My posts have been on hold for a bit – it’s been a whirlwind of a few weeks. Traveling for conferences, seeing family, having repairs done to my apartment, the general busyness of life. But I am so thankful that June is here, and I’m looking forward to a month of rest. There’s been a lot going on, so many prayers sent up for so many people in my life, and so much soul searching. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want this space to be, the things I like to think about and write about, and how to be more involved in this little blog of mine.
I’ve found that so much of it just boils down to intentional living. It’s easy to get caught up in the humdrum of daily life, social media, work demands, car repairs, errand running, and the mind’s incessant thinking – that we miss the little, grace filled moments that make life so beautiful. It’s like in the midst of all of that commotion I come across these great opportunities, great ideas for reaching out to people, inspiration for walking with God, and dreams that float around in my head, but never have time to flesh them out, take the first step or really get involved.. So, after a work conference this week I’m definitely going to be spending more time here working on living intentionally – I hope you’ll join me!
In the meantime, I wanted to share a snapshot of an awesome restful day at the North Carolina Zoo a few weeks ago. If you’re in NC, its centrally located in Asheboro, NC and worth the trip. Nick and I go every few years and there’s almost always something new to see. The animals aren’t kept in cages or inhumane conditions by any means, like some smaller zoos might have. Instead, there are open spaces for them to roam across acres and acres of land.
(Yes, the buffalo do roam, right by Old Faithful…)
The park is grouped into two different sections, North America and Africa, with parking at both entrances. There are trams to take you to and from, and across the park. I’d advising checking ahead before you go to see what’s open because they’re constantly renovating and making it better. For instance, when we were there many of the “desert” exhibits were closed but due to be open soon, and the polar bear exhibit had just re-opened after renovations were completed.
They put a lot of effort and time into conservation, community education and creating a sense of appreciation for animals and their habitats. The animals are well cared for and fascinating to watch. They have quite a few interactive exhibits, but we didn’t get a chance to stop at any.
If you’re in the area, pay these amazing animals a visit!
But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? (Job 12:7-9)