Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Jacksons and the Chipmunks


Tiny but entertaining chipmunks.
 Thanksgiving was a bit different this year.  We were fortunate enough to spend it together; just the two of us.

After visiting neighbors and over eating the traditional Thanksgiving foods, we decided to take a walk along the lake.  It was such a beautiful day. Families were spending time together in different activities.  Some were fishing off the pier; some braving the wind boated around the lake.  Some families were just visiting sitting on their boats still docked in the marina just visiting and enjoying their surroundings.  Others were grilling outside visiting around campfires and picnic tables.

Brother and sister Chipmunk watching.
 We came upon a mother and her two children hiking the same trail.  She explained she had visited the area for the first time as a single person.  After marriage and two children, she and her family still come every year and spend the entire Thanksgiving week.  She says she wanted to share this experience with her children.

They invited us to join them in their present activity; chipmunk watching.  They were sitting quietly and patiently as a tiny chipmunk popped shyly in and out of its nest. Mom said the yard of their rental was filled with chipmunks.  The family had brought “Louisiana acorns” all the way from their Baton Rouge home to feed them.  Apparently the chipmunks have some Cajun blood because they were devouring them.

Sharing the joy of nature is truly a gift—for young kids and the not so young kids!

"Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours." (1 Chronicles 29:11)


Diane said...

It sounds like a wonderful day to me! Quiet, calm and peaceful....and there is no place better on this earth to experience those things than communig with nature. I pray your 'everyday' is just as beautiful as that afternoon.

Mrs.N said...

From one nature lover to another! I am continually in AWE of the vast beauty that our Father has created for us. When I sit and think about blows my mind. The sheer uncountable numbers of living creatures, plants..not to mention the entire universe!! Great post!!