Saturday, October 13, 2018

A walk in the woods

I was just in the woods for a few days with no phone and no Internet. I usually leave my computer up and on for writing but during those days I just wrote in a notebook. There was no phone, no TV, no Internet... and actually, no vehicle since my vehicle broke on the way up and is still stranded up there (God bless amazing friends who also have four kids so drive an hour and a half to pick you up in their heavily car-seated vehicle!).

Y'all, it was amazing.

There is just something about being unconnected to the rest of the world. I truly believe nothing resets you like a walk in the woods.

In some ways our days were much the same as normal. We woke up each morning and did the potty/diaper shuffle. I got everybody dressed. I made breakfast. We prayed and ate and read a devotional together, then we cleaned up breakfast and the kids all played while I set up homeschool.

I can't tell if this week's homeschool was genuinely special, or if it just felt that way since we did it in the woods. Everything about it felt special, but maybe that's the idealist in me coming out. A started addition in math and "finally" got to read the first two stories in his My First Reading Book so in that sense it really was special.

We curled up to read books together. We read Bible stories. We finished reading The Chocolate Touch and started reading The Complete Brambly Hedge. We read all kinds of picture books, but everybody's favorite was Autumn Leaves. After we closed the books, we put on our jackets and took a walk in the woods to collect some autumn leaves of our own. We matched them to the ones in the book and we made leaf rubbings with them. All three kids took turns holding up their pages and asking, "Do you see the veins?"

We played Uno in a million different ways that allowed for even the two-year-old to play it and play it well, we ate the kind of weird snacky meals kids love, we colored, I leaned back and watched the older three make up intricate pretend scenarios while I nursed the baby, and we hung out outside.

There were no politics. There were no requests to help someone get to the next level in Candy Crush or text messages that seemed urgent but really weren't.

It was a throwback to a simpler time, a reminder of what actually matters and how many little things distract me during the average week. It was just me, my precious people, a stack of books, and a walk in the woods.

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