July has been an eventful month so far. We’ve had multiple doctor’s appointments for our son who will be having his tonsils and adenoids removed on Friday. Getting ready for a surgery like this isn’t easy. Between the additional challenges that autism presents and his fear of doctors in general, it’s going to be a difficult week leading up to it. However, once we get through the surgery and recovery, we know he’ll feel much better.
It’s because of all this craziness that we welcomed a wonderful distraction this last Saturday. Our families went camping at a beautiful spot in Kerrville, Texas. My husband and our little girl spent the night Friday, and then our son and I drove in for the day along with my mom and brother.
It was hot with a heat advisory and temperatures reaching just shy of 100. We found ways to stay cool, though, between swimming, lots of cold drinks, and visiting in the shade of some of the beautiful, tall trees in the area.
Having the chance to visit with family and just let the kids play with their cousins was wonderful. I think what I needed most, though, was the reminder that it’s the little things that really count.
~ Witnessing the simple joy my husband and son found in throwing rocks into the river together.
~ Cooking meals over an open fire. It’s amazing how much better it always tastes.
~ Listening to the frogs, birds, and cicadas
~ Taking our daughter to catch minnows with her net so she could watch them swim in a cage she brought. It reminded me of how I was at that age: Always trying to catch something in the water. She later gave the cage a hug before setting the fish free again.
~ Watching the cousins play together.
~ Laughing when our daughter put a bobber (no hook) into the water, and a turtle swam up and played with it for several minutes before swimming away again.
~ Enjoying the chance to make memories with family.
As we go through the surgery and recovery with our son, I’m going to remember that day at the river and how there are always little things to be thankful for. There are times we have to look harder than others, but if we make the effort, we’ll find them.
If there’s something that’s made you smile lately, or that’s reminded you of the simple joys in life, I’d love to hear about it!
For those of you who have enjoyed the Brides of Clearwater series, you’ll be happy to know that I’m finishing up Chrissy and Wyatt’s story. I plan to release Marrying Chrissy in the second half of August, and I can’t wait for you all to read it!
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