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Linville Falls

I was finally able to add the Linville Falls sticker to my Yeti. Yay! I had never been to Linville Falls until Saturday. I’ve driven around the Linville area when my kids were little and we stayed at Grandma’s house on Grandfather Mountain, but had never hiked to the Falls. I’ve always wanted to go…

The Power of Knowing when to Quit

I listened to a podcast last week for work. It was eye-opening. Here’s the link to listen: The Power of Knowing when to Quit The podcast talks about Muhammad Ali and the 3 people who turned around while others perished on Mt. Everest. There’s not a book written about the people who didn’t die! You’ll…

Pilot Mountain State Park – by the Yadkin River

There are several trails in Pilot Mountain State Park that aren’t accessible from the main part of the park. Marty and I took Ghost on Friday when I got off work and we made 5 miles before the park closed at 5pm. Marty and I have forded the water in my Jeep before, but this…

A Little Beach Time

I work at this amazing company with some amazing people. I know everyone wishes they could say that! I am very blessed to be able to say it. Operations can often feel like putting out a 5 alarm fire with a squirt gun. My phone starts going off most mornings before 5am. Sometimes, I wake…

It’s 2023!

Happy New Year! We are almost through January already. Ghost had his neuter surgery on the 4th and is doing well. He had a hard time trying not to jump and play. He’s a playful, adventurous pup! We hiked 5 miles yesterday with him at Hanging Rock State Park. He does really well climbing over…

Ghost’s first trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains

Ghost can’t tell us his story. He was covered in ticks and his only vet record was that he had one rabies shot. His demeanor makes us think he had a little bit of a rough life before coming to his furever home with us. He is afraid of men, in particular. He will cower…

A Ghost Story

The day before Thanksgiving, a friend saw a dog on the side of the highway. Later he was found in the woods. Since they had no place for him to stay, they reached out to me. Of course we took him in. Bless his heart. He was scared ad covered in ticks. The Friday after…

Emmanuel: God with Us

Merry Christmas! It’s been a rough week. Friends from church lost their son in a tragic accident. His funeral was Friday. My oldest son flew in late Thursday night to be there for the funeral. He, my middle son and I sat together at the church. This family was a fellow homeschooling family and our…

I’m Here God

Sometimes, it’s a struggle to go to church. I just don’t want to go because I get so anxious that I feel physically ill. I didn’t want to go today. I went anyway and said, “Well, at least I’m here, God.” I share this in hopes that others struggling with these same things will know…

Salem Lake Hike

This past Saturday, we hiked the 7 mile trail around Salem Lake. I am so blessed to have this little treasure so close to my house. I can spend a few hours on the water. I can cycle my bike around over 10 miles of trails, or I can just take a hike! This past…

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