Monday, August 24, 2009

Fort Stevens 2009 - Top Ten List

Marin doesn’t know it, but I am guest-writing this blog entry. Why? Because I can. Being married for 8+ years has it’s privileges, one of which is knowing your spouses passwords.

We just got back from what was probably our best vacation as a family ever, so to recap for friends and family, I put together a Top 10 list.

Fort Stevens 2009 Vacation - Top 10 List

10. Sleeping in a hammock

Yeah. That’s me. Asleep in a hammock. Rad.

9. Everything tastes better when you’re camping

I don’t know why, but everything I ate on this trip tasted like the finest food I’d ever had. Jeremy’s tamales, fine meat products from Dave and Nicole, Deschutes Inversion IPA, Captain Crunch, s’mores -- Mmmm.

8. Traditions

This marks the 30th year that Marin’s family and the Boster’s have made an annual trek to the coast. Some traditions must live on! My favorite was probably the late-night card games while sipping hot Tang through a Red Vine straw.

7. Gus and his ukulele

One night around the camp fire, Gus busted out his ukulele and proceeded to lead the whole camp in a few rounds of Jesus Loves Me. That’s right, Gus is two and half years old and leading worship.

6. Star gazing with Max

The weather was good enough for the stars to be out and Max soaked it all up while reclining in my lap one night. We talked about how God created the stars, how He promised Abraham that his children would number like the stars and a that it was a star that pointed to Jesus when he was born. I like to think that he was closely studying the stars that night as he excitedly pointed out satellites moving across the sky and asked to watch the stars again the next night.

5. Day Three

The third day was the best because everyone was settled in and the end of the trip wasn’t yet in sight. The weather was perfect for bike rides and playing baseball.

4. Jumping off sand dunes w/ Max

It was super fun, but mostly an excuse to share this picture.

3. Every kid has a DS

There were eight kids between our families and I think six or seven DS’s. Hey. I know it’s not exactly in the spirit of the outdoors, but video game addiction pays my bills.

2. Gus’s sense of humor

It really seems like Gus came into his own on this trip. His sense of humor charmed everyone. It’s hard to explain, but it felt like he grew quite a bit during that week.

1. Adopted Family

On this trip, I was blessed to see the roots of Marin’s strong sense of “family”. Not only is she truly devoted to her own blood family, but she forms bonds with her friends that are every bit as unconditional and loving.

The Johnson’s met the Boster’s at Fort Stevens 30 years ago through what seems like chance circumstances. That friendship has become an adopted family that defies reason.

Ephesians 1:4-5 “. . . In love 5he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.”


Julia said...

Nice entry, Mark! I enjoyed it. It sounds like you guys had a fantastic trip - I am jealous! Miss you all :)

Marcia (Mom) (Ama) said...

This brought smiles AND tears as I remembered all the great fun of what has to be the BEST camping trip yet!

Thank you for catching(and expressing it so well) the essence of what these trips, and our "adopted family" mean to us.

We are blessed to have you as a part of our family.



Anonymous said...

It is truly a gift that the Boster's and Johnson's have become such good friends that we all feel like part of each other's families.
30 years of camping, celebrating, playing, mourning, supporting, and making plans for the next adventure - it is something none of us would trade - ever.
Mark, Thank you for the Top Ten. But you made me cry :)