Finally getting around to uploading some pictures I took from our Shaver Lake Camping Experience with Mimi and Bapa. What an adventure! We inaugurated their 6 person motor home by loading up all 10 of us and making our way all the way up the mountain.
Do they look like the poster couple for an RV ad or what? 😉
3 out of 4 of us adults, to remain nameless, had some sort of outburst as a result of a collision of unrealized expectations, uncommunicated needs or just plain frustration from waking in the middle of the night in a freezing tent shooshing babies because of the paranoia of waking everyone within ears distance or being dog tired from hiking up the hill twice a night to pee, not that I would have any idea about that (darn post-6 kid bladder) 😉
But, once we all had a chance to get some solitude to process the frustrations, the possible expectations and assert our needs since we were “living together” (not to mention in very tight quarters for a week), we got in a really good groove.
I was thinking a lot about how blessed they are to have him as their own. I start to see how blessed I am through their eyes. To be so close to him. To be able to observe from the outside his willingness to teach through quiet actions, his example of manliness, his patience, his kindness, just watching his strength, I can tell they feel so secure. Wherever he is, they want to be there. Isn’t that how God intends it to be with Him?
Yvette, it was adorable hearing you sing your very favorite “Daddy Finger” nursery rhyme about your rocks and placing them by size on the stump as you sung about each “family member”. These were the “baby rocks”
There’s an inside joke behind that laughter which I’ll leave out to preserve my daughter’s dignity. Let’s just say she was a trooper for not uttering one complaint that momma forgot her bathing suit at home and she had to wear her baby brother’s trunks the whole week which somehow had a hard time staying on her waist 😉
I am constantly in awe at how close these two are. The intense bond they have spending close to every waking hour together of their nearly 7 and 9 years of life and still wanting to share everything with each other is so special.
It blesses me daily.
Today, someone was just asking me if they fight and I was so proud and humbled at the same time to be able to confidently answer with a clear honest conscience, “no”. They have “misunderstandings” as Alizea calls them which always come as the result of one or both being overly tired, mentally, physically and/or emotionally but it is glorious to witness the fruits of years of laboring and coaching them how to take a “time out”, create space to think and pray (& breathe, we do a lot of deep breathing exercises around here) 😉 , to confront one other in conflict assertively but kindly, to be able to say I’m sorry and to forgive each other. My little women.
If only I could apply what I’m always preaching to them 😉
Oh Gideon, feller of trees, mighty warrior, for now, you are just the sweetest, most happy baby.
I am so in love with you and you have a very special part of me.
It wouldn’t be a camping adventure without some scrapes and burns, right? I’m so glad Mimi was able to calm a sensitive little girl with her soothing words, her sweet touch and some magical fairy dust 😉
My amazing mama bear who worked tirelessly attending to the kids who slept in the motor home, helping with bathroom trips, keeping them entertained so Dean and I could sneak out together for a boat ride and so I could go water skiing for the 1st time in 15 years (thanks also due to some amazing friends!) What. A. Gift! Insert praise hands emoji!!! haha. Don’t know what I would do without you. And don’t know what I would’ve done had you not figured out how to find a spot in the motor home for all 10 of us to lay our tired bodies like sardines, ah, but warm sardines 🙂
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!!! You are such an incredible blessing!
We met a group of Australian guys who camped next to our site for a night on their way to Yosemite and then on to Las Vegas where one of them met his fiance and was getting married before moving back to Australia together. They were great. So friendly, down to earth and funny. And they left a little handmade gift behind that the girls had fun playing with in the morning while we were packing up. Actually, we brought it home with us and they still use it almost daily during all kinds of imaginary play.
Alizea, you are my joyful, sweet little lady. You are always smiling, always reminding me to slow down and ENJOY this beautiful life. Thank you for being so incredibly helpful to me and for your cheerfulness in every act.
As the saying goes, no pain, no gain.
Discovering better each other.
Discovering better our Creator.
(Link to imovie): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zun-VVHD9BQ