Being :: Getting Out There

April 25, 2013

Being: Conscious, mortal existence; life.

Every month we welcome two families, two people, two voices to share their stories in whatever way they choose. We hope that you find joy in their daily lives, and their simple habit of just being.

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Our family is preparing for a trip this weekend. The car is packed with our tent, sleeping bags, camp stove and food. Extra clothes fill our vehicle, so getting a little wet or dirty doesn’t matter. There are also scooters, pocket knives, cards and games, spotters’ guides, nature journals, books and knitting needles. For the next four days we will be camping. Everyone in the family is excited and ready to go.

Camping is a wonder filled event for families. The days are open to be filled with discoveries from dawn until dusk. Each of us loves this time to run and explore. Depending on our campsite location, we hike, climb, build forts among the trees, or navigate waterways. There is no need for computers, videos or gaming systems. We have it all in nature.
When we camp everyone gets a chance to contribute. Each of us helps around the campsite. My children are learning how to start a campfire, assemble a tent and identify plants and animals. They have pocket knives to whittle tree branches or cut twine. They can use a compass to navigate trails. Regardless of age, everyone has a chance to feel empowered when we are out in nature.
Throughout our camping history, my children have grown in their knowledge and confidence. My oldest proudly shares his knowledge of botany with his friends. My middle child works on making our campsite a home with flowers collected from nearby meadows. My youngest eagerly helps cut wood. Each is developing their own appreciation and love of the world around them. Although I never camped as a child, I am so happy to be passing this love of the outdoors to my children.

This month we are happy to welcome Heather to the blog to participate in the Being series! Heather is a mama, homeschooler, knitter, and desert dweller who blogs at Mindless Ramblings. Welcome, Heather!

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{ 2 comments }

Cathy April 25, 2013 at 9:01 am

As usual, Heather makes me feel as though I am right there with her and her family. Love the way she writes.

Dawn Suzette April 28, 2013 at 7:33 am

Love how each child, and adult, gets what they need and focuses on different aspects of nature while out there… Camping is so good for the soul.

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