Did another nature walk, too.
Found butterfly wings, nuts, feathery sprigs, trumpet flowers, a dried up creek bed, and a Willow tree.
There is a group of folks in CA -- that prayed for Emily when she lived in China -- and they'd named her "Willow"; therefore, happening upon a Willow tree always tends to bring back a bit of connection to Emily's former days. It's likely they could not pronounce Em's Chinese name - thus giving her an American one.
Some of the members of this group had met her personally. Others stayed stateside and prayed for her, made donations to her Social Welfare Institute (SWI), gave of their resources/finances so others could travel and be with my soon-to-be-daughter.
The Lord was watching out for our sweet Emily long before she was born in my heart.
These are folks (saints) who travel to various parts of Asia to do humanitarian work. They helped raise the funds and have elevators installed in buildings where special needs kiddos lived.
Kids in wheelchairs on upper level floors.
Kids who need to and should access the outside world - for safety reasons and for emotional deposits.
Kids who wanted to feel a breeze in their hair - the sun on their faces and enjoy the beauty of God's world around them.
Kids who simply wanted to be outside and part of the great, big wonderful childhood experience of creation.
It's delightful to get outside with my own two daughters to walk and talk and discover.
We are thankful for this time of year - grasping the fleeting moments of fall and making memories once more.