By day 4 we could hardly walk and I felt like I had just gone through 12 rounds with Mike Tyson. However, there is no rest for the weary or the beat up.


On Easter Sunday, after my private moment with God, we went zip lining. Yes, even with my broken rib and all. 


This was so exciting as my friend had had this on his bucket list and I was so glad that I could be part of this. I know how it feels to accomplish something that has been on your bucket list since I recently attended the walked on fire convention which had been on my list since 2008. It truly is an amazing feeling, and I was ecstatic that he would have the opportunity to cross this off of his list.


We managed to conquer 17 zip lines high in the mountains; through the trees and over fields (to grandmother's house we go...oh wait wrong story).

It was an amazing day for all of us and even though I am afraid of heights (Yes, I have jumped out of a plane and hot air ballooned but I am still afraid), it's just was all about doing it and overcoming your fears.


We had to cross a few rickety bridges and climb up on some pretty high platforms, but I did it all with a sense of accomplishment.


Afterwards, we went back to the house, cooked dinner together, and we sat around the table talking about the amazing time that we were having. Later on, by the fire pit, as we were all relaxing, I couldn’t help but think about how blessed we truly were.


For the last day of our vacation, we decided to just stay home and relax...NOT!


Are you kidding? Not with this family of mine. We still had another State Park to conquer. Today we decided to take up the challenge to hike up to the top of Chimney Rock. Even if you would ask me, I wouldn’t be able to tell you how many steps there were to get to the top. I lost count at around 300 steps, as I was more worried about the number of times my legs were shaking. You know that uncontrollable shake of your legs that makes you feel like a bowl of jello? Well, hey I am no quitter and I survived to tell you the view from the top was spectacular and worth all the shaky legs feeling.


We learned a lot about each other and about ourselves on this vacation. This trip brought us together; we cooked, and laughed together and we helped each other. We became one with nature and even got to do activities that we never thought we could. We pushed past the fear, the pain and we dug deep inside to find out what we truly were made of.


We were full of gratitude; for the gift of this home, for being able to be healthy enough to do this, and for having someone in my life that would drive 11 hours to spend time with me. I was extremely grateful for God and all of his magnificent beauty, and for the fact that we were all together, enjoying each others company. For this vacation, we were all present and living in the moment.... always.



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