Zucchini Ponderings

Times have changed, today is my first day in a long time to really enjoy being at home.

I’m currently making mini zucchini muffins for a friend. His wife (and good friend of mine) is in the hospital. Pray for her, and thanks to those previously sent, she’s walking. God is good. 

What is it about baking and worship music, for me, that blend as beautifully as Autumn and spice?

I cannot wait until the trees start changing, although I’m all prepared for the beach again.
Two years…two years since I’ve seen those gorgeous multi-colored trees.
It’s hard to believe that.

I just heard a great song, I’m going to share it with you.

Why in the world did I think I could
Only get to know you when my life was good
When everything just falls in place
The easiest thing is to give You praise

Now it all seems upside down

‘Cause my whole world is caving in
But I feel You now more than I did then
How can I come to the end of me
And somehow still have all I need
God, I want to know You more
Maybe this is how it starts
I find You when I fall apart

Blessed are the ones who understand
We’ve got nothing to bring but empty hands
Nothing to hide and nothing to prove
Our heartbreak brings us back to You

And it all seems upside down

I don’t know how long this will last
I’m praying for the pain to pass
But maybe this is the best thing that
Has ever happened to me

You will find me when I fall apart



My last day was fabulous.
We left the cabin at 6:13a.m. to journey back home to Michigan. The ride was longer than we wanted it to be, more restless than it should have been, and more intriguing than I’d expected.
It’s awfully wonderful that my travel family lOves me so much they’ll keep taking me on trips 🙂
I am blessed beyond comprehension with them, I’m glad my parents give me freedom and opportunity to be exposed to a world far beyond complete reach. With just the little glimpse I’ve had of the world at only eighteen years old, I can’t imagine what I’ll see if I live to be ninety-two.
But, there’s something so comforting about this bed of mine, in my newly, crisp, fresh room; there’s something about hugging my own parents good night; there’s a safety and relaxation knowing I’m home.
I think in the end, all travelers get home-sick. Some more than others, but the point is still relevant.
*big sigh*
My week and a half of being home will be greatly induldged upon the moment my head hits this pillow…zzzzzzzz

Tying up

Everything that Tennessee an my traveling family have given me the opportunity to do must sadly come to an end. Today is my last full day here and after a week of adventures I am ready to be back.
From BBQ to aquariums to hiking and parcoring from shopping and swimming to gorgeous car rides and church; Tennesse is truly amazing (especially because Pigeon Forge has Tutti Frutti)
What will my last days adventures consist of…

Well that’d be fun…

*went parcoring in the smokies
*sat in a rushing river in Gatlinburg
*set foot on the Appalachian trail
—-now that was a striking thought.
I talked to a couple who was currently hiking the Smokies part of the appalacian trail. The young woman had already hiked other parts before, so officially on Monday she will have completed from Georgia to 24(?) miles into Virginia. Now having climbed up Clingman’s dome and seeing the Smokies from the highest point in Tennessee, I learned some facts; the Appalachian trail is 2100 miles long and spans from Georgia to Maine…
It’s rugged and hard and it’s good to be in shape for such an adventure, the thought kurplunked into my brain, “I should hike a portion before I die”
So, there it is blogland, a new addition to my bucket list 🙂

Bubbling Brooks

So, here I am sitting on a rock bench, listening to the water rush and the streets rumble with busy people.
It is supposed to be really hot today, so maybe swim suits are on the “essential list”.
This morning I woke up, ate breakfast, did my Pilates on the back porch, relaxed by the bubbling brook. I love the peaceful water here, it’s a travel machine; I don’t even feel like it’s Tennessee!!
Last night was a relaxing time after our day at the Biltmore; we went to an authentic Mexican restaurant called La Chapala. I was tempted to speak Spanish but decided not to, there was just some vibe that it would look as if I was bragging or showing off to my travel family.
Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to get over it and tryy Spanish elsewhere.
It is pretty humid in the Smokeys!! Sometimes it reminds me of Panama!
My adventure shall continue as I encounter another day of swashbuckling and possible death.

Cliffs and frozen yogurt

Guest Blogger: Lizzie
Somethings changed, there’s a growing desire within me, it’s all I think about…it haunts me…in the middle of the night I dream of it, I smell it, taste it, feel it on my tongue tickling every sensation, others are disgusted by it…I want you Tutti Frutti

So go look up Tutti Frutti on Google, it really is true how Lizzie described it! I am amazed how it intoxicates your thoughts.
The day started out with a quaint breakfast at our cabin that allows an adorable escape from tourist town.
We went out to Cades Coves and The Sinks to do some cliff jumping. I jumped off a 35+ foot cliff, so invigorating and adrenaline pumping! Panama’s cliff jumping was amazing but this was even higher and I was hyped!!
We drove back to Pigeon Forge to eat an astoundingly fantastic dinner…then we headed to Tutti Frutti to indulge our souls!
The roads and rivers an trees and mountains consume you and it’s overwhelming beauty is wonderful.
The only time I can post is if we are in town and I have wi-fi, so I probably will post little spurts just like I have been.
The people here are so sweet, just like their delicious tea 🙂