August 2, 2016 by Courtney
We’re at family camp at Glorieta in New Mexico right now. We are currently having rainy day activities which means the kids are in the nerf room and craft room. The adults are hanging out in the coffee shop and doing a bunch of nothing. I have been reading, but I decided to take a break and write :-).
Before family camp, we enjoyed some time with my in-laws. We went to the children’s museum in Santa Fe and ate some really yummy food. The next day we drove up into the Santa Fe National Forest and had a picnic in the Holy Ghost canyon.
This is a green chile cheese burger (without a bun) and green chile stew.
This is quinoa and poppyseed crusted avocado tacos (with corn, lettuce, and salsa), amazing pinto beans, and rice.
We’re only on day 3 of a 7 day family camp. It’s been pretty awesome so far. The first day was so fun as the kids got to play fun games, play in a bounce house, and do an obstacle course with a blind fold. Then, they got to play in a foam pit for a few hours (which is amazing by the way). Yesterday involved a guided hike to the lookout, relaxing, and more time in the foam pit (they can’t get enough). Yesterday evening we had dinner with just adults. We had amazing food and a couple of hours just chatting with our old and new friends. Today has been so amazing because we have been so relaxed! Everything about this family camp is relaxed. I was dreading it for a long time because I expected it to be go, go, go, but it has been just what we all needed. Another perk is that anytime through the day, we can drop the kids off in child care and do what we want. So far we have taken advantage of that twice and took naps.
I love watching Karis worship. Beautiful.
This is Sydney, our counselor this week!
These girls are best friends for ever. They are always together at home and at camp.
This is the greatest invention ever!! A foam pit!! The kids have spent much of their time there. It is fantastic.
Top of the look out!
The kids leading Levi through the obstacle course.
Tomorrow Ethan, Karis, and Robert will be going mountain biking while Levi and I play in the game room. Thursday we will be doing the zip tour (probably just Robert and the big kids). We have western night and route 66 night coming up as well as date night tomorrow night. Date night involves steak :-). Everything about this camp is perfect. I look forward to next year already!
So far the worship and speaking have been fantastic. The worship leader is great and the speaking has been so applicable to our family and marriage. Yesterday we talked about having a purpose in discipling our family. The goal with this is to figure out what each of the family members is gifted with to bring others to Christ, and come up with a purpose statement for our family. Today they talked about bringing others to Christ and discipleship through relationship. The biggest thing I got out of this is that our children are PEOPLE and we need to treat them as such. They used a teaching tool to help us learn how to listen to our spouse and children better to overcome obstacles and disciple our children.
Then, while I was reading while it rained, I ran across this (reading the book For the Children’s Sake):
“Take a small child on your knee. Respect him. Do not see him as something to prune, form, or mold. This is an individual who thinks, acts, and feels. He is a separate human being whose strength lies in who he is, not who he will become. If his choices made now and in the future are to be good ones, this person must understand reality and see the framework of truth. In the shorthand of language, we called this “knowing.” The child is a person who needs to grow in knowledge.”
“Charlotte Mason was, however, a realist. She accepted the little child as he was. She did not romanticize him, but she appreciated him and looked with wonder at what she found.”
So for now, the biggest things that I have gotten out of the speaking are that we need to have a purpose as a family for discipleship and bringing others to Christ. Also, I need to treat my children as people… listening well and loving them well. I often am short tempered and shut them off instead of listening for a chance to disciple.
I can’t wait to see how the rest of the week plays out!