Cool places we've been to as a family:
Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum, Mansfield, MO
Darling Bride's Grandparents', Northwest Arkansas
Indianapolis Children's Museum
Conner Prairie, our local living history museum
And when we're at home, we do all sorts of things - like gardening!
Not to mention Indiana Dunes State Park (in October!), Spring Mill State Park, Indianapolis Zoo, Holiday World and Splashin' Safari, Santa Claus, Indiana, and more!
Who doesn't like to play? Going on adventures as a family across town or across the country is the reward for all the hard stuff we have to do.
I've written 4 previous posts about our family and how we put our Mission and Core Values into writing. Now that I've had a chance to re-read it, it sure can be thought of as a little on the intellectual and philosophical side. Too much egg-head stuff. But important stuff so that we don't end up watching too much bad TV and playing too many video games. And because I'm the husband and dad, it's my job to wrestle with these issues to lead us and get us going in the right direction. Every family needs direction, especially when trying to drive through St. Louis!
But play time is the fun balance of life! And it is OK. Anybody who is trying to chart a course for their lives ought to put fun into the mix!
That's why one of our family's core values is that "We love God's creation by Excellent Life Experiences." We have fun and give God the Glory - "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork" - Psalm 19:1
Take time for fun! Eat ice cream! Go camping! Go on a day trip! Play in the back yard! Call up some friends you've been meaning to talk to and schedule a play date!
We've already booked two camping reservations - One for Holiday World in June and another for Indiana Dunes in July. We'll book more. We will get by in a tent. I hope to afford a pop-up camper/trailer someday. We play in our backyard. We play Wii. We have fun. And it is right and good.
Do some serious planning. Then relax. Chill out. Have fun! Play!
Together, we discover, nurture, and fulfill God's will and plan for us.
We love God by authentic worship.
We love others by intentional relationships.
We love wisdom by worthwhile learning.
And, we love God's creation by Excellent Life Experiences!