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Monday, May 4, 2009

Family Bonding

Over the weekend, our family took off to the cabin in the beautiful mountains of the northern part of Pennsylvania-about a 4 hour drive. Although our kids are grown, a trip to the cabin is a wonderful opportunity to bond together as a family. As soon as we breathe in that mountain air we become relaxed and at ease, leaving the troubles and challenges of life behind. The cabin is very rustic, nothing fancy. But we always have a great time, regardless of the weather. Some of us are busy finding activities to do like fishing or hunting, or perhaps mountain biking or dam building in the stream. But some of us just like to relax by the fire, perhaps read or craft. We eat, play games, eat, talk, and eat some more.

When we go to the cabin, we always take our black lab, Mac (short for McKenzie). She loves the water! It usually takes her a few days to recuperate when we get home. She can occupy herself for hours in the stream as you will see on the video below. The kids brought their little Boston terrier. She had a great time and went home exhausted as well!

This year, there was something just a bit different about our trip. Last October, our daughter was married and has since moved to the Pocono area, nearly 3 hours from our home. So when our weekend was over, we parted ways. We came to our home and they went to their home. How sad!
On the way home, I was thinking how we live in a time when we all hope for world peace, and yet families can't get along together. Some don't even speak to each other. It's sad. I was feeling sad, even sorry for myself, about the fact that my daughter and son-in-law are so far away. But at the same time, I was feeling grateful that we have a cabin where we can all gather together,a place to renew our relationships, a place where everyone enjoys being together, a place where we can go for some fun and family bonding, and a place where we can enjoy the great outdoors.

Feeling Blessed!



  1. Thank you so much for the encouraging comment you left at my blog! It was such a blessing to receive! God has been so gracious to our family, praise be to Him!

    It looks like you had a wonderful trip at your cabin, sounds like such a cozy get-away! We were actually just talking about that the other day, the fact that there are families who do not enjoy spending time together. It is such a sad truth! Yet we are only where we are because of God's grace, which I am forever thankful for!

    I hope that you have a blessed week!

    Joyfully in Christ,
    Miss Emily Rose

  2. What a beautiful place to spend with your family. I am far from my family as well, and it makes me sad too. My folks live in Maine 8 hrs away. :(
    Hope your kids move closer to home someday.
    I am trying to move closer to mine.




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