Obedience, sacrifice, confession, repentance these are deeply personal spiritual practices, best shared in a trusted community. Unfortunately these practices and postures of the heart can become yokes that people are pressured into bearing. But condemnation, fear of failure, inadequacy is not how the Spirit moves us into spiritual discipline.
When our youngest was three we started hiking together regularly, and then it become once a week. The more we were outdoors together, the more we wanted to be outdoors together; hiking, camping, and backpacking.
Then we moved to the mountains, started skiing and made our dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail together into a reality.
Now we live in Montreal and family life is focused on raising three teenagers, with city interests and hobbies. We no longer live in the outdoors, nor do we spend as time in that space together, but having adventures together in natural places is a core part of our family culture and our pursuit of these activities has greatly enriched our lives.
- Experiencing Yellowstone National Park - Recommended sites and stops in Yellowstone National Park.
- One Day a Week ~ You never know where it might go - A one day a week practice changed our family life, maybe it could change yours?
- Living Inspired: Post-trip Reflections - Right now the lesson for me is about putting our values and all the things we hope to accomplish with our lives into action.
- Our First Time Family Backpacking - This inaugural winter backpacking trip was a game-changer for our family.
- The hardest part is getting out the door - The physicality of backpacking takes one type of commitment, getting a family out the door to start that adventure takes another.
- Kid's Outdoor Gear Guide: Clothing Edition - There is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong gear.
- Kids Outdoors (is coming) & Backcountry Skiing (a brief intro)
- Camping as the means to an end - Camping for us is a means of travel, enabling our family to go places and do things.
- Skiing on the Schedule ~ When Dreams Come True - We had a dream to ski with our kids but we weren't sure how how our resources of time, money, and location could be stretched and finagled to make this a reality.
- Camp character building - Just when I think I'm doing well; showering in the woods, using a glorified plastic bag to wash dishes and sleeping in a tent we go for a hike in the pouring rain.
- Winter Bliss - It was a lot of working getting there, to that cabin in the woods; but it was so worth it.