Tuesday, March 29, 2011

back to eden

The Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food...

Genesis 2:8&9

Last week was spring break, and we had the delight of spending two days and nights at Eden,
enjoying the quiet and cool and rest.

We found ourselves reveling in the prolific natural beauty,
the displays of God's creative handiwork.

From the wildlife like these fuzzy dark-brown deer

and the flock of busy swallows nesting in impossibly tiny nests at our cabin,

to the amazing botany like this
pink banana heart
(and the bananas growing below it)

and the 'chenille' plant - soft enough to weave into a sweater.

Michael stopped to read about Hydroponics,
a topic he'll be studying in science next year.

We convinced friends of ours, Mark and Deb,
to accompany us for our two days and nights there,
and we were so blessed by their presence!

They brought recorders and played lovely classical trios with Amy,

and they taught us some new fun games:
Kings in the Corners (is that the right name, Deb?)

Fill or Bust, a card and dice game.
Any game where I can get 5,000 points in one turn is a winner!

Elise spent most of the two days and nights behind her camera
bent on capturing the beauty all around.

We'll post some of her best photos next time!

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