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Its Always Time for Camping

June 9, 2011

     Ahhh, the joys of camping, ant bites, mosquito bites, chiggers and flies, things that crawl and things that slither!  Slithering is the absolute worst!  Rain, wet wood, sagging tents; oh the joy of it all.  Oh, I forgot, I was here to encourage you.  Ok, camping, quiet breezes whispering through the pines, peaceful hours in a hammock near a babbling brook, a crackling camp fire glowing on happy faces.  Actually camping has it all.

     First of all I want to point out that camping in the wilderness is not the only kind of camping there is.  It may be what comes to mind when you mention camping, but there are so many other options.  there is a camping experience to meet every lifestyle.  A wilderness is not even required.

     Some of the most magnificently constructed tents have been made from Grandma’s old quilt and those extra blankets from the closet.  What child has not made even the most simple tent draped over the back of a kitchen chair?  The reality for parents is the biggest mess you ever saw.  But for our children, it is the Taj Mahal or Buckingham Palace.  So while these tents are being raised and your house is being destroyed, remind yourself that one day your house will be perfect and then you will weep for the lack of tents.

     Just the other day I was enjoying a peaceful time listening to music.  It was a rare moment indeed.  My girls said “Mommy do you want us to be near you?”  The answer to that is always yes, but with my yes came the tent.  In a moment, my lovely atmosphere was turned into a construction zone that filled the entire room.  Then comes the question that tries a mother’s honesty.  “Doesn’t it look great Mommy?”  Dear Mama, answer this question with your heart not your eyes.  “Yes, it’s a vision of loveliness.”

     The next question that always comes once this monstrosity,  oops, I mean vision of loveliness, is complete is, “Can we sleep out here tonight?”  Dear Mama concede now.  The answer is YES.  There will always be a reason to say no.  Please remember this, there will always be reasons for no, but there will not always be tents

     Next time I will share some other camping ideas for you to try this summer.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jennifer permalink
    June 9, 2011 12:32 pm

    Once we get past all the work that goes into packing and preparing and the hot stickiness of summer, our family truly loves to camp. We do have a unique winter camping tradition in my family that I would like to share. Just a day before Thanksgiving, it is tradition to put up our Christmas decorations with lovely music playing in the background and plenty of hot chocolate breaks. Each year when we finish, the children turn to my husband and I to ask if they can “camp out” under the Christmas trees. Thus, sometime during the holidays we pull out the sleeping bags and pillows, turn on the Christmas lights, share Christmas stories, and watch the children go to sleep under the tree.

    This summer, I hope to start a new tradition…a backyard camping trip. I am looking forward to the ideas you have as well Debbie. Thank you for writing your posts, and I especially want to thank you for giving us mammas permission to trade our clean houses in for messy houses full of memmory making and relation building opportunities!

    • June 9, 2011 8:14 pm

      Thanks so much for your holiday camping idea. I think our family will need to add that one. I think one of the benefits of being an older Mama with one who has flown the nest and young ones still at home is that I truly understand how quickly they do grow. I also believe that age helps us to “lighten up” and Jesus helps us to see what activities truly have value. I believe He wants the hearts of the Mamas to return home. Keep reading, I have more to share.

  2. June 11, 2011 12:59 pm

    Dear Debbie,
    Thank you so much for the bittersweet tears I weep remembering those days with my little ones who too soon flew from my nest of love. Those little adventures truly are the things that life is made of, that remain most important in life. On our death beds it won’t matter how much money we had, or how big our house was, or how nice of a car we drove. What will matter most is who we loved and how we loved them…with GOD being the first priority on that list.
    I love your family-oriented way of thinking. Keep on with your sweet heart, dear lady. And thank you for sharing your life with us. I am enjoying reading your tips and tidbits and seeing your wit and humor.
    TWINcerely with love in Christ, our Mighty Lord and Saviour of the world,
    Sherry Land Bowman

    • June 12, 2011 10:06 am

      Thank you so much for your very touching words. Most days I write to myself for this is a lesson I must learn and learn well. Time is short. They grow all too fast. And childhood should be filled with memories of special family time. Jesus is calling the Mamas back to their children. I hope I can help.

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