Camping and Gratitude

We just got back from our family’s very first camping trip. Our feet are dirty and we smell like campfire, but our hearts are full. Full of gratitude for our amazing neighbors who gifted us 2 nights away in their camper. They did everything for us…booked the campsite, hauled the camper, set it up, stocked the fridge and pantry full of food (I mean FULL-enough food for our family for a week), made homemade cookies for us (delicious!), brought firewood, and everything else you could think of. We didn’t have to do a thing except show up and enjoy. They gave us the greatest gift of space so that we could truly get away and enjoy one another. It was so nice not to send emails, set up meetings, coordinate schedules, call doctors, worry about packing and organizing, or plan what’s next. We are so grateful for their generosity!

As we reflect on this gift and how grateful we are for our neighbors, we know that they are only a small portion of our friends and family who are supporting us with their generosity right now. We are so grateful for so many of you! For those who are praying for us. For those who ask us questions about what is going on and really want to hear our answers. For those of you who love and encourage our family. For those of you who are making sacrifices to partner with us financially. For those who have been supporting us since we went to SA back in 2009 and for those who have just now signed up to support us moving forward.  If you are reading this, we are grateful for you! Thank you for being a part of our lives!

Here’s some pictures from our camping adventure:

Cassidy LOVED the cookies!
Um, I think it’s safe to say that Cassidy LOVED the cookies!
Lunch time
Walking around the reservoir
Cassidy loved getting dirty!
Cassidy loved getting dirty!
Baseball is his favorite.
Baseball is Zeke’s favorite.
Love our girls
Love our girls
Grandma and Grandpa visited the first night.
Grandma and Grandpa visited the first night.
S’mores. The kids enjoyed roasting them, but preferred to eat them straight out of the bag.
Our home for 2 nights
Our home for 2 nights
Gram, Pop, and Aunt Linda visited the 2nd night
Gram, Pop, and Aunt Linda visited the 2nd night
Marshmallow time
Sitting around the fire
They loved camping and didn’t want to leave. 
We saw a deer! Avery immediately said “camping is the BEST!”
Our new buddy.
Watching a deer early in the morning
Watching a deer early in the morning
Breakfast time
Breakfast time.
Our last morning walk. 

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