September 2, 2012

The adventure of engaging our children {in search of Bigfoot}

"Mom, I think this is a Bigfoot track."

"Really?", I said...with absolute seriousness and curiosity.

"Yes, look at the size of that track!", my oldest son said as he carefully placed his 8 year old boy foot inside that ginormous mud crater.

"Look at all these clues!" my other boys chimed in.

And so it went...a trek through our favorite park searching for clues that Bigfoot could have graced the paths of this place so close to our home.

Excitement grew and imaginations went wild with each new discovery of something found that made this giant creature a possibility. And as I listened and watched our boys completely letting go of all things tangible and embracing what might be possible, I beamed. This was childhood at its finest...jumping headlong into a world of things that many grown ups have long since forgotten...the magic of just being a kid!

Often, I am so tied to my to-do lists that I forget to stop and join them their worlds for a little while. How often do I expect them to rise up and meet me where I'm at? Sadly, probably more often than I meet them. As moms, I think we get so caught up in the day to day tasks and logistics of raising our kids, that we forget...those to-do lists that we think are calling our names....they're not. It's our own voice we hear...the one telling us that in order to be a "good mom and wife" we must meet some level of perfection we've painted in our own minds.

So, on this day, our Bigfoot Adventure Day, I allowed myself to get swept right up into the magic and wonder of something that we are still talking about days later. This was one of those moments I am so thankful I traded my time spent checking email, Facebook and Twitter for. I put aside the temptation to pull out my iPhone and instead embarked on an adventure WITH my boys.

As I did so, I saw four other moms sitting while their kids played on the play equipment and they sat, head down, with phone in hand "checking in" with the world instead of checking in with their kids. How many times have I also done the very same thing? These are weary moms, just needing a break. It's not easy and sometimes checking out for a while is okay. But every once in a while we need to resist that pull to fade out so that we can actually live the adventure God calls us to, fully awake and present. Dare I say, the every-once-in-a-whiles need to happen more often.

I think they do.

I must say it was exhilarating to be a part of such joy that day....a breath of fresh air that filled my heart with thankfulness to hear their laughter while indulging their every whim as we searched for clues of Bigfoot.

Just the night before, I had prayed that God would show me how to be more present with our boys. That morning, God revealed to me for the twelve-thousand-four-hundred-and-twenty-seventh time how important it is to step away from the sweet demands that cause this mama's heart to feel like there is a never-ending to-do list of chores and have-to's and need-to's. God wants us to gain some real perspective, to remember our purposes and high calling, the ministry right in front of us. But in a world filled with mountains of laundry and dishes, making meals, work and running errands, homeschooling and yes, even social's easy to lose sight of that ministry if the tasks are all we're focused on.

I'm thankful He reminded me of my own sweet desires and that those desires are also His desires....I am the mom. So are you! And yes, that means there are constant demands and things that vie for our time and attention...but the next time I hear my kids say, "Mom, I think that's a Bigfoot track", I want to be able to hear what they're really saying......which is, "Mom, I need and want you to spend time WITH me in my world...let's go on an adventure together!"

It is possible to gain a better perspective right in the midst of where you're at. God is big like that and can show us Truth even when it feels like we're consumed and overwhelmed with the busyness (and chaos) of each day. We just have to say yes to the adventure a little more often.

Linking up with: 

The Better Mom 
Hip Homeschool Moms


  1. He is teaching me similar lessons. Blessings on your journey :)

    And thanks for linking up with me!

  2. Aw that is so precious! I love the last photo! :) Blessings on your new year! <3

  3. You are right. I think how irritating it is when you try to talk to an adult who cannot even put their phone down for a 5 min conversation & this is probably how our kids feel.

  4. Awesome post and words of insight.
    Looks like you had a great day too.

  5. Aw, what a perfect reminder! Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Came over from the Hip Homeschool Hop. I love the photos, especially the one with your boys in a line, following each other, and your son's red boots really POP! It's fun to sneak a peek into another Mom with a few sons, too. I love the focus on adventure!

  7. I enjoyed this post. Boys love an adventure! We have 4 boys too... though ours are much bigger now and seeing your line up reminded me of our guys many moons ago. Enjoy these days! They go by so fast!

  8. What a lovely reminder. It's my goal today to get on my child's level. Thanks for sharing this.


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