Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Trip to Lake Lure, NC

What I really wanted for my birthday was to get away and see some fall color. I would rather make memories than get more stuff that I don't need any day. So, we decided to take a little trip to our friends' cabin in Lake Lure, NC. The colors were just starting to come out and I imagine the trees will be beautiful in about 2 weeks, but it was enough for me. I think our lives are too complex. The simplicity of this trip reminded me of the beauty of God's creation in so many different ways. Family. Nature. Lakes. Windy Roads. Small town people. Board Games. Ice Cream Shops. Honey and Homemade jam. I loved it. I'm so glad we had the chance to go.



We decided to take a little tour of the lake to see all of the beautiful houses that you can't see from the road. We also wanted to take Noa on her first boat ride! Even though the tour was an hour long, she was perfectly content until the very end. She loved feeling the wind when the boat would go faster, and she entertained everyone on the boat with her contagious smiles. There were a few older couples who didn't have grandkids yet and didn't think they would anytime soon. I thought to myself, 'This is right. This is good. Children are a heritage from the Lord and there is no greater joy.' What a blessing our little Noa is.




This was a view out the front of the boat (obviously). Some of the homes on the lake had this view and while a picture could never capture it, it was spectacular. I bet they're on their porches constantly when the leaves are at their peak and the sun is setting... What a beautiful God.

Here we are eating at an Italian restaurant for my birthday lunch. I wanted to stay and have the Tirimisu (I'm totally not into birthday cake - yuck), but Noa wouldn't play along. She would fuss unless we were standing up with her - and that got old even in spite of the view. But the food was GOOD! And Noa liked my pop. :) (Just kidding. I didn't give her any. She's been really into cups and bottles lately though...)

8 comments:

G-Metal, Coco and Angel Face said...

Awwwwww!! What an awesome vacation! HAPPY HAPPY Birthday too!!! I agree with you 100%, this is the best way to spend a birthday. I'm going to imagine that it was 60 degrees in NC and not 90, like it is here today... I hope you can do an awesome family trip every year!! Also- love that you're still calling pop- pop... I think I finally started calling it soda after living here for 5 years or so, couldn't handle the people asking me WHAT is pop. :)

Nickel Mom said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GIRL! I've been thinking of you this week! We're in Michigan and LOVING the beautiful trees. I have never seen such a beautiful fall! Everything is so BRIGHT and beautiful. The weather has been warm as well....like sunny and 75! So pretty! I was so happy THIS was the 2 weeks we came! Mark found another job and we've rented out our Indiana home! We're looking for a rental in Lansing, MI to move back as soon as we can. We're VERY excited to be back with family and friends! I can't wait!! God is GOOD and answering our prayers! It's so amazing how Mark got a job offer and we were able to get renters all in the first two days of being in MI....a week before Mark's other job would end. Now this gives a week to look at homes in Lansing too! WOW! PERFECT timing!! :) Hope all is well! Looks like a fun trip! You have to come to MI for the MOST beautiful colors though! :) Love you!

Lindsay said...

This is a great post. I'm so mad that I didn't bring my camera with me to Cadillac b/c it was beautiful. I have heard it said that the color of a leaf in teh fall is the leaf's truest color- much to be heard in that. So glad you had a lovely birthday. linds

Joey and Nikki said...

jacks, my girl... so true what you said here about the simplicity of life and the treasures we miss out on so often. Noa is growing and taking on such a look about her... i always say "baby Noa", i even referred to Zion as baby Noa:)
Feeling great purpose in seeing you guys next month...
nikki

The Weeks Family said...

wow, what a great way to spend your birthday. Quick question, though, what is pop? :)

Jenny said...

Thanks for sharing the photos of the trip! What a great time! :)

Joey and Nikki said...

jacks, i noticed your friend didnt know what pop was?? haha. not sure if she is from the south, but i cant tell you how many times i got that exact question, "what is pop"... it's definitely northern, not so much southern:)
shout out to the weeks family though!

The Eppers said...

I am so happy you had a wonderful birthday. I was totally excited for you when I read it, as well as a little jealous for a getaway of my own. Also, to the "What is Pop?" question, I have learned what that is since I have lived in Iowa. What's worse is I have, on occassion, been known to substitute the word Pop for Soda. Dreadful :p.