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Wednesday
Oct122011

A Father-Daughter Adventure Weekend described as "Life-Changing and Wonderful"

“If I sat here for three or four weeks, I could not adequately describe just how important the father / daughter relationship is.”  (Dr James Dobson - Psychologist and Author)

"Life-Changing and Wonderful" seems to be the theme of all of the feedback I'm still receiving from last weekend's Father-Daughter Adventure Weekend at Mt Tamborine in South-East Queensland. Fifteen (15) father-daughter relationships that will never be the same again.

Oh how hungry and thirsty each girl was for her father to offer her his love, attention, affirmation, and affection, and oh how thankful each man was, that that was still the case. Dads learnt what their daughters needed from them, and then they had numerous opportunities over the weekend to apply what they had learnt.

The hearts of the daughters turned toward their fathers last weekend, because the fathers had turned their hearts toward their daughters. Simple, yet profound! Life-changing and wonderful indeed!

And now for some feedback from the daughters…

“This weekend has meant a lot to me. It has helped me to know my Dad a bit more and what he thinks of me as his ‘PRINCESS’. This weekend has brought Dad and I together more because I don’t get much 1 on 1 time with him because I have to share him with my 3 brothers and my Mum  My favourite memory was from Saturday night, when Dad told me who I was as a person in his eyes. That was GREAT!”  (Zoe – Age 13 – Sydney)

“This weekend has meant that I have been able to get away with my Dad and talk, and just be with him alone. It has given us a chance to bond more while doing fun stuff together. That’s why this weekend has meant a lot to me. My favourite memory is how all the fathers got up and said things on their heart about their daughter because as a girl I think it’s important for not just me but for all other girls to hear what her Dad loves most about her, and I think I speak for everyone when I say all the daughters would have been proud of their Dads.”  (Tessa – Age 13 – Brisbane)

“This weekend has helped me to understand my Dad better, and have a positive and fun time. I don’t have one favourite memory from the weekend… it was all very special.”  (Hannah – Age 13 – Brisbane)

“This weekend has shown me that my Dad loves me and that I love my Dad. I love just me and my Dad being together like friends.”  (Christyn – Age 12 – Brisbane)

“This weekend meant a lot to me because I got to spend a lot of time with my Dad. I loved our time at Adventure Parc because it was like Dreamworld, but better.”  (Emily – Age 12 – Brisbane)

“Spending time with my Dad this weekend was great because he is at work a lot and I usually see Mum more than him. I really enjoyed it. My favourite memory was seeing the glow-worms and going to Adventure Parc with my Dad and watching him doing everything so easily. And the FROGS. This CAMP ROCKS!”  (Chloe – Age 11 – Sydney)

“This weekend has meant so much to me because I am the oldest in my family and don’t get much time with my Dad alone, so this means so much to me and I will never forget this Daddy & Daughter weekend. Also because this is the best weekend ever, because of all the fun things we did and all the fun movies and Dad’s speech. I loved that very much. My favourite memory would be when Dad gave a beautiful speech. I nearly cried. It was so nice to hear that from my Dad. I also loved Adventure Parc with the flying foxes and yeah, I have a lot of good memories from this weekend.”  (Molly – Age 10 – Sunshine Coast)

“10/10. This weekend meant a lot to be with my Dad. I loved every part of it, and I loved going on the high ropes.”  (Rachael – Age 10 – Brisbane)

“This weekend meant that I could have fun and spend some time with my Dad. I especially loved hearing my Dad telling me how much he loves me.”  (Annaleise – Age 10 – Dubbo)

“This weekend has meant everything to me… being able to spend time with my Dad, have fun and enjoy myself. I loved going to Adventure Parc. I was afraid of heights, so I didn’t want to go, but I had so much fun. I faced my fear of heights, and made it to the Black level. I recommend these camps to everyone.”  (Senayit – Age 10 – Sunshine Coast)

“This weekend has helped me to know my Dad better than I did and I had a go at everything. I loved the high ropes. It was scary, but I tried and did it, and so did my Dad. I also loved the glow-worm caves. This weekend was great.”  (Emma – Age 10 – Brisbane)

“This was a special weekend for my Dad and I to get along. My favourite memory was when I went on the flying fox, even though I was scared.”  (Emily – Age 10 – Townsville)

“This was a fun weekend with my Dad and myself. My favourite memory was when Dad and I stood in front of everyone and he said things that made me feel very happy.”  (Sarah – Age 9 – Dalby)

“This weekend has meant I can get away and spend time with my Dad. My favourite memories were seeing the glow-worms, the high ropes, and spending time with my wonderful, magnificent Dad.”  (Emma – Age 9 – Brisbane)

“I loved being with my Dad and making friends this weekend. I also loved going to the Glow-worm caves.”  (Brook – Age 7 – Sunshine Coast)

