This morning I went snowshoeing with a few friends and our children.

The adult to child ratio was 5:7. The odds were in favor of the Moms.

The sky was blue and the sun was shining. Thanks to a crazy spring storm there was 2 feet of snow underneath our snowshoes. The morning was beautiful and perfect.

Except for my children.

I hate to admit this…but sometimes it’d be a whole lot easier staying at home and plopping them down in front of the TV with a bag of cookies than gearing them up and hitting the trails.

I think every parent who really strives to get their kids out in nature experiences this.

That point where you’re just like, “Ugh, is this worth it?”

Of course the answer is yes or we would hire a babysitter to stay at home and watch TV with our kids instead of pack them on our backs and head down a trail.

As we were leaving the trailhead with exhausted children in search of lunch a friend said to the group, “thanks for sharing this season of life with me.

For some reason that comment really hit me.

A different season of life would have found me blasting down the trail, logging 8 miles on snowshoes during the time that it took us to trek just one mile.

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Another season will hopefully find me gray-haired and wise, slowly walking that same trail reminiscing about the thousands of times I will have hiked it with my children at all stages of their lives.

It was a nice reminder to just embrace the present. The here, the now, the good, the bad and the ugly.

But mostly the good, because isn’t that what happens when we get outside anyway?

I also like that my friend said the word “sharing”…there’s something to be said about a core group of friends who are all simultaneously dealing with things like potty-training and the complicated emotions of babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

My awesome group of hiking Mama friends here in Wyoming inspire me and you do too. We are all at different stages in life, we have diverse backgrounds and life experiences and those shared adventures from different stages in life, be it a photo on our facebook page or a real life adventure make me realize how blessed I am.

This morning was a good reminder to slow down, embrace the moment (even if it’s hard), get outside and be thankful for the beautiful world that surrounds me and the beautiful friends that I share that world with.

Thanks for being part of it. 

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