Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Big Cedar & Labor Day Weekend

With the advent of Adam's new job with CARTI, and the workload that we anticipated would await him upon his start date, we decided to get away to Big Cedar for a quick, quiet weekend together.  It was a beautiful weekend with beautiful blue clear skies, lush green grass and picturesque walking trails with waterfalls to take in.
We enjoyed dinner at Top Of The Rock which has fabulous views of the golf course and Table Rock Lake while a Scottish bagpipe played in the background as the stunning sun went down.
Saturday morning we slept in for a bit and woke up to this beautiful scene, grabbed breakfast at Devil's Pool Restaurant then headed off on one of their walking trails.
We ended up taking one of their golf cart tours of the caverns and falls and it was a nice little ride.
On our way back home on Saturday afternoon we stopped along the Buffalo River and were able to enjoy the beauty of the moment and spent some time praying together--praising God for all He has done in our marriage as He is redeeming us and forgiving us when we hurt each other; in the lives of our kids, and with Adam's job transition.   We also spent time asking God to go behind and before us as we embark on this new journey and to protect our marriage with a hedge of protection around us as Adam's responsibilities increase, his time and calendar fills up and as we are pulled in multiple directions with our kids and their activities.
We have always tried to keep a running list of answered prayers and times we feel like God has gone before us and been our Jehovah Jireh-"our Provider".  We lovingly call it "polishing our memorial stones" so we spent some time along the river bank thanking and praising God for who He is and what He's done in and through us, then headed back to Little Rock.  
Getting away together was a real refresher and one night wasn't long enough, thankfully my parents said the kids could spend another night with them and we were able to extend the weekend with a date night dinner at Ocean's.
We had planned to spend one last time at the lake as summer drew to a close and the kids enjoyed taking one last turn on the wakeboard, knee board and of course the tube.  It was fun just being together.
On Monday, we spent time with some good friends and their kids.  The boys were eager to shoot their shotguns and hand guns, practicing skeet shooting and enjoying being out in nature.  Being with good friends and living life alongside one another is a real gift.  We are so thankful for the Liver's. 

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