Saturday, February 9, 2013

A Day of Adventure

Each week, as a prize for our boys good behavior, we go on a field trip. For quite awhile we've been planning a hiking adventure. It is well known among my boys that I am not the biggest fan of hiking... or the outdoors in general. So they had a wonderful time in the weeks leading up envisioning me whining complaining and crying on my way up the mountain.

We set out early Saturday morning and began the journey to Chipinque. As much as they pictured my being out of place on the mountain, our orphanage raised street kids were just as out of place as I was. We started at the visitor's center and each grabbed a map and together we set out on our hike.

Much to their dismay I didn't cry, complain or whine even once. In fact, it was one of them that said "What!?! We walked all this way just to EAT?? If that is all we were going to do, we should have just eaten back there where we parked the car!"

We walked along enjoying the fresh air and the beautiful views of the city. They had never seen anything like it. We hiked for awhile and then sat together to enjoy a picnic lunch. And as it turns out... we ALL loved it. Me included.

More than anything, I so enjoyed the time it gave us with our boys. We didn't know it at the time, but the following week 2 new boys would join our dinner table. I loved the peace, awe, wonder and joy that we got to experience together. I see it now as precious time with them before the chaos of new arrivals.

At the end of day they rated our adventure as "Very cool" and all agreed we need to go back again very very soon.

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