We really cannot complain ever this winter due to the beauty this fall offered us for so long. I would be ashamed of myself. I love taking the kids on walks. I "try" everyday after lunch to stroll around our neighborhood. I think they enjoy it too. I love to point out God's fingerprint everywhere to them. I know when they are older and look back at their childhood, they will delight in our simple walks. My father enjoyed walking through the cemetery because he knew so much history about the residents of Beloit, KS. He knew I loved the connections of different family members.
"One of my favorite books is Exuberance: The Passion for Life, by Kay Redfield Jamison. The first chapter, read in a restaurant, inspired me to walk a mile in 35-degree weather past a windy New England waterfront, rather than take a taxi, just so I could feel more of life. I was very cold, but I spent 30 minutes reveling in a fisherman in a bright yellow dory, the song of automobile wheels on a 100-year-old bridge, a set of armor on a porch, lace curtains in a Colonial window, and lots of "hellos" to bundled up strangers.
I live and breathe life and learning. Jamison's book made me want to share, with anyone who would listen, the joy and enthusiasm that results from living a life grounded in the exuberant love of learning--or rather, playing hide and seek with God as He reveals His creation (Prov. 25:2).
Children are just so simple. I feel as though we have attempted to show them many great and small wonders, but they usually can recall with great detail the smallest wonder with much more excitement and nostalgia. My friend and I talk about how her kids always remember the time they sat under their covered porch during a heavy rainstorm to do their school work. Her kids ask to do that over and over.