I've been thinking a lot about encouragement lately and how important it is to our lives. I'm not sure exactly what has spurred this in my life but it is on my mind right now so I am going to dedicate this week of blogging to encouragement.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to speak at a winter camp and was able to take my family with me... for the most part. The family stayed at my mom's house since Sophie was feeling a little sick and I headed down to the camp. On the way up to the camp a cool time happened that was encouraging to my kids (at I think it was).
We were sitting at Starbucks in Barstow, CA and were about to leave. Before we packed up I took a picture of Charity with a funny face. It spurred me to start taking some pictures with my kids while we made funny faces and here is what we got:
Now you may be trying to get the correlation between the monkey face so bear with me real quick. See this was a time in my life that I could herd my kids back to the car or spend some time encouraging them to be creative. Now I am sure that their first grade teachers will not like this behavior but when they are young and we can have fun like this I want to encourage my kids to be creative. The best thing about spending time with them like this is that I get memories that will last a lifetime as I build my relationship with them.