....when I last wrote we were madly packing up for our summer adventure of living in 'Rosie' our 20 foot vintage camper trailer, an adventure that was truly life changing right down to the marrow of our souls and we are still unfurling the things that we learned while packed like adventurous clowns into that tiny space but I can say, it is probably one of the best things we have ever done in our married life.
I think in many cases, my words will fail but maybe pictures will give a small taste of what it was like
This was our home for 3 months!!!
Looking back, it holds some of the happiest memories of our life
This crazy crew THRIVED with all of the close family time and time outdoors
Doug and I quickly learned (through trial and not so pretty error) that living in such a small space was a like living in a pressure cooker! We had to slow down and manage our stress or things would explode...and you know what, that has been an incredible life lesson that has changed the very fiber of the way we live our lives.
we learned that toys are over rated...
We packed a bunch to begin with but after a few weeks, either put them in storage or gave them away because the kids just weren't interested in them
Our friendships grew! We lived farther from most of our community but we had more significant conversations and experiences around at our sticky table and around our far too smoky campfire than in the year of living close to people and being very intentional....
The friendship between our kids grew like crazy! They were constantly making up games. They spent an entire week convinced they were 'Brits' and that they were fight invisible Nazi armies with pinecone grenades!
When they said they were bored, it took very little to get them playing again....
a few hand me down chairs, a cardboard box with a piece of fabric, something to put flowers in and somewhere to stir dirt = endless fun
Oh yes....we even did part of the summer with a cast!
We learned how to truly notice and treasure each other
We also learned that the things we missed were far smaller than the precious time we gained together...we may have been stinky but we had fun!
Digging in the dirt never grows old! We made castles, prayer gardens, ladybugs homes and sleeping potions to name a few...
Even cleaning up can be fun when you have so much time!
far more children than you think can fit on a slackline at one time....we had over 20 once!
it is the little things that matter most
Sometimes on a hot afternoon, there is nothing so great as filling your pockets with dirt and pretending you are a bunny...
well maybe except hitting the river to clean off!
or spending entire days pretending you are Native Americans with names like "hoopshwa"and "Treelily"and 'trading'with the white man (your parents) for any non natural items you need!
Watermelon makes everyday exciting
and sitting by a river is good for anyone regardless of age
conquering fears made our children strong in ways I could not have imagined
and spending days building homes in the woods brought them joy beyond anything I could have dreamed.
...there is SO much more and hundreds of pictures to still go through. I want to spend these next days/ weeks capturing it for our family and you are welcome to tag along if you like!
We swam upstream, tried a grand experiment and cannot wait to do it again!
- Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
- James 1:17