Today begins day 4 of our new adventure. I was able to find all the right ingredients to make my famous blueberry oatmeal pancakes for breakfast. Malachi said he couldn’t wait to have a “real Mom” breakfast again! The kids all exclaimed that they were better than ever. I think it was because of our view! We finished breakfast and watched our new church online with a cup of coffee. I left the dishes in the sink and stepped over boxes to dig through my dirty pile of clothes to throw on an outfit I could go running in. The last 2 mornings were spent walking the property with Daniel and the dog before the kids woke up. I was tempted to do that once more, but my body was crying out to run, explore, and breathe hard. I planned on going alone, but the dog noticed my outfit and began crying uncontrollably, so I grabbed the leash and we were off!
Coming out of our property, I prayed that I would never take this for granted; that my heart would never think it deserved the beauty that surrounded me. I jogged past our neighbors’ cows lying under the shade, resting from a full morning of grazing. I came to the corner of Shadow Pine Lane where our neighbor, Bob has his garden flourishing with flowers and his fruit tree orchard soaking in the sun’s rays. I had a decision to make: Turn right towards town , past more cows, the house with 3 horses, the one with 3 goats, and rolling hills — or — Turn left and explore new territory. I turned left.
Before even turning, a car passed and waved. “Oh yeah…” I thought. “Everyone here waves!” I waved back and began my exploration. I couldn’t decide which I liked better: on my left, I had the forest. Pine trees have long been my favorite. I could look into the trees and imagine myself cutting a path to explore. On my right were the fields. Tall grasses blowing in the breeze, and a sky that took my breath away. In the distance, farms, rolling hills, and beyond that huge mountain ranges dark blue.
Which were my favorite: the purple wildflowers or the yellow? Did I like the old wod barn with the quilt hanging on it, or the giant red barn, freshly painted with an American flag blowing? How could I choose between the little yellow birds or the giant hawk soaring above?
It rained for a moment, then disappeared. The sky was a massive mix of bright blue, white puffy clouds, and dark gray. The contrast was refreshing. Could I run forever because I had been cooped up in a car for 4 days, or was it the fresh air and incredible scenery?
I finally turned around to jog back home. I will certainly have sore legs tomorrow. I may also need a second cup of coffee as I unpack this afternoon. But, my heart is full. My lungs are happy. Even as I type, I pause and turn to look out the window every few minutes. The beauty of creation speaks to me like nothing else!
What do you have for me here, God? What do you have for our family? Use us here! Let us not become content to be on our own; that is not why you brought us here. Let us share your joy with all those around us!! As we sang in worship this morning, “We are here for You. Come and do what You do!”
Can’t wait to show you more pictures. I still have stories of packing, saying goodbye, traveling, and our first few days here. For now, I hope I was able to paint a small picture for you of this place that has stolen my heart!