We spend a lot of time in the great outdoors. We love our wilderness camping and hiking. The boys have their own kayaks. My husband makes his living out on the water as a professional fishing guide. The boys are familiar with world class fishing. We live by the beach, so there is snorkeling and riding waves. We love the outdoors and these exciting activities - but we can get just as excited about a mother and a baby quail slipping into the yard for an afternoon meal.
My oldest son first realized we had visitors and quickly caught my attention with the excitement in his voice. We quietly moved out onto the porch and tiptoed closer to get a better look - and to try to capture a picture.
We watched from the porch as the mama quail ushered her two babies through the yard. They darted around in the grass - nibbling and ducking while they chirped messages to each other.
I love that in a family of outdoor adventurers - we still love the little things and take time to appreciate God's creation on every level - not just the big exciting experiences. I love that they are learning to see the beauty in weeds God created as well as the finest rare flowers. They get excited over butterflies and lizards as well as
Bald Eagles and sea creatures. They enjoy a family walk around the block as well as a trip down the river.
Don't get me wrong - we won't be giving up our exciting adventures any time soon. But, in between the big adventures - we'll be enjoying the quiet moments with the birds and the bugs - loving God's creation and getting to know the One who designed it all by studying it closely.
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