Today was such a great day.  We all got out of the house as a family, met another family at the local park, and had a great time.  The kids played, the adults talked, and we ate a simple picnic lunch that consisted of whatever we had on hand at the house.  After the lunch we explored the creek bed and threw rocks and sticks into the water.  It amazed me how fascinated all five of the kids were with that creek.  They climbed rocks, skipped stones, and stirred the water with sticks.  They seemed to have more fun exploring that area than they did on the playground equipment minutes before.  I forget sometimes how the simplest of things can make the day so much more special.  We have thousands of dollars worth of toys and electronics that lay untouched in our homes every day, and when it comes down to it, all the kids want is your time and a few rocks to throw in a creek.   Today, I reflected on the simple things in my life that I overlook everyday.  A box of sidewalk chalk, a bottle of bubbles, a stick that can be turned into a sword, a rock that can become “fish food”, and  a sandwich being eaten on a blanket on the ground under the warm sun.  We gotta slow down folks, we are missing these moments with our kids, with our spouses, and with our close friends.  Take the time to make these moments happen, take the time to slow down and reflect on the simple things in your life.  Simplicity is just a creek bed away.

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2 thoughts on “Simplicity

  1. Janan says:

    You are so right Ashley. When we went on our family trip over Labor Day to Talequah, that was Riley’s favorite thing of all….walking down to the lake’s edge and playing with the rocks, sticks and mud! I think us adults sometimes are the ones that push all the expensive toys on the kiddos! Then when they get older, they just expect it, even though they really don’t want it that much. Thanks for the reminder to simplify our lives!

  2. Lauren says:

    I agree. The simple things in life are usually what really makes us happier. More than that, with all the vast amounts of technology we have to entertain us, the simple things…streams, trees, mudpies :), are usually in their natural setting. Makes me stop and wonder what we are striving to achieve when the simplest and best are already available to us. I don’t think we are going to be improving on what God’s provided anytime soon.

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