Mondays are for Memories – June 2008

As I was trying to decide where to look for this week’s Monday memory, I figured I’d pick one from about this time in one of our ‘early’ years. Turns out this particular post talks about how that summer was probably going to be our last summer ‘east’ for a couple of years. And (Lord willing) that’s what this summer is looking like for us. What a precious reminder about how important our friend and family connections are!

June 17, 2008 – We Made it!


Ahhhhh….there are few things in my life that I cherish more than that first cup of coffee on that first morning at the cabin. We were blessed with a stunning Vermont morning and combined with the fact that we didn’t crawl out of bed until almost 9AM, well, it just doesn’t get any better than that! (I know it must seem silly that I get so excited about our vacation time at the cabin when after all, we are retired, but there is just something so re-charging about this place for us, that I continue to gush. Sorry!)
But, before I get too far into the wonders of the cabin, let me digress a little to my time home. Along with the annual check-up (all is well, thank you for asking), the new hair cut (even Gary likes it), new glasses on the way, and going through our left-over “stuff”, I managed to exchange hugs with Joe, Janet, Lancaster Conrads
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Linda, Joanne, Carol, Michelle, Mary, Dave, John,birthdaygirls08 Bonnie, Connie, mazillion people at church :-), Georgi, Troy, Abbi, Hannah, Tommy, Pam, Carolyn, Sherry, Chris, Judy, Carol, Luanne, Carol, Deb, Chip…I know there are more, but you get my drift! It was wonderful to be able to see so many folks, plus get some necessary life chores done at the same time. I still have a couple folks I hope we can connect with when we are back in D-town for a day or so next week. If we actually make it to the West Coast next year, it could be awhile before we pass that way again, so all these hugs are very important to me!

Gary and Toby had a great time working at the Carpenters for Christ project in Memphis. They sweated buckets, (and Toby suffered with some of that tomato salmonella poisoning!), but at the end of the week they were able to see amazing accomplishments. I’m going to work with Gary to get his pictures into some kind of order and we’ll get them posted soon. Here they are in all of their CfC splendor (post showers!)-
CFC Toby and Dad

And that brings us almost up to today! Our drive north had a little bit of excitement when we were caught in an outta nowhere hail storm! We found cover under a bridge and watched the fury from there. Phew, thank goodness for overpasses! After we continued on our way we were blessed with the following sight –
VTdrive, so we were encouraged that our destination had better weather than the drive! It turned out to be so….
Which brings us back to
Here is the view as we enjoyed our coffee –
Can you feel your blood pressure lowering?

Since all of the mowing has not yet been accomplished (flat tire on the riding mower!), the early spring wild flowers are still gracing the walk to the pond –
I almost hate to see the mower get fixed!

Gotta wrap this up and get dinner started! Company’s coming :-)

(It’s kinda crazy being able to get internet here at the cabin, isn’t it!)

If you’d like to see the original post, you can check it out HERE!

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Sabbath Rest – Great is thy Faithfulness

One of my favorites, sung with great simplicity –
Great is Thy Faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.


Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Performed by Chris Rice
Video by borisimmo1
Poem written by William Chisholm in 1923
Set to music by William Runyan

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
Great is your Faithfulness.
                Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)

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Upstate Friends and Family

We returned yesterday from such an outstanding weekend that I’m having a trouble figuring out how to actually put that into words. So I thought maybe I’d do a simple list –
10 Things we loved about our Upstate NY Weekend:
1. We had a beautiful drive to get there.
2. It’s been a while since I needed my passport to go out for Chinese!
Yep, we crossed over the St. Lawrence River
and had delicious Chinese food in a restaurant called New York in Brockville, Ontario. I know. Confusing, right?
(When we went out for Italian later in the weekend we parked behind an Ontario car. Apparently while we Americans head into Canada for Chinese food, the Canadians come to Upstate NY for good Italian. Who knew?)
3. It’s a beautiful area for hiking.
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4. Especially when the hike leads to the Lampson Falls.
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5. Along with the natural beauty of the area there are also some pretty impressive man-made sights too. We checked the Moser-Saunders Power Dam (run jointly by Canada and the US)
and the Eisenhower Locks.

