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A new love 💘

 

I have a confession to make. I fell in love several months ago. Keeping it to myself until just recently when I shared it with my husband was difficult to do. He has been understanding and very accepting of my new love. He’s definitely my best friend and understands.

You see until recently, I enjoyed travel as long as it was recreational, short-lived and I knew we were coming back home soon enough.  But lately, so many things have changed in our lives. All the kids are “grown” or at least they think they are. They have all moved away from home now and declared their independence.  We are now Empty-Nesters and have grown into a new class of people. One that I always assumed would never affect me much because I just knew that all the boys would still be around. I assumed that they would be around regularly and that the house they would always come home to the house they grew up in, the house they matured in and had so many developmental memories and such would somehow mean the world to them. Why I thought this way, I’ll never know.

I moved away from home at 18 and struck off on a life of my own too. I never looked back or even considered going back home. Actually, I saw going back home as a failure in life. If I couldn’t make it on my own, I would have been devastated!  There was one point when I went back though, in 2001 for about a year and half when both my parents were in a terrible car accident. Mom begged me to come help her and I did. That was short-lived as God gave her Grace and she was walking again when I left. Alas, I digress…. so back to my new love…

So delusional thoughts aside, reality is often not was we expect it to be. In an adventurous ever-changing world that we cannot control, we are but passengers on this  ride through life. A passenger doesn’t control the direction – and in my life God is the driver. So in recent years, I have just sat back and watched he scenery as I’ve been passing through. God is still my greatest love of all, number 1 in my life…my husband is number 2. But as for this new love I referred to, well it surprises me just as much as it has surprised my husband.

I love to travel! Not just leisure travel, but packing up and moving away travel. This travel is one that I had always denied before, absolutely refusing to leave East Tennessee.  Now, I’m excited by the thought and look forward to many new adventures along the way!

 

Calling all Adventurers

Hello everyone and happy Friday!

I have something new and exciting to share with you. Over the last week or so, I found a new website called shoestringseeker.com and fell in love ❤ with it. It’s a completely brand new website that’s just getting started and you can join in on the ground floor level.

It’s completely free to join, use, and share.

It’s a place where adventurers, thrill-seekers, sightseers and so much more can share their experiences and wisdom. The format of this new website is very easy to use and very simplistic. You can create a profile either by using your email or by connecting Facebook to make things easier. There are travel Adventures on this site from all around the world.

I highly encourage all of my adventure-seeking friends (and friends who just simply travel) to log on, create an account, and share your personal wisdom with the world. The format is very easy to use on a desktop or mobile.

I think this website would be wonderful for people who wish they could travel but can’t.  It allows you to experience other’s adventures from the comfort of your own home or mobile device.

Personally, I’m just getting started on my wisdom posts. You can find my profile here:  https://shoestringseeker.com/profile/62

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 I know that there are thousands of you… who are my friends and/or followers that have a lot of wisdom to share about your travels.

I highly encourage you to log on, create a profile and share your wisdom. Here’s the standard link: http://www.shoestringseeker.com 

 

I hope to see you there!

Love,

Chrissy

 

*This is a sponsored post. I received compensation in exchange for writing this review.  Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are unbiased, honest & my own.

Let’s Pin each other – Update for 9/30/2015

Hello all you wonderful pinning peeps! I have sadly been absent from Pinterest for too long. I logged in today and realized there are over 2000+ request to be added to the 2 Let’s Pin Each Other boards.  So here is what I will ask for TODAY ONLY (9/24/2015):

If you have asked to be added to either board and have not been added yet, send another request today. I will add you when I get the notification.

My problem adding people has been that Pinterest only shows me 2 names and then says “and 79 others” have asked to be added…so let’s try this again folks (because the 79 others are being left out!

Update for 9/30/2015: I am still only receiving notifications lumped together on Pinterest so help me out. Let’s do this:

Follow me and the board(s) Let’s Pin Each Other and/or Let’s Pin Each Other 2 and also leave me a comment below with your user name and I will do my best to add everyone as swiftly as possible!

