Monday, September 16, 2013

A Gift of Days

Do you ever feel like you've been given a gift of a day?  A day that, in your mind, is so absolutely perfect that you don't want to spoil it by talking about it, or even worse, trying to repeat it?  A day that you think to yourself, "That day really couldn't have gotten any better..."
I know, I know, we should really think about every day as a gift, and I get that, but then maybe I need to be thinking of these 'special days' as a surprise gift.  These are the days that just kinda knock you off your feet and onto your knees because you're so darn thankful for them.
I've felt overwhelmed lately at the frequency of these 'gift of days', undeserving at times, humbled that I get to experience something so wonderful, and definitely, most definitely, thankful. 
Recently, we had the day of quadding that was pretty much perfect.  And yesterday?  Another gift of a day....
We were asked to meet some dear friends, who we don't get to see often enough, at their pasture land.  They had to salt cows, and we got invited along for the ride.  We drove for a few hours (made a bit longer by a bridge being closed and having to take a detour) to arrive in absolute beauty.  Trees, mountains, creeks.... an unseasonably warm fall day.... it was bliss!  The guys dropped us girls (lotsa girls...6 little ladies in all!) beside a creek and went to do their 'chores', and we just played.  And played.  I don't know what it is about a little, cold creek, with lotsa rocks that makes everyone so happy.  Myself included!  The girls all played and splashed and got really cold feet (and legs, and hands!) while us Moms got to visit a bit.  And play a bit.
My bigger girls sure enjoyed keeping tabs on the littler girls...

A climb a few rocks and look at a few little waterfalls...

And splash each other.  And their Mom.  And their Dad.  A lot.

The water was crystal clear....

And many rocks were chucked....

And smiles were abounding...all day long.

And I got to hold a new addition to our friends' family...a wee boy... (but of course, I missed pictures of him!  oy!)
After playing and eating and visiting and laughing, the day quickly came to a close, and we had to head back home.  Boo hoo!  But on the way home, we got to see some wild horses... well as a spectacular sunset, which I took pictures of, but can't even post, because the pictures didn't come close to doing it justice.
It was a long day, but an oh, so good day.  A day that was good for my soul, to be with friends, and my wee little family.  It was a gift of a day.

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