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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!

In between

In between our April SOWER project (The Potters Place in western SC) and our May SOWER project (Heartland Retreat Center, in north central OH), we’ve been able to do a quick catch-up with our kids who live in the Columbus OH area. We are only here two nights (we head out tomorrow), so it was a quick visit indeed! We never made it to Gahanna where Lara and family live (we’re hoping to connect over this weekend), and even our time with the Marysville gang was limited. Seems that even though COVID-19 is still a ‘thing’, families are once again back in the hyper-busy mode. Besides being back in school, the two evenings we were there had kids were involved with a baseball game (Reis),
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a lacrosse game (Ellie),
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(pretty sure someone out there is related to me!)
track practice, babysitting, and small group. Phew! Since we’ll be within an hour of both of our Ohio families this month I’m sure there will be more ball games, concerts, family gatherings, and of course, the graduation later in the month. The one family member whose schedule isn’t chockful of business, is this little one –
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Eleven months on Saturday, she’s quite the charmer.
And I am the happy charm-ee!!
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Better wrap this up – we’ll be packing up tomorrow morning to get back to our SOWER work!
Thanks for stopping by!
Steph

We’ve been through a lot

As sisters that is.
There’s the “Who’s turn to have the doll” trauma.
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Let’s not forget the Era of the Bangs.
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Which apparently ushered in the Perms.
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Then there were our fashion trends –
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Not even sure what was going on here.
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Our upholstery phase?

Yes, as sisters we’ve been through a lot! Bad hair cuts and questionable fashion choices aside, we’ve shared joys and disappointments, tears and laughter (oh, so much laughter), losses and gains. I do not for a moment take for granted the precious bond I have with my sisters and I thank God for them every day.

Today we celebrate Elna’s birthday,  so – Happy Birthday to a treasure of a sister and the dearest of friends. You are one of the kindest, bravest, most resilient people in my world and I am blessed to call you both a sister by birth, and a true sister in Christ.

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We even do the “no heat in the morning, bring coffee” situations together!

Happy Birthday, Elna! Hugs coming your way next month!

On the Road Again, Again

In the spirit of Monday’s are for Memories, and the fact that we today we were indeed “on the road again”, I decided to look back to see what other ‘on the road’ posts I’ve done over the years. Turns out I’ve done quite a few! Here’s one from almost exactly 15 years ago –

April 24, 2006 – On the Road Again!

After a wonderfully busy weekend (Friday back in Jamison to wrap up some loose ends with the house, Saturday to Lancaster to meet up with some SOWER friends, Sunday back to Lancaster to worship with and visit with a dear friend whose husband had recently passed away, and then this morning we even squeezed in a factory tour at Herr’s Snack Foods – with warm chips and everything!), we packed Lizzie up and began our trek northward. It was hard to leave Sandy Cove. We loved working with our friends, the Walkers, and staff was very warm and welcoming. It was a blessing to be able to help them get ready for their busy camping/retreat season. And such a beautiful spot! Living among the trees in the spring time was a delight. Sneezing aside, we were able to literally watch spring burst! One night last week we took a drive out to Turkey Point Lightstation. We walked out to the lighthouse and enjoyed the sunset. I promise to get some of those pictures posted. It was so beautiful!
So tonight we’re at the Danbury, CT, Walmart and the next several days will be filled with friends and family. Ah, that will be lovely! Our final destination will be Straight Ahead Ministries in Hubbardston, MA. Don’t know what will be in store there, so I’ll keep you posted.
But something tells me I’ll get to watch Spring spring all over again!
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Since I was doing pictures a bit differently back then (I think I had a separate photo’s page) I tracked down my Flickr album of photos from our time at Sandy Cove (including that lovely lighthouse!). Here you go –


(Or you can check them out over on Flickr HERE!)

Tonight (April 26, 2021)we are safely parked at the shop (in Mocksville, NC) where we’ll be getting new sunshades for Lizzie in the morning. And then it’s on to Ohio!!
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