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Church camp, Glorieta, and hopes of time well spent with little regret.

Shelley E. Huguley, Editor

August 19, 2022

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Me and my crew at church camp, Glorieta, New Mexico.

In July, I attended church camp in Glorieta, New Mexico, with my children. This will likely be the first and last time I'm there with all three. My oldest daughter returned as a counselor while my son attended as a high school senior and my Little as an 8th grader. Thankfully, my Little has four more years to participate.  

I don't know what it is about church camp, but I love it and enjoy the opportunity to hang out with kids. Growing up, I attended Camp Butman near Abilene. Every summer I couldn't wait to make new friends, relish my brief independence while anticipating daily letters from home. My mom's detailed notes always arrived in envelopes decorated with pictures, fun fonts and sayings. Something was exciting about hearing your name called during mail call each day and opening the letters.

I remember the camp store where cokes and candy could be purchased daily, depending on my camp budget. Rarely did I have daily access to either at home. I looked forward to recreation, crafts and free time and scouting out the cute boys. Somewhere in the mix, I got some Jesus as well!  

This year, I waffled in my commitment. Between family vacation, sports, work (which included a trip to Florida) and the farm, I wasn't sure I could fit it in. But health issues with one of my kids that couldn't be resolved until after camp, made my decision. 

Glorieta is a large campground located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range of the Southern Rockies. In five days, we trekked more than 28 miles, and that didn't include the volleyball, swimming and basketball the kids played. Each day began and ended with a worship service followed by a message. I love the environment and energy plus the relationships built when in a different setting. 

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After arriving home, exhausted and a little anxious about what awaited me, a Facebook memory from preteen camp eight years ago surfaced. As I looked at those young faces, I thought about how quickly time moves. Those preteens are now in college or parents, married and/or working full-time jobs. I thought then, 'I don't have time.' And as I looked at that picture, I'm so grateful I did.  

Time and balance are hard. As working moms, we juggle between professionally excelling, raising children who love God and people, farming, being a loving wife, and allowing some time for ourselves, to name a few. All require time. Each its own sacrifice and reward. Often, I drop the balls, sometimes only a few.  

I'm a bit nostalgic as my children complete college, high school and junior high this year. I don’t want to miss the moments that count. Sometimes those are hard to decipher. I want the wisdom to know when to say 'yes' and 'no.' Check back with me in eight years and I'll let you know how it went. My hope is that it will have been time well spent with little regret.  

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About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife, she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such as Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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