Last Details Coming together for England Trip!

“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world." [Socrates, As quoted in Plutarch] - ready to travel! Three months ago I shared, with great excitement, the beginnings of our plans for an October trip to the U.K ("Making Travel Plans - so excited!"). Now, unbelievably, our flight from RDU …

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Retirement Planning, Shifting our Center of Gravity, and “Being Rich Toward God”

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’  “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:20-21 Being "retired" is an interesting phenomenon. Especially when it …

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August 2022 in 31 Spectacular Photos!

But this is precisely what is written: God has prepared things for those who love him that no eye has seen, or ear has heard, or that haven’t crossed the mind of any human being 1 Corinthians 2:9 - Photographer Derek Maul August 2022 turned out to be an amazing month for many reasons. We were …

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The grace of long-term friendships that stand the test of time

So continue encouraging each other and building each other up, just like you are doing already. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 This is the last day of the month, and I plan to offer my traditional "August in 31 photos" post either later today or tomorrow morning. Regardless, August 2022 has been epic in terms of both …

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The Food of Vacation – always an adventure!

Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil. Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love all the days of your allotted span of life that have been given to you under the sun …

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Updated review from our first Airbnb experience – in Maggie Valley

“Come, you who are blessed by the Lord,” he said. “Why are you standing out here? I have prepared the house and a place for the camels.” Genesis 24:31 - saying goodbye to our B&B The past few weeks have seen an overwhelm of interesting content for me to publish. This long hot summer has involved celebrations, …

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The last best photos from the mountains: Triple Falls (without falling…)

Part Two of "waterfall day" in the Dupont Forest state recreation area involved hiking up to Triple Falls and then playing in the river. The site - featured in the movie Last of the Mohicans - consists of three distinct cascades, totaling about 120′ in vertical drop. Rebekah, who had made it to Hooker Falls …

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When waterfalls become an immersion experience!

- David exploring Hooker Falls Deep calls to deep    in the roar of your waterfalls;all your waves and breakers    have swept over me. Psalm 42:7 - the kids playing in the falls If I had to pick one aspect of the mountains the grandkids loved the most it would have to be the waterfalls. Especially the day …

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More Story from the Nikon: New Photographs from Clingmans Dome

We are God’s accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things. God planned for these good things to be the way that we live our lives. Ephesians 2:10 - Beks on top of the world Rebekah made a great point yesterday, right after viewing my collection of photographs from Dry Falls. "You are telling …

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Boutique hotels and giant ships – the Savannah waterfront!

Savannah! How have I lived in the Southeastern United States for the past 44 years and not have been here before? What a cool city! Rebekah and I will definitely have to return in the fall or the spring for several days of relaxation and exploration. This was the end of our short vacation, introducing …

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