Category Archives: The Cabin

No Excuses

I know, I know — it’s been quite a while since my last post. But I offer no apology. I’m pretty sure I warned you that we were heading to the cabin, and my days were filled with cabin-y things and the ol’ computer was barely cracked open. We enjoyed time with family and friends, got started on some reunion preparations, and generally filled up on Cabin vibes. It was a very good time.
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As of last night we’ve returned to our little nest at Montrose, and today we launched into a project that (we hope) will take a week or so to complete. And then we’ll be heading back to the cabin! So over the next few days I plan to do some catching up, because once I get back to The Cabin, it will be vacation-brain all over again! And I’m pretty sure I’ll be short on apologies then too!
Thanks for stopping by (and putting up with these long silences)!
Steph

What’s Next?

We had a busy last week in Ohio – besides wrapping up work at Heartland Retreat Center there was also The Graduation of our oldest granddaughter (whoohoo), and then we had the entire gang (less one) up at the campground for a fun final day picnic. But before I get into all those pictures (oh, and there are plenty of them!) I thought I’d just let you know What’s Next for us –
Montrose to The CabinThis summer our main focus is our family reunion at the Cabin, scheduled for the middle of July. We’ve parked the coach at our favorite PA project – Montrose Bible Conference, where they are kindly allowing us to leave her while we traipse back and forth to Vermont. Gary has a number of pre-reunion projects in mind, so we leave tomorrow (May 26) and will be staying until June 7th or so. Then it’s back to Montrose where we’ll work for a bit to earn our keep, and then back up to the Cabin by July 1st. While it’s technically R&R (from SOWER work), I’m pretty sure it will be more Rebuilding and Reconnecting than actual Rest and Relaxation. Though I dare say there will be a nap or two happening as well! And oh-so-many family hugs!
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The gang from our last reunion at The Cabin – 2012!

We’re looking forward to a great summer! The Cabin (my happy place), Family (my happy people), friends (ah, beautiful friends), and a bit of work for the LORD to round things out!

National Arbor Day

Did you know that today is National Arbor Day? It’s a day to celebrate trees – and the best way I can think to do that is to rerun a Tree post from seven years ago! I enjoyed reading it again – I hope you do too!
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To do a post about “trees” while we’re at the cabin might seem a bit unnecessary.  Let’s face it – there are thousands upon thousands of trees on this property.   Except for the two acres surrounding the cabin which is mostly lawn, the rest of our property is covered with – you guessed it – trees.  Big trees and little trees, tall trees and scrub trees.  Standing trees and fallen trees.  But there are some trees that are quintessential cabin.
There is the tall and stately maple tree that guards the way to the pond.
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And then there are the pine trees that anchor the left side of the cabin.  These must have been planted by my grandmother back in the day, shortly after the cabin was constructed.  Tall and stately, there once were four,

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then three,

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and now just two.
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I can’t quite imagine The Cabin without those pines.

It’s also hard to imagine the cabin without the pear trees in the cellar hole to the right of the cabin.

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Also planted by my grandmother, I suppose, they produce a fair crop of hard as rock pears most years and occasionally my dear SIL makes up a batch of Cabin Pear Jelly. But more importantly, they are the perfect distance apart for a hammock.
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I wonder if she planned that?

But the tree that captures my heart the most is this giant maple in our ‘backyard’ that finds its way into almost every cabin picture.
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Long before there were any trees right around the cabin, there was this tree.
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Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter – this tree makes its presence known.

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This summer I couldn’t seem to get enough of this tree, with its massive branches stretching to the sky.
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Even as it displayed those first hints of fall, it just seemed to add to its majesty.
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It’s beginning to show its age (well over 150, I’m sure)
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and truth be told, we never know how we’ll find her each spring after the winter snows. But all of us cabin folk hope she’s around for decades to come.
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Maybe yet another generation will be able to swing from her outstretched arms.

*Special thanks to family members for supplying photos of seasons when we’re not usually here. And of course to my grandmother, Lizzie, whose photo stash supplied the ‘before my time’ photos. For more tree pictures – (you know you want to….) click here!

The Time Has Come….

…to get this blog back on track!

The Cabin Vacation has drawn to a close, and following one day of vacation recovery (that’s a thing, right?), it’s time to get back to real life. The bank statement has been reconciled, the credits cards are on auto-pay, and the oh-so-dry dashboard plants have been watered. And watered again!
But before we get TOO involved in real life (I still haven’t been able to watch more than 10 minutes of network news), let’s do a bit of Cabin Recap!
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Ah….Cabin time!
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Since I was also vacationing from blogging during our Cabin Time, it’s really hard to consolidate all the goodness into a single post. So let’s just say that Gary was quite productive –
Finishing up the dock
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Rebuilt the outdoor sink using leftover dock decking
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Put together new benches
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and got the firepit burned!
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I’m also happy to report that he got three books read and took any number of naps. Here is a rare shot of him actually sitting down….
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I, on the other hand, managed to keep the hummingbird feeder filled (gotta keep those little guys happy) and generally stayed on top of the dishes and planning trips to get ice cream. Hey, don’t judge me!
We had time with friends and family and to finish off the vacation in grand style, we were able to overlap with our Texas kiddos for a couple of days! Whooohooo!
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We don’t often get to the cabin in July so it was fun to experience it during the height of summer. Sadly, we won’t be able to get back again this year, but we’re delighted to know that the rest of the season is well booked by other family members (some for the first time!). I may have others “Cabin Things” to share as the days go by, but for now, here’s a little slide show (in no particular order it seems) of some of my favorite pictures from our cabin time.

Thanks for stopping by – and for your patience during my little blogging break!
Steph

Sabbath Rest – What Grace is Mine

We went to church this morning. Let me say that again – we went INTO a church this morning! For the first time since mid-March. With masks and every other pew and toothpicks in the communion bread – it was soul feeding, heart refreshing, jubilation! While we have been thankful to be able to worship at McLean Bible Church in Washington, DC thanks to the miracle of live streaming, being able to lift our voices with other believers (whom we are also blessed to call friends) and partake in communion (even with paper cups and toothpicks) was a huge blessing.  Huge.  May we never take for granted the gathering together of the faithful.

We sang this song this morning. Not quite like Kristyn Getty does, but it still stirred my soul! May you be blessed also!


What grace is mine
That He who dwells in endless light
Called through the night
To find my distant soul
And from His scars
Poured mercy that would plead for me
That I might live, and in His name be known
So I will go wherever He is calling me
I lose my life to find my life in Him
I give my all to gain the hope that never dies
I bow my heart, take up my cross and follow Him

What grace is mine
To know His breath alive in me
Beneath His wings
My waking soul may soar
All fear can flee for death’s dark night is overcome
My Savior lives and reigns forever more
So I will go wherever He is calling me
I lose my life to find my life in Him
I give my all to gain a hope that never dies
I bow my heart, take up my cross and follow Him
I bow my heart, take up my cross and follow Him