There are times in life where certain events take place and you are reminded of the important things. 2020 has put family and health in its proper place, with a proper perspective. We’ve all witnessed different areas of life struggling to regain some type of normalcy: “gotta get back to routine.” Maybe a new routine is what is needed. This past weekend we stepped outside and enjoyed what the uninterrupted world has to offer. We hopped in the car, drove to the countryside, and went apple picking at Millstone Creek Orchard in Ramseur, North Carolina.
Experiencing the Outdoors
We’ve always been outdoorsy people. We also have been people who like to err on the side of caution amidst pandemics. But there was something sweet about the blue skies, green grass, and fresh air. It made us feel alive and set our soul at ease. Picking apples can be a simple and mundane task but it is filled with skills that strengthen the family bond. It involves listening and being aware, assisting, and allowing one another to simply be who they are. This is where the peace of nature comes in. When we can view nature and see all of its imperfections that make it perfect, it’s so much easier to see it in our loved ones. And life becomes simple.
Millstone Creek Orchard
My family and I had an absolute blast spending the day at Millstone Creek Orchard. They have created an atmosphere of genuineness, togetherness, and love. Throughout the year, families, groups, and individuals can enjoy their property and pick many varieties of fruit (berries, grapes, pumpkins, peaches, and yes! apples) depending on the season. As you stroll through the property you will stumble upon a lake for fishing, a picnic area for relaxing, a playground, and an outdoor kid’s theater. Our favorite was the general store because it was where all the food was. We love to eat and they had the best apple cider slushies, apple fritters, and apple cider donuts. And don’t let me forget, lots of other goodies to appease your taste buds.
One of the most beautiful things I have experienced in parenthood is when my children are full of joy, happy, and at peace. This can’t be found sitting around a television with phones in our face. However, I do acknowledge everyones definition of peace may vary. But as for me and my house, this is pure bliss.