When church services concluded, in order to continue our Mother's Day celebrations, my family and I packed a picnic basket and drove over to the Planting Fields Arboretum. It was to be the most beautiful day of the year thus far and the park was crowded with people who all had the very same idea. We found a serene spot and spread our blankets under a shady pine tree beside a small pond. I don't think I've ever enjoyed a more delightful lunch. As I was laying back on the blanket, a group of skywriters flew overhead making the moment even more special. After the meal, we carried all of the bags back to the car and then proceeded to hike through the arboretum and its vast grounds and winding paths. It felt great to once again to be experiencing the fresh air of the outdoors and , no matter how many times I go on nature excursions, I always seem to find things that I've never seen before, such as the rusty-hued surface of a Chinese Paperbark Maple. All of the Cherry Blossoms were also looking lovely in full bloom and I really enjoyed walking through the park's Dwarf Conifer Garden. Wonderful day...
"For the word of God is living and active,
sharper than any two-edged sword,
piercing to the division of soul and of spirit,
of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts
and intentions of the heart."