I’m back, and back with lots of linky love!

Yep I am back from a week’s long V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N!!!!  I know you didn’t even know I was gone, that is what makes blogging so mysterious. 🙂

I had a wonderful, awesome, great, fun, RELAXING vacation.  Can you tell I am still excited about it!

For those of you who read my blog regularly like sweet Mimi( who takes the greatest pictures of her kids!) at He and Me and 3, you know I am a busy momma!

I was reading about Faith’s summer vacations at Gold in the Clouds and really felt the same way she did, about having a time of rest.  She said that God is in the restoration business, and I thought to myself if I am so busy, I can so easily miss His restoration Power!   But I am also smart enough to know that everyone needs some down time, and a time of reflection, renewal, and time to refocus.  And that is just what this vacation provided for us.

I am thankful for time to get away with my family.  We traveled to the Adirondacks in upstate NY.  It’s a perfect example of God’s marvelous handiwork!  We visited Ausable Chasm, a beautiful example of God’s beauty.  We also went tubing down a river with pretty impressive rapids, and yes I screamed as I went through them on a tube!

We camped together in a tent, and played lots of ping pong, ate smores, and survived a rainy night in the tent.  We then made our way to a motel on Lake George.  We hiked a 4,000+ mountain and did lots of kayaking.  I even read a book, nothing like Linda at Mocha with Linda, she is such an avid reader, but I was happy to get A book read!

We loved the beauty of the area, we were so far North at one point we were close to the Canadian border, I thought about hoping the border to visit my favorite Canadian blogger, Susanne at Living to Tell the Story

There were so many of you that I missed reading this week, I always appreciate the spiritual insight and encouragement I get from Alicia at Confessions of a Snowflake, and my dear friend Beautiful Grace.

But, before you know it I will be back and school along with my other fellow, special ed teacher blogger, Beth at Walk a Mile. But for now enjoy some of our vacation pictures. 🙂

SportTman and a friend jumping “off” the mountain

Ty and Ty jumping off the Mtn.

At the Ausable Chasm, we walked and drove over that bridge.  And yes I am afraid of heights!


kayakingThe kids had so much fun swimming at the base of this waterfall

Swimming in a waterfallThe top of Cascade Mtn.  I loved going up, coming down took me forever with my torn ACL knee…but I DID IT!

top of Cascade Mtn.Breakfast while camping

breakfast while campingView from the grounds of our motel

view from motel



  1. What a delightful vacation! So much fun and “down” time! I love the photo of the guys jumping off the mountain! Thanks for the shout out!

  2. You are too sweet to include me in your post. Thanks for the compliment. Looks like your vacation was alot of fun. I love that you are such an outdoorsy fun mom. I can do the sports but that is it. No camping for me. I need running water and heat or AC. Isn’t that terrible?
    Swimming at the waterfall had to be so cool though. Loved all the pictures. Glad you are back!

  3. You’re correct, I didn’t know you were gone! I just LOVE technology!!! 😉

    Thanks for praying for Fire. You can’t know how much it means to me. The stress test is scheduled for 9/9/09 and he also gets a monitor on that day, which stays on for a month. Fire is not impressed.

    I told him PVCs 15 years ago would have “spazzed” the doctor out, but the current thought is that they are benign unless there’s another underlying heart condition…that’s why all the tests. Fire is so excited about playing soccer this year for our public high school, and I don’t want this to interfere with his enthusiasm.

    Your friendship is precious!

    With Much Love…
    Beautiful Grace

  4. Your pictures are beatiful!! My husband and I would love to get back to that area. Moving to Indiana effectively limits our vacation plans to visiting family and friends in Pennsylvania and Maryland. But some day…

    We took family camping vacations there for years growing up. Then, I spent several summers at Word of Life as a teen, and my husband and I honeymooned in a small cabin in the Saranac region. So,your pictures brought back such a flood of wonderful memories!! I’m glad you had such a wonderful time!

  5. So glad you had a great time here in NY! and maybe next year will be the year we meet 🙂

    Cascade is one we haven’t done yet….maybe this fall I will talk my friend Candace into doing it with me…my family is sick of hiking with me…i tire them out 🙂

    ENjoy the rest of your summer. My first day back with my special kids is 9/11 altho my first day back (with no students) is 9/10.

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