I don't know how many people are actually reading this blog, but I know there are a few! So I'm sure a few of you have noticed that I haven't posted in a while. On October 14th, my father was admitted to the ICU for severe pneumonia. He died on October 21st. His funeral was Monday. Our pastor blessed us with a beautiful service which honored the gentle, humble, self-less Christian man that my father was. We also had a perfect day on Monday to lay him to rest. Needless to say, the past week has been very tumultuous. I was at the hospital with my mom every day, Hubs was trying to hold down the fort (thankfully he was on fall break) at home, and our schedule was entirely disrupted. I am finding that grief comes in bursts. I will be totally fine, then something silly like a slight change in plans will bring a rush of tears. Part of the grieving process, I guess. I am also VERY tired all the time which is unlike me.
My wise cousin (who also homeschooled for many years) told me yesterday after the funeral luncheon that I should just take it easy and take the rest of the week off from school with the boys. I had planned to start up again in full force today. In some ways it is good for me to get back into a routine. When she sensed that I needed to start getting on with things, my cousin suggested that I ease into it and perhaps consider taking a nature walk today instead of diving right back into our academic routine. This turned out to be a perfect suggestion.
So today I took the boys on a hike at a state park about 25 minutes south of where we live. We have hiked here frequently, but not recently because the park was inaccessible most of the summer due to flooding in our area. My oldest son has really been asking to go, so I took them today as a surprise. It was a totally beautiful day and it was so good for my soul to be outdoors. I took many hikes with my dad when I was a little girl, so the day brought many fond memories of those times together. I felt close to him and it was like a balm for my soul. I took several photos to remember our outing. I'll share a few of those with you now..........I should be back to homeschool blogging soon.