Daddy Destinations

Author:  Steve Hodges

The Earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.  –Psalm 24:1

My wife recently attended a two-day blogging conference.  While at the conference, I spent the days with the children.

Our family has long had a tradition of Daddy Destinations.  A Daddy Destination is a trip to some unannounced place that I have chosen.  These trips are usually a surprise.

On a Friday afternoon, I gathered some items together and put them in the back of the van.  A tablecloth, several bottles of water, paper plates, plastic cups, and forks.  I gathered the children together and told them that we were going to get some supper.

After a stop at the KFC drive-thru for dinner, we drove to a park near us.  The park is a peaceful tract of wilderness just ten minutes from home.  We set a picnic table, and the adventure began.

After supper, we cleared the table, and went for a short hike.




The heavens declare the glory of God;

the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech;

night after night they reveal knowledge.

They have no speech, they use no words;

no sound is heard from them.

Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,

their words to the ends of the world.
–Psalm 19:1-4

Down the trail from the picnic area, we came to a lake.  We stayed awhile and enjoyed the peacefulness of the park.  Listened to the wind. We got away from the house, the electronics, the television and just enjoyed each other’s company.

The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the Earth he has given to mankind.

–Psalm 115:16

Nobody was ready to leave when sunset came and the park was closing.  We left thanking God for his beautiful creation.  All of the children were asking, “When can we come back?”

Next Week’s Author:  Susan Ottmer


Steve keeps busy with five children and a job in information security. He also has a second job as principal of the Hodgepodge homeschool.
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