A Jaunt To The Smokey Mountians

This trip starts with a phone call at 1:30 am. My heart pounds because the only time the phone rings in the middle of the night is when something's wrong, right?

Well, it's Ashley who is at her first year of Johnson Bible College and she just wants to talk because she misses me.   She misses home, family, tastes and smells.  So we chat.

The next day, I call her dad and brothers and say, "hey, let's meet at the cabin, pick up Ashley along the way and spend a few days.  She has four days off coming up and that will tide her over until Thanksgiving.

This is the beauty of entrepreneurship.  We all own our own businesses and the boys are not married yet, so we are all free to pick up, grab our laptops and off we go.  We head to the Smokey Mountains.   I took my sister, Regina, with me.

The dress code is lounging, and the line up of events are relaxing.

Little did I know that Andrew and Scott, my sons, had agreed among themselves not to shave in October and November to see who could grow the longer beard (and guys talk about girls being weird?)  Well, I never grew used to it and I'm hoping they'll have it out of their system, have a winner declared and shaved in time for Christmas pictures…. but if not, oh well. 

We played some pool…

We played Bananagrams (super fun word game)…

We watched some football…

The girls baked chocolate chip cookies…

Many naps were taken…

The girls enjoyed the jaccuzi tub…

Many conversations, meals and cups of tea, and games of chess… on the balcony of our cabin overlooking the mountains…. the weather was gorgeous (warm actually)

We hiked Laurel Falls trail… and stopped by the Smokey Mountain National Park Visitors Center…

We spent a few hours in Gatlinburg, visiting some galleries, stopping for coffee and ice cream and taking in the sites…

I fixed Ashely's family favorite dinner…

We watched a movie…

There was pillow fight…

Many hugs and laughs and memory making which is what it's all about.

And it was time to leave already… 4 days go fast …. but it was great for all of us to reconnect. 

 

We love you Ashley!  Until Thanksgiving… study hard…. remember who you are in Christ and what an incredible human being, daughter, sister, friend and granddaughter you are.  We'll see you again soon!  And try not to miss me at 1:30 in the morning (just kidding)… but of course, you can call anytime, no matter what time it is.

 

 

 

 

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