Insert crazy mother here, screaming Ava's name and trying not collapse from fear while passages from The Shack play in her head and her heart jumps out of her chest.
Other adults were starting to panic with me as we began to go around to each tent and RV questioning people. I think I kept repeating "oh God, oh God, oh God where can she be?" I was almost certain she had gotten lost or been taken.
Finally someone said "I think she's on a hike..." and I jumped all over that. Is she on that hike? Is she on that hike? So we ran back down to have someone call the guy leading the hike Cody and the boys went on because Cody's phone wasn't getting through. He confirmed Ava was with them.
Insert crazy with relief mother here. Weeping, sobbing, heart still pounding, saying a million thank yous to God. I have never felt anything like the fear and relief I felt that night. My mind had already gotten to the place where it was asking what am I going to do when we don't find her? I don't think I need to tell you mothers out there that is not a good place to be.
I am so thankful that everything turned out okay, and I will probably be giving all the kids extra hugs for a few weeks.