Work Weekend on Memorial Day

Work Weekend

Memorial Day and remembering our heroes.

Memorial Day is one of my favorite holidays. A random day off in the middle of May is always a welcome present. In school it was a taste of days to come, and now it acts as a rest from everyday life. Obviously Memorial Day is also a time for us to remember the men and women who have laid down their lives to protect the freedom we experience in this country. I want to thank every active service member, or family to a service member. Your sacrifice and service truly is a gift to us all. Thank You.

Work and family adventures every memorial day.

Growing up, we would load up the Queen Mary (our red Denali) with duffels, toys, movies and work gloves, and would drive up to Coeur d’Alene to help clean our family’s lake cabin. We have a special spot on the lake, and my Grandparents had the foresight to buy land on the lake. They found a piece of property and split it amongst their five family friends. We all share a beach and a dock, and somewhere along the lines, these friends became family. Ever since I remember Memorial Day was the day we opened up the lake houses, cleaned the beach, cleared out trees, and got ready for the summer. Papa would always man the burn pile on the beach. The kids would clear away weeds from the paths we took from our houses to the beach. Mom would tackle the lake house, clearing out spiders and eight months worth of dust, grime and slime. Dad, The George, and Uncle Jeffie would fall dead trees. Uncle Jim was in charge of the burn pile up by the road. We were a well-oiled working machine. At the end of the day Aunty Val would walk around with her famous “butkis” drinks. We would laugh cook, and enjoy each other’s company late into the night.

The view from the famous "Rock" at camp. It looks over lake Alturas

View of the Sawtooth's from the school in Stanley, ID

Spreading the spirit of work at my favorite place in the world.

Working over Memorial Day comes naturally to me. It’s what I have done ever since I was a kid. So when I had the opportunity to go work and prepare my favorite camp for the coming summer, I jumped at the chance. From Friday to Monday I was up in the Sawtooth’s working to prepare LHBC for the summer. Just like those weekends up at the Lake, we worked our butts off. Appliances needed to be moved, canoes needed to be loaded onto a trailer. Cabins needed to be scoured and rid of all the cobwebs that accumulated over the winter. It was a lot. Dishes needed to be washed, pit toilets needed to be cleaned, trailers moved, trees cut, chimneys put up. It is WORK—hard, exhausting, muscle tiring, work! Each day over work weekend I walked anywhere from 17,000 to 20,000 steps, I lifted so many items. I was basically doing weighted walks to and from the end of camp. Amidst the work, exhaustion and lack of coffee, I was able to reconnect with old friends, put real life on pause and laugh and celebrate into the night, just like I had on those Lake Day Cleanups. A group of people, from all different walks of life, came together to accomplish a common goal. We worked together for the common good to create a space for campers to come, learn, grow and experience God in ways that they can’t in their daily lives. I am grateful for all the people who were able  to help, and I cannot wait until next year, when I’m able to help, reconnect and do it all again.

Here are Three Holiday Weekend Tips:

1. Take time to reconnect with family and friends this summer.

2. Don't be afraid to volunteer your time. Even though you will be tired, your soul will be relaxed and ready for whatever comes next.

For more insights, check out Graduation Musings on how to appreciate and find meaning through celebrating those that we love

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