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As the leaves fell, my daughter fell in love. With nature.

And I fell even more in love with her.

She marveled at the red and yellow. The leaves sizes and shapes fascinated her 13-month old mind and spirit.

Surrounded by the beauty of nature, I was mesmerized by my daughter. There was a few minutes when it was just the two of us. She stared at a leaf in her hands. It was as if her soul was revealing itself. With new eyes, she saw something more. It was not just a leaf. It was creation.

Albert Einstein said, “look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

In the middle of the woods, overlooking several states, and surrounded by all that was natural, I understood everything better.IMG_5900

I saw my wife and my daughter. I understood my vocation like never before. In the quiet, I found answers.

I found myself staring at them. I would catch myself, challenging my eyes to take in the leaves and the views. I couldn’t stay there. I needed to see my wife and my daughter as they allowed the landscape to renew and reveal their spirit.

It was a simple hike that left a mark on my soul.

As the leaves fell, I only fell more in love with my family, my life, and the greatness of our God.