Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I'm Alive

Well, this is one for the record books. It's been days and days since I've posted, and that just never happens. Be honest, you've enjoyed the break, haven't you?

All I know is this: On Monday morning I tossed one outfit each for myself, Ruby and Silas into a bag and hopped in the van, bound for Ohio. We were on a one-day mission to retrieve Calvin. I was feeling all smug over my ability to pack light and not look back.

The day was sunshiney and my heart was full and light. The wind turbine corridor along US 30 rocked my world as usual. We split a 10-piece McNugget meal three ways in Van Wert and kept on trucking.

The plan was to do it all in reverse the very next day.

But plans were made for changing.

Over the past four days I have rotated my original outfit and the one that I packed. Twice. I've sweated through my t-shirts and covertly sniffed my pits during church. I have traipsed around and eaten trays of cafeteria food. I've made new friends and caught up with old friends - some of the very people who put me on the path to being who I am right now. I've hugged hard. I've bawled into a handkerchief. My kids have run wild.

I'm at church camp.

I showed up to say a quick hello and found that I just couldn't bear to leave.

I've taken two pictures in total, and I can't even share them here because I don't have the means to do so. I logged my mom and dad out of their Blogger account in order to write this post and it's very likely that they'll never figure out how to log back in. I haven't checked email or cleaned or given two wits about any responsibility outside of making sure my kids are fed and hosed off at the end of the day. I still have no clue who Ashely picked. (DO NOT TELL ME.)

It's official: This is the very best way to close the door on summer. It's full-on August living at its finest and I've got the swollen ankles and the droopy hair to prove it.

This week is a gift to me. A surprise gift of nostalgia and clarity and a whole lot of joy. I'll have more to share on the flip-side, so prepare thyselves.

Love,
Flower Patch Campgirl

PS - Switching to a new outfit every day is totally overrated.

60 comments:

  1. "and it's very likely that they'll never figure out how to long back in"....
    haha!

    sweet post.
    love that's you're enjoying life and sniffing pits in church. LOL :)

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  2. You have arrived. That's all I have to say about that. Nirvana. I'm biting my tongue on the Batch. Law. I have missed you - and almost phoned you today - I think of you when I'm overcome with happiness - cause I know you get it - and then when I think of you - I'm overcome with more happiness. Ain't life grand.
    Please don't eat chicken nuggets.
    Amen.

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  3. I love it. Love it. LOVE it! : )
    So glad you are having fun.
    You bring joy wherever you go...
    I bet you look and smell divine.

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  4. Glad to hear you're alive & well & sweatin' it up!

    Rebecca

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  5. Dear Coop Keeper,
    I have not had chicken nuggets for a million years. Or at least a month. Do I get five points and a shot of espresso for it?
    Dear Shanzie,
    Church Camp is the BOMB. Ka boom.
    I'm glad you threw it and let it explode. Spur of the moment is the best way to travel.
    Also, I'm glad you have a hose handy. Can you IMAGINE the kids without one?
    Ostriches OUT!

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  6. Down the road here? I just drove by there yesterday and thought..Wowsers! That is a big crowd..wonder who's there (:

    Enjoy the rest of Camp..

    if rubsters or silas needs any swap outs..really calvin also... stop in...we have to much anyway ...

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  7. always notice your absence. and it does indeed make my heart grow fonder. bless your soul!
    your days sounds delightfully fun and close to jesus. xo

    love you, girl. deeply.

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  8. I love your verve for life and your uplifting spirit! what a great post!!

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  9. You make me feel happy!

    And switching outfits daily? Overrated?? I wouldn't know ;)

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  10. Ahhhh! Church camp!!!!! How fun!!!!! You're doing all the right things (by yourself and your kids)!

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  11. Don't you just love when a plan comes together...not ours, but His?

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  12. Phew! I was worried. I'm glad you're having fun though. Changing outfits IS over rated.

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  13. I was about to send the dogs out to look for you, so I am glad you cleared the matter up.

    I figured you had found some sort of fun I'd feel sad for missing out on.

    Have fun Shannaloo!

    Sing an extra camp song and eat an extra marshmellow for us!

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  14. Sounds like pure heaven on earth. Especially since it was unplanned. Those are always the best.

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  15. Camp is awesome. I imagine you with Christopher Lloyd at Camp Nowhere...up to shenanigans! So happy you were spontaneous. Life is too short to worry about clean clothes and missing fun.

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  16. Sounds like you've had a perfect couple of days!

    I can relate to the sweating through your t-shirt (or tanktops as of lately) and checking to see if your deodorant is working (it's been HOT here and damn you Secret! You need to work as WELL as a man's deodorant!)

    And yes...you were missed! I look forward to your posts!

    I have had a cute 12 week old puppy to keep me busy!

    Glad you're back..kind of..are you??

    xoxo~

    TT

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  17. For some strange reason I found myself tearing up while reading. This is truly living an abundant life, and I'm so glad you are enjoying it to its fullest.

