Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Creek

We have been spending some time lately at "the creek" near our house.  It is actually part of the Cahaba River, but seeing as how it only comes up to my boys knees we have deemed it only worthy of creek status.  However, my husband so lovingly informed me, the Mississippi River starts off in much the same way waaay up north as little more than a creek as well.  For our purposes though we will still be calling it "the creek."

I actually caught Jacob falling in, those rocks can be very slippery.

Daddy's not going to let "little bit" stay behind. 

She went everywhere those boys went.

There was lots to do...

and lots of adventures to go on...

There is no end to the fascination and wonder that this place holds for my boys.  They played, discovered and bonded over sticks, rocks and even crayfish. Yes, they were catching these little things in their buckets and then letting them go.  Jacob and Grey kept calling them lobsters and after seeing the size of a few of them I am inclined to agree with them.  They did look like little lobsters so we went with it.  

The afternoons and evenings we spent at the creek have been mild and very comfortable.  Sometimes Sophie Kate preferred this spot over the backpack carrier.

I'm with ya on that one sister!

How we have not discovered this place in our own backyard before now is beyond me.  I mean we always knew it was there we just never got down and "wallered" (from the root word wallow with a bit of a southern twang added in for good measure) in it's goodness until now.  

It is no easy task getting this group together for even the simplest of outings...the feeding pump, snacks and water bottles oh my, but this is part of our "no sitting on the sidelines" initiative.  This is it, this is their childhood.  We will not get a second chance at this.  They will never be these ages again 9, 8, 4, and 2.  
I can fret over my dirty house and think about all the "stuff" I could/should be doing there...laundry, cleaning, more laundry, dusting, straightening things up, oh and more laundry (there seems to be a recurring theme here) or I can go out and experience life with my family.  All that other stuff will always be at home waiting on me, they on the other hand will not.

They have to know how much they are loved everyday, how much we enjoy spending time with them, how special they are to us and to their Creator.  I can't think of a better way to do that than to be in God's creation, to slow down and take a step back.  A step back from video games and TV, computers and cleaning and to just be in the moment...cause these moments won't last forever.

2 Peter 3:18 "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen."

Thanks for checking in on us.


susie said...

Looks like so much fun!! Your post was EXACTLY what I needed today, Amye Jo! See y'all at church Sunday..

The Moore Family said...

Wow! What a great reminder! Thanks!