Friday, August 08, 2008

The View from My "Office" This Morning

Once again, the old age question begs to be asked - "Is it 'camping' if you have a wifi connection?" This is the view this morning from my "office" - a lawn chair perched along this cliff in Pacifica at the backside of our 28 foot trailer. The only sounds around me are the waves crashing and the gulls loudly calling to one another. A fine mist covers everything, but I'm warm in front of a toasty campfire with a cup of strong coffee at my side and wearing the Clint Eastwood-esque poncho we picked up on a camping trip to Old Town San Diego.

A few years ago, Greg and I saved up and purchased the Mallard, a dinky little trailer from the early nineties that's barely big enough to sleep the four of us and feeling smaller by the day as my boys grow into men. A few times a year, I'm lucky enough to con my normally camping-averse husband into a few days of "camping". This is far from the "roughing it" camping most of you know with tents and homemade trail mix. Our camping adventures normally take us to the outskirts of big cities or to well appointed national parks where we have most of the comforts of home. But somehow, living for four days in less than 300 square feet continues to feel like an adventure despite the fact that we have electricity and hot water.

So this morning, as my boys slumber, I'm sipping coffee and counting my blessings. Having successfully survived day one of this summer's camping extravaganza, who knows what adventures today will bring?


Anonymous said...

Looks like a great place! Have fun - MOM

Theola Chanel said...

I want to thank you. I've really been wanting to live more in the faith and be a better Christian/Catholic. You website and blog are really helping me to more easily walk that path. For the first time in 9 years of being a parent and 5 years of being a Catholic, I feel like I finally understand how precious the vocation of motherhood should be and I am taking steps to live more closely to that end.

Kathy said...

Glad you and your family were able to get away for a few days. That's my kind of camping...and the solitude sounds wonderful!!!

Lisa M. Hendey said...

Mom - I wish YOU were here! L.

I am humbled by your kind comments and will keep you in my prayers at Mass today!

I had so much fun peeking at your blog. I can't believe how big your kiddos are getting? Hey, would you ever want to volunteer as a Catholic Mom columnist? Think about it and email me at if you're interested! L.