Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Great Egret......and an extra explorer...and some garbage

We woke up very early today and had the joy of Adrian joining us for our bike ride before he went to work. With Adrian along we were able to explore in some new areas a little more off the beaten path. We found a cow pasture and some very large cement businesses that have a very pretty lake at there disposal right behind our property that you get to by going down a dirt road and under the turnpike. The unfortunate part of sometimes finding areas less visited by the public is the Urban Dumping that takes place. We saw everything from a pair of gloves to refrigerators, tires of course, and the odd mattress's set. I really have a hard time understanding how this can happen. It really was a reminder to our family as to why we should strive to live in a more minimalist way.


Be wary of any enterprise that requires new clothes.” - Henry David Thoreau

Lazy people take food in their hand
but don't even lift it to their mouth. Proverbs 19:24

I think that I will chew on that proverb for awhile. After seeing all that garbage flooded into such a natural area it really made me think about how often we gather what we do not need. And I do believe that when we fill our lives with clutter overwhelming feelings will follow, including laziness.

I think we will definitely need to have a clean up day for some areas in our neighborhood and head out with some garbage bags.

Here are some Snap shots from our morning we did see some beautiful birds. Poor Anna was exhausted from her playdate yesterday and was not feeling much like bike riding. We had to keep reminding her to pedal lol!... Absence does make the heart grow fonder..... I fully enjoyed her hugs today and all the sweet murmurings of how much she missed me yesterday that was a pleasant blessing.



Anna off her bike taking a break....

A peak into Anna's Nature Journal

We put our hope in the Lord.
He is our help and our shield.
In Him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord
for our hope is in you alone.
Psalm 33:20-22


  1. Yay! How nice to have your husband join you on your bike ride. By the way, how early is early for you? Just curious. You guys look great. I see the white egret, but do you know what the other bird is?

    Anna does look tired... just look at that darling face. She has drawn
    a very good egret... obviously she gets her artistic talents from her mom ; ) What a beautiful keepsake her nature journal will be some day.

    You are right about hoarding "stuff". The verses you quoted from the Psalms are a confirmation of where our trust and hope should truly bel. Thank you for sharing this part of your day with us, dear friend.

    Many blessings,
    Mrs. Teapot

  2. Dear Heather,

    I'm glad Adrian could come with you (Every time I see him I'm going to think of Elessar :) ) for a ride. We went for a nature walk today, too, and I saw moss growing on an old carpet someone had thrown out. At least it looks artistic! There was also a loveseat with just a few springs and the frame left, and a garden hose, beer cans, etc. I always mean to bring bags to clean up wherever we go, but forget. We indeed live in a sad time of disposable everything. No wonder people do not know how to value lasting things!

    We'll just have to train our children to do better when they're grown, right?



  3. I love your thoughts on minimalism for today. I've been working on that in our home just this week!

    Tell Anna that I love her drawing of the egret.

  4. love your thoughts about simplifying! It seems like the more we have the more we want, instead of being content in what God has given us. :)


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