Vivienne
Vivienne is a wonderful student and enjoys school. Vivienne is kind and caring. Vivienne loves theater, especially musicals. Pray Vivienne will enjoy all of the new experiences she has while at camp and have the courage to step outside of comfort zones.

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  1. Angela Phonhthalyhane

    I am so excited for you. Can’t wait to hear all the funny stories you are going to have. I know this will be a great experience for you. Flush flush lol. Love you my Vivi~bear

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    • Vivienne

      I’m having a great time so far! At first I was super anxious, but I soon felt much better knowing Mrs. Woods is with me.:)

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      • Angela Phonhthalyhane

        That’s great hear babygirl. I knew you would but it was the not knowing and being away from my kikos. I told you having mrs woods there is like having me there. She is truly a blessing to all who is privileged to meet her. Her heart ❤️ is full of love and compassion. Te quiero muchísimo.

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        • Delilah Marquez

          Hope your having fun vivi! I told you it wouldnt be so bad and hopefully that is true. 9 days is so long but it will probably go by fast! I miss you already

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          • Vivienne

            I miss you too:(, when I get back I’ll tell you all the fun things we did. It’s only been 2 days but we’ve already done so much, goodnight:,)

    • Ke Phonhthalyhane

      Hi baby. Just wanted to check in really quick to say I Love You and hopefully you’re having a great time and making new friends. ❤ Joop Joop!

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  2. Emily Brechting

    Today is the day! Vivienne, please know that you are surrounded by prayers as you begin this adventure. I pray that you will feel God’s presence in every moment–feeling anxious, doubting this trip, excited about the journey, worrying about your family at home.
    In the first chapter of Joshua, God speaks with Joshua about fear and worry as he faces new challenges. I like the Message translation best: “Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.” (Joshua 1:9). My family and I will be praying these words over you this week.

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    • Vivienne

      Thank you so much, I appreciate it. Reading your words has made me feel relieved and I am looking forward to this trip. I hope you and your family have a lovely day:)

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  3. Jamie Phonhthalyhane (Cool Older Sister)

    2:08 pm, Day 1: You just left in the red van and I miss you already. I know this is gonna be a good experience for you and we will enjoy the rest of the summer together when you get back. In the meantime, make sure you enjoy your time away from mom and dad, savor every minute because when you get back you’ll be smothered until you’ll be begging to go back to the ranch. (By me too I guess). Stay safe and live it up, I love you 3000.

    – Jamir

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    • Sam Garcia

      Wow. First day of camp huh. I genuinely hope you have a great first day over there, we’re all missing you. Also how’s your day so far there? It’s incredibly lonely over here in the server

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      • Vivienne

        It’s actually very lovely here, I’ve made friends, swam, climbed a rock wall, and the best part, SMORES!! It’s lonely in the server? Well I hope my absence doesn’t make anyone feel down, send this to the server for me! “yooo what’s up guys, it’s vivi from camp! I hope you guys are doing well and I hope you guys are enjoying the less chaoticicity, goodnight guys!”
        Have a great night Sam, I really appreciate you checking in.

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    • Vivienne

      I miss you so much as well, luckily I have actually made a ton of new friends! (Must be dad’s genes, huh?) I love you 3000, give baby a ton of kikos for me, and give mom and dad a big hug for me:)

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      • Angela Phonhthalyhane

        You better miss me missy. Like jamie said you will be smothered with kisses and hugs when you get home. Have fun and make memories. Love you my vivi*bear. Kikos

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      • Ke Phonhthalyhane

        Hey baby it’s me, Dad. I sure hope you’re having a good, if not great time! Should go without saying how much Daddy misses and loves you! Joop joop!

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      • Ke

        Hi baby! I miss you soon much. It isn’t the same here without you but I rest assured knowing that you are having the time of your life! I can’t wait to hear about everything you’ve done and all the friends you’ve made! See you soon baby and continue to have a great time!

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        • Vivienne

          I sure will! I hope work is going well and isn’t overwhelming you. I love you a lot and good night appa.

