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A chance to learn something new

Josh and I leave today – Wednesday, July 4th – for a 5-day parent/teen extreme camping trip. We will drive three hours to a camp in Ohio where we will experience various obstacle course events and then we’ll load up in a van and drive several more hours to a primitive camp setting near Beckley, WV.

Our group of 8 or 10 will spent Thursday caving, Friday whitewater rafting and Saturday hiking before we head home on Sunday. In between we’ll cook over an open fire, worship under the stars and dig into God’s word together.

If all of that sounds exciting and exhausting… you’re spot on! It is both of those things and more!

To be honest, I’ve done this trip 6 times now so it’s very familiar. But this will be Josh’s first year to go and that makes all the difference in the world. His four older siblings each got turns going and the memories we made are priceless.

Doing the different challenges with each kid has proven to be very interesting because they each have their own likes, dislikes and comfort zones.

Doing the blind (totally dark) crawl in the cave with Elijah, our oldest, was memorable as we could hear each other breathing heavy from being nervous. But he absolutely loved the whitewater rafting.

Sam, our second oldest who is now a U.S. Marine, thought the blind crawl was a piece of cake and even a bit boring; but he never did go up to the high ropes course.

It was especially meaningful two years ago when our family was going through a very difficult season of life. It was the girls’ – Mykaela and Kyrsten (twins) – first year to go. I was brought to tears watching them challenge and encourage each other as they did things way outside their comfort zones.

So I’m eager to see how Josh enjoys our adventure. What parts of it will stretch him and how will he respond under pressure? Five full days away from the familiar getting to know ourselves, each other and God a little better.

It’s fun to do all of this in a planned, prepared way. But life doesn’t always work that way. Actually, it seldom works that way. The challenges come at us when we least expect them or feel ill-prepared to handle them.

But that’s when we learn something new about ourself and the God who is orchestrating this journey.

What circumstances or seasons of life have stretched you the most or taught you something new about yourself or God?

P.S. – I look forward to hearing from you but won’t be able to respond until we get back from our trip.


© Richard Alvey and iLife Journey, 2012. All rights reserved.



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Parent/Teen Extreme 2010 Edition

It’s become somewhat of a family tradition. Back when we lived in Ohio our family got very involved with a great camp near Hillsboro, OH – Butler Springs Christian Assembly. www.butlersprings.com

Even after we moved to Indiana we stayed involved in a couple of their family events. One is called My Parent and Me and is a weekend event for parents and kids ages 9-13. We’ve participated and helped with this program for 9 years now and it’s a great experience. This event is coming up in a month so I’ll write more about it later.  

The other event is a 5-day excursion for parents and teens that starts at the camp in Ohio and moves to West Virginia. I’d done three trips with the older guys but this year it was the girls’ turn. So last Wednesday morning Mykaela, Kyrsten and I headed out at 6:00 a.m. for five days of new and challenging experiences.

There is too much to write about in one blog entry so I’ll take this week to unpack the experience and share with you some of the special God-moments. But I will say that it was one of the best trips I’ve ever had. It was great to be with old friends and just as great to have the chance to make some new ones.

The New River Gorge, West Virginia

For now, I’m grateful to be safely home with the rest of my family and sleeping in my own bed! Being away, no matter how great it is, also makes us appreciate those little things that we enjoy daily but often take for granted. As we begin a new week let’s pause long enough to take stock of all that we are blessed with and thank God for how He graciously provides.

Thank You Lord Jesus!


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