3 Jul 2008

Reflections on June

Author: Bobby Valentine | Filed under: Bobby's World, Family

Reflections on June

Greetings from the land of Saguaros and Scorpions. As you can tell June has been a quite month for me. I thank all those who have sent me emails and believe it or not some have even called me wanting to know “where are you” and “what’s up.” For this I am grateful and pleasantly surprised. But June is one for the record books in the annals of Bobby V. The month began with a rather sudden and unexpected trip to Alabama. Because of the “situation” in my life this trip was necessitated or my parents would not get to see my girls until sometime next year. I got back on a Friday and had to pack on Saturday for 2 weeks of summer camp on top of Mt Graham … about 10,000 feet up in the desert sky.

I had my girls for the month of June and they were my priority above all else … and now one of the great things that suck about divorce is going a whole month without seeing your girls (which will be the case for July). This was not and is not something I like.

The first week of camp was for Rachael. Talya and I camped out in our tent while Rach was doing her thing. The second week was Talya’s week and I was stuck in a cabin with a bunch of 11 and 12 yr old boys. That was an adventure let me tell you. I also served as Bible teacher … and the lessons were on “Forgiveness” … how ironic can that be.

In the middle of the week Talya informed me she wanted to be baptized. She wanted to do it at PV though. So we came down the Mt on Saturday and went to the Gathering and I had the awesome privilege of immersing her into the name of Jesus … just as I had done Rachael a couple years ago in Robinson Creek in WI. Those were two of the most wonderful moments of my life.

We had some wonderful times over the month. We hiked. We struggled. We laughed. We even cried a few times. We went to see Indiana Jones and Kung Fu Panda together.

Hopefully I will be able to get back to blogging. I posted two videos this evening as well. Check them out. One by Nickle Creek and the other by Jethro Tull … Here are a few pics from camp.

The Edge of the World … literally

Straight Down 300+ Ft … not far from the above image “at the Edge”

The desert from 10,000 ft at the lookout on Mt Graham …

The Stoned-Campbells at the Lookout …

Lord Come Quickly.
Bobby V

22 Responses to “Reflections on June”

  1. nick gill Says:

    That is truly awesome, Bobby. May God strengthen and protect your girls on their journeys with Him.

    in HIS love,

  2. Tim Archer Says:

    (Spammers… don’t you love them?)

    Bobby, it’s good to hear from you. Sounds like a great June, although a tiring one. Some special moments with your girls. May God bless you all.

    Grace and peace,

  3. johndobbs Says:

    God bless you Bobby … love the pictures. Glad you spent the month with those two most important people … and this month will be tough … but you will see your girls again soon. That is a rich blessing. Love you brother.

  4. laymond Says:

    Bobby, I am glad you and your girls had time together,(and you are OK) I bet your parents really enjoyed them. You never know how precious children really are until you become a grandparent, I know you probably don’t believe that, but you have never been a grandparent.

  5. Jeanne Says:

    What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger… so, you’re about ready for the Iron Man competition, eh?

  6. wjcsydney Says:

    Bobby, one of my dreams is to baptise my daughter. Celebrating with you!

  7. Stoogelover Says:

    Good to hear from you again … I’m saddened that you are in that “situation” but I’m glad you got the month of June with your girls. I, too, had the privilege of baptizing my two children … highlight of 30+ years of ministry!

  8. Clarke Says:

    Great news about your daughter, that is wonderful. I am sure that our Lord will use this time to witness his strength.


  9. Paula Harrington Says:

    What a blessing to baptize both your girls. Hang in there. We’ve missed you.

  10. Frank Bellizzi Says:

    Mountain top and desert. Yes, how appropriate. Glad to “see” you again. You were missed.

    Many blessings to you and yours.

  11. Matthew Says:

    Glad you are back, missed you.

  12. cwinwc Says:

    We missed you Bro. Your wisdom and wit are an encouragement. We lift you and the girls up in prayer during this time.

    And yes – Bible camp with 11 and 12 year old boys qualifies you for Sainthood.

  13. Jeanne Says:

    Weee-eeell– I’ll agree that being the counselor for the 11-12yo boys qualifies him for sainthood, but only because canonization requires miraculous signs, and it was miraculous that the boys lived through the week.

    Dodgeball, anyone?

  14. Stoned-Campbell Disciple Says:

    Dodgeball … only for five bucks!!!!

  15. Gardner Hall Says:

    Glad you’re doing well and especially happy that you had a wonderful time with your girls. We had a great camp. It’s wonderful to see God working among so many young people.

  16. AncientWanderer Says:

    Good News 🙂

  17. The Blume Family Says:

    Hey Bobby, So glad you had a great month with your girls. We were getting worried about you. Rachael and Talya look so grown up and beautiful! Much love, The Blumes

  18. preacherman Says:

    Great brother.
    Sounds like so much fun.

  19. preacherman Says:

    Bobby thank for sharing the beuatiful pictures with us all.

  20. Keith Brenton Says:

    Don’t kid yourself. Everything about divorce sucks.

    (I can say that even though my first wife and I didn’t have children together. And it ended close to 25 years ago.)

    But if you can teach forgiveness and baptize your own children, the Lord is most certainly with you.

    You are still blessed!

  21. Cheryl Russell Says:

    Glad you are back! Great pictures! We will be praying for you all! God Bless!

  22. Jim Martin Says:

    Bobby–so glad that you had such a rich time with your girls during June. (What great pictures!)

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