Monday, January 26, 2015
Time with Friends
Spending time in the woods is like an elixir for me, it is the cure for all the troubles that come my way. Many of my biggest decisions have been made among the trees, in the solace of Mother Nature. You will often find me in the woods alone, wandering with no particular goal in mind, just enjoying the pace of nature. I, of course, love sharing the woods with others too. Taking Reece to explore, climb trees, run free, find little treasures and so on, can fill an entire day. And our family hikes hold some very special memories for me. We are a nature loving family, and being out there, soaking up the gifts of Mother Nature is how we spend a lot of our time.
Over the years we have been very lucky to connect with families who feel the same way we do about the woods, and spending time in nature. Yesterday we gathered with one such family for a winter morning hike. The sun was shining and the winter air was cold, but we bundled up and away we went, chatting, laughing, running and climbing. We all had a great time, and walked off the trail with rosy cheeks and smiles.
We headed back to our home after, to warm up by the fire, drink tea and enjoy lunch. While the kids played, the adults continued conversations, and prepared lunch, and then we gathered around the table for our meal. It is during meals like this, that my heart overflows with gratitude for good food, shared around our table, with people who mean a lot to us.
Life really doesn't get any better, as far as I am concerned...time in nature, sharing a meal, and enjoying the company of friends. A simple pleasure really, that fills me up, and reminds me just how blessed we are.