{{word of the year}}

A couple years ago, a woman at church told me how she chose a word to describe the upcoming year rather than resolutions. The word would illustrate how she wanted to live that year. She accompanied it with a bible verse to go with the word and upheld that word through the year. Since I am a goal oriented person by nature, resolutions never really worked for me because I set & change them constantly. I liked the concept of this “word of the year” and have adapted it to fit into my life. As we rung in this new year, I thought about all the things I’d like to do in 2019 and the word flew into my head so swiftly it was as if I had known all along: Adventure.

Adventure is defined as unusual and exciting experiences or activities. Sometimes when you are just going through the motions of life, you get caught up in the mundane. But life is an adventure, friend! You have to go out and make it one. It’s something I haven’t been doing. I got so caught up in the flow that life often brings to me: anxiety, worry, guilt, depression. I realized I wasn’t being intentional enough in making sure I was getting out and living my best life. And when you are on borrowed time, you should be making the best of your time.

When I say adventure, maybe you start to think of traveling the world, but, I have the whole world right here with me: my family. I don’t need to travel to the far corners of the universe for an adventure (plus, it’s pretty possible that I absolutely don’t have that kind of money- lol!). I just need my world, my family, to have fun and unusual experiences! I prayed over the word and came across Psalm 16:11 “You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.”. I thought about what the verse was saying, that God directs our path and gives us joy in seeking Him and gives us these blessings to experience along the way. It doesn’t have to be a big planned out adventure, it is in the every day of living through Christ!

I am trying to make sure we have a couple adventures a month, and like I said, it can but doesn’t have to be extravagant. I am making these adventures out to be the best thing since sliced bread and the more I hype it up, no matter how small it is, the more excited the kids become. These are the things the kids will look back and remember. And for us, memories is what it is all about. I am going to document our year a couple different ways. We have a mason jar on the table, and each week we write down one thing that we did that week that was the most fun. At the end of the year, we can take them out and read them. I also plan on lots of pictures & video, of course! When we went on our Inheritance of Hope trip, I listened to the Reid family talk about their mother who died of cancer. One of their most treasured keepsakes is a video of their Mom talking, laughing and just being herself. I cried like a baby the whole time they spoke but I realized that I have to do more of that. So one order of an exorbitant amount of pics & vids, coming right up!

For our first adventure, we went bowling with Gram & Pap. We all laughed, no one fought (and that’s a miracle right there!) and we just had such a blast being together. We don’t bowl often so it was a fun and new experience. Lily came in third place and I learned is a wicked good bowler! Grace doesn’t fancy bowling as much but had lots of fun just hanging out. Stephen tries his best and hardest at every thing and even though he usually doesn’t last long (that’s the introvert in him), he bowled both games!

This past weekend, we went sled riding and played in the snow for three hours straight! We made Gatorade slushees, had a fire, built some snow forts, drank hot cocoa and made chocolate chip cookies.

This upcoming weekend, I am planning something so unexpected for them and I know they are going to LOVE it!

Even if adventure isn’t your word of the year, I’ve come up with a list of a few fun adventures to have with your family. And make sure to take lots a pictures 🙂

-Movie night at home with popcorn

-Bowling

-Road trip

-Stay overnight in a hotel (maybe with a swimming pool!)

-Go sled riding

-Have a mani/pedi spa day at home

-Make up your own game and play it all day

-Go to the movies

-Go to a museum

-Visit a local monument/attraction

– Plan a weekend getaway

-Have a scavenger hunt

-Plan a surprise

-Go to a new restaurant

-See a musical (even if it is at a high school)

-Go to an arcade

-Spend the day downtown

-PJ & movie day at home

-Have a slime day

-Craft day

-Dollar Store trip & give them each $5/$10 to spend on whatever they want

-Visit the Library

-Go swimming at the YMCA or a gym

-Go roller skating

-Ice skating

-Bake a cake (we are each baking a cake this week!)

-Make an inside obstacle course

-Go on a train ride

-Go on a bus ride

-Go on a subway/T ride

If you have any ideas you would add to the list, let me know below! I am always trying to come up with more activities and experiences.

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