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  18. Sounds perfectly perfect, superbly spelendid!

    So glad you stayed, so glad you enjoyed and celebrated the things that count! You are making sweet memories for those kiddos of yours. I bet they think mom is pretty cool for ditching the agenda and wearing the same outfit for days on end...and let's be honest, it's all about proving to the kids that we can be cool. We aren't all "eat your veggies and clean your room." We can be "go play in the mud" and "sure, you can have another s'more!" too. Yes, sweet memories for sure. What a good mama you are :)

    XOXO,
    Angie

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  19. That sounds absolutely wonderful......

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  20. Sounds like a perfect way to wrap up summer. Enjoy, enjoy!

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  21. Way to throw caution to the wind and go where your heart takes you! Absence does make the heart grow fonder :-) I feel a roadtrip in our future....by car or plane!
    your fellow gal pal,
    heather

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  22. So good to see you again. If this helps, I didn't even notice you've been wearing the same thing. :)

    Jennie

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  23. This made me smile! This is a week that you, Ruby, Silas and Calvin will always remember :)

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  24. Ahh, we had a week like that back in July. Josh was the camp pastor and Si and I went along for the ride. Days plop full of dirt and smiles and mess halls and friends. There is so much good in the simple. Except for the HUGE bug that creepy crawled on me in my sleep one night. Ack! Enjoy camp life!

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  25. Breaks like those are awesome! Enjoy your time away -- don't worry, we'll be here when you get back!

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  26. I have not "enjoyed the break" but so happy to hear why you've been MIA... having fun and making precious memories with the kidlets. Spontaneous adventures are the best!
    God bless you!

    Jan

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  27. I am so happy for you and inspired by your carefree spirit!

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  28. LOVE this! Amazing how we can survive on just a little isn't it?!

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  29. It is totally overrated. I do not do enough on a daily basis to warrant wearing something different every. Saves on laundry.

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  30. We've recently discovered when traveling all we need is the outfit we're wearing, one more outfit, one swimsuit and three pairs of undies. Makes life so MUCH easier. I am seriously considering doing this at HOME too, that laundry just won't stay away.

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  31. I just love that you stayed. So spontaneous - you're making memories. Enjoy!

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  32. What a blast! Church camp ... ohh the memories ... I love, love, love that you stayed! BRAVO! Sniffing your pits in church ... now that's funny stuff! :)

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  33. Sounds wonderful. Keep having a great rest of the summer. The chores will be there when you get back

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  34. I shan't be able to sit in church on Sunday and not think of you sniffing your pits. And I must disagree with you...I did not enjoy the break. You were missed. Thyself is prepared for more church camp goodness and sweaty pit stories.

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  35. yay!!! someday I hope to be so spontaneous, I hope you enjoy every minute.

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  36. Yay for church camp! Man, the memories and the stories that came from those places ... this made me smile. Glad you had fun! (and btw, I just saw that Shalon did your blog. She did my little banner and buttons a year or so ago, I think I'm getting ready to use her to do a fancy smancy one!)

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  37. Sounds perfect to me. Enjoy every last second.

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  38. Welcome to Ohio! I actually just crossed the boarder south for a little r and r at the farm.

    Ashely did not pick who "I" would have picked- let's just leave it at that :)

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  39. I really did miss you! I have come to love your family and check in every day to see what wonderful things you have been doing!!

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  40. Well, I like your verve for life and your uplifting spirit. Your post is awesome and really great.
    Your work is excellent.

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  41. Don't ya just love it when God has another plan than your on? SO GLAD to see you're having a wonderful time. AND, good luck with your Parents and them logging bck in.

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  42. love that your plans changed and you rolled with it.
    can totally relate to your parents not being able to figure out how to get back into blogger.
    dear LAWD, help our parents to survive these technological times. Amen.

    And, you are going to LOVE who Ashley picked.
    how weird is it that I've been praying that their relationship makes it in the real world?

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  43. You really are SO much sunshine to the square inch, my friend. :-)
    Call me when you get home...I wanna hear all about it!

    El

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  44. YOURS, IS MY NEW FAVORITE BLOG. THANK YOU.

    HUGS FROM MY HEART

    http://sophiemyfriend.blogspot.com/

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  45. I love that you are living life to the fullest. And I was behind a few days finding out who Ashley picked, too. I hope you will post your thoughts ;)

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  46. What a fabulous, living life to the full post!. So glad Tara told me to jump over here and read about your adventure!

    Blessings!
    Linsey

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  47. When you posted that you were at church camp in Ohio I thought, "hummmm, I wonder...." Sure enough, when I saw your pics I knew you'd been at the campgrounds where my older son has been involved as part of the pastoral staff for several years. He and his sweet family were just there in late July for a few days of Family Camp. It's a beautiful place I've have the priviledge of visiting on one occasion. So glad you got to experience an unexpected week of camp with your babies.

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