My family just returned from a long weekend of camping. It's our first since the kiddos have entered the picture. Long overdue, but we have been trying!
When my oldest (now 6) was two we tried going tent camping 20 minutes from home. 10 minutes into the drive, she surprised us all by throwing up over herself and all our gear. Poor dear. Of course, we turned around and went home! We've tried multiple "back yard" camping trips since our now 4 1/2 year old was born, and finally last year we all slept soundly in the back yard.
And I am happy to say we had a successful first camping trip this weekend! The weather was beautiful. Our tent-site looked back on a woods with a meandering creek running through it. A fabulous adventure following this creek to the placid lake and beach area. Well worth the trip, if just that!
But, there was more. Sweet times with special friends who refresh like a cup of cold water on a hot summer day!
I was reminded of this verse from Psalm 11: "He who refreshes others, will be refreshed" I want to be refreshing, don't you?