El’s Rabbit Trails: Fun Friday post

Those of you who have been reading my quiet little blog since its inception may notice that I changed the title from El’s Reading Room to Reading in Between the Life. I made the change after a whole week without reading anything longer than a blog post or magazine article because life. Life stuff crowded out my time to read.  Sometimes you have to put down the book and gaze at the things and people in front of you.

I rarely go a week without reading at least half a book, but over the past seven months, there have been several book-free weeks as our family journeyed through hard things: some big, some small, and others monumental. You know; the kinds of things that no one posts pictures of on social media, but that we all go through.

Our family vacation this past week was one of the best vacations we’ve ever had, and I suspect it was so enjoyable and refreshing because we all needed it so very much. There are few places I’d wager that are more beautiful than the landscapes you’ll find on the Georgia-Tennessee border, so I thought I’d wrap up this week with some stunning views before I delve back into a couple of bookreviews next week. First up, mountain streams with water so clear I couldn’t help but stop to dip my toes in:

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But of course, to get to a couple of those places, we had to hike a little. Up:

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Up:

 

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That’s my man up there in a cave I was too scared to climb up into.

 

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I didn’t take this picture. Too scared, remember?

 

But the climb is worth it:

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Whoever said jogging around on suburban sidewalks works you out never hiked in the mountains before:

 

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What you don’t see is my husband at the opposite end of the bridge bouncing to freak me out or my daughter annoying me by taking my picture in the first place.

We’re back now, back to the reality of life, laundry, business, and best of all, books!

Have a great weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “El’s Rabbit Trails: Fun Friday post

  1. Robyn says:

    “…as our family journeyed through hard things: some big, some small, and others monumental. You know; the kinds of things that no one posts pictures of on social media, but that we all go through.”

    … that some of us are still journeying through. I believe these trying, difficult and even sometimes hurtful experiences as a family, will draw us closer … help us to know each other better. If we dig in and press harder; instead of giving up on each other … we’ll get the reward of deeper intimacy with others and God. KUDOS to you and your family for digging in GF!

    Lovely pic of your feet, gorgeous!! You know how some people say they are “good with faces so they remember them?” Well, I’m good with feet LOL!

    Thanks for the scenery, I’m VERY visual and enjoyed the heightened olfactory pleasure of the forest and the stream this morning!! (it brought it brought tears to my eyes. We’re from southern Ontario, a land of many forests and streams and of course the Great Lakes. We’ve been in the prairies for almost 10 years now…. I seriously doubt I will ever lose the peace I feel from the water and forests.)

    … your husband shaking the bridge … too funny, what a jokester he must be!! That’s awesome.

    Great weekend back to you!

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  2. Bike Bubba says:

    That is pretty–I’m reminded a bit of the Ouachita mountains near my dad’s home in Hot Springs, Arkansas. And of the need to wear heavy sunscreen when I hike there, not just because I’m fishbelly white (although I am), but also because it reduces the odds that I’ll get poison ivy. :^)

    And for me, beautiful landscapes are a lot like BBQ. Which is the best? I dunno, but can I have some more?

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  3. Elspeth says:

    … that some of us are still journeying through. I believe these trying, difficult and even sometimes hurtful experiences as a family, will draw us closer … help us to know each other better. If we dig in and press harder; instead of giving up on each other … we’ll get the reward of deeper intimacy with others and God. KUDOS to you and your family for digging in GF!

    Wise words, Robyn, and thanks.

    Lovely pic of your feet, gorgeous!! You know how some people say they are “good with faces so they remember them?” Well, I’m good with feet LOL!

    LOL, when I was 16 I no doubt would have said my legs were my best feature. By 25, my lips, thanks to my husband. By 30, my decolletage. Babies don’t ruin EVERYTHING about your figure.

    Now I’m at the tail end of my mid-40’s and I’m showing off my pedicured feet, ROFL!

    And yes, my man is a playful guy and a jokester. Not all the time, of course, but enough that life with him is -truly, genuinely- never boring.

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  4. Elspeth says:

    And for me, beautiful landscapes are a lot like BBQ. Which is the best? I dunno, but can I have some more?

    I know! I try to get as excited about the Florida shoreline (I’m especially partial to beachside sunrises), but it’s just not quite the same as the mountain views.

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  5. Robyn says:

    “Now I’m at the tail end of my mid-40’s and I’m showing off my pedicured feet, ROFL!”

    I know, right!!

    Hearth: I second that demand! (… and I want mine to be fashioned after the Police Box!)

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