Well, our trip has almost come to an end, tomorrow bright and early we will pile back into the car and make the four hour journey back to Asheville.
What has impressed me the most this past week is the beautiful children.
Such joy, such creativity, such beauty.
Their friendship has grown stronger as they have run in the fields, gathered food from the wild, build fires...many of them, gone swimming in the creek, build houses in the tall grasses and under the bushes, gone hiking and berry picking and everything in between.
I am once again reminded of the treasure it is to live in the country.
The children were certainly dirty 95% of the time, their hair a mess filled with seeds and grass, and their clothes and faces stained with mud, and often wet as well, and yes there certainly was also a massive amount of laundry accumulated, as well as constant messes here and there.
But to see the shine in their eyes as they full of joy run across the grasses into the woods to later emerge with a tiny birds nest, or a handful of carrots or berries or peas to be cooked on the fire, or a little red newt or some other fishy creature, and to watch them work as a team while building a fire or preparing a meal or taking care of one of the littler ones who got a splinter,
has all been just magical for me to behold.
To be sure, seven children do put forth an intense amount of energy, and the week has not been without conflicts, between the girls and the boys, the littles and the bigger, yet the conflicts were always short lived and before long they were amazed by some common interest or find and all was forgotten, yet again the beauty of children.
I give thanks for this week among friends, submerging ourselves into the freedom of being, and the appreciation of nature. I again remind myself that all the recent turmoil of our lives is for a reason and that all is moving along as it should. And although our future journey will likely bring us oceans apart from the dear Watkins family I trust that the bond the children, and the mamas for that matter, share will keep bringing our families together for years to come.
~With love and gratitude~