And finally some feedback from the Dads…

This weekend has meant everything to me! Fun, joyful, life-changing. A great experience to ‘break-away’ from the hectic week-by-week routine of a big, busy family and full-on job and to take one of my children on a one-on-one intentional experience – real quality time.”  (Alan – Age 52 – Brisbane)

This weekend has reaffirmed just how important my role is as a father.”  (Mark – Age 52 – Brisbane)

This weekend has been the best investment I have ever made, as a father to my daughter. You read about these things in books, but to actually discuss it and experience it, is something quite different. I really get it!!! It has impacted me enormously.”  (Peter – Age 50 – Sydney)

I have always spent time with my children, however there have been dimensions to this weekend that I could not have created on my own, and those elements have been priceless and precious. The format and process was perfect. I have been relaxed, challenged, encouraged, and I have had a beautiful time with my daughter.”  (Dale – Age 49 – Brisbane)

This weekend has taken my relationship with my daughter to a deeper level. I plan to continue giving her all of the love, affection, affirmation, and attention she needs from me, even after she’s married.”  (Steve – Age 45 – Sydney)

This weekend has helped my heart to continue to soften and strengthen, and I am continuing to become a man who increasingly loves well.”  (Alan – Age 45 – Brisbane)

This weekend has caused me to spend time with my daughter, and helped me to learn more about being a father.”  (Steve – Age 45 – Dalby)

This special time alone with my daughter has been a real eye-opener. We have always been close, but this has brought us a lot closer. I am hoping that it will open further communication as she gets older.”  (Warren – Age 42 – Brisbane)

My daughter and I have not always had the best of relationships. She has been difficult, and I have been negative. This year we have started to see a big improvement, but this weekend has really helped me to see the positives, and the need to affirm them. To be able to publically draw out her qualities and to verbalise how I am proud of her, will not only affirm her, but also help change my heart, and the way I see her. It has been a wonderful time of interaction and fun and I know she has appreciated being the centre of my attention.”  (Norman – Age 40 – Sunshine Coast)

This weekend has been more than I had hoped for. I knew it would be of worth, but it was honestly well beyond what I had expected. It has provided me with guidance that I know I needed, and now I have some direction and thoughts to take away.”  (Mark – Age 40 – Townsville)

It’s been a goal to get one-on-one time with my kids, because I’ve had a concern that they may not truly know how much I love them and why. This time provided me with the opportunity to stop doing all those other things in work and in family life to deliver what my daughter really needed. It’s a great start to a new way forward!”  (Jamie – Age 39 – Brisbane)

This weekend has helped me to see the hearts of my daughters, and my wife, and a way to get there.”  (Byron – Age 38 – Sunshine Coast)

This weekend has given me a language to speak to my daughter in a way she needs so much from me as her father. It has set the bar so much higher, and will benefit our relationship forever.”  (Nathan – Age 36 – Dubbo)

This weekend has been an opportunity to claim my daughter’s heart, and an opportunity to see what I have been missing, and also what my wife missed as a daughter. I see a way forward for both of them as I put into practice what I have learnt here.”  (Grant – Age 35 – Brisbane)

This weekend has reaffirmed what my amazing wife has continuously looked to instil in me, through her knowledge of the family make-up and the importance of a father to his daughter. It has also given me the encouragement to work on my relationship with my daughter, by applying “the 3As”.”  (Scott – Age 34 – Sunshine Coast)

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Reader Comments (4)

Wow Darren...It is amazing to see how hearts were changed, softened, and brought closer together. It's so interesting to see some of the themes coming through in the comments, such as girls that have other siblings valuing that one on one time with their Dad, the time that they don't normally get...and to hear from Dad's how their approaches to their daughter's heart(s) and possibly to their wives has started to change.

It is so wonderful to see how God is taking you and your awesome ministry to new and exciting levels. A BIG praise for sure.

Blessings,
Doug

October 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDoug G

Thanks as always Doug for your encouragement from afar.

There are indeed always themes shared by all of the daughters, the sons, and the fathers.

It's always such a privilege and honour to share such times with all of the men and children I get to meet and walk alongside of.

Abundant blessings,

Darren

October 13, 2011 | Registered CommenterDarren Lewis

A Father and Daugther from our Church family discovered a new depth of Fatherly love and have already started encouraging others through that experience. I praise God that He revealed so much to these two and thank you for your commitment to fostering these important relationships.

October 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPastor Bruce

Thanks so much Pastor Bruce for taking the time to write and encourage us and others by sharing your experience of knowing one of the fathers & daughters within your own church family / community who joined us last weekend. May I say that all of the men who came, did so with an incredibly willing spirit... to pursue a richer relationship withe their daughters, and to invest into their hearts and lives. It was an honour and privilege to walk with them all last weekend.

October 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterDarren Lewis

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