Posts Tagged ‘nature’

thanksgiving 2016


Happy Thanksgiving! Bear with me, this post has a lot of photos. It's a rare occasion when the five of us are able to get together at the same time. Thanksgiving has always been a special holiday for my family, so we made it work! Mom surprised us all with a last-minute professional photo shoot, so we coordinated with a "denim and whatever I packed in my carry on" look. I think it turned out great. Thanks so much to Sarah Mesa for scoping out a pretty location and braving the cold in order to take these photos! (You wouldn't know by looking at us, but the temperature was in the low 40s.) Also – how cute are my parents??

the plan worked


It was a rather last-minute plan – driving the 10 hours to Louisville to see Mom and Dad. Tony had the time off, so we made a family reunion out of it. Of course, after driving so far, both Tony and Brian were exhausted. After church they retreated into the livingroom, sprawled out on the sofa and the recliner, and promptly fell asleep. What were the rest of us to do? There was a nearby state park I really wanted to check out while we were in town, so Mom, Dad and I took Sasha for a walk around the peaceful 2.5 mile loop.

green leaves and sunshine


Sasha and I went on a four mile walk yesterday. There’s a trail through the woods that follows the river, and it’s just a short distance from the house. There’s nothing quite like the quietness and beauty of nature to remind me of God’s sovereignty.

Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Psalm 100:3

oh shenandoah!


Cabin Part 3 aka Finale aka What happens in the cabin stays in the cabin. Except for these pictures, you’re welcome. :) Saturday evening we went on a hike on the monster hill, chatted by the Jacuzzi, grilled burgers, and celebrated Damaris’ birthday! Her birthday celebrations included a guessing game, s’mores, wine, and laughter that was waaaaaay too loud. I’m sure any ax murderers in the vicinity were too afraid to come near us.

caving in


Part 2. Saturday afternoon we drove to nearby Luray, VA to tour the famous caverns. It’s amazing to see such beauty underground. The giant columns we admired are created when the calcium-rich water inside the cave evaporates, leaving behind milky minerals.

The tour guide explained (from an evolutionist point of view) that this process can take hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of years – each intricate point slowly growing as water drips through the system. She also said “a catastrophic event” took place roughly seven thousand years ago that involved major upheaval, an enormous amount of water, and fairly rapid dispersion. The Christians in the room call that The Flood.

cabin in the woods


Last weekend I met up with Christina, Jewel, Damaris, and Tracey for a GIRLS CAMPING TRIP! We drove to the Shenandoah mountain ridge and off-roaded it up a steep, winding path to our cabin. It had a beautiful view overlooking the valley and river. Let me emphasize: it was a crazy road. Not only were we driving at what seemed like a 45 degree angle, but our road also had unavoidable large rocks semi-embedded in the dirt and gravel. It was a good time.

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