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        • Ke Phonhthalyhane

          Hello again beautiful! I just wanted to get this last message in before you embark on the next phase of your journey. I’m so happy that you agreed to do this ĺafter a bit if coaxing from Mom and Dad. We just didn’t want you to pass up on the experience knowing that you will come to find enjoyment in it and remember it for years to come. I love you so much and miss you deeply. Muahz!

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  4. Angela Phonhthalyhane

    My sweet vivibear miss you so much. Both your sister and I cried and wanted to stop the van to bring you home with us but we know you are going to have a blast. I am hugging your plush you left on the sofa. When you go to bed tonight look at the stars. Mommy will be too and sending you lots of love and kikos. Babygirl mommy and daddy love you❤️.

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    • Vivienne

      You shouldn’t cry! Please don’t cry, it’s absolutely beautiful here, I have made tons of friends! I love you guys so so much, I hope you guys are enjoying the quietness, sweet dreams you guys!

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      • Angela Phonhthalyhane

        That is great to hear. I was worried you were going to be shy. I can see in the pictures that you are having fun. I told you you would. Mother knows best. Lol Well my vivibear know that we miss you, know that we love you. Just be your sweet self and cherish every moment of this experience that you will carry with you for the rest of your life.

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        • Vivienne

          I am definitely having the time of my life right now, creating life long bonds, and reaching new heights (literally.) I love you mom, have a great night:)

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    • Jamie Phonhthalyhane (Cool Older Sister)

      You are silly and weren’t supposed to tell her that I cried 🙄 Shes lying vivi don’t listen to her.

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      • Vivienne

        Mhmmm, sure. I love you jamie, have a great night and give dad a big hug for me.:)

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  5. Emily Brechting

    Reading all of your comments from camp yesterday made me smile…especially the part about the S’MORES. That’s always the highlight of camping/adventure for my kids too. Today, I pray for a calm spirit as you do so many amazing things at camp. If anxieties and worries creep in, I hope you settle yourself into God’s love and protection and remember that He has your family covered too.
    One of my favorite verses comes from Psalm 91. In fact, I wear a pendant with a feather on it to remind me of these words: “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge.” Perhaps this verse will give you an extra dose of encouragement this week.

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    • Vivienne

      Thank you so much! You really don’t understand how happy that makes me feel, I appreciate you taking time out of your day to day such sweet things to a complete stranger. I will keep what you said in mind and it will help me have a great time here at camp.

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  6. Jamie Phonhthalyhane (Cool Older Sister)

    Day 2: Mom and dad haven’t been home all day and it makes me miss having someone else here. I have resorted to having full on conversations with Baby and he says he’s really happy that you made friends and is excited for all the stories you’re gonna tell when you get back. We are both genuinely proud that you’re enjoying yourself and hope it continues. (He also said that he peed on your squishmallow and is sorry)

    We love you, stay safe 🐕🐾❤️

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    • Vivienne

      Oh nooo, not my squishmallow, that is saddening. I’m gonna give him a big hug as punishment.

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  7. Emily Brechting

    Good morning Vivienne,
    I just looked through all the amazing photos of the climbing wall adventures. I don’t know how you feel about heights but tackling a wall like that can be intense! I hope that you were able to meet your goals through that challenge. This morning I prayed over you and the whole crew for physical safety. That as you spend time at camp and then head out on the trail, you are surrounded with protection and that you (and every camper and leader) remain healthy and free from injury.
    Our family has four kiddos in it and yesterday our 3 teenage sons all left for trips (2 on a service trip and one to camp). As we sent them off I told them that I hoped for several things for them: that they would learn a lot, that they would connect deeply with others there, that they would find opportunities to serve those around them, and that they would grow closer to God. I hope for those same things for you in these coming days.
    I hope it is a wonderful day for you and I look forward to seeing the next update.

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    • Vivienne

      Thank you so much again, today I had a lovely day just as you said. I appreciate you so much, your words give me plenty of reassurance. I wish your son’s a great time at camp. Have a great night!

