A Weekend Without Labor

One of things God has been teaching me this past year is a new definition of “recreation” – something that once meant ‘fun’ or ‘play’ or ‘games’ has transformed into something much deeper and penetrating as I have discovered re-creation. Rather than something I do to “take a break” re-creation is now something I seek regularly, that refreshes and recharges me for the rest of “life.” This Labor Day weekend was a special opportunity for some extended re-creation spent with family. (reminder, click on any image for a larger view)


The treats of the weekend began on the way to church. Now from this picture you might I assume I live out in the wilderness, but there are several forest preserves quite close. But as we drove down the road to church my tendency to be taking in everything around me I caught a glimpse of something through a break in the trees and through a fence! Sara was surprised as I quickly pulled over and put the car in reverse claiming to have seen something through the trees which appeared solid on the left… indeed, I had!


My guess is an Elk? We have a lot of deer in our neighborhood so I assumed it was a buck, but after getting the pictures onto the laptop and zoomed in, I think it is an Elk. These pictures were taken through a gap in the chain link fence off the side of the road!


We went to two different preserves on Sunday and Monday… there is something refreshing about being outside enjoying the Son with family…


Luke seems to come alive outdoors and we want to instill in him not only a love of nature, but of the Creator who painted this world with His love. I really liked the motto I saw on a banner at the nature center, that turns out is a nation-wide effort: Leave No Child Inside. (Just google that phrase!)


Posing for a picture next to one of God’s most beautiful creations!


Luke taking in the scenery…


Although his favorite thing was just picking up rocks!


Of course, there was lots of beautiful examples of God’s Creative ability! Tough to only post a few!


Mom and Dad enjoy a romantic moment alone…


Luke is so blessed to have such loving grandparents nearby.


Taking in one of the beautiful views…


Right below us was a HUGE turtle, over three feet head to toe!


Luke with his daddy…


and mommy too!


My favorite “catch” of the day was this butterfly…


How anyone can not believe in God just escapes me!

It was a very refreshing and renewing weekend of re-creation!

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Karl Bastian is the founder of Kidology.org, the creator of ToyboxTales.com, and the author of OrderoftheAncient.com. His personal website is Kidologist.com He is Big Kid with a passion for equipping and encouraging those who minister to children.


  1. Your photo montage is absolutely breathtaking!!! Amazing! And ditto to your last comment – how can anyone not believe in God?!?!?

  2. Belinda and Catherine Leonard

    Catherine is shocked at how big Luke has gotten. I, on the other hand, know all too well how quickly they grow up! (We reached two milestones in our house this weekend..Catherine reached 5′ and Tommy, 6′). Everyone looks wonderful, and Yes, God is truely amazing! Love the curly hair, Luke!

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