Soaking Up The Sunshine

This weekend we spent almost every moment we could outside. After not being able to go outside much last summer, we are taking advantage of the warm weather. 

Last year, when Caleb was a newborn, we weren’t able to go outside without him severely overheating. He would break out instantly in a heat rash, even if he was just in a diaper, and we were warned that having him outside would be put him at a risk of brain damage.

After a very long winter of pregnancy, it was hard to watch summer slip by out our front window. As winter started up again, I knew I would have to be purposefully involved in activities to not feel continually house bound.

Thankfully Caleb has outgrown that overheating condition already and he simply loves being outdoors. In fact, I think we are making up for last year since if he is ever inside he points, grunts and whines until we go out to play!

It’s funny the things you can take for granted. I can honestly say I am so thankful for every walk, outing and extended backyard play time. The freedom to soak up the sun is marvelous, and it’s a joy to watch Caleb discover the bugs, sticks, grass, birds, trees, pine cones and everything else that we spend our days exploring. This is such a fun stage with him!

There are many verses that come to mind, but a Psalmist always seems to be able to express the majestic splendor of creation better than anyone.

You take care of the earth and water it,
    making it rich and fertile.
The river of God has plenty of water;
    it provides a bountiful harvest of grain,
    for you have ordered it so.
You drench the plowed ground with rain,
    melting the clods and leveling the ridges.
You soften the earth with showers
    and bless its abundant crops.

You crown the year with a bountiful harvest;

    even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.
 The grasslands of the wilderness become a lush pasture,
    and the hillsides blossom with joy.
 The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep,
    and the valleys are carpeted with grain.
    They all shout and sing for joy!

Psalm 65:9-13 (NLT)

May you have a wonderful summer enjoying this beautiful world that the Lord created and sustains. May you make lasting memories that will warm your heart through the long cold winter!

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