I’m in an adding mood, so let’s do this.    And….go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love y’all,

Chrissy

Item #46 Bucket List

In July 2014 I was blessed to cross another item off my bucket list. With the help of my husband and his right arm best friend, I was able to overcome my fear of lake water…on a boat.

Item #46 on my bucket list was to ride on a boat. I was tickled pink and we were out on the boat all day on the lovely Douglas Lake in Dandridge. Here are a few pictures of that awesome day!

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New Beginnings

January has been a time of new  beginnings, new acceptance, and has begun a new era in our lives. On January 9th, 2013 Nick and I were married in Gatlinburg, TN. We agreed to spend our lives together against everything life may throw at us & stand by each other solidly. We agreed before God and man to be best friends till the end (thus crossing #53 off my bucket list for good.  #53 was listed as: This one is private, but has been accomplished. No other description offered. Now, I reveal this item to you 🙂 I was searching for new best friend for life and I have him now!

We had a fabulous few days away from the kids & discovered some cool new local places. We agreed on our honeymoon, we would only shop & eat at mom&pop type businesses. So we totally avoided all chains & known labels. This is the first post of many about our honeymoon experiences in Gatlinburg.

We stayed in a small cabin in Gatlinburg, TN owned & operated by Ski Mountain Chalets & Cabin Rentals. It was very cute, on the edge of the town of Gatlinburg going up the mountain, fully furnished, beautiful scenery, clean, private and pleasant atmosphere 🙂

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The front porch of cabin was small and faced a paved driveway, so no worries of snow or mud.

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The front entrance introduces you to the livingroom or common area equipped with a couch, coffee table, TV, and gas fireplace (no need to buy firewood).
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The kitchen was completely furnished! All we bought was coffee & drinks for the fridge 🙂

The second room was furnished with a king size bed & whirlpool tub & full seperate bathroom.
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The back porch was my favorite spot!
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The hot tub was awesome 🙂
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The creek behind the cabin.
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Adventure in the Chincoteague Bay

While on the Island, a popular question asked by tourists is “what is there to do on this small island?”  The answer to this question literally cracked me up: Catch crabs! What? The good news is antibiotics or other medications are not needed if you catch crabs here. 🙂

On the bay side of the Island there are docks available for public use & a fishing license is not needed. Many forms of life thrive in the bay. There are crabs, birds, frogs, turtles, fish, billions of variations of snails, and much more.
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A couple of mornings/evenings Nick & I watched the fiddler crabs perform their mating dance rituals. These dances are composed of the male, with his one oversized claw, waving it wildly in the air. He pranced back & forth waving this club claw to show his manhood for the females delight. Once he’s caught the eye of that special female, he hopes she’ll pick him over the hundreds of other males dancing. Childish delight swallowed me & I asked playfully, “Could I take one home?”
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In Memorial Park on Chincoteague Island, fishing is bountiful and no license is required also. We bought a net, some raw chicken, a crab line and off to the park we went 🙂 This is where we went crabbing. While there, a boy came to us and asked us if we were trying to catch crabs just before the sun began to set. Nick answered him that we were & this young man wished us luck. He said he’d been trying to crab there for years & had not done well. He took his fishing pole and walked away from us along the small dock.
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Within 30 minutes, the dock began to clear out. The other fishers began to leave and take their catches with them. Some people were drinking beer, some people were sharing a moment with each other, and other people were teaching their kids how to crab or fish. Steadily, they all left the dock except the boy we met and his 2 friends.
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After dangling our chicken leg in the bay for a few minutes, the crabs started to swim by us. Even though daylight was leaving us, we could still see the crabs skimming the water nearby. We caught a few small crabs here and there.  It was peaceful and quiet. (Our boys did not go with us. They had other agendas for the evening. I think they were looking the island for girls.) There was one blue crab that we caught over and over again. We would admire him, take pictures, then send him back home to the ocean water in the bay. This little booger kept coming back to us. He was like an attention needy child wanting to be admired. Perhaps we flattered him? 🙂
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After all daylight had disappeared, the moonlight brought out the more unique and larger sea life. We saw a beautiful blue/green light in the water.  several times when bringing our net in, we had caught cute little jellyfish. They had no color when out of the water, but when the net was submerged again, the jellyfish began to light up. They were small and graceful. I was thankful I had not seen any of them while in the ocean. I knew they were out there, but not seeing them made the ocean water more enjoyable. I decided Jellyfish are show-offs. They wanted to be admired. The way they lit up for us, danced, and would not leave our area said it all…either that or they like chicken 🙂 image

