all are having a great day

 

– Sarah

Posted June 23rd, 2011.

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Paradise

A Trip Around The City

I can honestly say I am the luckiest girl in the world. I have married the most amazing man in the world, and he is full of surprises. Not being a girl who typically enjoys surprises this was rather concerning, but I am appreciating them more and more! As many of you know Andrew was very intent on surprising me with where we were going on our Honeymoon. Here is a small glimpse into what he had planed!

Sunday May 22nd- Wednesday May 25th

 

 

The Toronto Skyline!

Toronto Sky Line

After a leisurely breakfast the morning after the wedding Andrew and I took a drive around Edmonton with the top down in the convertible Andrew had surprised me with at the wedding. It was beautiful and the weather was perfect! It’s never to early to start on ones tan! We headed to the airport shortly afterwords to embark on the first leg of our Great Adventure.

Andrew and I spent the first few days of our Honeymoon exploring the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). A chance for us to explore my roots! We enjoyed lots of walking, talking, and ate at some great restaurants. One highlight was our romantic dinner at Swiss Chalet (Thankyou to the Peters Family for their Amazing Gift Card!!)  followed by watching ‘Pirates 4’ at the  5 Drive in located in Oakville Mississauga.

Pearson International Airport!

Thursday May 26th

We headed out to the airport for 6 AM! As the rain pored down we were excited to head off on the next leg of our adventure. At this point Andrew still had yet to tell me where we were going. I had packed for warm weather (he had given me that much) and with passport in one hand and his hand in the other we headed on our way! It wasn’t until we checked our bags that I found out we were headed on a romantic getaway to the Mayan Riviera. After landing in Mexico we headed to our Hotel. It was amazing. Upon our arrival we were greeted with fresh juice as we checked in. The lobby itself was breath taking, and the grounds continued to amaze us for the entire week.  Be sure to check out our Honeymoon photos in our Gallery!

Occidental Grand Xcaret Lobby

Throughout our week in Mexico we enjoyed a lot of lounging at the pool, and eating some of the most amazing dishes ever created. It was unbelievable. There were actually more restaurants than we were able to eat at throughout our stay there.

 

More to come on our great adventure so stay tuned!!!

 

– Sarah Dreger

Posted June 23rd, 2011.

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