Our Little Gift from God


A week a half ago we received a call from Pine Cove.  They told us a family had just canceled for week 1 of family camp, the spot was already paid for, and if we could get to camp in 48 hours, we could have their spot.

Excited is a little bit of an understatement.

I ran the washer/dryer for a day, threw some stuff into some suitcases, and we were off for another great year of Pine Cove family camp!

Let me just say, year 1 was pretty crazy, year 2 was a lot of fun, but year 3 at Pine Cove was by far the best year yet.

Two things contributed to the greatness of this vacation.

  • We didn’t have a baby who needed to go to bed early! And when you don’t have a baby dictating your schedule, lots of fun can be had!  For 5 years, I have been stuck get to be in a room with a sleeping baby or a nursing baby or a grouchy baby while the world around me plays.    I was almost giddy with excitement that we weren’t bound to a bedtime this year and I got to play too!=)  Which meant the kids got to see 10pm every night.  I realized that Justus had never seen it get dark outside before and none of the kids had ever seen a lightening bug before.  The things they miss out on when they go to bed at 7pm =)  They were definitely tired, but we had a blast playing and fully enjoying all that camp has to offer.

  • We also went at the beginning of June instead of at the end of August.  Let me remind you that Pine Cove is in East Texas.   The weather is fabulous in June and more than hot in August!  Which meant this year we all truly enjoyed just being outside fishing, or boating, or just having fun.  I do believe we will continue to go back in June instead of in August!


Its hard to describe what an incredible experience Pine Cove is.  Throughout the week, you connect and have fun as a family, as a married couple, and with God all while relaxing and having more fun than I’ve ever had anywhere else.  A post doesn’t do family camp justice, so we’ll just say WE. LOVE. PINE.COVE and we feel so incredibly blessed to have been able to go this year!

Here is our video of the week =)  My favorite part is a toss up between my two year old crying and begging to go to bed and Elliana singing her first solo.  Hope you enjoy!



And here is a little slideshow of some pics from the week. I figured all grandparents would be interested!

5 Responses to “Our Little Gift from God”

  1. Sara Beth June 7, 2011 at 6:38 am #

    SO glad you got to do this! How do we get on that “week already paid for last minute notice” list on our next Stateside?!? Ha ha. Seriously though we really hope to go some year in the future after all you guys have shared about it. Such fun.

    • kari June 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

      I think you need to talk to God about that one b/c we have no other explanation for how we got to go! And now I’m seriously praying that next time you come stateside our families can go together!!!!

  2. Mary June 7, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    LOVE this!!! So glad you were able to get away as a family. What a wonderful, unexpected blessing! 🙂

  3. Kathy Minter June 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    Hi ……. just wanted to tell you we enjoyed watching your trip to Pine Cove….. Reagan wasn’t certain she ever wanteed to do a zip line, but I assured her it would be fun.

    Is that the Pine Cove off of I-10 towards Austin?

    Hope all is well.


    • kari June 8, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

      There is a Pine Cove down there but we go to the one near Tyler, TX. And tell Reagan that Elliana felt the same way!!

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