Monday, November 19, 2012

Our Weekend in Boone

We have the sweetest people in our life.  Over the weekend we had a great opportunity to get away for a few days and spend some time together as a family in Boone, NC.  We were able to go because a family at our church thought of us and gave us their timeshare that they were not using.  We felt so blessed and so thankful and gobbled up the chance to spend a few days away together.  So, thank you so much John and Teresa!

Justin and I have not had a chance to really take time to explore and enjoy the NC Mountains in forever, we have gone many times as we have taken our students on ski trips every year - but those are focused trips.  We really just wanted to take the time to relax, slow down and let Silas explore - he is so into exploring and discovering right now and this was the perfect place for him to do that!  Oh, we also got to meet up with a lot of our ASU students and have dinner with them - such a sweet time for us as we have missed them so much!

We spent a lot of our time on the Blue Ridge Parkway, stopping at little trails and historical spots along the way.  Silas loved these little cabins or houses as he called them, walking though the woods on the trails and throwing rocks in the creek - all the things a boy loves.

We actually were able to snap a few family shots - something we haven't done in a long time and Silas actually cooperated.  We found that making a game out of the camera timer worked perfectly, at least for a little while anyway.

The next day we explored Blowing Rock.  I was actually pretty surprised that it cost $6 to enter - not that it is a ton of money but I couldn't understand what was so special about the views here - they were pretty and all but so were all of the views along the way, I guess its just the big rock?  Either way we still had fun and our friend Allison who is one of our college students at ASU got to come along with us - it was like old times.

Justin isn't the biggest fan of heights so this freaked him out a bit but, he quickly got over his fears and even let Silas take a look at the view.  

The last day we made a little drive to visit Linville Falls.  It was so beautiful but it may have been a little much for little Silas.  He hung in there but Justin had to carry him all the way down from the top - he just quit, haha (I laugh now but there was no laughing the .8 miles down the trail).  The trial was easy but I think a bit long for him.  He absolutely loved the waterfalls but once he saw them, he was done.

We took a thousand pictures, can you tell?  It was such a fun time, we enjoyed every second.  We have always considered ourselves beach people but there was something calming and peaceful about the Mountains that we enjoyed so much, so much that we have talked about when we were going to take our next visit.

The most beautiful thing to me was the night sky.  I don't know if I have ever seen such a clear and bright night sky.  You could literally see millions and millions of stars.  It honestly brought tears to my eyes as I felt so small under the vast greatness of God's creation.  His love and power was overwhelming.  I read a lot of verses that weekend about God's stars, creation and power.  I don't know if I've truly grasped the meaning of these words until this weekend.  Its really just pure awe and wonder.

He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Psalm 147:4

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Psalm 8:3-4

Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing. Isaiah 40:26

If you ever need to be put in your place just go take a glimpse of the night sky (especially a Mountain view one) - thats all it will take.

There is something so precious about a few days away, I cherished every moment and I'm so thankful for the chance to do it.  

Hope you guys had an amazing weekend!  Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Hey Megan, thank you so much for stopping by today!

    Your photos really captured the trip your family took! Looks like you had a blast! I especially love the photo of Justin holding Silas where it looks like Silas is giggling about something secret...

    The scripture at the end gave me the chills. :) Thank you for sharing them.

    1. Thanks so much Emily - I love that pic of them too :). I just couldn't get over how beautiful the sky was and couldn't keep those verses out of my head. I'm sure that when those verses were written the skies were incredible, seeing that just really brought those words to life for me. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  2. Beautiful pictures! You got some great family photos! Whenever we attempt a self timer family photo Harrison is usually looking any where but the camera, so needless to say, yours look about 100x better than ours ever do. Hope you had a great vacation!

    1. Thanks so much Brittaney! I have to tell you I was astounded at how cooperative he was for these because we have never gotten him still long enough to get any kind of family shot. For some reason the beeping on the camera and the flashing light caught his attention and we just turned it into a game, I'm sure that was a fleeting moment though :) haha!

  3. These pictures are breath taking!! Love how you captured creation. There really is something amazing about a night sky away from the city lights, so each star shines so brightly. :) Your family is beautiful. I stopped by and followed from Covered in Grace.


    1. Wow, thanks so much Falen! So true about the night sky - it was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Thanks for stopping by and following!

  4. Looked like you guys had an amazing time! Those views! Amazing!
    PS: Your hair is looking GORGEOUS! ;)

    1. Oh my gosh you are too sweet, that just made my day! Its funny, I think my hair was something I battled with my whole teenage life but I have finally accepted my waves and frizz (instead of trying to make it stick straight) and its been a great friendship ever since :) lol!

  5. Hi Megan! Thanks for linking up to my special About Me Pity Party last week. I loved reading about your family. What a fun getaway for you. Love all the pictures. It looks so pretty!