Relax. Breathe. Reflect. Travel. Visit. Family. Sight-seeing. Fun, Fun, Fun.
All year, we work hard in our homes, our jobs, with all of the things we do in our busy lives. Finally comes that time we look forward to, dream about, anticipate. VACATION!!
This year, I was able to spend a week in the beautiful state of Tennessee, visiting my sister and her hubby. I tell ya, I just did not want to come home at all! It was beautiful, especially up in the Smoky Mountains! I could see the mountains from my sister’s home and we took a trip up and over the mountains into North Carolina. I was in awe of all the beauty that God provides for us. How can I look at sights so exquisite and not believe there is a God in Heaven who provides for us. These are just a sampling of what I saw. Some areas were much more colorful with the autumn leaves.
Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims handwork. ESV
We saw old things at a Harvest Festival held at the Appalachia Museum and heard lots of great Blue Grass music! And of course I couldn’t be in Sevierville without getting a picture of Sevierville’s own Dolly Parton statue. we went to shows and quilt shops, general stores and other little shops, and even got into the casino in Cherokee NC. And I even came home sporting a University of TN Volunteers t-shirt! Go Vols!
The thing that really struck a chord with me, though, was the warm friendliness of the people in Tennessee and the way they are so quick to honor our military veterans by going out of their way to stop and thank every one they see for their service! I lost count of the number of people who thanked my brother-in-law for his service in the Marine Corps, even a young 20-something girl who was taking our drink orders but made a point of thanking him before she would take our drink orders. I was really touched by how they feel and that they are so willing to show their gratitude.
Tennessee, I fell in love with you! I will be back! Good Lord willing, it will be on a permanent basis because it is a wonderful place to retire to.