allowing us to get a spot. By the end of
our trip you could hear the kids saying:
“Wow, God is providing this too!” We
were always trying to seek His will, and
though not all answers were “easy,” they
worked together for good.
When you start praying, watch out, because God is listening. He knew the heart
of our request to suffer and what we really needed in order to produce character in our lives. For me, character would
come through . . .
snow storms that decimated three
• The “blizzards” that made driving a
challenge for a desert dweller
• The ticks/mosquitoes/horseflies/
leeches that competed for funhog-
remove a large rock from one child’s
nose and a vitamin from another’s
God would also use our children to
create sleepless night scenarios to hum-
ble me and show me my self-centered
ABOVE: Elijah and Dad climbing
a rock wall on the Berry College
(Georgia) Ropes Course
nature. It was a great opportunity to fail/
repent/repeat as the Lord was the teacher and I, the student. The kids got the
chance to see their father humble himself
before them and then to forgive me, on
the road to restoration.
I was reminded that God has us trav-
eling the road of relationships, and the
relationships closest to me are the most
important. What truly matters is the time
you invest together, touching each other’s
lives, creating intentional moments to
knit hearts together and make learning
fun. Whether rappelling cliffs, kayaking
waterfalls, sliding down natural water
slides, climbing rock walls, tanking down
rivers, or driving to the next state, we did
it as a family.
Brian Tuten, along with his amazing wife,
Jodi, and six very cool children are homeschooling adventurers. Brian has a heart
for helping families connect with Christ
and one another through the purposeful pursuit of outdoor adventure (www
. AdventureOnPurpose.com). To follow the
adventures of Brian’s own Funhog Family,
go to www.FunHogFamily.com.
ADVENTURE IS PART OF THE LESSON PLAN.
Zip-line above pristine ecosystems for biology’s most exciting overview. Tour the
intersection of physics and history at the ruins of
Acadia Mill. From our National Seashore to registered
historic buildings and woodland landmarks, vacation
and education are on the same course.