We met Lauren and Jeremy when we started at Springhill a decade ago. Jeremy was serving at the church as well. We have remained friends through the years. We just love them. Friday night as we visited over dinner, we just picked up where we left off. Friends like that are such a blessing.
Saturday morning (my birthday) Fred made this for me for breakfast (as per my request).
It was delicious. Click here is a link to the recipe, Then each boy gave me a flower. Fred told them for each bud on their stem they needed to tell me something encouraging. Andrew had three buds.
This is what he said:
1. You take me to school.
2. You bought my Kindle.
3. You pick me up from school.
Bahaha! I was rolling! The other boys were much more thoughtful. It was a sweet time. They did this throughout the day until they got to 37 flowers. Sweet.
We have a flower bed that has looked pretty pitiful since we moved in. I asked Fred if that could be my birthday present. So, the boys went outside to work on the flower bed and finish up the yard for the season. Happy Birthday to me, indeed!
Be still my heart. I think that's about the sweetest thing I've ever seen.
Sunday our families came over to celebrate with OEC. I have a friend, Paul, who goes to church with us. His birthday is the 9th so I invited him to come over for lunch. A good time was had by all!
Monday morning we loaded up and headed out for Big South Fork with some of our friends. We could not leave fast enough for Andrew. Here he is waiting for us all...
We stopped at McKay's Used Book Store along the way to shop and have a picnic. Once we arrived at our cabin Colleen and I grabbed groceries for the week and the boys settled into the cabin and hot tub.
We hiked and hiked over the next fews days. Our first hike was intended to be a 3 mile hike, but it turned into 8. Whoops. Then later that day we hiked four more miles.
We hiked first to Slave Falls.
Fred and Dwight are looking at the map here. It did not really help us this day.
We hiked to the Twin Arches before going to Charit Creek Lodge.
Then we drove to Kentucky to hike to Yahoo Falls.
We stayed there for three nights and then headed home. On the way home...has anyone figured out yet that I like to squeeze out every.last.bit of a trip?!?...we stopped at Cummins Falls State Park (right outside of Cookeville) and hiked to the waterfall. This hike was our toughest hike by far. It was only about two miles, but the terrain was difficult. Despite that, we all agreed that it was our favorite hike of the week.
See those two little figures on the right? That's Andrew and Fred hiking across narrow rock. I had to look away. Andrew will not be left behind.
I was so inspired I decided to strike yoga poses a couple of places. I don't do yoga. I can't even touch my toes, but you know...it just seemed like a fun idea at the time. I was perched between these two rocks because I was helping Andrew get across.
In an effort to not leave anything undone, we stopped at Loveless Cafe for a final meal...and to make up for all the calories we burned while hiking. Grin. I cannot resist a face in the hole.