We spent a much needed weekend break at a cabin on a lake near us this last weekend, and I'm so glad we did! Life has been so crazy lately that we needed a little time to just relax and enjoy each other's company again. We taught the kids to play the card game, Pit, which they actually loved! Usually we have a hard time finding a game everyone enjoys. We borrowed my parents' rowboat and the older kids rowed out to an island 1/2 mile away. We went on the prettiest fall hike I've been on in a while, I don't think the kids appreciated it as much as me, but oh well! The younger boys had fun climbing all over the rocks that lined the shore, and I mostly tried to keep Miss E out of trouble! Life with a toddler is a lot different than life with older kids, as I am quickly remembering! Sometimes I get so tired, but then I remember these verses that have always been a comfort to me during the seasons of life when we've had little kids--
He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.