McKinney Falls State Park – Thanksgiving 2013
My family seems to be making it a tradition to go camping for Thanksgiving. We’ve done it the past few years and always have a great time. This year we went to McKinney Falls State Park and met my brother’s family, my sister’s family, my mom, and my aunt there for the week. We also broke in our new camper for this trip. It was a little cold and rainy the first few days but then ended up being really nice. We did a little geocaching with the kids, rode bikes, hiked to the waterfalls, and even took a little road trip to Lockhart for some great BBQ. (Black’s and Kreuz’s) It was a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving.
I’m grateful for Jesus, family, friends, camping and our new camper, football games, and time to get away from normal life and remember the things that are truly important.
Our family took a quick trip to McKinney Falls with some friends this past weekend and Kasen (my 2 and a half year old) and I slept in a tent one night. We had a great conversation as we settled down for the night. Here’s how it went:
Daddy: Kasen, you know who loves you?? Kasen: Yeah. Daddy: Who? Kasen: Daddy does. Daddy: You know who else loves you? Kasen: Mommy. Daddy: You know who else? Kasen: Kasen. Daddy: You love yourself?? Kasen: Yeah. (laughing) Daddy: and Kesleigh loves you too.
We continued through the rest of the family – grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.
Daddy: And do you know who loves you more than anybody else? Jesus. Kasen: Why he love me? Daddy: Cause you’re his little boy just like you’re daddy’s little boy. Kasen: Where is Jesus? Daddy: He’s right here. Kasen: No he’s not. (laughing) Daddy: Yeah, he’s right here. You just can’t see him. Kasen: He in tent? Daddy: Yeah. Kasen: Why He in tent? Daddy: Cause He loves you and wants to be with you. He likes being with you. Kasen: I’m sittin’ on Jesus. Daddy: You’re sittin’ on Jesus? Kasen: Yeah (giggling)
Kasen: Why the grass makin’ noise? Daddy: Those are crickets. They’re makin’ noise ’cause they’re happy. Kasen: Why they makin’ noise? Daddy: ‘Cause God took care of them today. They’re trying to tell Jesus how much they love Him. Kasen: I make noise for Jesus too. Then he let out a big scream.Aaahhh!!
We laughed together.
I’m so glad that I’m able to have these kinds of conversations with my son. I look forward to the future as he is able to grow in his understanding of God and our conversations grow deeper. I pray that he remains inquisitive. I pray that he also keeps “sittin’ on Jesus” and “makin’ noise for Jesus.”
Just wanted to post a quick pic of the view I had last week on our camping trip. McKinney Falls State Park is a pretty cool place.
We had 13 youth/adults with us for 4 days worth of camping. It was a great trip. Swimming, Hiking, Hanging with friends, smores, cooking over the fire, a side trip to Volente Beach Waterpark, etc. Good times. I missed my bride and kids, but had a good time too.