March 27, 2023

Vacations Are Wonderful!


Last week we took a vacation visiting family. One of the highlights of life is visiting with your family. Getting away from the everyday and stepping into different sceneries and meeting up with family and friends.
Upon rising the first morning in our vacation spot and going outside there is a wonderful walking trail with a pond in the center and a fountain in the middle of the pond. It is an invitation from mother nature to come and join her and breathe in the morning air exhailing all the stress that arrived with you. 

You immediately can see all the daffodil stems surrounding the trees. What a shame the cold air took out most of the beautiful blooms. But fortunately mother nature was able to spare a few of the blooms for us to behold. We could imagine how breath taking the scene must have been with white and yellow daffodils around the trees.

I am not sure who was having more fun, the birds singing, the squirrels running and jumping around or the rabbits.

The peace and calmness filled the air. As you can see, there is a cross on this knoll and as you stand and gaze you are reminded what time of year it is. Soon we will be celebrating a joyous Easter season. My thoughts traveled back to a time as children on Easter we hunted Easter eggs. And for just a moment I remembered the time we colored the eggs and the next day, they hid the eggs and then turned us loose to search for them.

As much fun as we had, I am most grateful for the teaching about Christ being Risen!

I wish for you and your family a time of togetherness and a time of celebrating our Lord.

As you continue walking along the trail, which by the way is paved, you get to spend your time in the wonderment of all God created and the many different shades of green as the trees are beginning to bud and merge in with the trees that remain green during our winters. It is during this time that you get to know more about your creator and the details that He puts into everything He creates,

Of course this time of year, pollen is settling on top of the pond and I don't imagine anyone enjoys pollen. But, the powdery substance called pollen is released into the air, the wind picks it up and carries to other plants so they can make seeds. I try to remember as I sneeze , pollen is important. So if it gets to bad, we can put our mask on.

The first stone arch you see is created with different color blocks. If you look right behind it, you see a different design out of steel. I think this is one of the many treats along the path coming upon the different designs and materials used which are used to fit in with nature and delight you in your walk. You can't help but stop and study each structure. There is a peaceful feeling as you look at the intricate details.

If you look close, you will see the rabbit. I don't know who was more startled, me or the rabbit. But he seems to stay put, evidently not to disturbed and eventually you can continue your walk. I think rabbits are a funny creature but it is fun to watch them.

Well, I hope you enjoyed the pictures. The trail is, as I said, peaceful and calm. A great way to regroup your thoughts and relax from the stress and tensions in life.

I realize these are a tad different pictures than people usually show from their vacation. But this vacation, as I said, was to visit family and re-acquaint ourselves with them and nature.

May you and your family as you prepare for Easter find time to enjoy your family and friends and relax from the toils in your life.

Susan Reichert, author of Conquering Fears With Christ, Listen Close, Between Me and You, God’s Prayer Power, and Storms in Life. Published numerous magazine articles and stories in 10 anthology books. Speaker at writing conferences, seminars, and libraries.

She is the founder of Southern Author Services, and Editor of Suite T. She is the retired Editor-in-Chief of Southern Writers Magazine. Reichert has a passion for writing about God in devotionals, prayers, and inspirational works.

She and her husband live in Tennessee. They have four grown daughters with families of their own. Susan is a member of the DAR and a member of the First Families of Mississippi.

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