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Hiking with Kids: Trekking Poles

My husband Taido, who we also like to call the Gearhead, owns these trekking poles for when he goes backpacking.  He is usually carrying a decent sized pack in the mountains, so the poles help take some of the weight off his knees and land his feet a little lighter in spite of his heavy …

Favorite Summer Memory

In honor of my daddy’s birthday today, I thought I would share this sweet little picture that Simon brought home from school.  It’s his favorite summer memory. Riding a motorcycle with Grandpapa. My dad has this off-roading motorcycle that he rides when we are camping.  He can be gone for hours on it and you …

The Fiddler’s Gun by Pete Peterson

I bought The Fiddler’s Gun for my boys a while back because it’s an adventure story set during the American revolution.  And because there are some pirates. So when I was packing for our trip, I grabbed it for them to read but then I ended up starting it.  Completely taken in, I stayed up …

Mt Windom, Colorado

Remember all those different blog posts about our trip to Colorado last summer? I guess I got a little burned out on mountain pictures, because I neglected to put these up from Ben’s inaugural backpacking trip. My dad, Taido and Bobby take the graduating seniors backpacking every summer before they head off to college. They …

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Missouri Camping

This week, Simon and I got to escape to Missouri for a couple of nights camping with my dad, my sister and her kids. Anna’s kids were out of school Monday and Tuesday, so we all left on Sunday and met about halfway between here and Chicago at St. Francois State Park. We’ve only camped …

D Camp

D Camp Oh Discipleship Camp, lovingly referred to as d-camp. Where should I even start? So much could be said about the 6 days of being at camp with over 100 middle school students during one of the hottest Junes ever recorded in the history of this fine state of Arkansas. Really, the amount of …

Fall Castle Bluff Camps

One of the events that marks our autumn season every year are our middle and high school Fall Castle Bluff camps at church. So much of what happens in our youth programs at church pours out of these events and they take an enormous amount of support to pull off. Taido and Bobby and their …

Rifle, Colorado

We spent a lovely two days in the area of Rifle, Colorado, a place I had never even heard tell of before last week.  Though we enjoyed our time there, we probably won’t go back since it is so far west in Colorado. Unless, of course, I take up rock climbing, which is about as …

The Smoky Mountains

We recently returned from a rainy week in the Smoky Mountains with my entire family.  The last time we all camped together was five years ago in Colorado.  Since everyone remembers that week as being very cold, we decided to meet somewhere a little warmer.  And a little closer!  We have been planning this trip …