Thursday, September 24, 2009

A Beautiful Place

Everybody needs beauty
as well as bread,
places to play in and pray in,
where nature may heal
and give strength
to body and soul alike.
~ John Muir

For me, Riven Rock is one of those places: a spot where I've played (I remember going there as a child, and now as I watch my children play there, I feel like I'm playing all over again) and where I've prayed. Riven Rock helps to fill the longing for beauty that I feel inside me.

Yesterday, while Josiah and Shav and I went to Josiah's violin lesson, Jeff headed to Riven Rock with David and Tobin and his niece Hannah and her boyfriend Ben who were visiting from California. I wish I could have been in two places at once, but I was glad to at least see the pictures that Jeff took. From them, I could imagine myself at Riven Rock. :)

Jeff took quite a few pictures of Hannah and Ben...

...and then a little four year-old snuck into a picture with them. :)

Another little boy found great joy in sitting in the (cold mountain) stream. No matter how chilly he gets, Tobin wants to be IN THE WATER. :)

You couldn't ask for a more beautiful bathtub!

John Muir, you were right. We do need beauty. Thank you for the reminder.


Valerie said...

That Tobin boy sure does love water! What a cutie pie. :)

Margie said...

Isn't Riven Rock where you had the good family pics last year? And of your toes in the water? Was that the very first Simple Sunday post? The pictures of Riven Rock are breathtaking.

Davene said...


Wow! You have a great memory! You're right that the toes in the water picture (my first Simple Sunday post) was taken at Riven Rock. I had forgotten about that.

The family pics from last year were actually taken in Pennsylvania, close to where my brother lives. But I know there have been other pictures I've included in the blog from various times we've gone there.

When you come visit, we'll take you there. ;)

Stacey said...

Davene, I just love the pic of tobin in the water the one where he is smiling and the sun is shining on him, and there are a few fall leaves in the water. BEAUTIFUL!