On Friday, I talked about how we don’t always have the opportunity to step out of a situation and how we need to learn to just shut out the voices, but stepping away can be useful as well.
This weekend my husband and oldest daughter had a rifle competition. The range is not far from home, but far enough that camping for the weekend was a good plan of action. We set up our little pop-up and stayed from Friday to Sunday. The thing about actually being able to step away is also being willing to step away. I tend to want to stay home and watch the littles here. I guess maybe habit, from doing just that for so many years, but now that the youngest is 6 it really isn’t the same trouble as it is when you are taking a really young one along that you have to hold 24/7.
The range is beautiful, you can see more about it here: Colorado Rifle Club
My husband and competition kids have been going there for years, this is maybe my third time going and the 1st time I was helping out.
Saturday morning started out beautifully, and early. I have an alarm I use at home that starts out with a little bird song noise and the phone lights up a little at a time. Nice, at home. But when you go out camping and the camper has a screen between you and the big outdoors and the birds start singing at 4 am, well maybe I should have used a different alarm. But the sunrise was so worth the wake-up. Tasha and I took a lovely early morning walk. The evidence of the many many bullsnakes in the sand was not so beautiful, but thankfully it was just tracks and not the snakes themselves.
Here’s the thing about stepping away though, this weekend was really good for me. I enjoyed everything, worried about nothing, and witnessed some amazing interactions. Stepping away can be a really good thing. Just do it when you get the opportunity. It can be such a blessing to talk to God right in HIS element, outside of our homes and chaos. Seriously how could you NOT take a moment and talk to God when you step out on a morning like this?
Here are some of the best moments of the weekend, just because I have to share. The whole weekend was just awesome, but these really are some special moments.
Both Friday and Saturday we got together with everyone to have a little food and chit chat. It seems Emma is spinning yet another yarn. Jesse is still smiling mischieviously about an inside joke they had with the stove.
This was up at the top of the favorite moments. Phil brought out the big flag to fold and asked Emma to help. Every kid in this country should know how to fold a flag.
Everyone at the competition was so patient with the influx of littles, and an extra pup too. I’m not sure how often they have little ones around, but anyone with a big family knows this is a bit of a worry when you bring your littles around a new group. It was a great weekend for all of us.
My kids learned so much, and because Emma is such a social butterfly and talked non-stop, the adults learned a lot too – hopefully, some of the family skeletons are still in the closet.
I am truly grateful.
“Knowledge is like money:
to be of value it must circulate,
and in circulating it can increase
in quantity and, hopefully, in value.”