Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Autumn Camping

Are you enjoying this Autumn weather? 
Have you tried camping during cooler weather?
On the road . . .

Over the weekend we headed down to the Stone Mountain Park. This weekend was peak weekend for much of the eastern area. Gorgeous reds, yellows, oranges and browns highlighted the rugged mountains of West Vriginia, Virginia, and North Carolina. It was like basking in a vivid rainbow forest of color.

Tent set up
Gramps and grandson checking out their "necessary equipment"

Once we arrived at our destination, we began setting up camp. There were around nine different families from the elderly in their eighties to our grandson who is two. Grandson Jonathan and Gramps pulled out our tent and soon had it erected.

Once the sun set, a fire was built in the pit and we took turns roasting hotdogs. Lots of chatter, and speculations ran high whether the bear spotted earlier would reappear. (They're a roving animal.)

Gramps, grandson, and I "hit the hay" early. We'd made provisions for the cool weather with warm sleeping bags, a proper heater, and bathroom facilities close at hand. Grandson Jonathan was excited and woke up twice during the night to zip down a tent window to stare at the fire and stars. He was hoping (not knowing what he hoped for!) to spot a bear! The only one we saw was in the park office, and it was plenty impressive. :)

After a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, toast, hash browns, and crispy pancakes--all cooked over an open flame, most of us headed to the mountains, some to the water fall and others on a longer hike up the mountain. Because of our two-year-old, we elected for the shorter route.
Headed to the falls, walking over some beautiful stone slabs!

The top of the falls

A nice couple took this picture for us. 
What a stone chimney is doing out in the woods near the top of a mountain, is beyond me.
Didn't have time to run down the answer, but enjoyed it just the same. 

Did we have fun? You bet.
Just prepare ahead of time: food, water, warm clothes. 
Take along the proper equipment and know how to use it.
Use your head and don't take chances.
If you do all that, and more, you'll be like us:
wanting to go back again. And again. 

About the author:
Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons? 

Monday, October 20, 2014

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Coming up this week:

Musing Monday: How God Works with Guest Blogger Alexis A. Goring

Tidbit Tuesday:with Carole Brown

Woven Wednesday: Recipe from Jodie Bailey

Thoughtful Thursday: Book Review by Jennifer Fromke

Fun Friday: Confessions of a Book Crier by Amber Schamel

Sit-Down Saturday: Author Interview by Catherine Castle

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How God Works with Guest Alexis A. Goring

I moved to the Midwest years ago to take my first big break in Journalism. I worked for a small-town newspaper that covered news countywide. I enjoyed all of the people I met while covering story events. I liked the details of everyday life such as how at the gas station, the attendant pumps your gas for you every single time or how the workers at the grocery store were so helpful and nice. Most of all, I loved the fresh mountain air and breathtaking scenery.

However, my stay in the Midwest did not last too long—I arrived in late-Autumn and took a one-way flight home just in time for Christmas. The classic song, “I’ll be Home for Christmas” has a whole new meaning for me since then and my experience in the Midwest, while wonderful, gave me a whole new appreciation for the city life and being home surrounded by family and friends who’ve known me forever.

God taught me a lesson on faith while I was in the Midwest, many lessons in fact but one of my favorites was in what God did with my fully furnished, beautifully decorated apartment that my mom—who took off time from work to help me relocate—and I bought from the city which was a one-hour drive away from where I lived. We spent more than a thousand dollars making my little apartment beautiful, cozy and warm.

So when it was time to return home, I only had a few days after my last day of work to pack up and take care of business matters. I was not able to sell the furniture or get reimbursed for anything I bought to furnish my apartment.  Needless to say, I was upset because I’d spent so much money and it looked like it was wasted.

But with God, nothing is wasted. So on the morning of my flight, I said goodbye to my apartment an every item essential to daily living that filled it, left the keys to my place on the kitchen counter and locked the door behind me. Fast forward to a few months after I had settled into my original home, I called my landlord who owned the apartment house I had lived in during my time it he Midwest and inquired about what happened to all of the items I had to leave behind.

My landlord told me that not too long after I took my flight home, there were newlyweds who just arrived in town and could not afford to buy a place to live much less furnish an apartment. They could only afford to pay rent. So my former landlord offered my fully furnished apartment for the newlyweds and they took it.

Now the funny thing is, my mom was right. My mom was the only person who was not upset about “losing” all of that money spent on furnishing the apartment. She told me, “Maybe God knows someone else needs it.” Since this happened at Christmastime, I felt like God used my mom and I to give a practical and beautiful Christmas gift to well-deserving people in need. Ultimately, I believe God used my situation to bless someone else and it made me feel good and gave me insight into how God works.

God can work in your life just as He’s worked in mine. Just trust Him. He’s a good Heavenly Father and He’s always watching out for His children. The Bible says the Lord takes care of the sparrows and He will take care of you (Matthew 6:26-34)! So be encouraged to know God is always working behind the scenes for you and will work everything out for your good (Romans 8:28).

Alexis A. Goring is a college graduate with a degree in print journalism from Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland. Writing is her passion. She hopes that her stories will touch hearts, bring smiles to faces, and inspire minds to seek God whose love for humanity is unfailing. Alexis loves connecting with her readers! Follow Alexis on Twitter @pennedbyalex, “Like” her Author page on Facebook, visit her official website, and read her blog, “God is Love”.