We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are." ~Marjorie Pay Hinckley~

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tapping into "The Good Life"

...one beautiful view at a time. We probably went a good 3-4 miles together today. Lukas, you're a good little hiking buddy!! We went up and down slopes a few times because you thought it was just so fun. See that pond? We call that "our special place" and you especially like to lunch there.  We got lucky today and saw turtles too. The creek had a lot more algae and you were so so quiet while hunting for frogs on the bank. You notice every hawk flying overhead, and find the coolest bugs on the sides of the trail.  In case I didn't write this somewhere else yet (someone will hopefully let me know, eh?!) I wanted to write down the three things we learned today at the nature preserve.

1) Like the beetle, we don't give up!  The Loehrmann Family Motto is "Kann das!" meaning we can do it, and we don't give up... just like that beetle you spied while climbing the first slope. He just kept crawling even though he slipped on the sandy slope a few times as we kept watching and cheering (and you giggling) for him as he made it to the top of the edged trail sides to the grass.

2) We want to be like firm and solid, not sandy and weak.  We threw huge rocks and rock clods at a massive boulders for awhile, and noticed that the sandy rocks broke all apart (fun to watch) and the solid rocks stayed together. We sang "The Wise Man" song (one of your favorites) and talked about Jesus being our solid foundation in life, so that when hard things come our way we won't break to pieces.

3) We want to be patient, like the Great Blue Heron. We saw our Heron fishing as we were getting ready to leave and I asked you if you wanted to stay and watch. I was thrilled when you said yes, and even more thrilled that you sat in the trailer intently watching, knowing that at any minute the bird would pounce and we could very easily miss it. We almost gave up though, after staring intently for many minutes, and just as we thought it might really be time to stop the statue-game, he pounced and we were so glad we waited, and even happier to get to have the thrill of knowing the waiting was WORTH it, and got to watch the bird hold onto that fish for awhile, and come right past us to his spot to go eat it in peace.

Yes, that park and that pond is definitely "Our special place".  And I won't lie- I love the fact that I get a good workout getting there and back, and that I'm not having to take time "away" to "get that in" somehow. Love you Beanie!!

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