I LOVE camping.I know it isn't everyone's sentiment...but I really, really love it. Sure, it's messy. It's muddy. It's wet and cold and it sometimes it means a baby who wants to play rather than go to sleep. But I LOVE camping. Along with all that mess and mud is something amazing:
It's being outside in God's creation.
It's roasting marshmallows with sticky-fingered kids and looking for the perfect s'more recipe.
It's long walks with friends in the cool of the morning.
It's putting your watch, work, and makeup away.
It's looking at the gorgeous stars as you share your hearts with friends.
It's listening to three year old girls sing, "It's a beautiful day to pick flowers!"
It's watching a mama deer and her babes drink from the river.
It's hot coffee, both to drink and to keep your hands warm.
It's time for extra cuddles, from big kids and small kids alike.
It's chicken, pizza, french toast, and even cookies cooked on the grill.
It's lazy mornings with nothing to do and nowhere to go.
It's bliss.The plan was to spend two nights together as a family in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and then meeting up friends for five days at Fall Creek Falls State Park. Due to some problems with the lights on our camper, we had to delay our start by a day. But after a long and slow trip, complete with car trouble, we finally arrived at the park and had one night alone as a family. After a very busy few months it was so wonderful to just be together. After setting up camp, we ate tacos and then the kids played in the woods. Marshmallows and bed followed. The next morning was spent on a nice walk, getting our car fixed, and cleaning up camp. Our time was short, but it was oh-so-sweet. Stay tuned for Part Two!