Sunday, February 1, 2015


So last Wednesday we unplugged. We unplugged from all computers and t.v's and even our phones. I'm not gonna lie, it was hard. It was hardest for our two daughters {12 and 14}, but bless their hearts, they did it with minimal whining. We rented a cabin in Tennessee in southern Appalachian territory at Roan Mountain. One word- breathtaking. 

I prayed for snow and right on cue, there was snow. The cabin was picturesque and nestled among pines and hardwoods with an icy stream meandering through the property. 

I fear that all of our technology pulls us apart from one another. I worry that I'm not connected enough to my own people, these little ones that God has blessed me with. So away we went, to huddle close to our own and re-connect with all that's important. To read by candlelight and play lots of board games and take walks in the snow, and appreciate the wonders of the world around us. 

We laughed more and cuddled longer. We sat fireside in woolly socks and ate way too much chocolate. It was all kinds of awesome! 

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  1. We've never rented a cabin in thend Roan mojntains, though we've been up there a few time . We especially love this little cut out where we can play in the river.

    The mountains and forests are "home" for us as well. They lend to such feelings of peace and rightness and breath and fresh! :D

  2. What a beautiful and wonderful get away.. SO happy you and family enjoyed yourselves.. So nice to get away from phones and computers.. the photos were beautiful.

  3. Amt,
    Good for you!! I am sure it will be a vacation that your children will never forget...


  4. Good for you :) What a challenge I say. I love TN that's where I was married and would love to retire there. What a fun trip for your family.

  5. Beautiful scenery!
    I love the idea of getting away and unplugging......I feel like it is a constant
    So grateful for computers, phones, etc yet always trying to encourage balance for my family.

    Just the other night....I asked for everyone to unplug and just connect for the evening. I loved
    the natural conversation that eventually flowed. Oh my can be a challenge.

    You made lasting fun!


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  7. Yes, I totally get this! Last year I noticed a need for my family to unplug so we started having monthly "screen-free" Saturdays. My children resisted at first, but once they realized that I was serious AND that I was turning off my screen too, their resistance melted and the family fun began! Thank you for sharing this... you've inspired me to share ours.

    1. Tondra, I love the sound of 'screen-free' Saturdays- what a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing that!

  8. This sounds heavenly! I love all your photography and how it captures your bonding moments. I'm glad you had such a nice time. Thanks for the inspiration to unplug and be present!

  9. I am so glad that you and your family got to visit Roan Mountain. That is my old stomping ground, I grew up there. It is one of the most beautiful places you will ever visit....winter or summer. I don't know if you traveled to the top of Roan Mountain (we always called it the Roan, it is one of the highest mountains in the eastern United States (6,285 feet) and the largest natural Rhododendron gardens. The Rhododendron are in full bloom right around the middle of June. There used to be a hotel on the top of the mountain in the 1870's. The mountain has a lot of history. If you ever get a chance to visit again, take a drive to the top of Roan Mountain, you won't regret it. You and your family will love it, especially you son. Take care!

    1. Terri, we did not go all the way to the top this time, but I can only imagine the beautiful views! I'm so glad you mentioned the Rhododendrons blooming in June because I really wanted to see that. We saw so many of them and I can only imagine their beauty in full bloom! Thanks for the info, and now I know when to return!


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