There’s a season for everything
and a time for every matter under the heavens:
a time for giving birth and a time for dying,
a time for planting and a time for uprooting what was planted,
a time for killing and a time for healing,
a time for tearing down and a time for building up,
a time for crying and a time for laughing,
a time for mourning and a time for dancing,
a time for throwing stones and a time for gathering stones… – Ecclesiastes 3
So this is where we will be watching the New Year come in. Oh. My. Goodness. What an amazing location. We’re overlooking a valley/gorge in northwestern South Carolina, in the mountains directly south from Hendersonville, NC.
We’re surrounded by Rebekah’s family, as four of the five siblings have made the effort to be together and simply hang out in this sprawling, spectacular, comfortable mountain home. Along with Rebekah, Rachel, Joe, and Jesse (and spouses), six of the ten cousins managed to make it, plus one fiance. So this certainly counts as an epic family gathering.
We’re taking it in turns preparing meals, there are ongoing games, there’s hiking and photography to be done, and then – most importantly – the constant hanging around the dining room table, talking, laughing, and sharing stories, sharing our lives.
Gatherings like this are all about the stories, about the celebration of life, and faith, and more. “There is a time for gathering stones…”
I could call this weekend, “Tales from the Great Adventure of our lives.” Maybe that will be the new title of this blog (I’m getting pushback on the “Thinkology” thing). But that’s for another day, sometime in the new year. For now, I’m heading back to the table so I don’t miss any more epic stories.
Stay tuned. There’s bound to be more. This life really is a Great Adventure – DEREK