I was pretty caught up in noticing the small details of things. I could have stared at the texture of these tree stumps for a good hour.
While Nana was checking out our nature backpack, I wandered into a room of nature displays in the main lodge. I paid extra attention to the snake exhibit, making a mental checklist of which snakes were poisonous and which were not. I hate snakes. They are all poisonous in my mind.
We ventured onto a bridge about half way through our hike to see more of the swamp. I spotted a snake almost immediately. Let's face it, while my kids & Nana were looking at the trees in the swamp, I was looking for snakes. It was a cottonmouth. And it's on the poisonous snake list. Ick.
Soaking in a little nature was just what I needed before heading home. I've had a lot of things weighing on my mind lately and I was able to clear my head a bit. The responsibilities of motherhood can be overwhelming and I needed to feel closer to God to get some answers to months of prayers. Those answers finally came and I was at peace. Even after 15 years, I still don't have this whole motherhood thing figured out. Of course I am my own worst critic. But now I have a boost of confidence and am ready to be better than before. I am better at letting little things go. I am better about doing things on a whim. I am getting better at a lot of things. After all, life is all about learning and progression. And I am in the thick of it.