Last fall, Josie-Tatum and I went together on a few hikes, mother/daughter dates, preparing for the day when Mom might be too busy for much one-on-one.
While hiking the trails of a nearby state park, we talked about what it might be like when the boys came home.
This weekend, we found out!
I wondered how Ellie and Drew would do, walking as much as we did. We took a shorter path than the route we took last year when it was just JT and me, and they surprised me! They loved it even more than I thought. While there is certainly a playground at this park, they were not in a hurry to get there.
Drew picked lots of little wild flowers here and there and loved every one he saw. All of my 3 youngest LOVE sticks, and there were many sticks fallen along the paths. They searched for the perfect sticks to use as walking sticks, play Power Rangers with, and twirl.
After the photo shoot at the creek, we found a spot where the water was flowing a little more quickly. Then it was time to throw small twigs in the creek to race and see whose twig passed the tree first.
Not only did we have fun, but something interesting happened on the path before we made it to the playground. We ran into my cousin from Florida! Josie-Tatum said she thought she had seen him earlier. We finished the trail along with him, his wife, and son.
Praise the LORD for the blessings of nature and even more for the blessing of watching my children enjoy it!