Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Summer Oasis

Our family has stumbled upon a little known hidden gem locally. A spring fed pond out in the middle of nowhere, complete with metal slides, diving board, sandy beach, picnic tables, grills, fishing, and a sense of quiet relaxation.

It's about 15 minutes from our house, members only so it's never real busy.  Friends of mine are members already and another great family who are good friends joined yesterday after we told them about it.  I took the kids today and we spent a good 4 1/2 hours there, but it easily could've been more. 

Braeden met some other boys there around his age (the only other family there after two others left our first hour into our time there) and was able to go fishing with them, catching two, and having a blast.

They don't allow any floats, water wings, floatation devises, etc, but with a note I got from Liam's neurologist last week, they approved a vest for him, which I am so grateful for, due to his seizure disorder.

The water was a bit cold for Olivia, but she had so much fun in the sand.  She did swim a bit toward the end and loved it!

Braeden just did so well searching for critters, fishing, playing, swimming.

Definitely well worth the SMALL price we paid for a summer FULL of fun!  Cannot EVEN wait to spend time with friends around the water hole! :)  Reminds me SO much of a lake we camped and swam at while I was young.

I look forward to a summer of memories and for years to come!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

Olivia - 14

Olivia - 14

Braeden - 11

Braeden - 11

Liam - 9

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Little did I know that the road would be so rocky
Little did I know that the trip would take so long
Little did I know that my heart could hurt so much
Little did I know that God is never wrong

Little did I know that love could be so powerful
Little did I know that a dream so far could go
Little did I know that God would place the right ones
Little did I know that my heart, so large, could grow

Little did I know that a dream has it’s own timing
Little did I know that this day would finally come
Little did I know that four souls would be sent to guide me
Little did I know that they would choose to call me mom

But God knew all along and He had a plan to follow
God knew all along that my dream would soon come true
God knew all along that we five should be together
God knew all along that I’d share it all with you