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Rest, Relaxation, and Minnie Mouse

20 Sep

This past weekend, David and I rented a cabin to getaway and recharge for our anniversary in a small town called Harper’s Ferry. It was relatively close to home but very much secluded with lots of nature surrounding it.

Of course NOW I wish I would have taken a picture of David’s truck with all of our stuff loaded up when we headed out, we completely over packed and it was a bit ridiculous for a weekend trip.

We got to the cabin and it was absolutely gorgeous! A log cabin, adorably decorated, in the middle of well, nothing much at all! It was perfect! We also got to take Gizmo on vacation with us for the first time! He loved it!

Friday night we had pizza pudgy pies over the fire and s’mores, and wine of course. Classy right?

We sat by the fire until about 8:30 when we heard a pack of coyotes that sounded wayyy too close for comfort and decided it’d be best for us to head inside to watch a movie instead.

Saturday we woke up and made Lazy Omelets for breakfast. These things are genius! A close friend of the family once told my parents how to make these and they have done them camping a lot now. They are great to make any time but especially when camping or tailgating because they are just too easy! All you do is crack 2 eggs into a Ziplock baggie, add in some shredded cheese and whatever toppings you want to mix in (mushrooms, peppers, onions, bacon, etc.) zip the baggie shut, and place it into a pan of boiling water for 15 minutes or so. Once they are done (no longer runny), they plop right out on to a plate. Try them! 🙂

After breakfast we went to a place called Effigy Mounds to hike on a trail there and see some history as well as some pretty awesome views!

Gizmo lead the way and we did a nice 3 mile trail followed by a picnic. The weather was so perfect and when you’d look up the leaves were literally falling around us. I could have stayed there forever.

Saturday night we planned to do steaks on the grill, mashed potatoes, corn, and wine for dinner.

About 8:00 we were just getting done eating and something caught the corner of my eye…

Something running down the side door’s trim…a mouse! A pesky, dirty, sneaky, crawly, speedy mama mouse!

I spent the next 2 hours standing on this dining room table’s chair holding Gizmo screaming my fair share while David scrambled to find, bait, and set traps.

We dealt with this mouse for what seemed like forever and never did trap it. After considering to head home as I was thoroughly creeped out and squeamish, we decided to tough it out.

We are pretty sure there was a nest of baby mice in the fold out couch mattress because that was where the mouse at one point grabbed a baby to try to get it out of the A/C unit (which is how the mouse got in in the first place). Did you know that mice reproduce exponentially? Is it wrong that I was, for a split second, jealous of this mouse’s fertility?! haha

Even with our little furry friend’s visit, we loved our trip. We saw lots of deer, got lots of relaxation in, and didn’t have to worry about a single responsibility.

The weekend came and went so quickly but it was really nice to just get away for a few days and take a deep breath.


Life is a Gift

19 Sep

I came across a Facebook page today with a story of a young woman who passed away from suffering a stroke during childbirth. Their little guy was 7 weeks early and the mom was taken from her family far too soon.

You may have heard about it as it’s been about a month after it was discovered by the media but this story really touched me and as I write this, tears fill my eyes.

Here’s a few articles on the story:

The tragic story

Jake Owen voices his sympathy (I’ll be seeing him in concert next week!)

I am so sorry for the family, husband, and baby boy of this young woman. The story and the strength of the father was a definite eye opener for me.

Some days I feel like the things I am struggling with are so awful, like it’s the end of the world. And although this battle is not an easy one, hearing stories like this puts life right back into perspective…

I wanted to share this on my blog today because it shows the incredible strength that people in the world have when they are faced with things that are bigger than anything I’ve ever had to endure.

Sometimes I feel like I take my life for granted because of the things I want so bad in the future.

I promise to you at this moment that I will forever be thankful and appreciate the good things in my life instead of sulking in the things that I don’t have at this moment.

I have the most amazing family that anyone could ask for; I have a loving husband, 2 sweet nephews, a devoted pup, and awesome friends. I can see, hear, taste, smell, feel, walk, run, cry, laugh, and smile. I am healthier than I was yesterday. I have a good job, a bed to sleep in, and food to eat. So how selfish is it of me to continue to feel sorry for myself because of the battle I am facing right now in my life when someone else in the world is going through something like this?

I can’t even imagine the pain he is feeling and the sadness that little boy will carry around with him.

But he continues to push on. His life changed forever that day but he’s picked himself back up, being a hero of a dad to his baby boy, and trying to sort through the unfair reality he’s been dealt with.

This story inspired me to take another look at where I am at today and the hardships I’ve been faced and reevaluate my life as if tomorrow was my last day.