10 June 2011

hoffmaster state park.




so we’re back, and not only do i have pictures, i also bring with me a nugget of camping wisdom for y’all that goes a little something like this: when tent camping, it’s kind of nice not to forget your tent.


i know, right? who even needs to be told that? except apparently i do, and though i have a reasonable explanation for how i managed this glaring oversight, it doesn’t actually matter, because i forgot the tent.







luckily the trusty neighborhood meijer had a small selection of quasi-cheap family tents, so we picked one up on our way in and voila, we are now a two-tent family. (and just think: i have doubled the odds of remembering at least one shelter next time.)

aside from that little bump, a splendid time was had by all*.









our loop of campsites was empty nearly all week, just us and a stand of trees and a night prowler that may or may not have been a polar bear, depending on the enthusiasm of your imagination. (for the record: i think it was likely a deer.)





we had strawberry-marshmallow-cookie-s'mores and forays into little black creek, hot chocolate mornings, hours of sand and a constant wind off the lake that ruffled and soothed us to sleep each night.







we had caterpillar rescue missions, card games, minnow chasing, pool excavating, and a gusty trek along the shoreline of lake michigan. it's not exactly mokuleia, but this stretch of water has got a beauty and grey-frothed allure all its own.







but the thing i like best about camping is how we get to be with our kids. no schedule, no pre-packaged entertainment, just the whole bunch of us together digging pools in the sand.



*so my court-buddy lisa asked how we were holding up during this wait, and i mentioned how everything we do has the air of someone missing. it was true; the whole camping trip i kept picturing our smallest in the flock, or doing the mother-sweep and panicking when i came up one short. please continue to pray with us that we'll be able to return for him soon. thanks, friends.

33 comments:

happygirl said...

Camping, beach, campfire, SkipBo = heaven. Thanks for the wonderful pics.

love said...

yes...praying for that!

i love these pictures. i do not consider tent camping in any way, shape or form fun.....but, this is making me re-consider.

Nancy said...

You forgot the tent, and now you have a great story to go along with your beautiful pictures and memories.

Judy said...

Although we never forgot a tent when we were growing up, your comments and pictures reminded me of fun times in my childhood. Thanks for bringing back those memories as I enjoyed your experience. I'm looking forward to the day that your have 70piggies in your home.

Farmgirl Paints said...

nic seriously those pics are AMAZING! that one in the woods...wowza. can you please tell me what you did to get your pictures so big?? i see that you are still on blogger. i drool every time i come here. i need details.

Sarah said...

Great question, Farmgirl Paints. How DO you get your pics so big? I would love to know too.

Beautiful pics, once again. All of them need to be printed on canvas. Gorgeous. Also, hope that your "empty space" is full soon, soon, soon!

nic said...

to wield exact control over the size of your pics, there are two things i'd recommend:

1. be sure the template you're using has a body width large enough to accommodate the size image you'd like to post with a bit of margin to spare. (you may need to go in to 'edit html' and change the width if not.)
2. host your photos elsewhere (photobucket, flickr) if you're not already doing so. you'll just copy/paste the image code into your post and the pic will be sized however you choose. :)

Jennifer Shults said...

Okay, seriously, next year we are making our yearly camping trip there... see you then. ;) We are headed off to sunny San Diego for a family camping trip this year and after seeing these pics I'm STOKED!! Looks like you had a lovely time. And you know tent... sment... you have to forget something, might as well make it a good story. :)

Karen Siddiqi said...

Praying like mad! And also I'm burning with jealousy that you got to spend time at my beloved Lake Michigan and at such a beautiful park (many, many summer weeks spent there!) and maybe best of all? You got to visit a Meijer. I miss Meijer!!

Leanne said...

It looks glorious. Beautiful pics and it is great to have time with the family. Thanks for sharing your holiday.

hannah singer said...

now, that is funny, nic! totally an oversight that i would commit!
lovely photos. wow. skip-bo is the best game ever.

praying for your youngest and y'all as you are separated-may these final steps be completed swiftly! in jesus' name!
xo

rahel said...

Oh- those pictures are making me wanting to go camping too- of course in a place like in your pictures! Wonderful!

Kendal said...

oh, nic. you made me laugh out loud! and that time wiht your kids with no distractions - priceless. can't wait to see pics from the first trip with your new guy! praying with you.

Jenny said...

Lovely pictures. I've got a hankering to go camping. :)

Faith Hope and a whole lotta Love said...

stunning images!! love each & every one :)

emily wierenga said...

oh nic. i'll never, ever tire of hearing life through your words, of seeing it through your extraordinary eyes. what photos... (and i LOVE that you forgot the tent!)

fleetfeet said...

Just four words:

You Forgot The Tent?

:)

Seriously, where were the other 4 members of your family in helping you remember such small detail?

Wee bit jealous of your adventure. It looks like it was grand.

fleetfeet said...

Oh! Wait! There are 5 other members of your family (soon to be 6)!

Good thing you did forget the tent. You will likely need a second one on the next trip.

Mom Taxi Julie said...

That looks so nice! I just made reservations for our first camping trip in 2 years. I can't wait :)

deb colarossi said...

I simply cannot breathe when I see your photos.

TheUnSoccerMom said...

praying, praying, praying!! :o)

bless you... I really feel like those who can camp and LOVE it are some kind of saints. :o)

I really WANT to love it, really I do... but I just can't...

love the pictures! makes me want to love it even more!!

Katarina said...

Beautiful pictures!!!I am sure you had a blast!!!Keep praying too:)))

Jorth! said...

Give me a call next time you go, so I can tag along too!

lulu and family said...

this treasury of photos is amazing! and i love how your "odds," as you put it HAVE improved for next time. very cute. love to you and your family of 7.

{ T G L } said...

Those photos are really stunning and I love the coloring on them. So 'moody', so smooth, so inviting.

I will you all the best of luck with the adoption. (You are adopting, right?)

Blessings,
This Good Life

Katarina said...

Beautiful pictures!!!I am sure you had a blast!!!Keep praying too:)))

Jenny said...

Lovely pictures. I've got a hankering to go camping. :)

Kendal said...

oh, nic. you made me laugh out loud! and that time wiht your kids with no distractions - priceless. can't wait to see pics from the first trip with your new guy! praying with you.

Leanne said...

It looks glorious. Beautiful pics and it is great to have time with the family. Thanks for sharing your holiday.

Karen Siddiqi said...

Praying like mad! And also I'm burning with jealousy that you got to spend time at my beloved Lake Michigan and at such a beautiful park (many, many summer weeks spent there!) and maybe best of all? You got to visit a Meijer. I miss Meijer!!

Sarah said...

Great question, Farmgirl Paints. How DO you get your pics so big? I would love to know too.

Beautiful pics, once again. All of them need to be printed on canvas. Gorgeous. Also, hope that your "empty space" is full soon, soon, soon!

Judy said...

Although we never forgot a tent when we were growing up, your comments and pictures reminded me of fun times in my childhood. Thanks for bringing back those memories as I enjoyed your experience. I'm looking forward to the day that your have 70piggies in your home.

happygirl said...

Camping, beach, campfire, SkipBo = heaven. Thanks for the wonderful pics.