I love the outdoors and have always considered myself a real “nature girl.” Nearly ten years ago my husband and I were fortunate enough to buy a home with some property that has a small creek that runs through it. My daughter was a toddler when we bought the place which lies less than a mile from where my German ancestors put down roots in the early 1800’s. It has been a blessing to see my Chinese daughter’s appreciation of nature being shaped and formed by the place that has nurtured generations of my family for nearly two hundred years. Some of my fondest family memories have been made at our little creek. At two years old, my daughter could spend hours squatting in the frigid spring fed creek, picking up rocks and throwing them. Rocks are one of nature’s greatest toys. Sticks are too. I am thrilled that at eleven years old, my daughter still loves our little creek. Whether she is with friends, cousins or even her mom, she can spend hours looking for crayfish, fossils or salamanders or building a dam. Nature is good for our souls!
When Harmony made the decision to purchase Montvale, I was overjoyed to know that other children would have that same opportunity to play in our creeks, to pick our flowers, explore the woods and experience the unbridled joy of nature.