We went out of town a few weeks ago...long trip for a short (sorta long) weekend. (Short when you drive 20 hours roundtrip and only spend 3 days there.) But that's how schedules work...and the way school is now, there's NO WAY I'm pulling them from school unless I have too. The last time I did that for a funeral, the amount of makeup work was astranomical. Crazy! Anyway, it was fall break and we went to visit family...and celebrate all 4 of our fall birthdays. :) Hunter got a new fishing pole and tackle box...we had to go try it out!
We took a drive down to Amish country...boy how I wish it had just been the 2 of us. I would have loved to stop along the road for some pictures. Fall was at it's peak. But I didn't want to inconvienence everyone. I did get a kid shot...and something I can't post that I'm going to turn into a Christmas gift! :)
We live in a beautiful state. Not just outer beauty, (which is awesome), but inner beauty. We saw it last year during the flooding in Nashville. The people that came out to help, to volunteer. It was incredible. Well, 3 weeks ago, we were able to help our locals in need. And it was truely inner beauty at its best. Our local church WAS GIVEN a tractor trailer FULL of food...to give out. We took the kids down to help...it was all hands on deck with a massive amount of food to pack up and hand out. The line started early...much earlier than any of us expected. The sad part of it was that this food "helpout" was not advertised and hundreds came...the amazing part is that the food boxes never stopped. For every car that came, every car went away with food...nonstop for over an hour and a half. Car after car after car...I wanted to feel sad for all these people that waited in line FOR FOOD...but then the gratitude, the hesitant smiles, the Thank You's...words cannot describe the feelings we walked away with. Thank you Second Harvest Food Bank for feeding our souls that day!
...to the sweetest little boy I know. May you always want my help, always give me hugs and always be a wise guy! Our conversation yesterday: Hunter, what do you want for your birthday dinner? For dinner I want ice cream and dessert, I want Pizza Hut...Oh and don't forget to get me my sweatshirt. Me: Do you have another $20? (He wants an Under Armour sweatshirt and only has $20...and has already been given his birthday present.) He says "No, just use Maison's money!"
On our way home from The Preachers Treehouse I knew we'd be driving right by the turnoff for Rock Island State Park...and with the leaves starting to turn, I wanted to go back. It was a beautiful way to end our day!
Our first stop was actually a lookout halfway between the treehouse and Rock Island. Perfect.
Thank you for indulging me "my family day" ♥
Look in almost the exact center of the picture...what do you see?
Kayakers, several of them!
Always the wise guy!
Perspective on distance/people!
What an awesome family day we had. I want a repeat...soon!
I was in desperate need of a family day last week. We had been going nonstop for weeks with work, visitors and just every day life. Sometimes I just need a time out...a time out to soak in some family time. I know that some day I won't have it, so I make sure to appreciate the time when I can get it.
I had seen a little blub on the internet about The Preacher's Treehouse. There's not much out there about it and maybe that's a blessing. For those that stumble upon it are in for such a treat. We packed a lunch and headed out on our 2 hour drive. After many "are we there yet" and "how much longer's", we finally found arrived at The Preachers Treehouse...and let me just say, it was amazing. I found very little information on the internet about it. It's almost like it's a secret, hidden treasure for those who stumble upon it.
From what I've learned, it was (and still is being) built by a Baptist preacher that was guided to this spot to build the treehouse. I haven't found out how long he's been building it, but it's still a work in progress. It's all built with recycled or donated wood, from old barns, sheds and scrap wood. He's put about $12,000 of his own money into it, mainly for nails. :) When the leaves fall, the tree branches are supposed to form a cross. Oh, and it's roughly 10 stories tall with the top peak! I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves.
There's a service each Sunday at 1pm
The sound of his flute echoed through the air...almost spiritually soothing
Awesome lawn chair swing!...excess wood waiting to be nailed in the background
We never did figure out why there are doorknobs up there :)
The animal whisperer strikes again! Animals LOVE him!
Don't wait for "some day"...go out and find your hidden treasure!
I received a text the other day that said "casual senior pictures are due tomorrow, can you take them today?" ...the typical mother that gets the "I need cupcakes for tomorrow" at 8pm conversation...from a high school senior. Good to know THAT'S not going to change anytime soon! ;) So we met up and got it done!
My first time with a "group" of kids...more than 2 or 3!...I think herding cattle would have been easier! :) And next time, I will remember to pack bribery candy! That was a hard lesson to learn! I came home needing a nap and being greatful that I only have 2 kids. :)