This weekend my son invited me to a creek walk at Mount Hermon. In all honesty, I’d never been on one before.
So, we strapped on our sandals, decended down the hill and walked 1/4 mile adventure.
We plunged into cold refreshing water of Bean Creek and walked to where it meets the Zayanye Creek. While my body adjusted to the temperature, I listened to our feet splash and different birds chirp along the way.
As we hiked, the ebb and flow reminded me of life. There were unexpected twists and turns. We had to dodge fallen trees, mossy rocks, poison oak and deep pools as a team. Yet, we were pleasantly surprised with peaceful waterfalls throughout our journey. Austin said, “Mom, I like the sound of running water.” I replied, “Me too and grandma Dinky loves the tranquility of water features.”
Although it was a sunny afternoon, we encountered shady canopies of redwood trees in various nooks and crannies of the forest. I ran my hands across the rugged bark and steadied myself as we passed the trunks. I watched dragon flies flutter by and water bugs skip along.
As we rounded the final bend, I heard a distant whistle of a Roaring Camp locomotive. We happened upon Ferndell Falls. Magnificent! I took a deep breath of fresh mountain air and enjoyed its spray against my skin.
We concluded our time together on rustic wood bridge. Although this was my first creek walk, I suspect it won’t be my last.
Does your family unplug? Recently, we’ve noticed an increased demand in screen time in our family whether it’s homework, emails or social media. So, to combat the gravitational pull, we’ve decided to simplify our family time. Here are some basics we are returning to:
I visited our local mall to purchase a board game we played several times at our friend’s house called Aggravation. To my surprise, the stores didn’t carry it. So, I went on line and ordered it. It just arrived and we can’t wait to play it. It’s a simple marble game of chance using dice to get your pods home first. We also like timeless games of cards, Monopoly, Life, etc.
We enjoy hiking in our majestic Santa Cruz mountains. We are blessed to work on two beautiful campuses surrounded by a variety of trees, paths and water features. Above is a picture of Randy, Austin, Alicia and my brother Greg (back left) and sister-in-law Connie (front left). On Christmas Eve we hiked around Mount Hermon Conference Center. We showed them the zip line canopy tours, the lodges/cabins, and Ferndale Falls. They are pictured above at Redwood Camp’s suspension bridge. Good times!
We love to explore our surroundings. During Thanksgiving weekend, we took the long coastal route of Highway 1 north to visit family versus taking a straight shot of Highway 101. We saw the sun reflecting off the Pacific Ocean, a large variety of wildlife on the ground and in the air, and gorgeous rolling hills/farmland. Sometimes, we stop at a vista point and sometimes we just marvel from our car.
It is easy to get caught up in life’s busyness. We’ve decided to be intentional about slowing down, resting and playing together as a family to maintain a balanced life.
This past week has been tough! My life seemed like a roller coaster with its ups and downs; twists and turns. First, we were blessed with a new place to live. The kids were excited to unpack their boxes, and I was thrilled to move in before winter hit.
Yesterday, we explored our new surroundings, and hiked to Eagles Landing observation deck. I marveled at the amazing vista of Scotts Valley, California!
Second, my friend Dianna Cornell passed away of kidney complications. I miss her smile, hugs and encouraging words. She was an awesome friend, and taught me how to blog using WordPress. I featured her Guest Blog on February 23, 2015.
Dianna loved the Lord. The good new is she’s now present with Him and pain-free. Although, it is a sad time for her family and friends, it’s also a hopeful time in that one day we will see her again in Heaven.
During this topsy turvy time, I’ve learned four things that have helped me cope.
Focus on God – I find that when I start my days reading my Bible and praying to God, it always goes smoother. His peace helps me through my hectic day.
Prioritize Activities – I know I can’t possibly do everything all the time. So, I write what needs to be done down and determine what needs to be done first. Once I complete it I cross it off my “To Do” list and move on to the next task.
Persevere – When I feel overwhelmed, I remember to press through and keep going. Otherwise, if I stop or slow down, work piles up and I feel worse. So, I do what I can without compromising my sanity or healthy.
Ask for Help – I’m extremely independent. So, this is next item is definitely a learned behavior for me. If I need assistance, I now ask my husband, son, daughter, other family or friends for help. They are always eager to help in time of need.
My hope is these simple steps can help you during a stressful season of life. I’d love to hear how you have successfully navigated through tough times. Fee free to share your insight with us.