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This lock lowers (or raises) a ship 45 ft.  Not the most high-energy event that we saw, but it was fun watching the process.

6. A busy day of sightseeing that includes ice cream is always a good thing.
7. Worshiping with friends and being part of honoring Dads during the service was a blessing.
(There was chocolate involved, so that was pretty sweet too!)
8. Fathers’ Day celebration with the Trivilinos was amazing.  These guys really know how to pamper Dad!

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9. This Family
Oh, my! We were totally welcomed into this sweet family for the weekend. Since we couldn’t be with OUR family, it was so very nice to be part of this family.
10. This couple!
Have you ever met someone and knew immediately that you’d be good friends? That’s pretty much how it’s been with Joe & Kim. They are wonderful examples of kindred spirits that we (in all probability) would never have met had it not been for the SOWER Ministry. We laughed, and shared, and prayed and then we laughed some more!
And then we thanked God for his kindness to us in bringing us together!

(You know there are more pictures, right?  :) You can check them out HERE if you are so inclined!)

Thanks for stopping by! If your weekend was half as fun as ours was, you had a great weekend too!

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Mondays are for Memories – North Carolina Beauty

We just got back from a great weekend visiting friends and I’m sorting through pictures and putting together a recap of our days “upstate”, but until I get it all together, here’s a little memory from back in April of 2011 –

April 17, 2011 – First, the weekend
There has been some crazy weather in these here hills! Thankfully, we’ve been spared the tornado action that devastated nearby parts of the state, but we did get our share of heavy rain and winds. Friday we ventured to the nearby town of Franklin and enjoyed a wonderful local production of The Sound of Music. It was such a treat! But by the time we were headed back over the mountain, the heavy rain had begun. Although the next day cleared up (before it got crazy windy again) the rivers were high and the water was rushing. We figured it was a good day to check out another waterfall or two!
We hooked up with our buddies Bill and Sandy and headed for Mingo Falls on the other side of Cherokee. WOW!
Mingus Falls
Bill and Sandy had been there last week, and they were impressed with the increased size of the falls due to the heavy rain. It was quite spectacular!
After a picnic lunch alongside a raging river, we headed into the nearby National Park. Our first stop was Mingus Mill – a turn of the century turbine mill. It wasn’t operating, but it was very interesting and lovely. All the extra water even made the mill more beautiful!
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Mingus Mill
Mingus mill vintage
(I was having fun with my Photoshop Elements. Think this is how it might have looked?)
From there we continued on to Clingman’s Dome – the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (6,643 ft.). You can drive pretty close, but the last 1/2 mile is all on foot. And trust me, it’s the longest half mile on the planet!
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By the time we were climbing that last half mile, the clouds were moving in and the wind was whipping! Man, was it cold!
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We were, in truth, a little disappointed with the clarity of the view (no seven states for us), but all and all, we’re glad we went.
Clingman's Dome
If you’d like to see all the pictures from Saturday (instead of just the thumbnails in the collages), you can check them out HERE.

This is such a beautiful area – with lots to see and do! In my next post I’ll try to catch you up with our work here at Living Waters and how we’ve been spending our work days, but for now I’ll leave you with a collage of shots from the stretch of Deep Creek that runs right behind this camp. It’s been so lovely to go and just sit quietly on the banks of this “creek”.Camp Living Water3
Really, this is our backyard this month.
How blessed are we?!?!

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Sabbath Rest – Rock of Ages, Cleft for me

This is a contemporary arrangement of a beautiful old hymn and one of my favorites. I usually like to find a video that has the words and beautiful graphics, but this week it will plain and simple – James Ward (composer) singing this powerful hymn.
Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save from wrath and make me pure.

Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;

Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die.

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When my eyes shall close in death,
When I rise to worlds unknown,
And behold Thee on Thy throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

Words – Augustus M. Toplady, 1776
Music – James Ward

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