Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Back from Tennessee

Okay, so I've been back a week, but hey, after this kind of "vacation," people like me need to rest! My friend Sherri is WAY more energetic than I am, but I managed to keep up with her while she tried to show me as many incredible sights of the Great Smoky Mountains as we could pack in!

In ONE perfect-weather day, we:
  • Hiked Alum Cave Bluffs Trail (and found out - what a shock - I need to get in shape before attempting a 3 hour hike again!).
  • Saw 65 deer, thousands of fireflies, and a black bear at Cades Cove Settlement.
  • Watched what was left of the synchronous firefly show at Elkmont (they had peaked a week before, but it was still fun).
  • Went stargazing at midnight.
The next day we toured Tuckaleechee Caverns and tubed down the Little River in Townsend. SO FUN!

All the while Libby-10 got reacquainted with Sherri's daughter Grace-11. They hadn't seen each other in person since they were 5 and 4, but they'd emailed and talked on the phone over the years. It could have been really bad (four days of not having anything in common) but what a pleasure to see them hit it off.
Libby and I had some much-needed time together. She's my middle child - not always part of the Big Kids and certainly much too mature (*smile*) to be a part of the Little Kids. I struggle with making time for her during these precious remaining moments of childhood, and this weekend was such a gift. Here we are on the plane.And Sherri and I talked. While she ground wheat, rolled oats, and baked bread (I just watched, slack-jawed, in utter and unabashed admiration) we talked about kids, modesty, motherhood, teens, schooling, church, husbands, and, of course, balancing it all. We didn't get much figured out (I'm hoping to blog about some of it later this week), but it felt good to talk in person, only the second time since she moved away from Texas almost 6 years ago.

Now that I'm back, my parents are visiting and my husband is out of town, so wouldn't you know, it's back to business as usual around here. But I'm encouraged and refreshed by my weekend away. Worth it all!
A friend loves at all times.
Proverbs 17:17


Tammi said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed your trip! You deserved it. :)

Jen said...

We love the Smokey Mtns. We are only 5 hours away and go on occasion. It is so beautiful up there....and Cades Cove is great...it's so peaceful. I'm so glad you enjoyed your time away.

Becca~CapturingSimpleJoys said...

Sounds like you had a great time and a special time with your daughter. Can't wait the read more!

Michelle said...

Oh what gorgeous pictures and how lovely to have that special time with your daughter.She will remember that forever.

Beck said...

Oh, that's so nice! I love that feeling when my kids' click with a friends' kids - it makes my choice in friends feel so VALIDATED. ANd what beautiful pictures!

Annie said...

Sounds like you had a great time, it is so great that you had the one on one time with your daughter.

Unknown said...

I'm so blessed to have friends like that as well. It's so nice to just pick back up.

I'm so glad you and Libby got to spend time together as well. That made me tear up as my oldest is right there as well--growing up, but still wanting her Mommy's time and attention.