Idaho Wilderness Adventure

My wife is getting fatter and my bills are getting fatter…

adventure in Baja

…what happened to my life?!

Did your husband ever say this?
Mine did.

Would My Man have to say goodbye to his adventurous life?

He may have been joking, but more likely he was imagining the worst of the worst, his hobbies going down the tube. His pregnant wife was quickly spending his hard earned money and it looked like the end of his adventurous life. Does a wife and child even fit into the picture?  Well, he thankfully gave us room in that life of his and we have many stories to prove it.

marriage adventure in Idaho

I am Kate, the wife of My Man, and even though he is far wittier, I officially became the writer in the family on this fortieth year of my life. Our three home schooled children are quickly growing up and they no longer do well with me staring over their shoulders while they do their work. I had to find another outlet for my energy and my first historical fiction novel came out last year! Writing is my rekindled hobby and it fits well into our lifestyle. I am a freelance writer, but hope to continue writing historical fiction.

Kate Hiller "Live the adventure over and over"

Adventure writing; live the adventure over and over

During a recent episode of writer’s block I started to journal our family’s adventures as those are the stories that people ask us to share time and time again. Weren’t Anne Shirley and Jo March both advised to “write what they know”? Writing true stories about our lives is a welcome relief at my attempts at fiction and this blog will be an outlet for me. This is my first blog—and blog post!

My motive will be to inspire wives of all ages to say ‘yes’ to their men, with a smile if possible! We may think that agreeing to his proposal was the end, but it truly is a daily decision. ‘Yes’ to romantic advances, foot rubs and ‘yes’ to family adventure as much as humanly possible! Male readers won’t be left out as I bet they will enjoy hearing about our harrowing trips off of the beaten path.

marriage adventure near Batopilas, Mexico

Not kid-centric

Life for us didn’t end with the responsibility of marriage and children; it flourished! Our kids were a welcome blessing but they were not #1 in our lives. We have tried to keep our priorities in this order over the years:

  1. God; the God of the Bible
  2. Our marriage
  3. Our children

That order has been our recipe for a balanced life.

Boys' winter adventure in Nevada

Nod your head and jump in the vehicle

My Man learned to make room for us and we learned to jump in the vehicle.  The majority of our family adventures are to the desert, both in Mexico and Nevada.  We love the desert!

These are old pictures of the kids so far, but they have all since grown to be spontaneous adventurers and easy travelers.

JH, our oldest son, is a hard worker and a natural leader. He is currently in his last semester of high school, taking college classes, playing baseball and working. He hunts and dirt bikes as much as possible. I think our youth pastor, who is also JH’s baseball coach, will sigh with relief to see JH graduate. He has already endured one rural, windy, hour plus ambulance ride with JH after he severely broke his ankle playing baseball. This guy has had to watch a lot of JH’s antics over the years and probably often wonders if it will lead to a serious injury or lawsuit.

Desert and more desert; most often the Nevada or Baja variety

KH is our second-born son. He had just turned one when we made our first Baja trip as a family in our old motor home. You will read about his first experience there and many other Mexico stories on this blog. Most people advise against Mexico travel, the way we do it, but by God’s grace we have survived countless trips.

KH hopes to be a pilot and is diligent in pursuing that goal.  The local Civil Air Patrol is helping with this and KH has been advancing quickly in their ranks. He is a freshman and is on the baseball team with JH. KH loves to hunt, read and ride dirt bikes. He is another natural leader and seems to have most closely inherited my husband’s personality (more on that later)…watch out world! I pray daily for God to raise up the perfect helpmeet for each of our boys.

Our daughter hunting
Our daughter, and our youngest, is SH. She has been a ballerina for close to ten years but also loves to “rough it”. During one camp out in the wilderness she had collected close to her hundredth stick for the fire, with a song in her heart, and she said, “I love that our family does this.” On that same trip she harvested a bull elk and a mule deer buck.  And, yes, she also is a natural leader.  I still can’t believe God gave us the honor of raising these amazing kids.

Thank you for reading my first blog post! In my next post I’ll start to share the rocky beginning of our marriage, including the fiery day I met My Man and why whining is counterproductive.

“The important thing in life is not triumph, but the struggle; the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well. “ Pierre de Coubertin