It’s been my favourite street since we moved into this neighbourhood 2.5 years ago. The trees are mature, with just the right amount of cover and sway, but enough gap to let the morning light in. Since spring arrived, Elizabeth and I have been frequenting this neighbourhood on our post-breakfast morning walk. And I love it. If the sun is shining, you will find us there.
I oogle at some of the houses with front porches (a dream!). We watch the kids run to school just down the street as the teachers or kids in orange jackets direct them. The lilacs along the path beg for me to pick them with their breathtaking fragrance. And the robins sing their morning melody. It’s like peace floods my heart. If I’m intentional, I try and make it my grateful walk. A prayer walk. But a lot of times, it’s just a chance to breathe the beautiful air. I can have trouble focusing or praying in my morning quiet time (if I get it in before E wakes up!), but as soon as we hit the path walking it’s like the heart and mind kick in.
Yesterday I felt bad for our bichon shitzu, Pippa, as she needed a walk, so I brought her with us. It was like walking a squirrel, ya’ll! She near tripped me with her leash doing figure 8’s as we crossed the street. So I decided that THIS walk is my peace walk for Elizabeth and I alone, and Pippa will have to get her walk another time!
I know it seems simple and trite, but having this little thing that is free, full of God’s beauty, and right out my back door, is something I am so thankful for. Our winters are long, so I am soaking it up!
I think as a mamma you have to find little things, accessible things, that bring you peace and joy. Something you can sow into your day that fills your heart. For some it might be gardening with the kids, lounging in the sun at naptime, or talking on the phone with a friend – whatever it is – I encourage you to find that beautiful place that God has waiting for you. Just for you.
Here are a few pictures from our walk this morning…