I shared a few posts back about damaging my camera and needing to replace it. Well, I did! It wasn’t a major upgrade at all, but the camera is a slightly newer model than what I had and I am still trying to figure things out on it. It was so wonderful to be able to get out last weekend for a day trip to nearby Montreat, NC where my husband and I went to college, met and married. These trails used to be our daily bread, our common language, and now we are so rarely in these woods! It was ministry to us both. It’s therapeutic to get away from home and our usual work for a bit, particularly to get outside together. We hiked for a little ways, looking for a good spot in the river to stop and let the kids play. I think our kids are pretty decent hikers considering their age; Philippa does well keeping up with the older two, though she can often tire out far sooner than the rest of us. As much as we’d like to go farther, we have to be content with shorter hikes and more stops and curiosity. After playing in the water for a bit the sun dropped below the mountains and the temperatures grew cooler quickly. We headed back to the trailhead and the picnic area just below it for a cozy warm fire and dinner. It was a treat for me to play around with my camera throughout the day, and I was thankful for the opportunity to capture a bit of this year’s fall color, and these simple sweet moments together with children who are growing lankier every time I turn around. Fall, the turning of seasons again, and these days slipping by so quickly.