A-Camping We Will Go! (part one)

Post Image2 ©janetphillips_july12_2014_web-55 Every morning as I woke up this past week  — chilled air and slightly damp clothes sticking to me — these words spilled out of my mouth:

 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 beautiful.

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.

©janetphillips_july12_2014_web-56 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.
We needed to stop to get something for the car, so we decided on a WalMart parking lot breakfast picnic!

We needed to stop to get something for the car, so we decided on a WalMart parking lot breakfast picnic!

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It takes sites like this to say, "Woah...we have a big family!"

It takes sites like this to say, "Woah...we have a big family!"

I've heard of a beach bum before, but this is my first experience with a camping bum!

I've heard of a beach bum before, but this is my first experience with a camping bum. Oh well, "dirt don't hurt."

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Nothing beat French Toast while camping!

Nothing beats French Toast while camping!

The site next to us was empty and had just had its tent pad res-anded. Our kids were in sandbox heaven!

The site next to us was empty and had just had its tent pad re-sanded. Our kids were in sandbox heaven!

  Stay tuned for Part Two!   

3 thoughts on “A-Camping We Will Go! (part one)

  1. Rhadonda

    I love it!! You are going to have such a great time and wonderful memories. Camping for us as a family were some of the greatest times ever!! That was the hardest thing for me to part with, our camper, when we sold things to move to do church planting. But it was God’s timing. I love how you let your kids get down and dirty!! And we had the same Coleman tailgate grill. That thing was the best investment ever!! I wish we still had one! I pray the rest of your adventure is just as amazing as the beginning (maybe minus the vehicle trouble!)

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