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Because I knew you – I have been changed FOR GOOD!

I’ve heard it said,
That people come into our lives
For a reason
Bringing something we must learn.
And we are lead to those
Who help us most to grow if we let them.
And we help them in return.
Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true
But I know I’m who I am today
Because I knew you.

Wow, I cannot believe I have to write this.  My heart is so heavy, which may be why much of it will be staying in GA as we head up to OH.  To all of our friends, family, neighbors, to all of those who have been in our lives the last 11 years for me, 18 for Steven, 4.5 for Molly, and 2.5 for Cooper, we will miss you.  You have all taught us, comforted us, loved us, prayed for us, prayed with us, grown with us, celebrated with us, grieved with us, helped us, been with us through good and bad, ups and downs, and because of that, we are all who we are today.

It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime.
So, let me say before we part:
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you.
You’ll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart.
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you’ll have rewritten mine
By being my friend.

This song brought me goose bumps when it was just a song in a musical (albeit the best musical ever – Wicked), now I could not think of a better way to express my feelings on physically leaving all of you.  And you all know by now I like to express myself in song, so this is my chosen Swan Song (Sing Off anyone?)

In Wicked, Glinda, the good witch, sings this song with Elphaba, the “wicked” witch, when their lives take different directions and they must part ways.  They started as enemies but developed an unusual friendship which each of them came to cherish.  Their paths may never cross again, but because of knowing each other, they were changed for good.

I think I will keep it short, because this song really says it all (and I could probably ramble on for quite sometime), take a listen below.  Each one of you has left a hand-print on my heart, and in a great book metaphor from this song, has been rewritten my story by you being my friend.  This also is true of all the other chapters in our lives, God places people in our lives at very specific times for a reason, and this song speaks to that truth.  I hope it is not the case, but we may not meet again, as everyone moves on, but I am still so thankful I knew you, even if only for this chapter.

“Whatever way our stories end, I know you’ll have rewritten mine by being my friend”

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, we love you, we will miss you, and we have been changed for the better because you were in our lives.  Keep in touch, come visit, and we will be back.

“Because I knew you, I have been changed for good”


*Not the full song from Wicked (find that here) but the best video I could find to embed.  Or here are the lyrics.

And a post from me would not be complete without a few bible verses.  Here are a few on friendship and the companionship of others that I’ve been meditating on this week:

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom for the future.
Proverbs 19:20 

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
Proverbs 27:17

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Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Amen – thanks for reading.  Stay tuned for much more from OH, love you all!

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Ole McDermitt had a farm….

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You’ll probably be seeing a lot more fall family fun posts this month since October is the best month EVER!  This past weekend we opted for a longer road trip (Dramamine packed for LL) to Carrollton, GA to visit Ole McDermitt’s Farm.  We had never been before, and having sworn off our more “local” pumpkin patch/family farm, we opted for the longer drive.  It was quite a hike, through farmlands and countryside really not much at all (but much nicer than the views of the ATL interstate!).  Although I wish I had taken more pictures of the drive, as it was beautiful.  We finally arrived at Ole McDermitt’s farm and I think were the first ones there!

Not a huge area, although we were told the large corn maze consisted of 4.5 acres, the space they had was packed in with perfect fall activities for the lil’ ones!  Upon arriving, you enter into barn full of beautiful fall decorations and directly inside are two large corn boxes.  And bonus, packed with toy trucks and tractors.  I think LM could have stayed in this the whole day and been perfectly content.  There were also picnic benches, a small snack bar, and roaming roosters, chickens, and a large dog.

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Once we pried LM away from the corn box, we went to check out the animals.  If you know me (or even if you don’t) nothing can make my heart hurt more than uncared-for animals.  Our previous fall farm visit was guilty of this.  Luckily though, these animals looked pretty happy (as happy as you can with people posing for pictures and trying to pet you all day!)  They had goats, sheep, pigs, a donkey, and my favorite – the llamas (or alpacas – not sure the difference).  LL got some carrots to feed them too!

