Finally the season has arrived for heading out into nature!! We have just experienced our first camping trip of the season and it was wonderful! The weather was warm, the company was great and the food was delicious. Camping is a great time to relax, reconnect (with each other and with nature) and rejuvenate. When we camp we make sure that the work is minimal so that we are able to enjoy the time that we have at the campsite together, this means that the food is simple and the preparation is easy (cooking on an open fire is the best way to accomplish this). We also try to keep an open mind and an open schedule when it comes to camping, basically we try to be extremely flexible. There is no agenda when camping and this way we are always open to new adventures, new experiences and sometimes new friendships. This past weekend we were joined on our camping adventure by some friends that we haven’t camped with before, it was a great time of getting to know each other better and connecting on a deeper level. We enjoyed hanging out with their children, as ours are almost out of the house, and reliving the wonders that childhood brings such as throwing the Frisbee, collecting rocks, playing on the playground and swimming in an ice cold lake! We also enjoyed the recommendation that these friends made to visit the best bakery (Quesnel Bakery) and coffee shop (Granville Island Coffee) in the neighboring town of Quesnel, BC, (the cinnamon twists were awesome and the coffee was perfect!). All in all the first camping trip of the season was a huge success, we can’t wait till the next time that we can pack up the trailer and head down the road!
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Being a parent is a journey that requires grace, mercy, forgiveness and faith that God has a plan. Nurturing your children, teaching them, making decisions for them that take their best interests into account requires a great amount of responsibility, maturity and patience.
When our son was little he was a handful! Every day with him brought a new challenge. When he was four years old he refused to play with any of the other children in the neighborhood. If a child came to our yard to play, our son would scream and scream at the top of his lungs until he had successfully frightened his potential playmate away. In grade four he exercised his freedom of speech, in a unique way, and used the F word whenever he was displeased with what the teacher expected of him. He had a temper that could rival a raging bull and one day he became so angered by our neighbor’s son that he hit him in the bum with a shovel. Needless to say, the early years of our son’s life were difficult ones.
While parenting our young son mercy, grace and forgiveness were handed out in large quantities, sometimes to our son and sometimes to ourselves. Did we make mistakes as parents, you bet we did!! We constantly needed to remind ourselves to be patient; God had a plan for our son and everything would come together according to His timing and not ours. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the lord “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).
Today our son is a well adjusted, hard working twenty year old going into his fourth year of university and on his way to becoming a psychiatrist. Did we ever envision this future for our son? Perhaps not this particular future but we never lost faith that he had a future and that God had a plan.
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