1. scorpiogirl32

    scorpiogirl32 New Member

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    hi im new here and i have something to say that truly changed my life on august 12 2008 my mom passed away of heart and lung problems she was 53 young and full of life i still should of had so much time with her im 33 like at least 40 more years but the day she died changed some thing in me i have 3 little girls 5,3,and 1 and i realized that even thought i love my mom so much we never did nothing together no camping or trips dont get me wrong i have alot of great memories thats why i bought my pup i felt pushed by how much time i might have left to fill my little girls with as many great and family filled memories as i can so camping is now our family time nobody understood why i felt so compelled to buy something i could not afford thay wouldent untell thay have something so life changing i feel like i have 20 years to live and i want my kids to remember every burnt hot dog undercooked hamberger campfire stories cuddles im sorry to unload on you now you know a little more about me and why i know so little about my pup i dont even know how to turn the gas on or were the water is lol well thanks for listing
     
  2. BOB-ANNA-DOM

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    Well said, you never know how long we have here and I think that there is nothing as sad as being on your death bed with regrets of not spending enough time with your family. You never hear about the guy on his death bed saying "I wish I had spent more time at work". Kids grow up sooooo fast, make all the memories that you can, laugh at everything and live like there is no tomorrow.

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  3. Blkymom

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    Sorry for your loss, scorpiogirl32. It's amazing that you are sharing that love with your girls and making memories they will cerish as they grow.

    Live lots, love much and laugh often!

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  4. hvac1877

    hvac1877 Old Dominion Iron Chefs Highland Springs, Va

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    Don't be sorry to let loose. We all need to vent sometimes. That is why i got the pup to spend more time with my step-sons and granddaughter. I want her to have great memories of her grandparents and enjoy the outdoors like i do.

    Peter & Amy,2008 2407 Starcraft <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp">, 2003 dodge ram quad cab 4X4 <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle"> 08 nights <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_camping.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Camping"> -12
     
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    Wannafishmore New Member

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    One of the reasons I started camping and getting out again was because my Dad passed away in 2006. Some of the best memories I have are of when we were camping or fishing. I only wish I had started sooner, so my son could have had more opportunities to camp out. He's ready to set out to college next year, and it's a little too late. He can't stand camping.

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  6. Big_kid

    Big_kid Virginia Beach, VA

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    Sorry to read of your loss. I bought our camper for many of the same reasons you did. I didn't really have the cash for one, and a new payment was out of the question. I weighed saving up for one against buying a $400 craigslist special. I'd still be saving had we gone that route.

    The kids have had 2 camp backyards, 2 trips to the beach and are looking forward to a rally next year. When they're grown, they'll remember camping more than the camper itself. I wanted them to have as many camping memories as possible, I didn't want to risk them getting too old before we got a camper.

    It may be old, it may have seen the best of it's days, but the kids love it anyway.

    Vent if you need to, ask if you have questions, and I know I don't need to say get out there and make some memories with the family.

    Me 66, DW I value my life, DD 96, DD 00, DS 03, Starmaster 8 68, Mercury Villager 95 Chevy Astro 95

    Edited by - Big_kid on November 16 2008 20:21:00
     
  7. Leyster

    Leyster Revelstoke, B.C.

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    We bought our pup from a couple with 2 young kids and they went camping every chance they got. The pup was originally the mother's father's and she had camped in it when she was younger and it got passed down to her and her kids loved it. The kids would camp in it in the driveway between camp outs and all summer vacation was one long camp driveway for the kids. Their parents enjoyed it so much with them they decided as the kids got older(bigger) they needed more room so they upgraded to a larger camper. Along I come and get this camper for a steal and make new friends. One year later the husband died in a horrific helicopter crash. The family went thru a rough time but what is really helping the teenage kids is the memories of their dad enjoying the time he spent with them camping and enjoying the company of his family. Memories last a lifetime and beyond. It's time to start making memories each and every day.

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  8. jthomas124169

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    Vent away. We have some pretty big shoulders here. I know the pain you are feeling. I lost my mother very suddenly 12 years ago and had a major impact on my life.

    Julie(58) DD(81) 2 DGS(98)&(02) DF(42)
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  9. scorpiogirl32

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    it brought me to tears how wonderfull your stories are and kind words touch me thank you all

    73 voyager
     
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    Scorpiogirl
    in 2001 I took two months off to help mom, who worked, care for my dad. On the good days with him we would talk about all the hundreds of trips he took us on and look at the photo's and have him tell me the stories about the trips that either I forgot or was too young to remember. I was alone with him on that morning in July as I held his hand and whispered my goodbyes when he passed away.
    5 years 3 months and 25 days later, after caring for mom for 2 months, sleeping on the floor near her bed in case she would wake up at night which she did a lot. So we did a lot of talking about the good times and bad, looking at all of the pictures of us growing up, camping, hiking and picnicing. I held her in my arms with my oldest son holding her hand that morning, as we told her dad and my brother were waiting for her.

    There are sooo many memories and I feel that the only thing I can offer my son (27) and the twins (14) are the memories to carry on with them.
    The twins and I started tent camping 6 yrs ago in a borrowed tent with no sleeping bags, and no stove and now have our first popup. We are planning the trips already. Mainly New England, and a trip to Raystown PA. I prefer sites without electricity and where the nearest water is a walk away. Because the walk to the water pump gives us time to talk and experience the world. With no electricity so there can be no TV and we have to deal with each others company.
    When I finally leave them the greatest gift I can leave behind will be the memories and the love I have for them

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  11. mcben

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    I understand your loss. I lost my youngest son 6 years ago. I was thankful I did have a lot of good camping memories. Concentrate on the kids and make your memories with them. You aren't unloading just sharing and it is a good thing.

    Edited by - mcben on November 18 2008 15:35:03
     
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    Scorpiogirl, let me give you a virtual hug, too. I lost my Dad when I was 40. I was raised on a small farm, so we didn't take family vacations because someone needed to care for the animals. The few day trips we took stand out in my memory. DH has been camping pretty much all his life. I'm glad we spent as much time in the outdoors with our sons as we did. I'm glad you're using your grief for a positive outcome.

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  13. John L

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    Scorpiogirl, Sorry to hear about your Mom, but I congratulate you for your revelation. I hope that there will be a revelation with millions of parents in this country like the one you have had. I was just saying to my wife, what is important to kids today? They don't seem to care about their ancestry, they don't care about the outdoors or camping with their family, they don't seem pround to live in this country or understand how lucky we are to have such freedoms. I really don't know what it is they care about other than owning a new IPOD, or a new Cell Phone or text messaging their so called friends that they will never see again after high school. They just have no conception of what is really important in life. Your girls are lucky. Enjoy every minute and tell them about their grandma and grandpa and the rest of their relatives and let them know how lucky we are to be Americans and be able to do all the things we can. Our kids have great memories of our camping trips. We didn't bring a TV but we had fun playing war in the woods with water guns, or going for hikes, swimming, canoeing and yes we even played that old game - hopscotch which they had never played before we went camping. They remember the burnt marsmallows, the chipmunks around the campsite and the loons and owls calling to each other. They are busy now with their lives but they still look forward to coming home and camping with the parent units!

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