Friday, July 24, 2009

A Few of My Favorite Things....

We have established many traditions while visiting Picnic Mountain. We go to the lake - kayak, swim - we catch frogs in the brook, and all take turns in the air swing and hammock.

One of our favorite traditions, however, is taking a drive to Wayne, Maine to a little ice cream shop named "Tubby's".

It sits on the strip of land between Androscoggin and Pocasset Lakes. At the far side of the parking lot, on the edge of the water, is a seating area where we eat our frozen treats. Afterwards, the adults can sit while the kids jump off of the boat dock into the water.

My kids always choose to have sprinkles, and I always choose to have an ice cream flavor that I can't find anywhere else. "Tree Hugger". Yes, I know, those of you who know me well must find this very amusing... but, if you ever tried Tubby's maple walnut with oatmeal, you'd understand! For a scoop or two of some "Tree Hugger" (plain, no sprinkles), I am willing to align myself with that stereotype - especially since it fits me so well.

I have an affinity to nature and the woods in particular. It is one of the easiest places for me to find God. The stillness and the beauty both call to me, as the cares of the world slip away.

I'm pretty sure God is somehow aligned with Tree Hugger ice cream as well.... if nothing else, proof that he loves me...

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