We decided to take advantage of Jeremy being unemployed and run away to the mountains for a while. We knew we would be without power at the cabin for 4 of the days we were there but that didn’t stop us, we are adventurers, didn’t you know that?
A couple things that might have made the trip a little easier: if the solar charger we took had actually worked and if I had remembered to bring up peanut butter and Jelly to eat with all the bread we took so I wouldn’t have to cook over the fire the entire time. Thank goodness I did think to make a tray of brownies and muffins the night before we lost power so we snacked on those the entire time.
We had a lot of fun exploring. At one point we were the only ones in the whole cabin area so we decided to hike through all the other lots and find the best swings. The kids had a blast taking pictures on all the chairs and swings they found. We walked back to the cabin by following the creek. This might have been a bit much for the kids since I had to carry Gwen on my shoulders half the way.
We found a discarded hammock in the road at one point and decided to hang it up and enjoy it. (PS if anyone up there finds they are missing it just let us know. We took it inside so it wouldn’t get ruined.) I always hurt myself at the cabin at least once, this time it was a minor rolled ankle the first day. Lucky for me however I was in good company this time when Jeremy decided to get onto the hammock and flip all the way over. Deeds was really impressed since daddy didn’t drop his brownie while doing it. He was a bit sore the next day but that didn’t stop him from hiking up to the upper meadow with just Deeds and Magpie.
We did a lot of crafts and I think the kids favorite was making rock monsters. Gwen was really excited when during a hike she found some wild raspberries. She picked the poor bush dry and didn’t leave any for the other critters in the forest. Gwen and I would sit and sing songs and play on the hammock for hours. My favorite is while we were spelling things out. I asked her if she could spell tree for me. Her reply, “N-O-P-E, nope I won’t.” Such a little smart aleck. She had her daddy laughing quite a bit with that one.
I always feel such peace when at the cabin, and am eternally thankful for my Great Grandparents for establishing it back in 1954! We needed a break as a little family to spend time without the worries plaguing us at the moment and this was the perfect escape together. While there was some stress without the electricity there was also a lot of laughter and memories that we won’t soon forget.
The kids would talk about how much Annabelle had loved it up there and I think it was healing to go up there right after loosing her so that they could remember happy memories. I couldn’t look at the spot by the fire where she would sleep without thinking of her snoring and cozy.
Now it’s back to life. Wonderful blessings have happened before we left. We were able to sell Jeremy’s car for a small profit that allowed us to catch up on some bills and then an unexpected gift from some friends will help us get the kids ready for their school year (they have grown like WEEDS). We approach this fall with optimism. Jeremy didn’t get the job we were hoping for but we know if we keep working hard things will turn around. This weekend reminded us to focus on what is most important, our little family and the Lord.