Monday, October 27, 2014

A tradition in pictures....

Come set Your rule and reign
in our hearts again.
Increase in us we pray.
Unveil why we're made.
Come set our hearts ablaze with hope
like wildfire in our very souls.
Holy Spirit, come invade us now.
We are Your church.
We need Your power in us.

We seek Your kingdom first.
We hunger and we thirst.
Refuse to waste our lives
for You're our joy and prize.
To see the captive hearts released.
The hurt, the sick, the poor at peace.
We lay down our lives for Heaven's cause.

We are Your church.
We pray revive this earth.

Build Your kingdom here.
Let the darkness fear.
Show Your mighty hand.
Heal our streets and land.
Set Your church on fire.
Win this nation back.
Change the atmosphere.
Build Your kingdom here.
We pray.

Unleash Your kingdom's power
reaching the near and far.
No force of Hell can stop
Your beauty changing hearts.
You made us for much more than this!
Awake the kingdom seed in us!
Fill us with the strength and love of Christ.

We are Your church.
We are the hope on earth.

Build Your kingdom here.
Let the darkness fear.
Show Your mighty hand.
Heal our streets and land!
Set Your church on fire!
Win this nation back.
Change the atmosphere!
Build Your kingdom here!
We pray!

Build Your kingdom here.
Let the darkness fear.
Show Your mighty hand.
Heal our streets and land!
Set Your church on fire!
Win this nation back.
Change the atmosphere!
Build Your kingdom here!
We pray!

( I thought it would be fun to look back over one of our favorite traditions in pictures.  The dates are links to the blog post from that year.  The lyrics are one of my new favorite songs...check it out, you will be blessed. It is our prayer for our home, church, and community - Build Your Kingdom Here  by Rend Collective Experiment. )

Pumpkin Birthday Fun!

Since October 2008 our family has been visiting Burt's Pumpkin Farm in Dawsonville, GA.  We love our time there and it is one of our favorite family traditions.  We usually chose an open Monday in October and make our way up there...I have friends who go on the weekend, and since we are not crowd people, we don't opt for that scenario.  This year the "open" Monday happened to also be my birthday, so it made the day super special. It was a wonderful day!

Pumpkins everywhere!

 My sweet kiddos on the hayride...we had beautiful mountain views, pumpkins who shared the love of God, and cuddles with my favorite little people.  I love traditions.
 Hubby and Sister love :)
 Me and my boy~

 I love these photos by the pumpkins...I can't believe how big they are!

 My favorite family picture...we balanced the camera on another pumpkin :)
 After the pumpkin farm we headed over to Amicola State Park to take some pictures and check out the beautiful fall views.
 I loved these pictures of the kiddos.  They were great sports and smiled a bunch for me!
 Love those blue eyes~
 Brother even got a good one of me and Hubby!
 Checking out the view...

 They look so old to me in this picture... and I love how much they love each other!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Stone Mtn Spookley Fun

Since we were back from camping and Hubby had to work today, I decided to take the kids to Stone Mountain to enjoy their fall Pumpkin Fest activities before they closed for the season.  The theme of this year was Spookley the Square Pumpkin.  We love that book and the kids had a lot of fun doing the Spookley activities!

 Making it through the maze...

 Coloring our own Spookley pumpkins and learning that it is fun to be different!

 Scarecrow Sister and Brother

 Meeting Spookley! So fun!  We got to participate in Spookley's Pumpkin Parade Dance Party too! I carried a pumpkin puppet and the kids were the arms.  I loved the idea and the kids had fun participating!

 We also ran into friends at the park, which always makes the day more fun :)
 Sister's first time climbing the rock wall...she finally weighed enough.  She did great!
 All 4 climbing together...doing an awesome job!
 The boys making it to the top!
 Sweet girl waiting on the big kids :)
 The girls getting ready to climb.

It was a great day.  We got to visit with my MIL, renew our season passes, play putt putt, watch some fun shows, eat a picnic lunch, complete a pumpkin scavenger hunt,  and so much more! I always love celebrating the seasons at the Park.  Before we know it Christmas will be here, they were hanging more of the lights today!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cloudland Canyon #unplugged

Our family just returned from probably our favorite camping trip we have ever taken.  It worked out this year that Hubby was able to take an extra day off during our school fall break.  We were looking at places to camp, since we love the outdoors this time of year, and remembered someone mentioning Cloudland Canyon near Chattanooga.  Since we were going from Sunday- Thursday it worked out that we were able to get a spot, we have heard it is much harder on the weekends in the fall!  Hubby's wonderful parents passed the camper to us (they had it Friday - Sunday) and we were off after church for a fabulous adventure!

The first step was to leave ALL technology at home...all, as in my kindle, laptop, and ipad.  Only my phone made the trip.  Our goal was to unplug and spend some time in the word and nature with the kiddos. We focused on morning devotions, hiking in the amazing scenery, and spending time playing and laughing together.
 We stayed in the East Rim campground at Cloudland was perfect for the kids to ride bikes, play on the playground, and for the whole family to jump on the hiking trails.  We picked a different trail to explore each day and the boys even squeezed in an extra one one afternoon :)
 Home sweet home...
 The kids got straight to work, ha!

Trail #1 - Our trip to the waterfalls.  This was my favorite trail, even with the 1200 steps.  It was beautiful! (and a workout :)

The best family picture we could get on the trail...the camera was propped on a rock sticking out of the canyon wall!
Cherokee falls... I loved how close we could get to this waterfall.  We could actually hear it from our campsite.  The another waterfall was Hemlock falls closer to the bottom of the canyon...more steps, but another beautiful view!

These pictures are on the Overlook trail.  The best view of the canyon walls and the trees changing colors.  We followed the trail a couple of miles to the Bear Creek trail, but we got a surprise phone call that my Dad was close and we were able to have lunch together...yay! 

 The boys spent one afternoon hiking the Sitton's Gulch Trail.  It took them 3 hours (and another 1200 steps), but they loved every minute.  I was impressed that were able to keep going!

The next day we opted to hike the 3 miles around the West Rim of the canyon.  There were some great overlook places and a wooded trail that lead us beside a stream and wooded area.

 My sweet boy and I got matching sweatshirts.  We had fun being twins!
 Our last campfire we asked the kids to gather sticks (like we did every night)...I guess they didn't want to hunt too long tonight, ha!
 Sister got her new raccoon "Bo Bo" to help her remember the trip!
Last campfire...still full of smiles and laughter.  We played games, prayed together, and reminisce
about our favorites from the week.  We were extremely blessed to have this time to renew, refresh, and unplug!