"I have come that they might have life and have it to the full..." -John 10:10b

Friday, October 9, 2009

Burba Lake

Paul and I have made it a not-so-regular tradition to go for walks/runs around Burba Lake here on Fort Meade in the early evenings. It's actually quite beautiful for being in the middle of an old Army Post and the girls love that we always see all kinds of critters on our walks around the mile wide lake. There's beavers, squirrels, turtles, ducks, geese, fish and sometimes we even see a few deer.

Yesterday, I had a few errands to run on base and so, I thought the girls might enjoy a little break from the constraints of their carseats with a casual stroll around the lake. I was right. Neither of them said a word as we meandered along the path, stopping every few minutes to take a picture or two. They seemed super content as they leaned back in their stroller, savoring the breeze as it gently blew their fine hair across their faces in whispy strands.

The trees are beginning to change color on Burba lake. Little hints of red and gold make sporadic patterns in the leaves. I can't wait to see what they will look like in a mere matter of weeks. Don't you think God is a patient painter? I mean, I'm so anxious to see the trees in full fall foliage and God knows that it's best to do these things slowly so that we enjoy them more thoroughly. Waiting to see Burba Lake all decked out in beautiful earthy tones is almost as hard as waiting for New Moon to hit theaters!...did I just say that out loud?...Moving on...

The other thing I love about Burba Lake is that I always find something fascinating. This time, it was acorns. I know, I know, maybe not so fascinating to someone who'd always grown up around them but for me, a gal who's spent most of her life in a tropical climate, acorns are something to marvel at.

Can you believe that the tiny seed contained in an acorn can grow a huge oak tree?!? Isn't that amazing? Why is it so hard for some people to believe in the existence of a Creator. I mean, wow.

And this is Eva's favorite part of Burba Lake.

She loves the bridges. There are two and every time we go over them, she runs over to the railing looking for her "friend," which is a small turtle. I seriously doubt that it's the same turtle she sees every time, but she believes it is and that he is her special turtle friend.

So there you have it. An afternoon stroll around the lake in pictures. I Hope you take some time to walk around your neighborhood this weekend and marvel at the changing season. How great is our God that He provides us so much beauty right outside our windows, in our own backyards!

Happy Weekend!

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