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  8. Angela Phonhthalyhane

    Hey babygirl saw you on your horse today. Holy cheetos is he ever big but beautiful. Just so you know today was the first day of summer school it was a little crazy but I got through it. Seeing you have fun on the lives made my day. Next time blow me a kiko or a heart BTS style. Te quiero muchísimo mi bebe hermosa y te extraño.

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    • Vivienne

      I miss you so much mom, I hope you guys are doing well. Yes Beau is very tall but he’s a very kind horse, (even if he’s a bit stubborn). I will make sure I will smother you with hugs when I get back. (I’m gonna be stinky).

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  9. Jamie Phonhthalyhane (Cool Older Sister)

    Day 3: hi vivi I’m eating takis and I think “vivi would like these” and then I got sad. I saw you ride a horse and that was very cool I’m so proud of you and hope you’re enjoying yourself. Mom really misses you and I am sad you aren’t here to bother me. I hope you got a bullseye with your bow and arrow skills like how we practiced with uncle PB.

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    • Vivienne

      I did not get a single hit unfortunately, the heat soon got to me and I had to go sit down in the shade. Also, I love you a lot Jamie, I really appreciate you taking time out of your day to come and message me. Buenos noches.

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  10. Emily Brechting

    Yesterday looks like it was a busy but fun day. I’m eager to hear more about your horsemanship experiences today. I think it’s great that you are trying out so many things from archery to horses. So many experiences at once can feel really challenging and I hope you are staying encouraged. If the worries or doubts creep in, perhaps this verse will bring some comfort: “For nothing is impossible with God.” I have that one framed at home because I need to be reminded at times that no matter what I am facing, I’m not doing it alone. I hope you cool off several times in the lake as today is going to be a scorcher!

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    • Vivienne

      Thank you so much! I am happy to say that Beau was much more cooperative today, I even started to feel more confident trotting with him, I didn’t fall off!:) I hope you have a great night, and thank you for checking in.

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  11. Angela Phonhthalyhane

    Hey babygirl just sitting outside with dad. Missing your texts and fb messages about how your hungry. I saw you again today and I can see you are having fun. I am so proud of you for going and willing to try new things. Counting down the says until I can hold you and give you lots of kikos all over. Te quiero mucho mi bebe hermosa. 💖

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    • Vivienne

      I had a lot of fun today and I just started bonding with Beau until I realized tomorrow is our last day. I love you so much and you may be surprised by this but I am also counting down the days to tackle all of you guys into the tightest hug. (I’ll make sure to be gentle on you.) Love you mom, have a great night.

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      • Angela Phonhthalyhane

        I want to make sure you know I love you and miss dearly. Soon you will be hiking. Make sure becareful and try your best. Don’t forget to put your bathing suit in your hiking bag and also your toothbrush. It fell out of your bag. Just remember I am so proud of you and I can’t wait to hold your stinky self. Remember push through. I am your side line cheerleader. Kikos please sleep well tonight and get plenty of rest for tomorrow. Halfway there. Te quiero mucho mi bebe hermosa.

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  12. Jamie Phonhthalyhane (Cool Older Sister)

    Day 4(?): I really miss you and hope I wasn’t too late. Being here with mom and dad is very lonely when we are minus one person. I see you are having so much fun doing tubing and hope you didn’t freak out too much if a seaweed touched your foot. (That’s what I’d do in a lake/pond) Though you’re a lot braver than I am! So I’m sure you’re fine. Here’s to making it (almost) halfway.

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    • Vivienne

      No you weren’t too late no worries, I just got out of the shower. I do not freak out about seaweed unless it’s directly hit at my face. I love you Jamie I miss you as well. Today I broke a ton of my limits and went on the zip line. Sleep well.:)

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  13. Emily Brechting

    I LOVED reading that you took on the zipline. Stepping off and trusting the equipment/staff can be really tough! From the pic, floating on the river looked incredible and a perfect way to spend such a toasty day. Also great to read that time with Beau went well with no wipeouts.
    As your time at camp begins to wind down and you prepare to head out on the trail, please know that so many people are praying for you (beyond the six people in this family!). We pray for calm spirits, strong bodies, and amazing connections with God.

