In 2012 we received the delightful news that our daughter and son-in-law and four children, who live in faraway Nevada, would be making an autumn visit to us here in New Hampshire. We got busy making plans!
One plan we made was something that had seemed like an impossible dream to us. For many years we have loved spending time at a small rented cabin on Back Lake in the Great North Woods of our state. We had often thought how wonderful it would be if we could bring a number of our children and grandchildren here, but it would have necessitated several cabins and that seemed far beyond our means.
In spring 2012 we were staying at our favorite cabin and we mentioned our dream to the owner. Now, on the same property are two large, beautiful log cabins that we'd never considered staying in; we felt they were completely out of our price range. The owner took took a brochure and showed us that if we all stayed in the larger of those two cabins, we could probably afford to stay for a couple of nights. He even took us on a tour of the cabin so we could see for ourselves how there would be room for everyone.
After taking some time to pray and think more about it, we saw God work things out for us to book the cabin for three nights, making it a long weekend.
So that's what we did! Fifteen of us -- three couples and nine kids -- converged upon this lovely cabin on a perfect fall weekend.
|Little Micah, just 1 year old|
|And here with his aunt Carrie|
|Lots of time was spent in and about the various boats! This is Emily.|
|Lots of time spent at the fireplace as well! Sam with his mommy and daddy|
|Auntie Jojo reads to many!|
|At the playground across the road!|
|Some posed family photos were taken as well. Clay and Jo.|
|The two oldest grandgirls discovered a love for kayaking!|
A Mini Christmas. That night, we had a sort of snack supper with appetizer=type foods. We brought a string of lights and a mini Christmas tree, and for that meal I brought some Christmasy paper place mats. It was so much fun!
Lift Up Your Eyes. It's a lesson that has stayed with me.
|The kids (and Carrie) enjoyed this ledge at the top of the road.|