I knew the day would come. From the very first moment I held those precious brand new babies in my arms, I knew the day would come when they’d be all grown up and wanting to venture out on their own. What I didn’t know was how fast the time would fly.
We hit another one of those tough parenting milestones last week. We have been a camping family from the time our oldest was about nine years old. We started with the tent before our popup camper, which we took on an amazing trip to Yellowstone National Park. Then we moved up to our 31’ travel trailer after the kids outgrew the sleeping space. Now that was my type of camping! 🙂
So many wonderful memories were made, not to mention hilarious stories shared . Here are a few of my favorites.
- The thieving raccoons opening up a cooler and then running off with the deer sausage with my son in hot pursuit.
- The time a herd of buffalo walked right through our campsite in Yellowstone and hubby acted like the mighty hunter, sporting his ax as the rest of us huddled inside the camper.
- Middle daughter getting stuck in the mud as the kids tried to cross a low area near the pond and the sound of her screams echoing through the campsite. You see, there were gators in that pond!
- The crazy opossum hissing at a friend after he walked too close and teasingly said, “Hello opossum, opossum.” The image of a grown man running for his life will forever be engraved in my brain. LOL
- Pumpkin carving and kids learning to whittle.
- Waiting out a wicked thunderstorm in our popup camper at the beach in Galveston. It came up on us fast and we didn’t have time to secure anything. Hubby stood in the doorway and supported the top of the camper while the kids and I sat in the truck and prayed! ( I didn’t say they weren’t scary memories 🙂
- Hiking up to the Devil’s Watering Hole and having a wild fox run right by me.
- Walking through the Longhorn Caverns at Inks Lake, where they turned off the flashlights and it was so dark you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face.
- Hearing the waves of the ocean only a few feet away on our trip to Pensacola, Florida. And walking the beach at night with flashlights in Port Aransas, Texas to catch a glimpse of the crabs under the moonlight.
- Just being so close to nature and all the wildlife we encountered was priceless.
Sadly, we sold our camper last week. With the kids getting older and their lives getting busier, we haven’t been able to use it like we used to. Storage fees are not cheap. So the difficult decision was made and a new stage of our family’s life together has begun. I can’t help but be disappointed and a bit broken hearted. Mainly, because selling it meant letting go of a piece of our past. Man I hate change. LOL
I’m going to try to look forward to our future and all the new adventures we will be making together. But I’ll be honest. It’s not going to be easy.
How do you deal with life’s ever changing cycles? Like it or hate it?