Where the green grass grows and the stars shine brighter

It smells new.  Like fresh paint and wood.

A new house complete but waiting to be made a home.  Dishes put away and welcome mat laid down in anticipation of  friends and family come to visit.

It’s quiet but a very welcome calm.  And dark outside.

He takes a break from his work to walk to the front door and beckon me outside.  “I want to show you something”, he says.

Curiosity forces me out into the cold and down the dark front steps holding his hand so as not to stumble.

“Now look up.”

Glorious dark sky and too many stars to count.  Only One knows the number.  He who created them and little me.

They shine brighter here where the lights of the city can’t dull their brilliance and splendor.

It’s just too awesome!

And it’s just so humbling.

He determines the number of stars; he gives to all of them their names.  Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.  Ps. 147:4-5

Some time away is good for the soul.

Last week at this time I was at the beautiful Baird House Bed and Breakfast http://www.bairdhouse.com/ with my husband celebrating our 13th anniversary.  Crazy how time flys.  We had a wonderful time.  No, really.  It was WONDERFUL!  What’s not to love about waking up to the smell of bacon cooking and freshly brewed coffee while the mountain air breezily flows through the open windows and then having it graciously served to you?  A bed and breakfast is the way to go, in my opinion.  This was our second stay there and it did not disappoint.  We did some hiking and a little shopping, tried new foods at some great local restaurants, and had great conversation with Tom and Deede (host and hostess).

The last morning we were there we sat on a rock beside the river that runs right out in front of the b&b.  Cory read a book and I just breathed.  Yes, seriously.  It was warm and the air was fresh and I didn’t want to waste it!  Be.in.the.moment.

Mountain Breeze.
Breakfast the first morning.
Hiking trail off the Blue Ridge Pkwy.

Thanks to the post in the ground and the self-timer on my camera…a picture of the two of us!
Another self-timer pic. Apple pies and coke on the back porch of Mast General Store. We look weird.
Valle Crucis
The bearded man and me.  (iphone pic)