Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Earth Day!

                                           { good gracious, i love this boy.}

yesterday was Earth Day and we enjoyed the day much like we enjoy every other beautiful spring day we're given. first we went to a local farm and picked up their home made granola before we headed out for our nature walk. this farm has the most beautiful chickens just walking around talking back and forth. and dune and lars got a kick out of the roosters crowing like crazy animals! 

on our hike we took a break to sit and count frogs. we spotted at least a half a dozen. the boys could have sat in that sunny spot all day. 

at the end of our walk we stood around and bird watched for a good 20 minutes. the birds dove up and down like trapeze swingers. it was beautiful. we identified most of them to be tree swallows, with the boldest blue feathers. we also got yelled at by a mama goose who was guarding a broken egg the size of a mango. unfortunately we didn't spot the baby anywhere and with the amount of hawks flying over head we were afraid she may have been missing her baby. 

these two are totally and completely my buddies. i love my job. i love taking care of them, leading them, viewing and experiencing life at the pace that they demand. i don't mind stopping all the time, or taking breaks to watch two tiny boys get excited because they want to show me that "awesome thing over there!" for the hundredth time. i am learning to love the piles of dirty smelly clothes and the worn out knees on their jeans because all of this is a sign of life, their life, and mine. and with Graycen turning 7 at the end of this week i am soaking up every morsel of little that these boys have left in them, because they grow and they grow fast, and i don't want to miss a thing. 

this is a picture of our future food. those tiny little sprouts are going to grow to become big strong plants loaded with nutrition. and the better they are cared for, the soil they are planted in, the water they receive and the amount of sun they are exposed to will only add to their value. it's not just the Earth that we are called to be good stewards of, but also everything in it. including our children. my children are like these sprouts. and i pray daily that i am a better gardener to them than i was the day before, that i spend time in the sun and with the Son. and together on this Earth we will all grow stronger as a result of it. 

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