We had a great vacation day yesterday. David was off, so we packed a picnic lunch and headed to Cedar Rock Park. It’s really a great park with lots to do. We just opted for a hiking/nature walk. We spent time identifying trees and just observing nature. We studied dead and dying trees and trees that were just starting out. We talked about how even though it was really hot outside it was nice in cool in the woods. We watched and listened to the waterfall and were even delighted to come upon some people riding horses there. There were teaching moments of the school kind and teaching moments of the character kind that we were able to talk through right when they happened. This was a good day.
Days like this don’t come along as often as I would like. In reality most of our days are not anything like this. Most of our days are spent divided. David at work and the kids and I at home. We live our seperate lives for about ten hours then come together for about two hours each night (providing there are no other obligations which often times there are). But those two hours are great right? Sadly, not really. As I’m sure you all know, when you’re apart all day long it’s hard to come together and be on the same page for a short length of time at the end of the day.
So, how do families survive on such a small amount of family time each week? Well some don’t. Some do, but just barely. Some families live a fractured life (half doing this, half doing that, barely coming together at all). Yet, there are those families that seem to thrive. Honestly, I want to be one of these families but we’re not quite there yet.
I’ve started praying for God to bond our family like never before. To really help us make good use of every moment that we have together. For those teaching moments to come often. For the boys especially, to be able to spend more time watching their dad as he lives his life as their role model. But more importantly to be able to point to God and His Word for everything that life has for them. This is my prayer for our family.
So what are your ideas/thoughts on making the most of your family time?
I decided to broaden my horizon and try taking some pictures that were not of people. So here ya go.