It got me thinking about the good friends we have as a family, and some really great times we've had together. These are two images I wanted to share of such times.
This image (above) was taken up at Lake Chelan, Washington on our 3rd annual camping trip with our "old" playgroup. The six oldest kiddos have known each other since they were 3 months old... and now the kids number 13! It is a fun week, and a wonderful opportunity to slow down and catch up with friends we don't get to see very often, because we moved so far away. In this photo, we had settled the kids down at night, outside, by lantern light, with a book on tape. Percy Jackson held their rapt attention... as they drifted off to sleep in no time at all – and the adults got to enjoy the quiet crackle of the campfire.
I encourage all of you to take a moment and celebrate the friendships in your lives. I know I can get too busy and wrapped up in the now, to really think about and appreciate the special people in my life that don't live under my own roof. I hope they know I love them... because I do!