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    • Vivienne

      You are so sweet, I really appreciate it. Tomorrow is our last day until the hike and to be honest I’m terrified. However, I have your words to reassure me along the way. Have a great night, and may god bless the days to come.

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  14. Jamie Phonhthalyhane (Cool Older Sister)

    Day 5: I hear that today is your last day before your hike, I am a little worried for you but also incredibly proud. I talk about you a lot at work and I have a few of my work friends buzzing and asking for updates every morning. They’re all really proud and always say that you must be having so much fun, so it must be so.

    I am not sure if you’re gonna be able to reply or read these from then on, but just in case I’ll leave you with this;
    As your older sister you know our relationship wasn’t always the best. I have seen you grow from a (slightly annoying) toddler that would rip the posters from my door to a beautiful young lady that is becoming her own person. Although it’s been strained I’ve loved seeing you grow and am so proud of the beautiful heart you have. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about how you’re the kindest little soul I’ve had the pleasure of encountering. This is something that I have never done and it’s genuinely an accomplishment you should look back on fondly with hindsight. It may seem tough but you are much stronger than I am, and I know you can do it (and also find a way to make it really fun.) We all miss you but we will see you soon, hopefully with many more stories to tell too.

    I love you miss weeta, stay safe.

    p.s. – remember, bears are a lot friendlier looking than they actually are. They’re kinda mean, so don’t try it.

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    • Vivienne

      Aww, hermana I miss you so much. I love how you took time out of your day daily to come and message me, and with such big messages too. I do have to agree though, all these years I have gained a sense of respect. Even though we did have our ups and downs I’m happy about the position we’re at now. Buenas noches, te quiero mucho:)

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  15. Sam Garcia

    Hello Viv, I know I didn’t say anything for like the past 2 days but forget about that, how’s camp going so far? Is it going great? It better have been.

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    • Vivienne

      SAMMM YOU FINALLY GOT BACK! i was convinced you forgot about me. Camp is going well and I made a ton of friends. It’s going well and I have broke through a ton of my limits. I miss you a lot and I hope you guys are doing well. Buenos noches, thank you so much for checking in:,)

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  16. Delilah Marquez

    I hope you have been having lots of fun and nothing bad happened!! once you get home you have to tell me everything you did there! also i am so sorry i did not say anything for like 3 days straight, i promise i didnt forget abt you 😭

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  17. Emily Brechting

    Vivienne, it’s okay and understandable to be afraid of the hiking portion. It’s WAY outside most of our comfort zones.
    I’ve done similar trips several times (as a camper and as a leader) and each one was really amazing. You will surprise yourself with what you can do! Embrace the uniqueness of this trip and the time out there. Allow yourself to rely on the rest of the team, accept their encouragement, and be encouraged by them too. I hope that you feel God’s presence in His amazing creation.

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  18. Angela

    My sweet vivibear I am extremely proud of you. I would have never been able to do what you are doing now. I miss so much I keep on texting you or calling you to see of you are hungry or to come hug mommy. I can’t wait. One more day babygirl. I love you kikos

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  19. Emily Brechting

    Vivienne, my family and I just watched the video of you and the whole crew coming off the trail. What a delight it was to see that moment! How amazing are you? You did such a challenging thing and in the heat and with extra complications thrown in. As you rest your aching feet, sore hips, and tired back, give yourself time to reflect on what you just did. It’s my hope that you felt God’s strength when you were weary and His confidence when you questioned if you could take another step, much less another thousand. I look forward to hearing more about it and am so excited for you as you wrap up this time away.

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  20. Sam Garcia

    Hi vivi, how are you doing once you see this? I bet you’re doing great and probably tired out. Also, JUST ONE MORE DAY AAA (if I counted right). It feels like forever that you’ve been gone. I also don’t know how to check the website because I’m dumb, cya then!

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