We had a busy, very satisfying weekend. It began with church on Sabbath morning. That is always a blessing. The weather was perfect, and we had planned a picnic at the Cumberland Gap National Park in Middlesboro, Kentucky – just down the road from where we live in Harlan, Kentucky. One of the churches my husband pastors is in Middlesboro about a mile from the park. Anyway, we were so proud because this year, Southern Living Magazine named the Cumberland Gap area the best fall destination to see the beautiful fall color.
So, we had a really nice picnic. We invited my step-daughter Julina and her family and my step-son Jeremiah and his family to join us. We brought our little dog (the other baby), Madeline, too. We had a simple meal – veggie hot dogs, veggie hamburgers, salad, baked beans, grilled brussel sprouts, and doughnuts. It was really simple, but really good! After we ate and cleaned up, we explored around a creek that was close to the picnic area. The girls crossed the creek and climbed trees, and just really had a good time.
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After that – quite a while later – we went up to the Pinnacle Overlook where we ran into some of our church members and chatted a bit. By the time we left the park, the sun was setting. It was one of those days that just fill you with peace and joy and happiness.
Sunday, we had to get up early and drive to our church in Belcher, Kentucky (another amazingly beautiful place) where we had a business meeting and church workbee and a short Pathfinder/ Adventurer meeting. Oh, and potluck. I made Taco Soup in the crockpot. Yum!
Our church members in Belcher are just so sweet. I mean, really, you couldn’t ask for a nicer bunch of folks! It was a nice long day. Nothing particularly special, but satisfying just the same. I enjoy every opportunity to spend time with our church members. On our way home, Julina called and said she had made a “meat” loaf and wanted to bring it to our house when we got home. (Who can resist the chance not to have to cook after a long day and four hours of driving?)
On the way home, this was one of my views – I just had to stop and take a picture:
When we got home, we heated up the meatloaf, made some broccoli, and I made a quick Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake and also served some of my homemade cinnamon applesauce. We had a simple little party for my girls and then played games until late into the night.
How could it get any better than that?
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