Saturday, June 25, 2011

Camping with the Olsen Family

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

Katherine again



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.

No comments:

Post a Comment