Gao Mei Wetland(高美湿地) at Taichung, Taiwan

The setting sun
The setting sun

It was a magical evening for me at Gaomei Wetlands. Situated in  QingShui (清水) District of TaiChung (台中) it took about a 20 min drive from Tai Chung city.

The information board at the start of the boardwalk
The information board at the start of the boardwalk

It was extremely windy at the wetlands.  The wind turbines which were situated along a water break were  constantly turning and generating electricity.

the inviting wooden walkway
the inviting wooden walkway

R and I took a long slow walk out on the wooden walkway. The winds grew increasingly stronger as we ventured out towards the sea.

A wefie of R and me
A wefie of R and me

The wind made it extremely cold and I wished that I had taken my jacket along instead of leaving it in the car. My hands were icy cold after we returned from the walk.

The right side of the walkway
The right side of the walkway

Two dramatically different scenes unfolded before me while venturing out on the walkway. To the right I could see a sea of lush green grass which was vibrating in the wind.

The view on the left side of the walkway
The view on the left side of the walkway

On the left by stark contrast was the muddy flats of the wetland where if one looked carefully they would be able to spot the tiny inhabitants.

The one big claw crab
The one big claw  fiddler crab

The tiny inhabitants which I am referring to are the fiddler crabs.   They are really unusual as they have an extremely large claw while most crabs which I have seen have claws of the same size.

Another variety of the fiddler crab
Another variety of the fiddler crab

It was really interesting seeing these crabs scuttling along the wetland.  Do you know that only the males have the gigantic  cheliped (Claw).  He waves the “halberd” to attract the females and expel the other males. The female uses two tiny chelipeds to feed.

A wetland white bird
A wetland white bird- Crane perhaps??

Beside crabs we also saw this crane which seems to be fishing. It was  alone and kept lowering it’s head in the water periodically.

A  flock of birds
A flock of birds

I couldn’t get a better close up of this flock of birds as they were rather far away from the  walkway. They too seem to be looking for food.

The crowd admiring the scenery
The crowd admiring the scenery

There were many people who went down to walk in the mud at the wetlands. R and I gave it a miss as we didn’t bring slippers and I didn’t fancy sinking my feet into the squishy mud.

Capturing the sun and sea
Capturing the sun and sea

We waited to see the sun set and it touch the horizon but unfortunately we were unable to see that scene as  it was too cloudy that day.  The sun got covered by the clouds as it set.  Maybe another time if I do get to visit that place again.

 

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Grace for the Imperfect Mom

Grace for the Imperfect Mom
Grace for the Imperfect Mom

Grace for the Imperfect Mom: A 31-Day Invitation to Refreshed Mothering by  Julie Fisk, Kristen Dermey and Kendra Roehl is a book which reflects on the journey of a mom.

Within a span of  31 Days  stories are shared on  how motherhood has been for the author in the areas of  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control and grace.

It is not easy to be a mother. There is a lot of learning through trial and error.  Sometimes we look too much at perfection to learn how to let go. To find joy in the imperfect and to simply be there in the moment to be fully with the kids as we go about spending time together each day.

There are so many ways which we rob ourselves of our happiness and joy. We give in to our doubts and worries and let negative thoughts flood our minds at time. This prevents us from surrendering the problem to GOD.  Sometimes we think of the worst and it  burn our brain cells over it and in the end nothing bad occurs. In fact the terrible scenario which we tried to preempt ourselves  for does not happen.

We try to control too many things on our end and forget that there is a higher power (GOD) which we can turn to give us the peace that  we seek.

My thoughts 

I found this book and excellent read. There are questions asked at the end of each chapter which makes one reflect on  the current way that she is parenting and to be more accepting of her flaws and victories.

As a women we need to love ourselves and value our achievements.  Don’t down play what you have achieved so far and be more accepting towards compliments  which are given.

I totally agree with this statement in this book. We were taught from young to underplay our achievement as it would not make others think that we are proud and arrogant.  This is a very negative way of expression/thinking which should not be promoted. One should always celebrate their achievements and also strive to do their best.

 Most of us  set our standards based on the world’s standard instead of focusing on GOD’s standard. We assume the right way and the best thing to do is what society wants of us instead of really thinking through to see if it is appropriate for us and in line with what GOD wants us to do.

The misalignment  occurs as we are stressing over every little thing in seeking perfection and recognition by others. Giving into earthly desires and wants have caused us to  look at others through tinted lenses.

Through the stories shared in the book the author shows how it is possible to experience  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control and grace. We just have to have faith in GOD and surrender it all to him.

Grab your copy of Grace for the Imperfect Mom: A 31-Day Invitation to Refreshed Mothering today

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