Family Outing

Saturday we all went out for a nice walk in the woods and some target practice.  For everyone except Daddy, it was our first time to fire a gun… well, a real one anyway. :)  Daddy made sure everyone knew how to be safe.

Stephen was the only one that didn’t get to try, but I don’t really think he cared.  He was happy to be able to run around once we finally got to the top of the hill where we set up targets.  Talk about a work-out!  (I don’t think it even qualified to be in the category “walk”.)

happy boy

The little-ones were excited to be able to shoot for the first time.  Even Abigail kept saying, “I wanna shoot it again!”

daddy time

Isn’t she sweet?

Sara was enjoying herself, I only wish I had captured her dangly pearl earrings in the picture. :)

I know, Sara and I aren’t really little-ones but I had to show this one.  Just look at that shot… yes, I actually did it!  I was excited enough to be one of the little-ones.

Jesse's shot

Jesse should have won a prize with this shot.  It’s too bad a deer didn’t decide to walk in front of the target when he shot this one; although we did see a few deer on the way home whom Daddy cordially invited to come live in our freezer.  None of them accepted… snobs.

pioneer woman

I have named this photo “pioneer woman” which fits Mommy quite nicely, strength and grace all in one.  She looks rather lovely in this pose I think.

give me thine heart

This was my favorite picture of the day.  Josiah is looking up at Daddy so intently.  Isn’t it amazing how a child responds to you when you just spend time together?  It means more to them than any gift you could give them.  Sometimes we try to get a child to like us by trying to buy their affection, maybe giving them candy or a toy; but at the end of the day, it’s the people who have taken the time to just talk to or play with them that they really love.  In a way, our relationship with the Lord is like this.  Sometimes I think we try to impress God with what we can do for him or give to him: but what does any of that matter?  He doesn’t need us, our money, our talents, or anything!  He is perfectly capable of doing his will all on his own: he doesn’t need us – he wants us.  When all is said and done, all he wants is a people that will take the time for him, to read his word and find out what it is he has for them to do.  Nothing we do for the Lord means anything if our heart is not right with him, and our hearts cannot be right with him if we don’t take the time to search out his will.

“My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.” – Proverbs 23:26

Does God have your heart?

-Ashley

4 thoughts on “Family Outing

  1. I love the pictures!! Jesse is a good shot!! I agree also that the “pioneer woman” pose that Mrs. Poff had suited her well. :)

    • Glad you liked it, Sarah! Thanks again to you all for letting us use your property, we had a great time out there. :)

  2. Looks like you all had a wonderful walk! We miss y’all! Love, DeLane

    • We miss you too DeLane, hope you all are well!

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