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Ring! Ring! It’s Adventure calling. Do I pick up or do I let it go to voicemail?

Usually, I say “no” to his invitations because there are clothes to be washed, meals to be made and so many other things to get done at home. This time, however, Adventure didn’t just call. He showed up at my front door with his friend Summer Sun. My family and I all said “yes” to Adventure’s invitation and over the span of 7 days, we:

  • listened to stories at the library
  • tasted summer fruits at the farmer’s market
  • had two play dates with friends
  • celebrated my mom’s birthday
  • watched two live musical performances
  • explored the botanical garden
  • fed ducks at the lake
  • watched chickens lay eggs at the egg farm
  • got nudged by sheep and a llama at that same farm
  • walked in the park picking up rocks and sticks
  • ran through sprinklers
  • chased the waves at the beach
  • picked fresh strawberries at the strawberry farm
  • saw a whale wash up on coastal rocks

At the end of those 7 days I learned that adventure isn’t about a specific activity. Adventure simply creates an opportunity for my family to explore, learn and connect. We got dirty. We talked. We encouraged each other and laughed…ALOT!

At the end of the week, I sure was tired, but a good kind of tired. The kind where my body is weary, but my mind and spirit are refreshed.

Those 7 days were filled with purpose. Those 7 days were spent, not wasted.

My 7 day take away: When adventure calls, say “yes.”

7 days of adventure

Today I honor those who fought for our country.

Today I remember those who sacrificed to preserve my liberty.

Today I thank those whose lives and deaths bought my freedom.

Thank you to the warriors, the heroes and the family that each one of them has left behind. May your day be filled with gratitude from people like me.

Right now I am impatient, prideful and stubborn. Right now I am insecure, selfish and controlling.

This is who I am today, but not who I ultimately want to be.

I have a picture in my mind of the future me. It’s a picture of a kind old woman whose spent a lifetime being moved by the Holy Spirit. One whose rough edges have been softened by a loving, forgiving and gracious God. One who looks a lot more like Jesus than the one who exists today.

I see myself as a gentle, yet strong old woman. My eyes will be wrinkled from years of joy and laughter. My hands will be tired from a life spent in service to others. My belly will be soft, squishy and perfect for cuddling and comforting little children. My steps will be slow and steady because I’ll have figured out that most things just aren’t that big of a deal. My lips will overflow with love and encouragement. My heart will be filled with grace and compassion for others.

Most importantly, I’ll to be a woman whose inner beauty overwhelms my physical appearance.

I am not yet who I wish to be and that is okay because God has shown me a picture of who I will become if I continue to walk faithfully with Him.

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Hi! My name is Loni (a.k.a. MamaFish). I'm a maker, mother and Mrs. and I'm on a mission to cover the world with smiles! This is where I write about fun stuff for kids and the grown-ups who love them. Read more...

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