Our family story is one worth telling and intentionally crafting!
We, as parents, cultivate a family culture every day through the decisions we make—How we respond to our children, what we expose them to, what we repeatedly strive to teach them, the attention we give them; and the opportunities we provide for them.
A huge piece of our family culture we strive towards has become getting out together and adventuring. We want our kids to grow up knowing that being in our home, with our family—is WONDERFUL. They will spend the rest of their adult lives living independently from us: Until they leave the house we want to cultivate cohesion together. The cohesion being a catalyst for rich discussion, precious memories, and a firm sense of belonging.
Sometimes our adventuring manifests itself simply: a new park or place to walk and explore. Other times we take advantage of unique local attractions, museums, and experiences. A handful of times a year we go on a trip someplace entirely new—Usually within driving distance.
This past weekend to celebrate our biggest fella’s 5th birthday adventure (a tradition from my family growing up over birthday parties), we traveled on the SAM shortline railway out of Americus, Georgia.
Our day trip took us to the hometown and boyhood farm of Jimmy Carter. We not only got to delightedly watch the rustic fall florals and fields pass rapidly from the train window, but got a hands on peak into important American history.
They learned and explored, my husband and I learned and explored, and we spent the day soaking up unplugged, rich time away as a family. The pictures provide but a glimpse of the treasured memories now tucked away in each of our hearts.
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