This post is a little late of course as this "camping expedition" occurred oh.... 3 weeks ago! But I wanted to write about it because it was such a wonderful time and really made me feel blessed to have found friends who are so similar to me in thought and way of life.
A friend of mine was celebrating her birthday and invited a group of about 8 girls to come to her cabin on the lake for the weekend. The rules: No men, No children. Yes, please!
The scenery was beautiful
the food (everyone brought something) was incredible, but the company was truly amazing. Being surrounded by 7 other mothers & wives was just what I needed. We didn't do anything for two days except relax, eat, sleep and talk. It was nice to wake up in the morning with no agenda, no child asking for this or that, and to just grab a cup up of tea, sit on the dock and read a book, float on the lake or sit around the fire. We talked about our lives, our husbands, our children. We also talked about our struggles and our desires for how we want to be in the future. And to prove to my husband that we didn't just sit around complaining about our husbands (which, truthfully, we didn't do at all) here are pictures of what we actually did:
We soaked in the sun, read books and drank tea.
We went canoeing.
We told stories... mostly about our husbands & children. I guess we are more in love with them than we thought!
We went for walks.
And we sat by the fire. At times in silence just taking in the calmness and the beauty. Other times talk filled the sky and laughter ricocheted off the lake.
I never experienced friendship like this until now. You see, growing up, I only had guy friends. Up until now, I never thought I missed out on anything by not having girlfriends. For years, I envisioned girlfriends spent their time gossiping and doing their hair and makeup. I feel foolish now to know that isn't how it is at all. Despite my foolishness, I feel fortunate to have found so many girlfriends now. To experience events such as this camping weekend.
So to Jehan, if you read this, thank you for inviting me to your birthday camping weekend... I truly had a blast!. To all the girls, Jehan, Kristy, Sarah, Bonnie, Jenny & Esme, thank you for the company.