Sept 2012: Just Play

This entry was posted on Sep 27 2012, by Tina and is filed under Newsletter Archive

This month we are pleased to welcome Emily Ballbach to the Laity Lodge Family Camp Team! Many of you met Emily this past year as she helped lead worship. Emily has officially joined our staff as our Program Director, and we’re excited about her vision for strengthening family relationships through play and intentional focus on relationships—with the Lord and within the family.

We invite you to join us in welcoming Emily!

Hope to see you in the Canyon soon,


John Hill

Just Play

by Emily Ballbach

I arrived at Family Camp a year ago on the heels of a difficult season of life and curious about God’s plan and purpose for me. The demands and challenges of life rested heavy on my shoulders, and I was not yet sure if I fit in a place like Family Camp. It didn’t take me long to realize that I was in the right place.

One of those first weekends, I was asked to jump into a skit and forced to act like a total goofball. It was the best. I put on my best mid-Western accent and pretended to be who-knows-what. Kelsey Broussard made being in a skit easy and fun, and we played off of each other with ease and laughter. Each morning of the weekend we ran around with kids, played games, and learned how to laugh at the simple things. Later that weekend we blasted some music in the pavilion and had a crazy dance party. I realized later that these dance parties are part of the normal fun and joy shared at Laity Lodge Youth Camp and Family Camp. I jumped into the chaos and tried to have better dance moves than Elaine from Seinfeld. I have a little bit of rhythm as a guitar player, so I managed not to embarrass myself too much…hopefully.

Despite how I arrived at camp, I received renewal and restoration by simply learning how to play again. There is something beautiful about watching kids play without worry. I have found that “playing” once more as an adult reminds me of what is important in my life. Being carefree on the dance floor, acting silly in skits, and playing games reveal more to me about how God finds delight in his creation as they delight and trust in him. And this is right where I needed to be.

You can get to know Emily and her heart for Family Camp better in an interview on our blog!


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