My children grew up on a patch of land bordering a 15-acre lake most of their lives. Being a homeschooling family of seven gave us countless opportunities to get outside and soak up God’s creation…right in our own backyard.
Oh, the memories my late husband and I made with our kids in years of summer days and nights…
- Sitting outside on the swing set, licking creamy, sweet ice cream in a cone (and licking fingers as it melts and drips down their hands) while we watched an osprey or seagull fly over the lake;
- Listening to peepers’ chirp or bullfrogs belly croak down by the lake in the cool early summer evening;
- Running down to the garden in the early morning to pick perfectly beautiful snow peas, lettuce, green beans, cukes, zucchini, and tomatoes (the snow peas, eaten right off the vine never made it to the house!);
- Gliding over the lake in our canoe in the early evening and watching the fish jump
- Watching, long after the sun set, fireflies dance around the back yard (and just maybe dancing around with them);
- Gazing up on a calm, muggy night at a spectacular light show of heat lightning in the summer night sky, or laying out our sleeping bags on the deck for our own slumber party under the stars–in both cases, God was the guest of honor AND star of the show.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money or travel very far to give your kids a taste of God’s glory. You just have to slow down, step outside, and watch and listen. You’ll be surprised at how much they notice, and you’ll make some of the very best memories with your kids. I promise.
Heat lightning, June, 2014; photo credit: Tracy Klicka MacKillop
The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator. -Louis Pasteur, Medicine