Renee and Andy and family arrived late Tuesday night. On Wednesday we went to a campground on Lake Wabasis (about 30 minutes away). Renee and Andy rented a rustic cabin (no cooking facilities, bathroom or running water) and we tented. Unfortunately, it was cold and rainy the entire time we were there (Wednesday through Fri a.m.). As I was reading through Ann Voskamp's book, One Thousand Gifts, I decided it would be good for me to put in writing all things I was grateful for on this trip, since we did not have ideal conditions.:) Here is that list...
- Cousins who enjoy each other's company
- A tent that didn't leak through an entire night of rain until 6:00AM
- Sand, mud, clay, and gooey marshmallows are all washable
- Bug spray
- A husband who has the patience to fish with 10 kids
- Hot chocolate, hot coffee, hot soup and hot showers
- Breaks in the rain that allowed us to roast hot dogs, smores, hobo dinners, and pudgy pies over a campfire
- Sounds of the lake from the tent at night
- Rain doesn't hurt, burn, itch, or make you melt
- A sense of humor--why was it so ridiculously funny when in the middle of the night Russ and I both woke up realizing the air mattress we were sleeping on was no longer holding air?
- Dry firewood
- Making memories
- 10 kids who enjoy playing games together
- The sound of rain on the tent while we were cozy and dry
- A perfectly roasted mallow on top of milk chocolate, squeezed between two grahams
- The entertaining drama of our Lydie Brie-Brie when she spotted a water snake while fishing. It got even better several minutes later when the snake came to shore, picked up a small dead perch, and slithered off into the tall grass.
- Chubby little boy hands that still like to hold mine when we go "exploring"
- The call of a cardinal early in the morning
- The sound of 10 kids chatter and laughter
- A good book that brings me back to the Word, shows me how to be grateful, find joy and grace, and see God in the "everyday and the "not so great"
|Olsen's dog, Jasmine.|
|Karissa and Kristina|
|Playing in clay|
|Watching the kids on the beach in the pouring rain.|
|Even rain doesn't stop the kids from playing on the beach.|