Escape to the Woods

Running through the woods was one of my favorite childhood delights. Out the door I would go to explore and be free. It seemed I spent hours just wandering around in the vacant lots around our home.

As a preteen I would storm out to get away when I was upset or angry. I would walk to the end of a cul-de-sac and just think and be alone. Eventually I would return, better.

As a mother of 6, I long for that freedom just to runaway for a bit. To breathe in the fresh air and let the sun renew me. I’m surrounded now by 25 beautiful, wooded acres. However, I spend most all my hours indoors. I stare out at my trees longing to escape. Somedays I don’t go outside at all. Why? Because it’s hard and I’m busy. It’s difficult to find the socks, the shoes, and the shirts for 6 kids. It’s difficult to carry the baby around outside and stop every few minutes to get a rock out of someone’s shoe or drag someone along who has a sticker and can’t walk. It’s tough to deal with the freezing cold or the scorching sun with kids in tow. And when I return the work is still there. Always, the work.

But somehow if I don’t escape from these walls I worry I’ll be swallowed up somehow. This school year I determine to stop doing and go out.  To walk free, to breathe, and find a bit of freedom in the woods again. No matter how difficult- because it’s worth it. It’s necessary for me, and that means it’s good for my family.

So stop.  Go out!  Breathe.  Soak.  Think.


“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” 

‭‭Numbers‬ ‭6:24-26‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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