My most favorite part of camping is just being in the presence of family. My boys have gotten old enough that we let them enjoy doing what they want on their own as long as they have their phones with them. I used to put them on a leash, literally. There was too much danger in my eyes to just let them run, and there were so many places they could simply duck into without anyone noticing. My brother and sister-in-law were there with their two, which made me smile, those two are busy! I tried to give them the "sister advice" and tell them they need to invest in a leash. My brother and wife's best friends came as well they brought their little boy, who is the same age as my niece. It's fun to watch "couple friends" who do things together and can share in each others lives. Each family gets through things as they can and the best they know how. My other brother and his fiance only stop for a day, they don't really like crowds much, but it's fun to be together all at once. My Mom and Dad, of course, still take care of most everything, behind the scenes. My cousin/sister, as I call her, stopped by also with her daughter and while she was there our other cousin and their kids stopped by.
We of course still purchase the knives, the guns, the tomahawks, the swords, the cast iron pans, the pretty dresses, the hobo utensils, and we still use and practice with them for a day or so afterwards. It's fun to see how caught up everyone gets in their surroundings.
As I shared with you, my full intentions in life, currently, is to start building relationships again. Many times we get hurt or upset and we destroy relationships. I guess the only way I can determine to do that is to stop getting hurt and offended. It's going to happen, but if we can simply say, God, I leave this up to you, you know what's in my heart and I'm not going to allow this situation to break my relationship with this person.
God has given us a great amount of grace in our own lives, I suppose it would be wise to grant that grace to others. I always tell my son that your relationships are not counted by how many like you, it's how many people you choose to like. I lost my best friend when we were about 20. I'm nearing 40, and it's been a very long time, putting up walls and being afraid of getting hurt again. Sometimes it gets pretty lonely. The only way to live my friends, is to allow life to happen around you and learn from all the experiences that happen. I used to live by running away from everything that hurt me. Actually, my first response and the initial reaction is to want to run, sometimes I still try, but then I stop and say, Ok, God, what did you bring me here to learn.
The other thing is, you have to start making time for people. Call them, make plans, get involved. It's much easier to live life alone, but it's much harder to build relationships without it.
Have a great day Friends!