Monday, March 9

Spring in the Woods

On a fine spring day in the deep, deep woods of the Adirondacks we were blessed to enjoy the company of new friends; fellow believers who are also passionate about marriage and family. It is for me, such a happy time when we get to spend time with parents who are passionate about parenting, who see children as blessings, and are intentional about building a strong family.

When I say "blessed" I mean it whole-heartedly in a "wow, I am so blessed" sort of way to have met Kelly and her husband Mark and their two sons.
I am often discouraged to see Christian children being raised the same as children of parents who don't know the Lord. Immersed in the same culture, disrespectful, wild and untrained. Those words may seem like a harsh critique but it is too often true.
We are passionate about seeing parents learn to teach their children, being the primary influence in their children's lives, putting them on a path to pursue God, and building strong, influential homes.
(off the soapbox now)

Because of the deep, wet snow we parked our vans and hiked the half mile in to the cabin. The road was slick and icy. Snowshoes with crampons, back carriers and sleds laden with children and food were in order.

Here you see Mark, who is quite tall, carrying our two toddlers and sunken into the snow past his knees. The kids laughed and had snowball fights and sled and got soaked to the bone. It was a great time.

Mark and Kelly's oldest son is a favorite of our kids. He has such a great personality and quick smile. Their two boys are the same ages as our Chase and Ella Catherine.

After a rest and warming up the cabin we feasted on stew, naan (Indian flat bread),

Kelly's famous carrot pineapple salad (so good!), and cheese, pepperoni and crackers before heading out again for a hike and to find a suitable sledding spot.

And a potty break on natures toilet.

So sorry, I could not resist. It's not like its the first time I've put a photo up of him attending to business for the whole world to see.

My Dad lives close by and hiked in for a visit with his grandkids. Can you tell he's a popular and favorite guest? Naaa, not at all.

A dessert of Kellys' apple coffee cake and some popcorn finished the day.

"We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
We write this to make our joy complete.
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin." from 1 John 1


Diane Shiffer said...

Oh my.. that looks like such a wonderful *wonderful* time! It has been so long since my children and I have gotten away like that, and oh, how your post made me miss the woods... we just may need to take a drive out to the state park for a hike this very afternoon!

i'm sure my children will thank you for inspiring me☺

mandi said...

oh what a fun day!

yay for godly friends that challenge and see eye to eye...