This summer has unexpectedly been a tough one. Along with the wet, cool weather making the summer hay crop difficult to harvest and my roller coaster of emotions(with endless lists of preparation) as Honorable Son #1 transitions from high school to college, there have been numerous loved ones struggling with serious health issues. The combination of all these uncontrollable things makes for a lot of noise inside my head.
Some of these challenges can be minimized with a good plan of action, aka-endless lists of preparation written on paper instead of in my head, while most of the other things are completely out of my control. No lists, plans, careful preparations or hard work will stop the rain or take away difficult diagnosis-es.
So with all this stuff going on, I was looking forward to our 3rd annual church youth camping trip to spend some time sleeping closer to nature, opening and closing the day with group devotions, giving help through service projects and sharing laughter with an awesome group of inspiring people.
For the last three years the boys and I, along with other youth from our church, join youth from our mission district for a multi-day youth camp in the hills of Central Pennsylvania. This year the camp was being officially dedicated with a ceremony on opening day marking what everyone involved hopes will be a long continuing tradition of youth spending time at In-Tents Lutheran Church Camp.
Last year we received T-shirts with our camp name printed on them, so, to show my team spirit at the dedication, I dug out my camp shirt while packing for our trip.I have never been enthusiastic about wearing shirts with words printed across my chest(or back), especially the typical promotional t-shirt that adds the double whammy of being ill-fitting and with printed words. So before I could go off to camp for some “In-tents soul refashioning” I needed to do a t-shirt refashion.
I love reading through the many refashion blogs to be inspired. The vision and creativity people have to turn even the oddest piece of clothing into something loved and wearable is amazing. And while someday I would like to try my hand at some serious refashioning, this project would just be about turning this unflattering t-shirt into a better fitting model.
After comparing the camp shirt with a favorite me-made shirt, the cutting apart and putting back together began:
- remove extra length
- remove extra width
- shorten the shoulder length
- narrow the sleeve width to fit the new smaller armhole
- remove the crew neck ribbing, cut v-neck opening
- make new neck ribbing from extra length fabric
With just over 60 minutes of cutting and sewing I had a new and improved t-shirt ready for it’s camp debut.
Our time at camp was all that I was hoping for; sleeping under the stars, cooking over the fire, sharing and laughing with friends, rubbing elbows with a bunch of amazing youth, giving the gift of service to a few of the many in need, being inspired by a great speaker-Brian Wallace , and having some adventures in Ohiopyle(a few drowned pastors have quite a tale to tell).
But the most rewarding part is knowing that like my t-shirt, God is working in my life everyday to create a refashioned me, a person better fitted for the job He sent me here to do. The best In-tents Refashion of all.