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Our Family Goes Backpacking, But My Friend Tori’s Family REALLY Goes Backpacking

Our Family Goes Backpacking, But My Friend Tori’s Family REALLY Goes Backpacking

Last summer my family went backpacking in Colorado. It was just an overnight trip, and within 24 hours we had returned to civilization and were eating the biggest hamburgers we’d ever seen in our lives. It was just a sweet little trip, but because it was the final check on my post-cancer to-do list, it was a pretty big deal.

My friend Tori backpacks with her family. Like seriously backpacks. She goes on monster trips – 7+ days with no potty and no shower kind of trips. My max so far is two nights, and I don’t know if I’ll ever work up to a week, but maybe someday.

I try to emulate Tori in a lot of ways. We periodically get together for coffee, and I soak up all the wisdom I can in those few moments. I love the way she  parents her children. I love the way she adores her husband. And I love the way she loves Jesus. I want to be the mom who does the challenging adventurous things with my hubby and kids for the sake of family time and memory making like she does. 

There are things I really don’t like about backpacking  like mosquitos, sore feet and waking up every hour during the night to switch positions because the hard ground and my hips don’t like each other very much. But I tell myself, if Tori can survive the wilderness with her man and her children, well then I can too.

She took one of those monster trips last summer (a 3 week trip on the Superior Hiking Trail), and she recently blessed the world by writing about it.

Grab a coffee or a tea, find a comfy chair and take the time to read Tori’s story at Conversations at the Clothesline.  It’s a total of 13 posts, and worth every minute you spend reading. You will love how real and funny and humble she is. I don’t know if her story will make you want to go backpacking, but it will probably make you want to ask her to be your friend. 🙂

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Thanksgiving Tree

by KimHarms 0 Comments
Thanksgiving Tree

Thanksgiving Tree

I’ve got a confession to make.

I put up our Christmas tree before Thanksgiving.

For those of you who think I have done something utterly sacrilegious, I will argue my case.

1. My house is on the market. Seriously, someone could (they probably won’t but they could) buy our house and want to move in before Christmas. And the thought of the possibility of not being able to enjoy the beautiful lights at least one more year while I warm up my derriere by my fire was too much for me.

2. We had a completely free Saturday. Enough said.

3. Have you looked at the calendar? Thanksgiving is super-late this year. In years past, I could have had my tree up a week ago and it would have been after Thanksgiving.

So there you have it. Think of me what you wish.

Though the Christmas tree is up, I am not a skip-over-Thanksgiving-person. Our Thanksgiving tree is up too. I have much to be thankful for. As do my children.  The following  is a list of the things my boys wrote on the “thankful” decorations hanging from the tree.

Cousins

Grandma and Grandpa

Bed

William

Big yard

Fireplace (boys after my own heart)

Jayden and Josiah

Being able to give to the poor

Sports

Basketball hoop

Car

House

Theatre room (we are a Duck Dynasty-Cake Boss-Movie-watching-popcorn-eating kind of family)

1 Chronicles 29:13  Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.

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