Why go outside with kids?
Spending hard-earned time off in the dirt, braving the elements might seem extreme. But so is life in our fast-paced, over-stimulated world. Trading the rat race for granite rocks and quiet streams reconnects us to God, one another and the natural world God created. When we unplug, we multitask less, talk more, slow down, notice the stars and enjoy uninterrupted time with those we love.
Hiking the 215-mile John Muir trail with my 12-year-old daughter, Rebekah, and my 14-year-old son, Cade, my husband, Cory, and I have watched our kids grow stronger, more independent and more spiritually grounded. And we have all grown closer to one another, overcoming challenges and spending endless hours talking as we walk and camp. When the din of the city fades, God’s still, quiet voice blows in with the gentle breeze and a family can relax, have real fun and join the very stones that line their path as they “cry out in praise” (Luke 19:40) to the God of creation.