**ETA after several email inquiries...this is a privately owned ranch. It's not a hotel or rentable property!**
So between seeing my family in Waco and Jimmy's family in Nederland...we decided to take a little vacation at 5K Ranch.
Hmm. How can I describe 5K Ranch? How about this. Heaven on earth.
Imagine a place where you have absolutely nothing to worry about. It's in one of the most beautiful parts of Texas, each of us have our own large bedroom+bathroom, and there is a big ole pool. At 5K ranch there's nothing to do but ride 4 wheelers and explore, swim in the pool, eat, read, and relax.
Oh, did I mention that our most favorite friends in the world gather there every year? This was the 6th summer at 5K ranch.
We've made three.
Every year when our friends meet up there I'm so homesick. Homesick for the jokes, the laughing until we cry. Homesick for the BBQ, the cocktails, and the just being together.
The core of this group is Jimmy's best guy friends that he's had since he was a kid. Friends that are the kind of friends that would do anything for each other. You know...the ones you can call up in the middle of the night and they will come without hesitation.
Yep. Those kind of friends. The kind that are the best kind to have when your husband is in Afghanistan and you don't know if he'll come home. The kind that dance with you at weddings when he is gone so you don't feel sad, the kind that take you in as one of them even if it's super intimidating at first.
The last time we went the the ranch we pretty much had the only kids. This year? Well look for yourself.
The kids run themselves ragged all day. Swimming, exploring, not napping, getting dirty, using their imaginations. There is a collective group of a zillion adults watching them.
We discipline and admonish each other's kiddos as if they are our own. Love them like they are our own too.
This year I met six children that I've watched grow through the Internet. Four kiddos I've long to hold and get to know. I finally got to do that this week.
We finally got to tell them how long we've been waiting to meet them and how much we love their mommies and daddies.
And after the kiddos zonk out we stay up late talking, reminiscing, and laughing. So much laughing. As I sit here today I don't have a voice at all.
This week I got to have my coffee on a porch swing every morning.
I got to watch the sun set and the horses graze every night.
Thanks to Uncle Brad for making me not one but two delicious drinks that tasted like juice and threatened to have me napping on the lawn with the dogs. Which wouldn't have been a big deal because there would have been 93248028 adults to step in and take over my parenting role.
That's the thing about 5K. Never any worries.
I've tried to put in in words here, but the fact is I can't really do that properly. The fact is that I'm a little bit teary eyed as I type this.
We are very fortunate to lead the life we lead. We get to see this world and explore and meet new people. But we miss our friends. I miss them so much it makes my heart ache.
Most people are fortunate to be surrounded by their best friends and family at all times. We miss out on that and it can be sad sometimes.
True friends of the heart are a gift. And time worry-free is a gift.
So grateful for 5K ranch.
We'll be back in three summers. And we'll miss it terribly until then.