Lots to be thankful for this week. But least you think I can’t get my complain on, I’ve included some grumblings to keep these reflections truthful.


Kind gestures from strangers  “Rest a while. Enjoy the view. But leave the seats so others can too.” I was charmed by this message left on two chairs along the hiking trail — not sponsored, not gimmicky, just simple kindness.

Oh Phelups!  Grace has basically made up her own swear word, and I sort of love it. She uses it when she’s feeling frustrated or angry, and it’s starting to catch on; I heard Carl using it earlier today!

Children’s hiking boots  I was torn about whether to spend money on these before we left for the trip, but it was worth it. The boots let Grace and Max know to expect an adventurous and longish walk ahead and they’re just sturdier and more supportive than regular kid’s shoes, especially on rocky and muddy trails.

My legs  Strong, steady, taking me to new views and vistas.

Apples and carrots  The go to Freeman family driving and walking snacks. Crunch!



Shoe and sock removal  Max insists on taking his shoes and socks off within 10 minutes of having them put on. By the end of the day, this is highly highly irritating. Your toes are delicious, Max, but come on!!!

Crumbs, sand, dirt, dust  When your living room, dining room, bunk room, and kitchen are all basically one small box, every bit of dirt on the floor is more apparent and more disgusting. Who wants to sleep directly on top of dinner crumbs and bottom-of-shoe debris? Not me or Carl! How many times can two adults sweep the floor in one day? I’ll tell you: too many!

Losing my temper  I used to think I was so patient.

ABBA on repeat  Oh, Carl…

Stomach issues in a camper van  I’ll just leave it at that.


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