10.10.2011

take a long and thoughtful look

80 degrees in October in Michigan? What? We've had a long string of unbelievably gorgeous days (thank You, thank You, Lord!) and, mindful that the cold winds of winter will soon be whipping here, we've been trying to take advantage of the warmth as much as possible. We scrapped our book work last Tuesday and spent the day at a favored park. It was billed as "nature study day". And it was.....and we did....study nature, that is. And as always, we were pointed to the magnificent Creator.
"The basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of His divine being." Romans 1:19-20 The Message
herwalk

boyscreek
Our 3-ring binders were loaded with goodies printed out from the Nature Detectives site that I love so much.  Like the Woodland Adventure Log and the Autumn Fruits and Seeds Checklist, the Fungus, Moss & Lichen Hunt, and the Leaf Hunt sheets.  Also packed along with us were hot chocolate, blanket, colored pencils, sketchbooks, tape, fabric squares for a project, pocket knives, slingshots, camera, lunch, and, best of all, pumpkin spice doughnuts from the nearby apple orchard.  (Still warm....mmmm.)
herwrite

shroom

mshrms

bugs

slingshot

deer

her

mwlucy

milkweed

fung

log

climb

catplr

lvs
So, we tried to pound the color out of leaves onto fabric squares (I was picturing a lovely fall bunting to hang) and ummm, that was much easier said than done.  (I had read about it here.)  We'll have to try again at home this week.
blnkt
creek

crckt
Yep, my boy's fingernails look like that pretty much all the time. And I love it. Boys were made for playing in dirt! I take that back. We're all made to be in connection with the Creator and one of those connections can only be made through being out there under His wide open sky, dirt under our nails.

Breathe deep of Him today, my friends.

*FYI, there are photos of a nature study day in this exact same place almost exactly 2 years ago here.  My little girlie had just turned 3, melt my heart.) Pin It