I don't use Facebook or Instagram so this site is one of the few ways I share personal stuff about myself. This morning while I was making breakfast for my family my wife took this out of my daughter's backpack and read it to me. It immediately became one of the proudest moments in my 33 years of life.
This past summer I went on a mission trip to Panama with Eleven22. (See the trip here!) I have been on other trips like it before but that was a long time ago and before I had a parent's view of the world. In fact, the last trip I went on I was only 19 years old and had only just met the girl who would eventually become my wife. Fast forward to present day as a parent of two young kids, a trip like that took on an extra meaning. (PS, in August of 2017 I'm leading another mission trip to Jamaica, contact me if you're interested in going!)
When I was in Panama and got to spend time with some of the kids there and I got a massive gut check on just how much I spoil my own children even if I don't realize I'm doing it. I saw kids that were the same age as mine who had virtually no clothes, food or toys. Practically nothing. Some even living under plastic tarps for a "roof". (Here in America we would call it homeless.) And I won't pretend for a second that I have not also done this, but after a trip like that when you get back home and go to a restaurant and see the kids who can't sit still so the parents have to give them an iPhone or iPad to entertain them for 30 minutes, well it just feels REALLY weird. That's not really the point I am trying to get at in this post but, it's just true.
Anyway, after going through that experience I have been slowly teaching my 6 year old about the trip and why I went. With every passing month she continues to learn more in school and get smarter. For class yesterday she had a writing assignment to fill out a worksheet on her personal New Year's Resolution for 2017. This is that work sheet. I am one VERY proud dad!
"I would want to go to poor countries with my dad". I love her!!
By the way, in case it's hard to read...here are the others...
I want to learn how to - float in the pool on my back.
At home, I - want to learn how to fold laundry.
At school, I - I want to show how good we are if a new person is in our class.
I will make a difference by - to be brave if I'm scared.