Fairfax County is blessed with all sorts of parks; some of these parks have farms and farm animals, some have historic buildings and features, some are nature oriented, some are garden oriented, some are dedicated to a single sport and others to multiple sports, etc. The one closest to our house is about 1/8 of a mile walk and it has a basketball hoop, picnic table and pavilion, tennis court, soccer field and a play ground: Levelle Dupell Park. It has been a great place to watch our children grow up and give them a convenient park in which to gather with friends and neighbors to let our children play and our dogs walk.
On July 21 we did a ‘child swap’; some friends of ours had small children and we had two teens who love to do roller coasters. We don’t love to do roller coasters and their children weren’t old enough to do the ‘big roller coasters’, so we swapped kids for the day. We took the little ones and they took the big ones. They are adorable – and for that matter, so are our kids, but in a different ‘teenage’ way.
Our plan was to take them to the park and let them run, have lunch and then take them to our neighborhood pool (less than an 1/8 of a mile away) and then put them down for a nap. Hah – the best laid plans….
It rained some and looked really cloudy when it wasn’t and it was hot and very muggy. And so as all parents have learned: adapt, adapt, and adapt some more. We played inside. They loved the table of 1000’s of Legos our guys don’t play with any more. They built all sorts of things. They loved creating. Just like God loves creating. We had lunch. We read some wonderful nature books (ah here is the nature link for the day) and then played more Legos (and fairies and baby bunnies in a cave hiding from the wolves – more nature). Nature – the great connector. God the Creator – the great connector. Love and fun and play – the great connector and creator via imagination.
Proverbs 19:21 says: “The human mind may devise many plans, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established.”