One of the things we rarely discuss publicly is the sometimes grinding nature of the work we’re doing in this season of our lives—we’re striving to complete our partnership network, we’re getting ready to leave one country while attempting to establish a home in another, everyday we’re ripping off the “good-bye” Band-Aid in slow-motion a few more hairs at a time, and most of this has to be done right now.
All of this activity and uncertainty can add up to a lot of stress in the Peacock home, so this week we did something about it—we went to hang out with the gators at Brazos Bend State Park. We spent three days and two nights camping there, focusing on our spending time with the family and having fun—and I think we did a good job.
We nature-hiked, animal-searched, tree-climbed, marshmallow-roasted, deer-stalked, bird-watched, playground-played and ate campfire food to our collective hearts’ content.We are so blessed to be able to spend this time making great family memories like this, and we know that. Days like these make the harder, more challenging ones a bit more bearable.
We made sure to reinforce that we were there to relax as a family, and make sure that even though we’re in the midst of sometimes significant turbulence, healthy family relationships continue to be important and prioritized. We even had some time to practice some teamwork and team-building with the kids, as they made their way around a large tree and stump on the hike.
There was even time for Dale to have a little fun with the kids and pose for a photo with everyone showing off their HBU Husky hands.
Everyone said they really enjoyed our short family getaway/retreat. Phoenix even said that if it weren’t for the bugs, camping would be her favorite thing in the world. We plan to continue our family camping trips when we get to Europe, as an affordable way for us to have breaks from the challenges of doing life other-culturally.
We’ll leave you for today with the shot below. I like his smile.