Nestled in a valley in the northern part of Vermont, my parents have this awesome view from their brand new deck in the back of the house. Now that my dad is retired, he finally had some time to put it on and this was the first summer we could actually sit outside and enjoy this view. Now if only we could do something for the crazy horseflies that insist on eating us, I mean with us, at the table. For anyone interested, he has plans to sell the house in the near future. Vermont winters have become too much for them and they have some land in North Carolina where they will build their new house.
We have to leave today. We only arrived Thursday and spent a wonderful few days swimming in the pool, wading in the stream in Jeffersonville, eating creemees, and catching up with family members that we had not seen in over six months. I even played my flute in church yesterday, bringing back memories of the days when I would play every Sunday with whomever the song leader was at the time. I had prayed it would be a blessing to everyone yesterday, and I know God answered my prayer.
Overall, this vacation has been very relaxed, and I have seen some other answers to prayer which have been a great encouragement. God is faithful to His children and does wonderful things even through the tough times.
Who knows if this will be the last summer we get to spend as a family in this house, in the valley of the green, rolling hills. I have a sense that things will never be the same here, though good or bad, God has a master plan. I pray He will give me the grace to deal with whatever changes lie in the future of my family. I have greatly enjoyed our time this year, and will always hold dear the wonderful memories this place played in my life. Now, back to the grind of real life. The highlight of the day though is the fact that thirteen years ago, I got to hold my firstborn son in my arms for the first time, but that is another blog yet to come. May the Lord watch over you all today, and bless your time with all of your families!