It’s Already Day 12

It’s hard to believe that we are already 12 days into our trip. It has gone so incredibly fast and been so incredibly busy. Thankfully, though, it has also been incredibly good. We’ve spent amazing time as a family, we’ve seen many family and friends, seen beautiful scenery, hiked many glorious miles, and have even gotten some good ‘ol roadschooling in (including Jason who had to finish up a class — we’re SO glad to have that work done and submitted!) It’s been busier than I would like, but things will start to slow down from this point on and I am excited to see what the next few weeks will bring.

Here’s a quick rundown of the trip so far:

Days 1-3: North Carolina to Hocking Hills State Park (Ohio). We camped as a family and did a lot of hiking and enjoying our beautiful campsite.

Day 4: Hocking Hills to Romulus, Michigan (outside of Detroit). Spent the night with Jason’s parents.

Days 5-6: Camping at Sterling State Park with some friends from Indonesia. Camping on the beach was definitely a different experience (it was WINDY!) but we had a great time catching up and playing in the sand.

Day 7-8: Back to Romulus for a few days with Jason’s parents. We also were able to spend a few hours with my older sister and her five kids. I had lunch with a scrapping friend, we did a little thrift store shopping (to pick up a few things we realized we needed), and rearragned our packing so that we could leave our camper for the rest of the month (that was part of our plan…we’re not done camping, but we’ll do some tent camping and we’ll rent a camper later in the trip).

Day 9-10: From Romulus to Grand Rapids, Michigan. We had a great time with good friends of ours and their four girls. Jason has been friends with this couple since college and I have been privileged to know them the last 16 years. We try to see them whenever we are in town and we look foward to 2025 when we get to unearth the time capsule we buried together December 31, 1999. We had a great time (and a few late nights!) and had a gorgeous day at Saugatuck Dunes State Park.

Day 11: Grand Rapids to Wheaton, Illinois. We’re having fun catching up with dear friends of ours. We worked with this incredible couple back when we were in Malaysia. They were very instrumental in us learning to parent way back then, including giving us the permission we needed to take this parenting thing as seriously as we wanted to. They were farther ahead in the parenting process and we loved what we saw in their older kids. I asked lots of questions and I am thankful for their loving guidance and example. Between this family and our dear friends at camp, our ideals for parenting were formed.

And that brings us to today, Day 12. We’ll head to Wisconsin to spend the weekend with my other sister and her sweet family. And then on Monday, we start the long trek out west.

 

And here is the first onslaught on photos. Lots of people have wanted to see pictures from our trip and I have been negligent in posting (thankfully, the negligence is due to enjoying amazing time with family and friends and staying off the computer!)

HOCKING HILLS STATE PARK 

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My sweet girl

My sweet girl

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They share my love of taking photos

They share my love of taking photos

She loves photographing moss

She loves photographing moss

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Tight spaces!

Tight spaces!

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Bethany has a crazy obsession with daddy long legs. She catches them and puts them in her bucket. Or, if she doesn't have her bucket, she just carries them around.

Bethany has a crazy obsession with daddy long legs. She catches them and puts them in her bucket. Or, if she doesn’t have her bucket, she just carries them around.

Bethany loves to stop at the "drinking mountain."

Bethany loves to stop at the “drinking mountain.”

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We stumbled upon this mama and her two babies

We stumbled upon this mama and her two babies

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An early morning walk with my three "bigs"

An early morning walk with my three “bigs”

"Home" for three days

“Home” for three days

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Alaina has been good at making sure I get in some photos

Alaina has been good at making sure I get in some photos

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York Peppermint Patty s'mores!

York Peppermint Patty s’mores!

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Journaling our trip

Journaling our trip

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The beautiful lake just beyond our campsite

The beautiful lake just beyond our campsite

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