I’m not sure if it was the moment I yanked the power cord out of the wall and heaved the massive 48 inch tv into the closet or if it was the 50th time I argued with my children about going to play outside and felt like it more like pulling teeth than a reasonable conversation, or maybe when we sat on our back porch and listened to the detailed conversation our neighbors were having on the phone, but somewhere in there we decided we wanted something different for our kids.
We wanted them to grow up different not caught up in the busy rat race of trips to the Target dollar section and play dates to try and keep them occupied not stuck inside with a gameboy in hand and a tv playing in the background. We knew we wanted different but didn’t know really what different would look like.
And then God slowly began to move, opening doors and answering prayers, and moving us to different. We had no idea how wonderful and hard and lonely and full of glory different would be.
Our kids had no idea either, and they didn’t ask to be on this crazy ride we call life, but none the less, they are. The first week here they were underfoot. Like REALLY underfoot. Scared to go anywhere without me, not even to the second floor of the house not to mention the 16 acres awaiting them outside!
It was a slow transition over the last few months, and there were days I wondered if we had made a MAJOR mistake, but finally the kids are THRIVING. They are adjusting and exploring and learning to be kids without the fear of wide open spaces. In the beginning I really thought maybe my kids were broken, like maybe their adventure buttons that I thought they had hiding somewhere under all that tv lovin, store hopping stuff didn’t actually exist. Maybe they weren’t cut out for all this outdoor farm stuff. But now, looking back over the past few months, I think they were in SHOCK! Like “what are we doing out here and where is the nearest restaurant and can we play with our friends down the street for crying out loud???” kind of shock.
But now that the shock has worn off they are beginning to settle in and love this life. From getting eggs out of the coop each day to shoveling wood chips, to helping on projects, and building forts, and just being kids- like the old fashion not so broken kind! It’s such a blessing to watch them grow into these people who are seeing things from a simpler perspective. The Lord is raising up little arrows that are CONNECTED to Him, to His creation, and therefore the gospel can thrive in their hearts because they are living it, experiencing Him in a real tangible way. Here is a little bit of their transformation over the past few months…
Playing in their make-believe camp
and loving it!
Exploring the tree forest
Feeding some onion grass to the chickens.
Thanks for following along with us on this journey, grateful for each one of my readers, it makes it so much more fun because I get to share it with you!