One of my dreams for Avonlea is that she would seek adventure. That she would not be satisfied just within the walls of our house, but she would want to get outside & see new things & go to new places. I want her to be brave. To do things that she didn’t know she could do. To see things that she never dreamed she would see up close.
I heard a mom on a podcast recently, saying that when she & her husband had kids, the kids had to fit into the life their family already had. They weren’t going to have a baby & suddenly have every part of life revolve around that baby, creating a spoiled, self-centered human being.
I think that’s how we feel…first & foremost, we are husband & wife, before we are parents. Happy, healthy kids come from happy, healthy marriages, & that means doing the things we’ve always enjoyed doing together, & including Avonlea in those things. I want her to love the things we love (& to discover her own things, too!).
So just as soon as the weather permitted (it’s been unusually hot here lately!), we took her on a hike on a trail nearby. Of course she won’t remember anything about her days in California, but we want to start doing these things now so we get in the habit. Of course it was not as easy as just the two of us jumping in the car & going. We had a plethora of things we took with us just in case, & it took us twice as long to get out the door…but it’s worth every bit of the effort.
She slept the whole time, but she really likes sleep…so I think that means she thoroughly enjoyed her first hike!
“We have to be braver than we think we can be, because God is constantly calling us to be more than we are.” -Madeline L’Engle