Sunday, January 22, 2012

Children, chips, sleds and the glorious outdoors

{view from the top of the chip pile of the ski runs at a local mountain}

One bonus of having a business that does tree work is the huge piles of chips and vast amount of wood in the back field.  The kids can spend hours upon hours out there climbing around and making forts and hide outs.  Today they decided to use the chip pile for a sledding hill.  It wasn't ideal as a bit of the snow had melted already but they had fun.  All except Naomi who forgot to wear socks and then got snow in her boot and ended up with cold toes pretty quickly.  She decided to come inside instead and make everyone hot chocolate and a snack.  How sweet.  

The kids are never bored outside.  As long as there isn't a hurricane going on outside I can send them outside and they can keep themselves busy for hours.  After recently reading the book Last Child in the Woods  I am thankful that they can.  I love the subtitle,
"saving our children from a nature deficit disorder".   Between hours doing school work, homework, TV and video games a lot of kids do not get nearly the amount of unstructured outside time that they should.  I already knew it was important but after reading this book I determined that they should get a lot more and make sure it happens every day.  

"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature."  ~Ann Frank

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you...
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.  ~John Muir

The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.There is no speech nor languageWhere their voice is not heard.
Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world. 
Psalm 19:1-4


  1. Love the happy faces--sledding is such fun!! wish I was a child again-just to go sledding!!

  2. Sweet pictures. I really want to read that book. It's been on my wish list at paperback for ages, but it may take years before I actually get a copy!

    I showed the picture of your woodpile to Nick. I think he's officially jealous. :)

  3. Love all the comments Denise. You are funny. :)

    The library has the book if you don't feel like waiting. That's where I got my copy.

    Oh and that wood pile. It's insanely huge. That picture only showed half of it. When people drive by and see it from the road they ask what in the world all that wood is for. Christian says we just keep it that huge for bragging rights. :)


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