What do three unqualified flatlanders look like hiking in the Rocky Mountains? Well let me tell you—it’s almost too amusing not to share.
Moving from sea level to the land of fourteeners has been nothing short of an adventure. After waiting two years to adopt our son and waiting another year for the circumstances to align to move us to Fort Collins, Colorado, we’ve decided we are exhausted from waiting and ready to try something new and fun together.
Enter the 52-Hike Challenge!
This year, we are challenging our little family to complete 52 separate hikes together as a family. We love this little family of ours but the past three years have forced us to invest in just about everything except ourselves. And it’s time to make a change.
So why are we completing 52 hikes to help unite our family? You can read the reasons why here. Why are we sharing our experiences with you? Three reasons really:
1) We believe that having a strong and healthy family can be a life-changing force in our lives and in our communities. Few things are more rewarding, challenging, sanctifying, and refining than family (parents, you know EXACTLY what we’re talking about!) We know this challenge will teach us so much about ourselves and each other and we hope to share those lessons with you, just as so many of you have shared such valuable lessons with us!
2) Let’s be real for a second.
We usually give our best to friends and even strangers, but our families have to settle for the leftovers. Families are constantly under attack from busyness, exhaustion, and burnout. It’s time to check our priorities.
We hope that by following our journey, you’ll feel permission to invest in your own family this year! What dreams to you have for your family when you enter into 2020? Come on, I know you have them!
Friend, you have permission to take that sweet family of yours off of the back burner and place it on the forefront of your goals for 2019. And you can follow our chaotic process to keep you encouraged and motivated!
3) Y’all, we don’t know what the heck we are doing. Our goal is not to preach at you the way you should raise and grow your family. We believe God placed each family on this earth for a purpose, and sometimes it feels like our purpose is to make others laugh, and with 52 opportunities ahead of us, there are bound to be a few stories that will make you smile!
We promise to be transparent and honest with you in this journey so you can feel encouraged, welcome, and often amused.