a weekend adventure || camping

We had a camping adventure this weekend. We took AK camping for the first time last spring and since we walked in the door after that trip she's been asking to go again. There's just something that sinks into your skin as a kid going camping. It's adventure, it's focused time with one another, it's discovering the beauties and realities of nature and growing in awe of the One who created it all, it's hot dogs and s'mores, and snuggling down into a tent all together not caring about the uneven ground beneath your bodies because you're all cozied up together in a jumble of flashlights and books and sleeping bags and pillows. J and I have both hilarious and fantastic memories of camping in our growing up years and in our marriage and it gives us that warm, happy, "gosh, life is sweet" feeling to now be making camping memories with our daughter. 

^^^That is the perfect expression of how we all felt to be able to escape into the great outdoors for a night. After weeks of rather non-stop-ness, being able to just enjoy being and being together was refreshing for all of us.

AK found this little friend shortly after our arrival and, soon after, about 100 of this guys other little friends arrived and decided our tent was the perfect spot to attach themselves to and, for some, even begin weaving their little cocoons. When we crawled in our tent last night we could see many little shadows on the outside of our tent -- it was a bit eerie, like a caterpillar version of the birds.

The evening sun through the trees makes me happy in a Anne of Green Gables sort of way.

Let's be real, half of the reason we go camping is to cook marshmallows over the fire and smash them in between graham crackers and hershey's chocolate. Kudos to the person who first created this combination. 

J and I always joke that we go on adventures/trips/vacation to eat........except it's not a joke. When camping that means sausage, eggs, fresh fruit, donuts, and french press coffee -- we must always have good coffee. A little sales pitch here -- that Coleman Propane Stove ^^^ gets our full endorsement. 

This guy. To sit in the woodsy quiet and have heart talks together, to be still and lost in our thoughts and occasionally glance over at each other and say, "this is really nice", to sit and read books with a fire crackling next to us, to lay in the tent and look at each other over the head of our Little and smile that knowing grateful smile -- times like these are the pieces that fill up my heart. 

I had to share a series of AK's budding photography skills (we are still working on the focus button). In that first one she asked me to hold the marshmallow in front of the camera. :) I love her budding creativity and I love these pictures as evidence of that. 

And, Bit, I adore being your mama. You brighten my days, your growing wit keeps me giggling, your eagerness to help reminds me to never grow weary of doing the same, and I adore your bravery and determination. Every day is an adventure with you -- your delight in the simplicity of everyday is beautiful to me. Through your life I have been made more like Jesus and come to know and understand His love for me even more because of my love for you. I'm so grateful that you are the gift God gave me to make me mama. I love you, sweetest.

Grateful, on this Monday, for:

~ the calm of morning ~ cool breezes ~ all the mamas in my life ~ my Little's 3.5 year old jokes ~ what the week ahead holds ~ mother's day cheesecake ~ spending every day with my best friend ~

How was your weekend, lovelies?