peace like a river...

Yes, I know this is my second post containing "peace" in the past month, but I've really felt so much of "the peace that passes understanding" that I just can't help it! God is so real and near to me right now, and I'm so blessed and full of JOY to be in His presence...

Monday, September 20th, was our 13th wedding anniversary. It was very timely for hubby and I to get away for a minute by ourselves, considering the events of the past several months. I remembered my camera this time (last year I forgot it and just about shot myself because we stayed in a CASTLE!!) and thought I'd share...

We stayed in a small, no frills (well, except for a hot tub on a private deck overlooking the woods!) A-frame cabin about two hours south of us. We used to go hiking in that area every weekend when we were dating and engaged, and Marvin proposed to me on one of the trails there on Christmas Eve!

We hiked that trail...after climbing all these steps...

and I had forgotten how *hard* it was! We counted on the way up...98 thigh burnin' risers!

Here's my makeup-free, weekend-clothes self,
not too excited about climbing the SECOND set of stairs!

The view from the top was worth it...

and we hiked on for a while, enjoying the beauty in the details...

After such a peaceful start to our day, imagine our surprise
when we suddenly came upon *this* on the side of the trail!

While Marvin investigated a nearby dried up waterfall,
I experimented with various camera angles to make the remains look extra gruesome
to show the boys...

It was a deer carcass that had been industriously picked clean by all manner of woodland creatures
and was lying, in it's natural, undisturbed (as far as we could tell) state on a flat rock just off the trail...
a dinner table for the scavengers!

We tore ourselves away from the fascination of nature in action after a while,
and enjoyed a few last glimpses of creation...

We spent the rest of our time combing the local antique shops
and pigging out on sugary snacks and cheap Mexican food.

The kids enjoyed a brief stint at Grandma's house before spending the night at Nana and Papa's.
After we picked them up, Ava informed me that Nana had taken them to Salad River and fed Benji a baked pillow for breakfast!

And I thought we had a great time!

11 readers took time to leave a thought:

Anonymous September 24, 2010 at 9:08 AM  

Glad you are back - I was worried!

Shelly September 24, 2010 at 9:20 AM  

Thank you! But...who are you?? :-)

11arrows September 24, 2010 at 10:01 AM  

Wow! How fun to just relax and take it easy! Looks like you really enjoyed yourselves! God is good and His peace DOES pass all understanding! By the way, I missed your blog updates too! :)

4 Little Men and Girly Twins September 24, 2010 at 10:02 AM  

Love these pictures... looks like you had an enchanted time! {grin}

miss you!


Lucky September 24, 2010 at 2:30 PM  

Was that Conkle's Hollow?

Shelly September 24, 2010 at 5:19 PM  

Why, yes it was, Heather! Been there often?

Anonymous September 24, 2010 at 6:11 PM  

Hey Shelley,
I don't have an account - so I always come up "anonymous" but I am not hiding ;) I am a mom of 3 living in Canada and I read you every day. My heart broke for you and then I was so worried when you weren't posting. I am glad you had a wonderful time with your husband.

Shelly September 24, 2010 at 7:21 PM  

Thank you, anon from Canada! It means a lot to know someone misses me out there! :-)

Will and Olivia September 24, 2010 at 8:19 PM  

Where's the pictures of all the acorns? :-) Glad you had a great trip!

Anonymous September 25, 2010 at 2:30 AM  

I will sign my name so you know which anoymous it is ;)

McSarah September 25, 2010 at 10:58 PM  

Makes me wanna go now. Glad you had some time away!

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