Nick called to me, “Chrissy!  You have to come see this!!” He was standing over near teenage boys. They had caught something very large. Through teamwork, they managed to bring the large thing across the water line of the dock and they were coming straight at me. I looked over. It was a gorgeous sting ray! Her underside was white and her top was a deep brown color. Her tail whipped and swung from side to side. The boy’s rod was bent under the weight of such a large creature. They handed the pole from one boy to another as they made their way across the dock to the boat landing. She was too heavy to pull straight up out of the water.  Once she was docked, one boy stood on her tail/barb while the other boy gently removed the fishing hook from her back. They turned her over, checking to make sure she was okay and poured water from the bay into her breathing holes. We snapped some pictures and touched her. Then the sweet boy petted her and encouraged her back into the water safely.  I asked the boy his name: Jess.
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“Jess, you did a great job with  that beautiful sting ray!!”, I bragged.
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Shortly after the stingray had been released, the boys were all calling out to me. “Hey, Hey lady. Wanna see?” They brought me an eel to admire that they caught on their line. It looked like a huge slimy earthworm snake thingy.  I took pictures and gave them another pat on the back. We ended our crabbing adventure not long after that. image

It was a wonderful bay adventure!

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Virginia’s only Island Resort

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Our first family vacation was taken on Virginia’s only Island Resort. It’s a beautiful township where the citizens take pride in their community. This island is small, yet has something to offer everyone (especially adventures). I will break up the resort descriptions into a couple (or more) post, because let’s face it…no one likes to read an article a mile long 🙂

The name of my two favorite Islands are Chincoteague and Assateague Island. A connector bridge takes would be sun-seekers from one Island to the other. image

On the way to this serene escape, we travelled across Virginia. We entered and exited some of the other popular beach get-aways: Norfolk, Chesapeake, Richmond, Virginia Beach, Hampton, etc.

We traded them all for another hour or more of driving to come to Chincoteague Island…and it was so worth it!
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Sunshine Award

Wow, I won a Sunshine Blogger  award!

My blog was nominated for this award by Looser or Not “The art of staying Alive”.

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Here’s how it works:

  • Add the Award to your blog
  • Acknowledge the giver of the award and thank them
  • Answer a few questions about yourself
  • Nominate a few fellow bloggers with outstanding blogs for the award and include links to their sites 🙂

Questions:

  1. What is your favorite color?  Blue
  2. What is next on your bucket list? Explore Chincoteague Island and see the wild ponies! (Thank you Tracey Angelbeck!!)
  3. What is your favorite number? 4
  4. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? Coffee
  5. Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter? Facebook…but Twitter is fast on its heels!
  6. What is your passion? Living everyday as an adventure while praising my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
  7. Do you prefer getting or giving presents? Giving
  8. What is your favorite time of day? Dawn
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  9. What is your favorite day of the week? Sunday
  10. Favorite flower? Chickory

    Mountain Chickory

    Mountain Chickory

Now, I would like to nominate some wonderful bloggers for their awesomeness! Please do check out these other great blogs that bring Sunshine into my life!!

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