This week my family went camping!

Not tent camping, but log cabin with no bathroom, or running water, or single bar of cell service camping, which is as rough as I am currently willing to get with my family of six.

We left on a Thursday morning and returned on Monday night, which means that all of last week I was preparing and packing to spend five days and four nights in the wilderness with  four littles (ages 8, 6, 5, and 3 years old) plus a husband who has never really camped before, and y’all, I was a mess.

There were one hundred different moments when I doubted whether we should even go, when I felt overwhelmed with the preparation, when I let the spirit of fear take hold of me and I thought of all the dangers that could await us, when I just plain didn’t want to leave the comfort of my home and what was known. My kids felt those moments too, at different times throughout the week they each told me they didn’t want to go camping, they were scared of the unknown.

We were all more than a little apprehensive when we pulled out of the driveway on Thursday morning, but pulling back in on Monday night we were all overflowing from the sheer joy of our weekend together.

I cannot tell you in words how amazing it was for our family to be completely and totally unplugged from the world, to experience God’s creation and the raw beauty of nature together. We spent our evenings around the glow of a fire, underneath the stars; rather than around the glow of a TV, under a ceiling fan. Every experience felt special and holy.

We overcame our fears together, we stepped out into the unknown and experienced life together in ways we never have before. The camping trip that seemed like a big pain looming in the future last Tuesday, seems like a blessing of the sweetest kind this Tuesday.

We have been meaning to go camping with our children for years, but there has always been more reason to stay home instead.  After this week, I don’t think there will ever be reason enough to keep us home.  After this week my family is stronger, and brighter, and surer of God and His crazy elaborate love for us than ever before.

Is there something you have been wanting to do with your family? Is there a fear of the unknown holding you back?  Trust me sisters, the unknown is where the Devil plants all his seeds of doubt, and also where God plants some of His greatest blessings. Step out with your babies this summer, experience something new, roll around in the glorious riches God has for us here on earth. I promise it will always be worth it.

Amber is the founder of Beautiful & Beloved and Reveal Ministry.  She would love to connect with other mamas @ambervnewberry on Instagram or twitter <3