March 20, 2013

A little outing

Well, it’s like I said yesterday…to all four of you…do I just pick up and start talking about what I did last week?  And you might recall…all three of you that are still reading today…that I answered myself and said “why not?”

Incidentally – last week was Spring Break for us – and while around this time last year we were gallivanting around Disneyland (sob, sniffle) having the time of our lives – this year we were mellow yellow.  Hanging around.  Not doing much.  Well, “much fun” anyway.  We did “much” if you’re counting cleaning, purging, catching up on day to day.  Yes.  We did all sorts of that.  Sigh.

But for one day, we committed to having a little fun and taking our kids out of town.  The only place we could think of that would even come close to being fun, easy, and an experience on a tiny budget, with only a handful of hours and two little ones in tow was Sleepy Sheep Ranch.  You’ll remember that because it’s where Anton and I took ourselves last November and where I got the proper motivation to post all about Trust.  One of the few posts from 2012 that had any depth, admittedly....


So we reached out to the owner, who is a self-professed city-slicker turned rancher after too much stress and a health scare sent him trading in his stocks for lots of land and some worn boots. And we appreciated that he let us come on his day off and that he let us roam his vast property and cozy up to his array of livestock. It was a beautiful day, and we had a peaceful time. Since there are never enough days I can point to that I would describe as peaceful – I’m chalking this one up pretty high on the experience scale.
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I said it before – I’ll repeat myself.  Though I don’t fancy myself an “outdoorsy” type – there is something so genuinely healing and comforting about nature and being surrounded by God’s creation.  Something about removing yourself from the business of life to just breathe and reconnect with – dare I say – the soil and animals and trees and water.  It’s just good, good stuff. 

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It’s just is.


and they don’t call it Sleepy Sheep Ranch for nothing…

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7 comments :

Lisa said...

Glad you're back! And your kids look huge!!!

Dori said...

So glad you're back! I'll be checking back in frequently to see what you all are up to now that I know you'll be around. Hope you are well!!!

Renate Jackson said...

Still here too.

Elle said...

Your last week sounds/looks like 'twas a wonderful time -- definitely worthy of "just picking up and posting." ;) Welcome back!

And you hit the nail on the head with the statement that there is "something so genuinely healing and comforting about nature and being surrounded by God’s creation." It's marvelous -- truly marvelous. I hope the advent of spring brings with it a gazillion more outside adventures for you and the fam!

Jessica said...

Oh my! They are so cute and BIG!

Paula said...

What a perfect way to spend the day! My Keira would have LOVED that!!!

Stephanie Gerster said...

Glad to see you're back to blogging! Getting started again is harder the longer you wait, I know how that goes. Everyone looks like they are having a great time, I love the picture with Keira raising her hand on the horse. Like she's in a rodeo!