June’s kind of a lousy month for me. 
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Since my Dad’s death in 2015, there hasn’t been an hour where I don’t think about him.
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And all throughout this month, those thoughts double due to back-to-back weeks of his birthday and father’s day.
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The thoughts swing from nostalgic memories to regret of what we didn’t get out of his life. 
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Either way, I’m continually protesting his absence.
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Despite all that, June provides so much to be thankful for.
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Because every year since that time as well, I’ve had the privilege of serving Illinois Student Ministries‘ Breakaway Kids Camp. 
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First I was a counselor, now I’m the video guy. 
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While there’s not much I can do for my Dad now, God has given me so many other people I can love. 
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I can show love by playing my part on a team designed to give kids campers the GREATEST week of their life.
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And I can show love to the parents of Illinois, by helping ensure the safety and well-being of their children.
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For those of you who have lost a loved-one like me: take the time to mourn and remember, but don’t dwell on what could have been.
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Appreciate the people you still have in your life and grow in your ability to love them everyday.