When you live in a city of 1.5 million people, a day in the forest is a much needed break, especially for Hubby and I. We both grew up country. Although I am not sure I could ever really fit back into rural farm life, at times my heart needs a hike in the woods, mud on my shoes, and the sound of birds rather than cars.
This week was “Sports Week” at the university. It is a week of track and field activities and no classes. The Chinese teachers must participate. They let the foreign teachers off the hook. So, Hubby had the week off. We used the break to rent a driver to take us out of the city for the day. Hiking and a picnic were good for our souls.
This is one of the first times we have hiked with Little Man not riding on my back. Keep in mind that his prosthetic doesn’t have an ankle joint. (Once he is older and we don’t live in a remote area, there is an option to make a leg with a moveable ankle.) At the beginning of the climb, he told the family, “This is the first time I will climb a mountain.” He picked a walking stick and set his mind to it…and did it. He kept asking if we were climbing Mt. Everest. HA. Someday Little Man, someday. He really is a wonder and I don’t doubt that he could climb Everest if he decided to.
Little Man’s favorite part of the day was conquering the mountain, but my favorite was find a clearing with a stream. We sat and rested while the kids played with sticks, dug in the mud, and got wet. A perfect afternoon in my book.
I am so thankful for God’s creation and His provision of a day off when it is needed most.
Ending the post with a few bonus pictures of the kids for Nana. They sure have grown. Probably was all the fresh country air.