|Kyle helps saute garlic for a cooking demonstration|
|Chicken, spinach & artichoke crepe|
|chocolate-covered fruit kabob|
And there was a fun Food Network-style Iron Chef competition.
|Iron Chef Oregon - Round 1|
It was a very worthwhile outing, and I think it's safe to say that we'd all love to go again next year.
Can I tell you a little secret? Prior to The Big Trip, I nevereverever would have suggested doing this. I would've wanted to. I might have stayed home and felt a little sad that we "couldn't go," but felt convinced that it would be too much work. Not worth it: too hard.
I would have been wrong. Let me say it again, taking that trip was empowering. On the same level that natural childbirth is empowering. We can take on challenges, we can step out, be away from home at naptime, and we will figure it out. The baby will deal. We'll survive, and we might even be happy that we did it.
Numerous times on our outing, we heard the words "That's a lot of kids." And you know what? It is.
I never thought I would have such a large family, not ever. But I do. We do. God has blessed us in this. It's a challenge, it's stretching, and it's fun. It's our family. And I am proud of my kids - in the house or out of it.