Walking with my Children

Tonight my children and I took at two mile walk. We went from our home to the railroad tracks located in Edgemere, Idaho (Vay). It is April 1t today, and no this is not an April’s Fools joke. We actually took a walk just a few hours before it got dark. There were five of us and two dogs – both on leashes. One dog belongs to my daughter, it is a mini-pincher (a very small dog), and the other is my dog, Izzy. She is a large mix of Golden Lab/Boxer. A good size pup, not quite a year old yet. She towers over Cloey (the mini-pincher). Cloey is not sure she likes being around Izzy, as Izzy seems to treat her as a rag muffin.

The night air in Idaho is still cool. I guess that it is around the mid 40’s. We had lots of rain, a brief period of sunshine, and then the crisp air of the cold night. 

Our walk took us out on the major highway, down the Vay road, right along side of the Hoo Doo Valley Creek, or is that creek? I always wondered how you said that! The water level is high with the melt-off of the snow in the hills surrounding us, and not to mention the week long amount of rain that we had. 

Izzy of course is a water dog and so she had to make her way down to the creek, and wade in, and drink a little of the cold water. No so with Cloey, and not so with any of my children. No one wanted to wade in the water like the children of Isarel crossing the Red Sea – although that would had been awesome to see the Hoo Doo Valley Creek part, and the five of us cross over on dry land, but the truth is we just stayed on the road, and we did in fact cross over on a wet unpaved road. 

On our short two-mile walk we went past some cows – really big bull, lots of cows, and a few new-born calves – another reminder of the seasons of life. Izzy wasn’t sure she liked the size of the bull – it towered over her like she did over Cloey. Soon the cows were behind us, and the two farm dogs and chickens were before us. We were nearing the end of our first leg of the journey we were on. The farm dogs stayed there distance, after all there were five of us, and two, well, one-and-a-half dogs with us. We made it to the railroad track, touched the rails and headed back home. It was getting later, and it was starting to get darker. 

The moon was out and it was bright, the clouds in the distance were big, puffy, and pink – they look gorgeous, and did I mention the hills surrounding us. Still covered near the top with snow. What a beautiful sight.

I am so thankful for my children. They helped put a spring in my step, and as I walked with them and we chatted about anything, and nothing important it reminded me of how bless my wife and I are that somewhere along the line we decided that children were going to be an integral part of our life and marriage. Psalm 127:3-7, 

3 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. 5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

 

We are all home now, and some of my children have left to go to their homes. I am here writing this blog, just revealing in the fact that God has richly blessed my wife and I with five wonderful children, three wonderful children added to us through marriage. Yes, how blessed we are.

Now to the point – don’t get so busy that you don’t pause long enough to talk walks with your children, and especially if it is older children and they still want to take walks. You too will be blessed if you take the walk, and contemplate were your true riches really lie. 

 


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