Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Turkey Run State Park

the cabin where we stayed

I love these stairs hidden in the rocks, like it's leading you into a magical world

The wind rushed over and over this landscape, where we were one of the only ones out hiking. With the quiet, it felt like you could hear the wind coming for miles.

I feel like these dead leaves make the trees look like a fairly land

I had to wash out the photo so you could see Delaney's cute face, through a tree trunk

Don't fall into the social media trap. Nobody's kids are smiling all the time, and nobody has perfect family vacations. Everybody gets tired. Everybody cries. Kind of like this hike. I didn't have my camera out when we got lost and we had to turn around, or when Ephraim insisted on being carried the entire hike, or when I forgot diapers and Ben had to drive 40 minutes to go get some.  

What's captured in pictures may not be the whole story, but you get to decide if gratitude is a daily part of your life. Will you be one who seeks for the good? Will you find God in the ins and outs of your day, even if it starts out only in retrospect?

Here's where I saw God on our short family vacation, things to be grateful for:
-I love hiking, being out in nature and being so connected to God.
-Delaney was such a good little hiker! She's only 3 1/2 but she never complained and always kept up the pace.
-I love spending time with my family disconnected from our daily chores and the daily grind of life.
-I love planning things for my kids to look forward to. The girls had a spring break from preschool, and all week they couldn't wait to go to this cabin and be together as a family.
-I love going to a place where I can let my kids run to their hearts content. I think all kids need freedom like that once in a while.
-I love being in a place where you can't see "civilization" for miles
-Lastly, I love feeling united as a family, which comes when you all do something together, like this hike.

I'm so grateful I have my family forever!

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