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!
My Daddy. Vietnam War Veteran.
Happy Memorial day everyone! As millions of workers are off today for remembrance of fallen American soldiers and their loved ones left behind, please take a moment to say thank you to a veteran or an active duty soldier. I believe there is more awareness now due to media coverage of all types, but there are still many soldiers that are forgotten, left behind and the memories of their unselfish service is forgotten or fading.
It only takes a moment of time to say thank you. Sometimes, that is all someone needs to hear… just 2 words – Thank You.
I personally thank you if you have ever served in any branch of our US military. I appreciate the freedoms you contributed to. I appreciate the peace you helped maintain. You didn’t have to be on the battle front to be important, you simply served. It’s an honor and my gratitude overflows.
It doesn’t matter where you are now or what you “became”. Your life matters. Your service matters. You matter!
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!
**My father served. My Husband served and many other members of my family have served. A great number of my friends have served or are still serving. So my passion for veterans is well seated. Please pass along this note of gratitude to encourage others to say a simple THANK YOU to our men and women in uniform past and present.
I am honored to have received the WordPress Family award from a fellow blogger Mentalmom02. I have enjoyed reading her blog and her delightful humor. Please give her a holler over at http://mentalmom02.wordpress.com/
The rules for this award seem simple enough. I thank the person nominating me for the award and then I nominate others to receive it as well. Wow, now that I have a few thousand followers, it’s super hard to pick just a few. So, please bare with me as I list some newbies, some favorites, and some that you’ve simply gotta go read!!
I would like to nominate some of the authors of a few articles I’ve read lately that touched me. Whether they induced laughter, a smile, a tear, or touched my heart in another way, they were all awesomely written!
Narrowing an award nomination down is very difficult, so please do not feel slighted if you did not make this nomination list. I love you all and that’s why I come back day after day to read your posts!
And…the nominations go to:
The Adventures of Supermom
A Fresh Start
Check these folks out and I promise you’ll find variety and will not be disappointed. I follow over a thousand blogs and narrowing the list down was super hard! Maybe you’ll make the next list 🙂
1. When was the last time you tried something new?
Tonight. Nick & I went to Alibaba and had some fabulous eastern foods 😉 I ate a German desert that looked like a small turd 😉
2. Who do you sometimes compare yourself to?
My mother & father
3. What’s the most sensible thing you’ve ever heard someone say?
Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul. Democritus
4. What gets you excited about life?
The little things.
5. What life lesson did you learn the hard way?
6. What do you wish you spent more time doing five years ago?
Hanging out with my kids
7. Do you ask enough questions or do you settle for what you know?
I ask many questions
8. What can you do today that you were not capable of a year ago?
Hold my tongue
9. Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength?
10. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
11. Do you celebrate the things you do have?
I just wanted to take a few minutes and share with you some pictures from our trip to North Carolina. This was my favorite spot we visited. The Chataloochee Village Farm is a recreation site. It was so peaceful and historic. It touched my heart as it brought back many fond memories of my childhood 🙂 I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I did taking them 🙂
We looked for “Bob” everywhere but could not find his name.
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 🙂
The front porch of cabin was small and faced a paved driveway, so no worries of snow or mud.
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).
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.
The back porch was my favorite spot!
The hot tub was awesome 🙂
The creek behind the cabin.
Back in December I did not post after the sad circumstances with Nick’s father’s passing. Read more here
But, we did have a few adventures as a family. I feel like enough time had passed that I can reveal the happy time that we all had during the sadness of the month of December.
We took the boys with us to Indiana to attend the funeral. Indiana had a pleasant surprise for the boys – snow! Where we live in Tennessee (all the boys have ever known) it doesn’t snow much and if it should, there are such small amounts of it that it melts away by the next day. Travel may be stopped or slowed for a few hours, but really life simply goes on. When we crossed over the state line into Indiana, the boys looked up from their electronic devices and saw the main highway was covered in a lovely white/muddy substance. Our oldest even commented on the speed we had slowed to and had to receive an explanation about how snow affects driving habits and the dangers we could possibly be facing. Our youngest had one thing on his mind and kept asking if he could play in it when we got to the hotel 🙂
They were so overwhelmed by the white stuff everywhere (snow) that it consumed their every thought and desire. I heard them reminding each other that they should remember that we were heading to a funeral, but the excitement in their voices led me to think that this was going to be an adventure for them for sure!
After the funeral we went back to the hotel and gathered our thoughts. Nick told the boys (still wearing shorts from habit of Tennessee climate) to dress warmly because he was going to take them somewhere.
We found ourselves at the Circle Center Mall. We walked up and down dizzying heights from bottom floor to top as we marveled at all the stores. The boys tasted their first ever Orange Julius drinks and were mesmerized by the game room on the top level.
They walked downtown around Monument Circle and looked at the World’s largest Christmas tree.
On the way home, Nick stopped at a small store and purchased some small sleds for the boys. He took us to Brown County Indiana and selected a hill for the boys to learn how to sled on.
The youngest loved it!
Even Nick had some fun 🙂
The oldest set out to build himself a snowman 🙂
The snow is all they talked about on the long trip back home to Tennessee. They truly had a great experience in their still young teenage lives that many kids have by the time they are 6 or 7 yrs old!
Their adventure was unbelievable wonderful and I know they will never forget it.