An Afternoon in The Woods
"There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar: "
- Lord Byron
Sometimes what your soul needs is a little recharge. Sometimes the best place to find it is to go off wandering through the trees and leaves and brush of the woods. So that's exactly what they did. Here's a little glimpse into their story:
Noun: an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity
Verb: to engage in hazardous and exciting activity, especially the exploration of unknown territory
My husband and I have always been adventurers. Our children are a special kind of adventurer.
They are survivors. They are fighters. I was born to two adventurers in a village deep in the
jungles of Indonesia, so really, I had no choice but to embrace exciting and unusual experiences.
Turns out, I thrive in adventure. Lately, our adventures are a bit more subtle. I've traded the
perils of tropical jungles for the mayhem of suburbia, but it's no less treacherous. Between
being a military family and a foster-adoptive family, our life is brimming with adventure.
Sometimes thrilling, and yes, sometimes hazardous.
We've hiked over terrain full of PTSD, sensory disorders, ADHD, reactive attachment disorders,
infertility. But the panoramic views of joy, growth, strength, family, love as we crest each hill together
provides our family with the hope we need to keep trekking through our personal jungles. In the midst of
a multitude of moves, all the occupational therapy, the 'feelings doctors', the new schools... one thing our
family has always found solace in is the outdoors.
Whether hiking Southern swamps, Pacific beaches, Northern mountains, or Eastern woods, we're drawn to
be outside- adventuring in God's creation. It provides our souls with a place to recharge as a family. We're free to live in
the moment, enjoying the crisp crunch of leaves beneath our feet, exploring new micro eco-
systems, and think of nothing but the splash our rocks make as they hit the water. We forget the
hazardous adventures of our life and fully engage in the adventures of creation. Who knows
what unknown territory our family will face next? But we will climb each new hill together,
savoring the view from the top. And that's all that really matters.