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    The Benefits of Outdoor Play (Kids’ Club Intro)

    **Someone hacked my website last night with a PRIVATE post about mud cakes. Mud cakes, of all things. I was deeply concerned until my daughter confessed that she was the culprit. When did she learn how to post something onto a blog? Seriously, children these days seem to be born with the natural ability to use technology. I read through her short post again and have decide to make it PUBLIC. She is excited to have it added to the Kids’ Club collection of posts.   What is Kids’ Club, you may ask?   Kids’ Club is a collection of posts on this blog that we feel will benefit children of all ages in their efforts to create a happy, healthy,…

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    Field Trip: Boyce Thompson Arboretum

    You wouldn’t know it by looking at it, but right in the middle of the desert, in the midst of Picketpost Mountain, lies a place of profound peace and beauty. With its countless plants and trees, Boyce Thompson Arboretum is the ultimate oasis in the Arizona desert.   WHAT IS BOYCE THOMPSON ARBORETUM?   According to Wikipedia, Boyce Thompson Arboretum is the largest and oldest botanical garden in the state of Arizona. It is one of the oldest botanical institutions west of the Mississippi. Founded in 1924 as a desert plant research facility and “living museum”, the Arboretum is located in the Sonoran Desert on 392 acres along Queen Creek and beneath the towering volcanic remnant, Picketpost Mountain. Over 2600…

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    An Afternoon In The Park

    As one who is passionate about genuine connection, I found it impossible to hide my delight recently while spending an afternoon in the park. Children were seen everywhere–on the playground, at the ball courts, barefoot in the grass. But what really made my heart smile was the sight of the parents who, without any visible sign of technology in hand, were laughing with their children and visiting face-to-face with other parents. The weather was beautiful and everyone seeemed extraordinarily happy. As I sat on the grass enjoying the moment, I felt an unusual desire to jot down some poetry. Reaching for a scratch piece of paper from my purse, I penned a few lines about what I was seeing take…

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    Finding Yourself In Nature: When Nature Comes To The Rescue

    When the hustle and bustle of daily life starts to wear me down, it’s nature that comes to my rescue.   Whether it’s reading in the backyard hammock, digging my hands in the garden soil, taking a quick jaunt around the block, or spending the weekend at a cabin, I find it helpful to submerge myself in nature on a regular basis. Growing up, I lived at the mouth of a National Park. Every Sunday after church our family would pile into the car and go for a drive through the park. My dad would drive a slow and easy 15 MPH as we listened to the quaking aspen trees, whose multi-colored leaves would rustle in the breeze. We kids would…

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    15 Ways To Enjoy Nature During The Fall Season

    Fall is my favorite time of the year! Pumpkin season. Sweater weather. Nature at its finest.   My goal this year is to enjoy each day of the fall season, whether it be taking a walk in the cool air, making apple butter in the crockpot, adding fall details to the home decor, or burning a vanilla-scented candle. Being stuck in the house all summer due to the high temperatures in our area, fall time is the perfect time for me to get out of the house and enjoy nature. Perhaps these ideas will inspire you to spend some extra time outdoors this fall:   1. Take a nightly stroll with your family. 2. Plant a fall garden 3. Have a…

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    A Morning In The Rose Garden

    A visit to the community Rose Garden had us mesmerized with the beauty of God’s creations. The kids photographed the flowers and did some sketching in their notebooks.   The irrigating limited us somewhat, but we were still able to capture the beauty and peacefulness of the garden. While the kids were enthralled with the flowers, I couldn’t keep my eyes off the gorgeous tree branches.   A perfect spring morning spent together creating lasting memories. Look at that sky!   One final image taken of the covered walkway. Even THAT was beautiful! Where are your favorite places to go for nature study?   I love hearing from you! Please take a moment and share your thoughts in the comments…