We are having a great summer! Our past weeks have been filled and I am loving it! We went to a theme park with my parents and sister and had a day filled with fun. I tried to find a sitter for Brady and Anne but was unsuccessful so we ended up taking them and they were great and had a blast. I am so glad we took them.
I was very apprehensive about how the trip would all work out, I was equally as excited as I was nervous about being away from home with 5 kids. I was worried about how I was going to have the stamina for it, how much sleep I was going to get and how we were all going to handle being in one very small room together, days on end. I worried how Brady and Anne would fair with the lack of schedules and possible lack of sleep, I worried about many aspects of how things could go. I really wanted to have the right attitude and prayed that I could just have energy to thoroughly enjoy this opportunity. I stayed awake a few nights worrying about it. After praying about it the week before, God gave me peace about it and asked me to just take it one day at a time.
We left a day early so that our family could stop by the Cumberland Gap National Park. Joe and Joseph have been wanting to go there for a couple of summers and it was on our way to the Smokies. We left on Sunday, drove to Cumberland Gap National Park and took in the view. Here are a few pictures from that .6 mile hike.
We stayed in Middlesboro, KY that night and the next day we drove to Martin's Station in Virginia. It is a replica fort of the place Daniel Boone and others stayed in on their way to the Cumberland Gap on the Wilderness Trail.
Jenna found this heart shaped drift wood and they found all kinds of beautiful rocks.
Cumberland Falls, where both of our parents honeymooned. Having not been there that I can remember it was a fun add-in to our trip.
William Whitley House, the first brick house built west of the Allegheny mountains. Daniel Boone is known to have visited there, as well as, George Rogers Clark. William Whitley built the first circular race track in west of the Alleghany mountains and had horses run counter clockwise, still the practice in the United States. This home is remarkable and beautiful, I was expecting much less.
I have no regrets, this is where I am in life right now and once again the Lord is impressing on me to accept the simple, to be myself and to say yes, despite my insecurities. This life I live is big, it's full and everyday is packed. I don't want to miss it, I don't want to say no to it, I don't want to hinder it by allowing myself to get in the way. I was reminded via this trip that I should put so much prayer into all my days, that I should continually acknowledge that God is at work and stressing over things not going "my way" takes my heart and mind away from enjoying the moments. Frustration and irritation are always at the expense of my joy and ability to see beautiful works of God.
We were all ready for home and our beds, but I immediately miss the mountains, they are so awesome! Of course the dirty laundry and the fact that I had bills to pay and a to-do list a mile long made me want to leave again, but we have more fun stuff planned for this month, excited about July now!
Bless you if you actually read all of this! Thanks!