BONDING WITH MY KIDS

There are great things and tough things about having four boys. Definitely more great things than tough things. One of the things I’ve always struggled with is making individual time for each of them. We’re always doing things together as a family, but not as often as father and son or mother and son.

One of the ways I’ve tried to fix this is by allowing one of the boys to go with me on trips such as workshops, speaking engagements and other “out of town” trips. That gives us “father and son” time together.

In the summer of 2004, I got a chance to go to Alaska to do a Gospel meeting where my brother Bruce preaches. I took Parker with me on the trip. He was in 7th grade at the time. To me it was a great trip. We had a wonderful time. But to him it was a GREAT trip. Yesterday I ran across a story that Parker did for his English class that reminded me how important these “get-aways” are. Here is the story he wrote for class, and I’ve included a link to some pictures from the trip if you want to see them.

ALASKA MEMOIR (Parker Morgan 10-13-05)

How did I picture Alaska? Well let’s just say I had the wrong idea! I pictured snow and ice everywhere and Eskimos or something. Boy, was I off! Come with me as once again, through writing, I visit the Last Frontier!
“Fasten your seat belts,” I hear the flight attendant say. This wasn’t my first time on a plane but I still get nervous.
“Flying is for birds,” I always tell my dad. Our plane trip took about a full day. I woke up about 1:00 AM and got to Juneau around 3:00 AM the next day. Coming out of the airplane, I was greeted by my uncle Bruce. When we got to his house, he showed me my bed and I got there quickly. Boy was I tired!
When we woke up that morning, we ate some of my aunt’s cinnamon rolls for breakfast, then my Uncle took us fishing in the bay. When we got out on the boat, I had never seen such beautiful scenery! The tall mountains looked as if they where scraping the sky. Dawn’s light dyed the water bright orange! We used lures that I had never seen before. They where shiny red with two cow bells on them and squids for bait! (I got a bite almost immediately after we started the boat. I looked in shock as my pole was bent nearly touching the floor of the boat!) A feeling of pride rushed through me. I took the pole and started reeling, feeling as if I were on top of the world! However this wasn’t easy. It took about fifteen arm aching minutes to land my 21 lb silver salmon!
The next day we went fishing in a creek. Sun shaded, green and tranquil, the stream stretched, lazily meandering though the woods. The trail was scary. We saw freshly made bear tracks, and we heard some noises out in the thick trees! It was all fun though. We caught lots of fish and got to go hiking!
When we went back to the house that night, we ate the salmon we caught. “MMM talk about good!” The next two days or so we did lots of hiking. We hiked out to a glacier, and we went sight seeing in the bay. We saw a lot of whales and some porpoise (kind of like a dolphin) and walruses too!
Well I hope you enjoyed the wonders of Alaska. It is an awesome once in a life time experience! Some day you may get to go in person to the Last Frontier!

Thanks for letting me share this with you today….

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Anonymous says:

    i am a cristan too me and my family traveled to the phillpines tto do mission work

  2. lisa leichner says:

    What a great story! And told so well for a 7th grader. I’m sure the memory from that trip will stay with him forever. Thanks for sharing it, Trey! I feel inspired to carve out some special mommy & son time now. :)

  3. Neva says:

    Beautiful–both the picture of Alaska but also of father and son time. Dont you know our Father also craves time with His children?
    Thanks for sharing, Trey.

    Peace
    Neva

  4. Bob Bliss says:

    Trey,
    I know deeply your struggle. I used to take our kids (one at a time) out to breakfast at McDonalds on a Saturday morning. I coached our son’s soccer team from the time he started in first grade until sixth grade. I coached our girl’s softball teams in the spring to spend time with them. Coaching not quite a one on one experience but it was still a good one. I don’t know if I took Lisa out like this but during Loni’s later years in high school I used to take her out to dinner and a movie – sort of date night. It is a joy to look back at those times. They were simple yet brought great joy to me.

  5. Brian Nicklaus says:

    get that boy his own blog! neat story and well-written

  6. Mommysmart says:

    Trey,

    I can’t imagine four. We devide and conquer (two is easy), we call it date nights.

    Parker is an AWESOME writer. He has a talent. I still remember him as a baby. Where does the time go?

    Tell Parker thanks for sharing and I would love to read more from him.

    Monica

  7. Mommysmart says:

    Ooops, I meant divide, not devide. Spelling is not my talent.

  8. lisa leichner says:

    Dad, I remember at least a couple times having a date night. In fact, it was here on Trey’s post about Memorial Stones that I mentioned one of my “stones” is a rose petal from the roses you gave me on prom night that we had a date instead of me going to the prom.

  9. Bob Bliss says:

    I”m glad you still have something to remember that night. I treasured every moment I got to spend with each of you kids. God blessed me in a big way with a good wife and three good kids.

  10. Trey Morgan says:

    The popular thing these days is quality time no quanity time. The thing I’m learning is you can’t have quality time WITHOUT quanity time. You never know when the quality time is going to take place.

  11. Liz Moore says:

    Sounds like you have a future novelist on your hands :) The pictures are incredible. Some of them don’t even look real! What fun memories!

  12. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Trey,

    Keep it up. I am just getting started with some of the one on one. But, I can tell you form experience as a pk it is important to take advantege of our flexible jobs to have that quality time. Our kids suffer as much or more when we leave them out for the rest of the folks. You sound like a geat dad.

    James

    P.S. this sounds more like the kind of blog I expect from you than yesterday.

  13. Trey Morgan says:

    Hey Bob … I appreciate the encouragement. I understand you’ve been there. James it won’t be long till your taking yours around.

    I appreciate you guys listening to me talk about my kids.

  14. DJG says:

    Wow! Now I am longing to go to Alaska. Great perspective!

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