Life Lately in Pics: Nature Walk

Saturday, October 17, 2015

There has finally been a slight change in the weather lately. Fall has been slow in coming to Florida but we are beginning to feel a difference in the air. I feel like I hold my breath all year for when the weather changes and I can go outside without sweating. Don't get me wrong, I love living in Florida. I am so thankful that the sun shines on us just about every day and I don't have to bundle my kids to go out all the time. But I do wish it wasn't so hot for so long.

The days have been non stop from sunrise to sunset around here. It takes a lot to care for a family of seven! Not to mention homeschooling 3 children and keeping the 2 little ones out of trouble. Since the weather has been so much more bearable we have been getting out as much as we can to enjoy it. Though I like to start our school days early sometimes it's nice to get out early and come back and do school.

We set off for one of our favorite stomping grounds this week. We love this park. It's probably the only spot in the city that has rolling hills. We love looking for alligators, birds, turtles and other critters. There is also a little nature center that the kids never get tired of seeing.

Some days are really hard and I admit that I look forward all day to getting the kids to bed and other days I have to pinch myself. I feel SO blessed that I get to be with my kids all day. I get to not only teach them but they teach me so much, as I see through their eyes, feel their little hands grasp for mine and listen as they tell me their ideas, random and sometimes hilarious thoughts about life.

Our days aren't always picture perfect but I am so thankful for God's grace in our lives. No matter what our days look like or how good or not good they go, He is faithful to be with us and and give us what we need for each day inspite of ourselves and our circumstances.

Do you have a favorite park that you go to?

How do you see God's grace throughout your day?

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  1. Love your photos, and it looks like you've definitely got your hands full! We have a favourite local park near us in the UK, with an old country house, rose garden and plenty of winding paths beneath old trees. Very different to your local park! #busydoinglife

  2. Nature walks are a great learning tool. The exhibits are all about reading and learning. Hope you will link up with us Literacy Musing Mondays. Here is this week's url:

  3. Wonderful photos. I love stories told in pictures. Lovely family.

  4. What beautiful photos and a lovely day out! It must be so lovely to live in Florida. I'd love to have sunshine all the time, although I can imagine that it must get quite tedious sometimes. You are incredibly lucky to get to spend all day with your children, it must be exhausting but so magical getting to watch them grow up and teaching each other new things every day. Your nature walk looks so beautiful. Thank you so, so much for linking to #whatevertheweather - Chloe from Life Unexpected xx

  5. Wow, what a wonderful place to explore! Your pictures are gorgeous. That alligator was quite impressive. Visiting from Whatever the Weather.

  6. A wonderful park to explore! I imagine you see lots of different things each time you go? Great that you can introduce the kids to nature and have fun spotting the animals. I only have 2 kids and find that hard work sometimes and the end of the day is often welcomed for a rest, I've no idea how you manage to stay sane! You are clearly an amazing mum being able to look after your kids so well and getting them interested in nature at fantastic places like this.
    Thanks for linking up to #Whatevertheweather :) x


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