Sunday, June 8, 2014

Come on, adventure awaits ...

We woke up Saturday morning without a plan.

Weekends have been busy for months, so it was so refreshing. {Yes, the fact my family let me sleep until 8 a.m. added to the refreshment.} We slowly made a plan, deciding to go out to a favorite local breakfast spot and then stock up on some fresh veggies from the farmers’ market before going to some yard sales. We struck out at several yard sales before our last one offered some great clothes for Ben and my newest nephew as well as some colorful ink pads for my girl and her stamps.

As we finished going to yard sales, my friend Sarah texted me about their morning fishing outing that had failed. She was disappointed for her husband, who wanted to take advantage of Kentucky’s weekend that didn’t require a fishing license.

I told her Greg had wanted to go to Land Between the Lakes to fish, so we ended up making an impromptu plan for the afternoon. After gathering fishing and lunching supplies, I took care of my one lake house management commitment, which happened to be on the way to our chosen fishing spot.

Well, honestly, Sarah and I talked while four of the five kids and husbands fished.

After a few hours, we loaded back up our mini vans to travel the 34 miles back to town. Right as we pulled away, I received a few weather-warning texts about a thunderstorm and possible tornado. While discussing what we should do, the skies ahead looked dark and had occasional bursts of lightning. We decided to seek shelter rather than take the chances crossing a narrow bridge over Kentucky Lake and wish we had taken shelter while it was near.

We ended up spending another hour with Sarah and her family at the Land Between the Lakes Visitor’s Center. The guys kept an eye on the radar and we all decided we made the right decision.

Maybe the day felt adventurous because I’m such a planner. Perhaps planning not have plans is necessary for me to embrace spontaneity.

Regardless, I loved our adventurous day.

The adventures continued Sunday when we went out to my mother-in-law’s house in the country just south of the Kentucky-Tennessee line after our usual post-church lunch. Greg wanted to target shoot and the kids like to run free out there. So that’s what we did. I humored Greg with some target shooting – and liked it. The kids played outside and ate ice cream inside. Ben caught a frog that he helped swim in the bird bath. Cate used binoculars to watch hummingbirds.

Greg talks about wanting to live in the country one day. I’m not sure I’m ready for that. But I do love having country adventures available to us. Like not having plans, shooting a .22 rifle at a target takes me out of my comfort zone.

But, you know, it’s not so bad out there. I should step out more because adventure does await.

Have you had any adventures lately?

I'm joining the Soli Deo Gloria Gathering, which is back after Jen Ferguson listened to God about revamping the community. This post of mine isn't exactly deep, but it does go along with Jen's focus on FUN this year. 

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  1. I saw your picture on Facebook of your target sheet. My husband took my shooting a while back and I was surprised how good I did. I think that was it for me though. :) Sounds like a wonderful weekend. Mine was rather quiet...lots of bike rides which I guess is somewhat adventurous. Much love to you, friend.

  2. KristinHillTaylor6/09/2014 12:43 PM

    Your pictures from your bike adventures were so pretty! I know the weekends can be hard on you. Hope your week is off to a good start. Love you, friend.

  3. My husband would love to live in the country, too. And I am not ready for this either! (Yet another way we are SO alike.) I think it's fun to shoot since I hardly ever do it. And like you, God has to be the adventure planner because if left up to me, I'm more of a play-it-safe kinda girl!

  4. KristinHillTaylor6/12/2014 5:02 PM

    See? I really wish we lived our closer. Our families would have great adventures together ... maybe even in the country! :)