The gift of together time
We booked a campsite many weeks ago and it wasn’t refundable, so when the weather forecast turned to rain, we went back and forth about going or not. Since we’ve talked for several years about camping in the San Juan Islands and had never done it, we opted to call it adventure and go for it. There is so much that I used to take for granted when Chris worked at his old job. One of the biggest was simply time together.
Nearly two years into his new position, family time is now of utmost value. It is a little sad it took the loss of it for us to realize how precious it is. But better than not at all. It’s all part of the journey, I know.
On a lighter note, we learned many good things camping with four little people. Like “EZ setup” might mean nearly two hours of hard work and the use of bandaids to hold poles together….and that a big pot of chili is not the best camping fare when all six share one tent…and that the term “quiet hours” doesn’t apply at some campgrounds.
Since it’s Monday here is the continuation of my list of 1000 gifts joining the gratitude community combined with some shots from our trip:
#211 – the delight of memory-making
#212 – surprising Daddy with birthday brownies while we camped on his special day
#213 – learning yet again that so much of life is all about how you look at it
#214 – hiking/climbing the kids’ first mountain, Turtleback Mountain on a spectacular sunny day
#215 – long ferry rides and trying to explain what archipelago means
#216 – being windblown
#217 – being up so early together that clouds were still sitting on many of the islands!
#218 – boys who don’t always like eachother but can sure act like it sometimes
#219 – four imperfect children who continue to refine and change us
#220 – coming ‘home’ from our great hike to see this fella in our campsite – incredible!
#221 – sleeping snug and dry while rain poured all night over our tent
#222 – the end of belly sleeping for mama till springtime
#223 – how it feels to do something you’ve so long wanted to do
#224 – the way I was able to breathe again after calling to cancel a certain 4 year old’s attendance at preschool
#225 – the massive challenge and blessing of homeschool