Friday, June 29, 2012

Maggie valley...

We developed a special relationship with an older couple in our small town. They live just a jump,
skip and a hop from us; down the short winding roads of San Antonio to a beautiful yellow house surrounded by oak trees and fragrant flowers. We carol there at Christmas time and when we've had a baking day we'll leave cookies or pumpkin bread on the white framed front door step.

The husband was diagnosed with cancer last year. He didn't have long to live. Soon after he passed away, his wife told us he had a request. He had always wanted our family to spend a week at their winter home in the mountains. Just to get away and relax.

So we went.

It was chilly and rainy the night when we pulled in; 58 degrees. After cheering upon discovering the fireplace in the living room (we are Floridians) we sat around its warmth and talked about what the house would look like in the day light and the adventures we'd have. The house was beautiful with it's antique furniture and warm fluffy rugs. All the trees were freshly green and the flower bushes were blooming new flowers. There was a creek running its way around the side of the house and we had fun wading in it even though it froze our toes with its icy coldness. We noticed a bird hovering near the kitchen window and when we followed where she went we found her nest with two baby birds inside. We tiptoed around the nest, watching all week. We had a bonfire, and roasted hot dogs and toasted marshmallows. Our little boys exclaimed at the twinkling lights in the night and we all laughed when we realized they had never seen a firefly!

We are so grateful for the time away and the friendships God has allowed us to have with the people in our town.


Titus loves any "beecation" we take...

There were beautiful bird houses all around the house...

And flowers everywhere!

Beautiful vintage rooms...

Every time we've gone on a trip we seem to get KFC, so now it's almost as if you have to get it!

Our family loves boiled peanuts! We normally bring them on a trip for a random night when we play a game.

Luke was sick that week but we are so thankful it wasn't more serious than it could have been. He was just getting back to his cheerful self here!

Titus was dubious about the warm water at first...but as you can see, it didn't take him long to change his mind about it

Dinner anyone?
Relaxing by the fire...

Taking a hike...

The view from the top...

"Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:20


  1. The Brink familyMonday, July 23, 2012

    Dear Huron family--We have been reading your posts for a while now and cannot tell you what a joy it is! Always an encouragement in our journey with Christ to see and know of others on this pilgrim pathway, too--Blessings to you one and all-and p.s, one request--all those food posts look so delicious, could you consider including the recipes? The Brink family

  2. Dear Brink Family,
    Thank you so much for your encouraging words! We love meeting new people through comments:) And yes, we've been talking about adding more recipes with our pictures, so hopefully soon you'll see more recipes!