My sweet husband recently surprised me with tulips, my favorite flower.
I don’t know how anyone could study the intricacies of even one bloom and not believe in a creator.
From Paul Tripp’s What Did You Expect?:
God places lilies next to rocks. He places trees next to streams. He causes bright sun to follow a dark night. He made the muscles of a lion and the delicacy of the wing of a hummingbird. One way God establishes beauty is by putting things that are different next to each other. Isn’t this exactly what God does in marriage? He puts very different people next to each other. This is how he establishes the beauty of a marriage. The moon would not be so striking if it hung in a white sky; in the same way, the striking beauty of a marriage is when two very different people learn to celebrate and benefit from their differences and to be protected from their weaknesses by being sheltered by the other’s strength.
I’m so behind on this whole blogging thing these days. Any spare time is used for knitting. At the moment I have some quiet, uninterrupted time but my knitting project is upstairs, and I’m too lazy and comfortable under this warm blanket to go get it. So blogging it is:
A few weekends ago, Paul and I headed up to North Carolina to spend the weekend with my parents at their mountain cabin. Because it’s such a long trip, we both took Friday off and left after work on Thursday. We enjoy road trips together, but it was a late night and we were both pretty tired when we arrived at midnight.
The next morning we rode over to Blue Ridge, Georgia, in a pretty dense fog. We had a big breakfast at Mercier’s Orchards, and let me tell you, there are some folks out there who are pretty crazy about apples. Seriously, it was an apple frenzy. The place was full of senior citizens who clearly thought that was their last chance on earth for a good apple.
They were dropped off by the busload, and there was no stopping them. We browsed as best we could, and I was pretty relieved when we got out of there. The fog had lifted by then:
The next stop was downtown Blue Ridge where Mom and I stopped in several shops while Dad and Paul found comfortable places to sit and wait on us.
After a tasty lunch, we went back to the cabin for some down time. You guessed it: I used that time to knit.
That night Caroline and her boyfriend met us for supper and then stayed the night at the cabin with us. We had the most relaxing Saturday eating lunch downtown, visiting a little farmers market, watching football, and hanging out.
On Sunday it was time to head south again, and we stopped in Atlanta to visit IKEA. It felt like I was back in Europe, but this time I didn’t have to do the Euro/dollar conversion. We took our time in the maze there, and then had a yummy lunch at a nearby Yard House. It was bright and clear on the drive home. Paul drove, I snoozed for a little while and then woke to knit.
What a fun weekend it was! Beautiful weather, a taste of fall, family, a comfortable cabin, football, good food…. I’m so thankful for all of it.
from What Did You Expect?