stradtner family camping trip | personal

Catching up on a bit of 2016 blogging so please bare with me.  This was actually 2 camping trips ago.  We had a great time, but it was a tough trip for me.  I had a serious foot injury, which meant limited mobility, no hiking, no exploring, no going down to the water to play with the kids (and no water photos this time around with the exception of the ones we took at Garner State Park).  But the trip was still so worth it through the pain.  Camping is our big reset button as a family.  No electronics, reconnecting, outside in nature.  Maggie and her obsession with thinking she’s a people and sitting in people chairs still makes me laugh.  The fireflies.  Oh the glorious fireflies.  They were so magical.  I’ve never seen so many in my life.  Jude called them “God’s glitter” and I can’t think of a better description.  It was very strange to not have Ty with us on this trip.  Camping is his thing and we missed him so much.  We’ve been hitting the Frio and these cabins for the last couple of years but our next trip was to Oklahoma.  I’ll be back to blog that soon as well….camping_1camping_2camping_3

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Day 288 | 365 Project

288

Loss. In some ways it’d be easier to hide away. To grieve privately. To feel broken and struggling in the shadows. The truth is, most probably wouldn’t notice or see the pain if we didn’t say it out loud. I’ve found strength in women who share their own losses with grace and understanding. We saw the heart beating that last day, but knew it would stop soon, we came home and prayed for a miracle that was not in His plan. This baby was loved. I wanted our baby to feel that, and not my pain or fear, when death arrived. This baby was cherished. Anticipated. They all were. This is our third loss this year. This one was further along, we were so very hopeful this time. We are finding comfort in the Lord and holding on tight to one another. He has a purpose. I can lay my pain and fear and struggles at His feet and I’m so very thankful for that. We will continue to trust Him and praise Him through this storm.

Note: I tried so hard to keep up with my 365 Project during the first trimester, but really struggled to not miss any days. I did miss a few both before and after the miscarriage. I’m giving myself some grace to continue on with the project even though it will be incomplete.

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