Zechariah 13:9

And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried; they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God. Zechariah 13:9

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A Little Piece of Heaven

We were able to go on a short family vacation, the first time in about 5 years!
Needless to say, we didn't want to come home.

This family owned "little piece of Heaven" is a place that I can remember going to 
as far back as I can remember.
Each year my family would travel to the "cabin" quite a few times -
just north of Williamsport - officially named "Dutchman's Paradise."

No cell phones, no computers, no movies, no radios - just the sound of the night peepers, the rippling water of the creek, an occasional car on the dirt road, children laughing, the clink of a quoit hitting the pin (and then lots of whooping!), the reel of a fishing line, the dipping of an oar on the pond, the creaking and slamming of the wooden screen door and the hissing flames in the fire pit. 

 In recent years, a phone has been installed along with modern plumbing. 
 I remember a time when we would
walk across the road to the creek with our buckets and retrieve water for doing dishes
and bathing (after we heated it), or we had the option of bathing in the creek, which we really did 
choose to do, especially in the summer.  To this day, I still have my little own tradition of washing my hair in the freezing water, even if it is too cold to swim - in remembrance of those "bathing" experiences.  I love the refreshing feeling!  Each time I hold my breath though, for what if my hair follicles freeze and expand and then when they thaw all my hair falls out?  jk! 
 There was only an outhouse, which was only intimidating if the need to go was at night time, 
but now there is a real bathroom plus a shower stall - spoiled indeed! :)

Below you will see a pictorial tour of our vacation....

My boys want to live here.......

Bike riding....



living out of suitcases

Frisbee golf





Clay bird shooting

 see the clay bird and smoke of gun  


Gathering for meals

 My mom and youngest great grandchild, Toby

Swinging - one of my favorite things to do at cabin - sit on the swing and read or snuggle :-)
Without feeling guilty of not doing dishes or laundry! 

Good discussion

Beauty of God's Creation

Maybe not everyone's vision of Heaven, but it certainly was ours this past weekend!
Great time with family making memories, good fun, delicious food, and safety.
  The women each provided one meal, which meant that I only had to worry about preparing one meal the whole time there, plus no laundry to think about (until we got home that is), and no school books demanding our attention.  Yup!  Vacation it was!

Until next time......


Twila said...

Interesting...and how nice you got a vacation. My mom's family had a weekend camp out every summer from the time I was four. I have so many great memories from that. And I too remember the outhouse! It's still going but now has turned into a two day reunion, not camping. I don't always get there (it's in Ohio) but go when I can, as it's the only time I usually see my cousins.

Dave ~ Brenda said...

Thanks, Twila. My family (mom and siblings and their families) don't all get together very often even though we live close, which is sad. So times like these vacations are like reunions in a way. Life just gets too busy!