I’m sorry it has been quiet around here lately. We recently returned home from a ten day camping trip to observe the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot).
“Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto YHWH seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath. And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before YHWH your God seven days. And ye shall keep it a feast unto YHWH seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month. Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am YHWH your God.” – Leviticus 23:39-43
For the past twenty years, we have celebrated Sukkot. Most years we try to go camping and dwell in “booths” or temporary dwellings. This was our “booth”, or sukkah …
But we had these temporary “booths” too 🙂
I sorted through our pictures because I wanted to share a few … and there were so many that I had a hard time choosing! For anyone who wants to see more, Sarah plans to post them on one of our other blogs.
We had a wonderful Sukkot this year, in spite of the fact that it rained nearly every day and we had 29 canines with us.
Yep, you heard right … 29 canines.
That’s what happens when you raise dogs and several of them decide to have puppies all at the same time! Thankfully 11 of the puppies were only a week old and could stay in their crates with their moms without needing a lot of attention from us. Want to see what tent-camping with dogs looks like?
Lots of crates!
We managed to fit five girls, three adult dogs and seven puppies in one tent!!
Puppies aside, we had a good time fellowshipping with friends who came from multiple states.
We had wonderful times of praise and worship, and dancing (I think some of the videos are supposed to make it onto youtube sometime in the near future).
We enjoyed the beautiful scenery and nature around us … Fall Creek Falls is one of the nicest state parks you’ll find in this area.
These are the tallest falls this side of this Mississippi … but somehow we didn’t get a good photo of them from top to bottom :p
We joked about captioning this one “my cup runneth over” 🙂
Camping with a family of nine for ten days can be a challenge. Several years ago we came up with the idea of using a horse trailer for a kitchen and storage area. We take along a full-size refrigerator and stove, and my father has a sink and countertop that he hooks to the campsite’s water supply. It makes “roughing it” much more convenient!
We do rough it sometimes too 🙂
What do you do when you need to stand on a ladder and there’s nothing to support it? Voila!
We had quite a few volleyball games … whenever there was a break in the rain. One of my younger siblings said, “I didn’t know Ima (mother) could play volleyball!” 🙂
Fun in the leaves!
I guess Samuel was the chef here. And yes, that is a port-a-potty above his head … I didn’t catch it when I first saw this picture! It was on top of our friend’s refrigerator but I don’t have a clue why! Maybe they’ll be so good as to give an explanation 🙂
The boys often built this “wall” around the campfire … it helped to dry out the wood and serve as protection for toddlers. We spent lots of time around the fire 🙂
See that rock formation way out there to the right?
You can walk out on it!! It looks a lot worse from a distance than when you’re actually on it 🙂
Buddies! I love Isaac’s face in this picture 🙂
There are several sets of beautiful falls there at the park.
Ruthie and Samuel had the bright idea to take their yellow Lab on one of the hikes and discovered that she wasn’t fond of swinging rope bridges!
“What’s down there?
Family photo time … we didn’t realize until after the fact that we weren’t centered with the flag!
The last day … some people had already left but this was a good portion of the group.
I could have picked out so many more but I think that is enough for now. Hopefully we can start writing again on a regular basis now that we’re getting more settled.
Shabbat Shalom Y’all 🙂