Dad had given up on making me a hunter, but my love for nature and the woods remained. Seven years ago when my husband and I looked at the lot we built our house on, he stood picturing where the house would sit, where the garage would be, etc. I, on the other hand, headed straight for the woods. I stepped out of the real world and into the quiet peacefulness of the woods. "Sold!," I announced. Immediately I began picturing our children making the same kinds of memories I had made myself as a child in the woods, and I very much wanted that for our children. But, what really sealed the deal??? A few weeks later we came back again. It was morel season. There were quite a few dead elms on the edge of woods. I had to know. It was raining, and I think I even had on my church clothes, but I didn't care, and off I went into the woods. I didn't have to look long before finding a handful of morels! My husband called the owner (who probably thought we were INSANE) and asked if I could pick them (he said yes, btw). We enjoyed those mushrooms for dinner that night, and were now certain this land was for us. I mean, SERIOUSLY, who would pass up land that has morels right there, right off of where the yard would be????!!!!
So now every year I go down to the woods in April and May wondering what treasures we might find. Some years we find quite a few, and others we find only one or two, but we are always grateful for whatever we find. This year I have had no success. I have gone down daily to find absolutely nothing. Today was the same. Except for this time I did find what looked to me like a morel which had already been found by someone else:
I also found some other things that interested me. So after coming back inside I decided to venture out once more, only this time with the camera to take some pictures of those interesting things.
AND...because God is great...ALL THE TIME...out of the corner of my eye...I also saw THIS:
We are not a greedy family and this sole little guy (split into tiny pieces to share) is going to be a delight to our six mouths tonight!