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Monday's musings

I woke up to the smell of apples and cinnamon baking in the house. In truth they weren't baking but simmering into yummy apple butter, thanks to the dedication of my dear husband! He made it his special project to finish off our apple stash from our recent trip to the orchard.  

This Monday I am so content to be home in our warm, apple-scented home, as the fall weather shows off with crisp air and chilly winds.  

After the unusually slow start to our day (I blame the cool temps for our late rising today!) I finally started feeling productive once the lunch dishes were put away.  

I've been feeling reflective this particular morning as I slowly puttered through my list of to-do's. A very un-Carrie thing to do. I'm not really a list kind of girl.  

But I wanted to share some of my musings.  

Our weekend. 

We had our very first family campout together! It was a perfectly chilly evening for it (temps dropped to 40) but the excitement on the boys faces (well, more so Jonah's!) made every cold moment of the adventure worth it. We decided to leave the camera at home since we would have plenty of other things to keep an eye on, but here are a few iphone snaps from our trip:

Headlamps! 

Headlamps! 

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Camp cocoa is the best. 

Camp cocoa is the best. 

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Cocoa for little hands. I just love our tin cups. 

Cocoa for little hands. I just love our tin cups. 

We enjoyed an early morning hike around the lake. 

We enjoyed an early morning hike around the lake. 

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First time shooting a BB gun for Oliver. 

First time shooting a BB gun for Oliver. 

My boys love to bring me flowers. I will always take whatever offering they give! 

My boys love to bring me flowers. I will always take whatever offering they give! 

I was a soup server for lunch (with our group we camped with). 

I was a soup server for lunch (with our group we camped with). 

Littlest were served first for lunch. Lucky for aleksandr.  

Littlest were served first for lunch. Lucky for aleksandr.  

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My main squeeze. No one I would rather adventure with.  

My main squeeze. No one I would rather adventure with.  

Truly it was a great weekend! I am eager to print a book of our photos.  

 

Scripture:

My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever. (Psalm 73:26) Amen! Isn't this great truth??

 

Readings:

Finally I wanted to share a blog post I have found to be so encouraging. I read this post back when we had miscarried, and today I read it again, and found it be just as encouraging. Walking through suffering is hard, but remembering what His truth is, is so important. I love how transparent the writer is in her own struggle with just being human, just feeling what you need to feel and bringing that to God. To read it, click the link below. I hope it's an encouragement to you too.

Talking myself through suffering

 

Now on to the rest of my Monday, I hear a little boy calling me that has just woken up from his nap. 

Happy Monday friends!

 

 

 

 

Bonjour

Well hello! Or good morning to you, as the title says. We were still feeling a little French, as we came back this week from a vacation in France.  

France. Really!  

It still seems surreal that we were really there. Like a dream!  

A few short weeks ago, Jonah surprised me (on our anniversary) with the news we were going to France. I was completely surprised and still remember my jittery, nervous, excited voice shakily saying,"whattt??"

A completely wonderful surprise. And I am so glad of how and when he told me, because the tickets were already purchased. There was no room for me to think through the long flight overseas. I know it's a silly thing to be nervous about, but that was one thing I feared about traveling overseas. This was to be my very first overseas flight! I was thrilled, and so thankful for this amazing gift. We were meeting up with my brother in law and his wife once we arrived, and  we were to leave in 3 short weeks.  

The preparation was quick, as I packed for the climate there, packed for our boys (that were staying with family here) and tried to wrap my mind around the fact that we were going to see Paris! Really? Just the two of us strolling along French countryside?  

I wanted to share some stories from our trip, and thought it would be fun to document them here.  

Another fun surprise from Jonah was that he rented the Fuji x100t for our trip. We shoot with a Nikon dslr typically, and the bulk and weight (with lenses) just make it rather cumbersome. It was hard to decide to only take the Fuji, since we weren't really familiar with it, and it has a fixed 35mm lense. No lense changing if we opted to only take it. However our choice to take just the Fuji was a great one! It was so lightweight, so quiet, so amazing with the dynamic range that we never missed our heavier friend at home. We liked it so much, we are thinking of investing in one. It's an amazing little camera.  

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We have yet to edit the hundreds of photos, but we loved that the Fuji had a wireless option, so we could share jpegs immediately (when there was wireless) on Instagram.  

Another great resource for our trip was this handy guide by Fodor's Travel. I picked it up in the library, and it even has a handy pullout map in the back. We referenced it often, and I also liked that there were several key phrases and words in the book to help us when we were a little lost in translations. Really though, we found that most French we spoke to knew some English. And honestly they were all very friendly. 

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I will be sharing some photos and stories, as soon as we get them edited. Meanwhile, I am still feeling the effects of jet lag! They are 6 hours ahead of us, and the fast pace we kept while over there (not to mention the different eating schedule) have thrown me for a loop being back at home. It was a lovely trip, and I am already missing the incredible food!  

Until next time! Au revoir! 

A little break {personal}

Yesterday we packed up a picnic and headed north. For as many years as we have lived in Georgia, we had never made the trip to Red Top mountain. If you live near Atlanta, this beautiful spot is so close it's silly. We live in the Kennesaw/Acworth area and have the advantage of two pretty parks near us—Kennesaw Mountain just to the south, and Red Top Mountain a few minutes north. And while we have made many trips to Kennesaw Mountain, I am not sure why we've yet to make a trip to Red Top. Too far of a drive? Too much work?
Well let me tell you it was fabulous. Beautiful, peaceful and quiet! Going on a weekday was wonderful because no one was there. It was just us, big sky, lots of trees, big rocks, play grounds and an open stretch of lake (read: lots of adventure and exploration for a family with boys). As far as all the above questions, it probably took us an extra 5 minutes to drive north. Yup, really. Why in the world did it take us so long to visit?

It's amazing what is around you when you just pack up and go. I think the actual going part was where we got stuck. With little ones, every place you go is kind of a big deal since it means a whole lot of packing and preparing to be sure you will be ready for anything. Even if it's only a 20 minute drive. That's just how it is as a parent! But visiting Red Top is worth it! And it's so close you won't need to worry about packing much. The beauty and seclusion makes you feel like you are on a retreat of sorts since you are tucked away among the trees and lake and rocks. It's a perfect outing for anyone that needs a little break from the busyness of suburban life. Now to be on the lookout for a pair of kayaks...