There are times in our lives when things seem so easy ... carefree, light and fun. Other times that seem heavy and dark and scary. I feel like I've been bouncing around between easy times and hard ones over the last few months. So much going on.
In the midst of the trials, I'm reminded that my worries don't accomplish anything. Its an opportunity to place my trust in God. (Not saying that is an easy thing at all!) Its an opportunity to allow others to love and pray for me. Its not that the weight or the situations magically change. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't. And I don't mean to say that things just become easy. They don't. I am thankful though to know that I'm not alone. God is always with me. There are things in this world that just are hard to make sense of. We all see that around us. I'm thankful that in the midst of a world filled with contradictions that there is One who never changes and who loves us completely.
Sharing about the challenges we have been facing has been hard because it is not just my story. It involves others and is private in some ways. Its different to share something face to face and another to put it on the web. I can share that my Dad's health is not doing well. He is in a very hard place right now and I know would appreciate prayers.
And yet in the midst of the pain and heartache that we experience and see around us, life continues to go on. There are happy, sunny days and moments. Things to be thankful for each day. Sometimes the things are small. Learning to be thankful though is a sweet exercise indeed. Its one that I want to cultivate in my own life and encourage my children to do as well.
In that light, I wanted to share a sweet time with you. This was one of our last field trips and it was indeed a happy day. Its something I've been planning and hoping to share for months now and yet life has just gotten in the way.
The day started out bright and sunny. We met at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area for a field trip. For this outing, we had rangers doing programs for us. They were able to do 2 programs. The older students went on a geological hike to an abandoned quarry.
This link has a neat picture (see below) and more information.
The middle age children (elementary) went on a nature hike to a pond where they spent time looking for frogs.
We planned to read a Before FIAR story to them ... We're Going on a Bear Hunt. What a delightful book!
these story patterns.
Next was the snowstorm - whirling all about.
I'm thankful for friends to have fun with and am looking forward to doing this again. For anyone who wants to read more, we are planning a very informal Before FIAR co-op this year. We have met once this summer and plan to meet once per month during the year. Our time frame is simple. First is story and discussion. Second is craft and Third is hands-on activity. That's it. :-) I'm glad for Eliana to have this opportunity to learn and have fun with friends too.
Thanks for reading. Thank you for praying for my family.
with a grateful heart,