Everything that can go wrong, will go wrong!

One of our parenting tools was camping. We camped with our kids a lot as they grew up. The reason was because, whatever can go wrong camping, almost always does go wrong, and then we could teach our kids how to deal with unexpected problems and road blocks without freaking out over it. We wanted to raise tough minded, strong kids, not wimps. So this weekend I took off with 3 friends from the church to go fishing at Brownlee Reservoir on the Snake River. We pulled my 20 ft pontoon boat along with our camping gear for a three day fishing trip for Crappie and Cat Fish. We went down the Reservoir about 6 miles the first evening, and my prop fell off of my outboard motor. I guess the cotter key broke off and the nut holding the prop on worked itself off. We then had to make it back to camp on my little 6 hp trolling motor which pushes the pontoon boat at 3 mph wide open. I brought my big 10×20 Cabella’s tent so we could all fit in one tent. We got it all set up and decided to leave off the rain fly because it was so hot and there wasn’t a cloud in sight. Our plan was to go out last night at 6 pm and put out underwater lights, propane lanterns and spot lights, and then haul in the fish as they came to the light. We didn’t go very far from camp with the 6 hp motor, but about 10 pm it started pouring rain, we didn’t see the clouds coming in because it was dark. By the time we got the anchors in, the lights in, the fishing rods in, the motor started and then put putted to camp everything in the tent was wet. One of the guys slept in the car his sleeping bag was so wet. Through it all we rejoiced and had an adventure, a good time, and good fellowship. It isn’t just about catching fish. James 1:2-4 is our guiding verses, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance, and let endurance have its perfect result that you may be perfect and complete lacking in nothing.”

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