 

Other attractions were the mini-corn maze where the kids could push wheel barrows. 12-IMG_0139

A scarecrow dress-up station – meet princess scarecrow!

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A hayride.  15-IMG_0149

A little playground. (And face/arm painting)

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A haybox to search for pennies.  A rubber duck racing station.  Cornhole.  Haybales and tractors for perfect picture ops.

And OFCOURSE – pumpkins.  LM kept going around to the biggest ones trying to pick them up saying “Big Punkin!”

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Pumpkins in hand and lots of fun under our belts, we headed out in search of a picnic spot.  Close to both Chattahoochee Bend State Park and McIntosh Reserve, we went into McIntosh Reserve to eat a quick lunch before the long drive home.  This is a great part that we “think” we may have visited way back when…but it has plenty of trails, many of which are used by horses.  So the kids (and me) really enjoyed seeing all the horses around the park.  And LM even cried half the way home for a horse.  Not sure if he wanted to ride, or pet, or what, but definitely another activity to keep in mind for the future.

Overall a beautiful fall day, spent with my beautiful family!  More adventures coming soon, including Disney on Ice (ok not really fall themed – but LL is SUPER excited!) and the Great GA Air Show!  Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by!

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I’m going to Carolina in my mind…well actually in person. (July Travels Part II)

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Ok – I am way behind on my summer posts! But better late than never!  (See Part 1 here!)

Trip #2 of July was a 4-night quick trip up to the Charlotte area of NC (and SC too!)  Steven’s headquarters for work are in Fort Mill, SC, so he has been spending some time up there.  AND my brother and sister-in-law just happened to move to the northern Charlotte area – so it seemed like the perfect time and reason to visit!  (See them below – Uncle D and Aunt K!)

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We had beautiful weather, so we spent much of our time outside exploring different parks and neighborhoods around Charlotte.  I was very impressed with how easy the city was to navigate.  Set up similar to Atlanta, with a perimeter around (485 instead of 285), everything was just a little closer.  We stayed on the southwestern side in a corporate/retail area called Ballantyne.  Lots of retail and restaurants.  And home to The Ballantyne Hotel (a fancy resort!)

Here are a few of the places we visited:

Discovery Place Kids

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Perfect museum for kids under 8.  Huge playground, water area, trucks, racecars, planes, boats, vet clinic, mini grocery store, gymnastics area, building area, and so much more!

The spraypark at Latta Park (a cute little intown neighborhood).  This was pretty busy and in the direct sun – so within an hour we checked out 2 water parks for the kiddos (see next one below!)

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The Green.  A little tiny park right in the center of downtown Charlotte.  Virtually deserted when we went, the kids had a blast with these unpredictable fountains, including 4 from the mouth of fish!  Very clean, shaded park.  Perfect for little ones!

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Belle Johnston Park.  On the AM the kids and I left, we decided to try and burn some energy at one last park (which Charlotte is in no short supply of!), so I found this little gem in Pineville, NC.  Very clean, well maintained, and super fun for the kids!

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Baxter Village is a little “town” (planned community) in Fort Mill, SC complete with homes, shops, restaurants, parks, and walking trails.  Such a cute little concept.  The kids spent one morning at Baxter’s Bunch Playhouse (a super nice bounce house).  And then we returned with Uncle D and Aunt K for dinner again later in the week!

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Overall a fun, somewhat relaxing 4 days!  Definitely will go back as we now have family there.  And there is still so much more to do.  On our list (but not limited to):

US National Whitewater Center
Imaginon Museum
Discovery Place
Charlotte Nature Museum
Lazy 5 Ranch

And so many more parks and greenways, sounds like the perfect fall destination (with the pups) for some outdoor adventures.  And bonus, it’s so close (maybe 1.5 hours) from Asheville, NC another favorite fall destination for us!)

Any other Charlotte suggestions?  Thanks for reading!  One more summer fun post to come!

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