One day while ambling through Springbrook I was reminded how life was like the paths there. Some are straight and narrow, some are relatively smooth walking. Most, though, are uneven and dirty, and can be uncomfortable if you’re not prepared.
And to take it a step further…I believe that as at Springbrook, while you can choose to stay on the easy paths and kinda skate through life, but you will miss out on the growth that comes with the rough paths. There are extra special beautiful things to see and experience if you leave the smooth path – should you choose to look for them.
It’s all a choice. Sometimes one to make every minute but always daily.
One sunny Autumn day, three rambunctious boys, a baby, and a set of parents went exploring the winding trails of Springbrook Nature Center. There was dancing, jumping, frog and turtle hunting, chasing each other, and tree climbing.This family is a blessing in more ways then 6, and they love to invite others into their 4-boy-2-dog-action-packed crazies. The good kind of crazy that keeps you on your toes and slathers love on everyone within reach and pulls out a smile of even the worst kind of day – maybe even a full on laugh! They have their share of troubles just like the next family, but that doesn’t stop them from loving well and staying on the go with four busy and growing boys, all of whom can now walk! Getting such a family may be hard to get everyone still and looking at the camera long enough to get a ‘picture perfect’ Kodak moment, but the pictures are more real, more Them. J1 likes exploring and learning and giving hugs. His smile lights up the room and can melt hearts of stone. His generous heart is selfless and honest and loyal. He has a LOT to say and will share what’s on his mind to anyone who will listen. He is a helper, go-getter, and includer.
J2 has an innocent grin, but his eye warn of mischief – if you’re paying attention! His love of reading is equal to his love for his family. He likes to bake and paint and play Minecraft when his nose isn’t stuck in any book that catches his eye. He is a laugh a minute and says many crazy things which gets everyone laughing! He is smart and charming and creative.J3 is the MOST active boy I have ever known. He needs to move the way J1 needs to talk! He is super curious and is so loving. He loves to give hugs, and sometimes will almost sit still to have a book read to him. The only one with brown eyes in the family, he can look at you and melt your heart. While J2 has hidden mischief, J3’s mischief is all out in the open for everyone to see, enjoy, and sometimes shake their head at. He loves playing games and painting (at least when I go over!).
J4 is a bright miracle and bundle of laughs. His personality is really beginning to shine. He has just decided to walk and soon will be getting into everything. He is a LOT like J1 when he was a baby, but yet so different! His grin is so big and cheerful it’s hard to stay sad around him. He likes giving kisses and snuggling when he isn’t too busy chasing after his big brothers or the dogs. He knows that pop is good and fudge is delectable. When he’s done eating he feeds the dogs – so they never go hungry.
Springbrook is one of the best places for me to go and let go of anything bothering me. Slow walks or fast jaunts, it is so peaceful here and my heart and mind can rest for a short time. Autumn and Spring are the most beautiful here. (I could hear the turtle singing, “I believe I can fly…”)
Here we are in December and I’m still posting fall pictures! Well, it *is* my favorite time of year! Hopefully, we do not have snow yet…This was a calming walk, although quick, because of the brisk cold wind. A sweatshirt just wasn’t warm enough!
Springbrook Nature Center is my favorite place to visit on a good weather day. Different things can be seen by switching up which paths you walk on, what the weather is like, and the season. During the Fall the landscape changes weekly! Springbrook has gone through many changes in the past year, most of which I am loving. During this walk I found a little path that took me to a little haven full of bright yellow happiness. The little yellow flowers above remind me of the sun emblem of Rapunzel’s kingdom in Tangled. For a couple months there was this cool tree teepee deep in the woods. I knew some boys who would have loved playing in it, but alas! It was taken down before they could visit.
Fall is my favorite season for a couple reasons. First, THE COLORS! They are glorious! I also love how it’s cool (alright, in MN it can get COLD!) at night but warm during the day. The reeds look like they’re in ice, don’t they? This day was a PERFECT fall day! I went down a path I don’t often take, and saw some pretty colors. If you would like to see more of my fall photos from Springbrook, follow me on Instagram!