Restore. Repeat.

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SEPTEMBER 2 – Describe your ideal day. Where would you go and what would you do?

It’s a day I know well; one that is entrenched deep in my soul; one that restores; one I’m ready for again.

As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.  Psalm 42:1-2 NKJV

It is somewhere in the vicinity of morning, there may still be a nine on the clock.  Ok, it’s ten. ish.  I’ve just opened my eyes and realize that I feel so rested and that there are no achy joints.  Today is going to be a great day.

I throw on something comfortable that I probably wouldn’t wear in public and head out to the rocker on the cabin porch.  I breath deeply of the crisp October air relishing in the perfect blue sky.  The fire red leaves pop against the background of sky and the sun filters through the leaves assuring me that today is going to be wonderful.


I wrap a soft throw around my shoulders and settle into the comfy rocker, hot chocolate in hand, to spend some quiet time.  I listen to the birds chatting with one another.  A leaf floats downward, resting gently on the forest floor, a contrast to the roar of the waterfall in the distance.

*The creek is never silent; always playing in the background reassuring me that all is as it should be. The cool water rushes over the stones staying the course day in and day out. I read a testimony once of a gentleman who immersed himself in the waters of Roaring Creek because he felt the need to have another baptism to mark his rejoicing in all that God had provided.

After a while, I realize that the roaring of the creek has taken a back seat to the roaring in my belly.  Time for a hearty breakfast that will take me to dinner.  My husband is the breakfast whisperer.  He always does the big breakfast – usually bacon or sausage with eggs and toast or sometimes biscuits. I take mine with milk or juice.  I love the smell of coffee, but haven’t acquired the taste quite yet.

Once the breakfast dishes are draining, it is back out to the rocker  with notebook and pen, senses heightened, ready to explore new thoughts.  I may  just soak in the beauty and jot a few thoughts, or I may write feverishly trying to get it all down before the next thought pushes through.  Either way, *October belongs to me, or maybe I belong to October.  October captures my heart every time.

After October has soaked into my bones, I will mosey back into the cabin for some daydreaming, perhaps a little shut eye, stretched out on the sofa without a care in the world.  Later in the day we will drive over to Boone or Blowing Rock and check out one or two of the shops or perhaps we’ll just drive around exploring a mountain lane.


The drive  will be more about the beauty of the color than the destination.There will be random stops to take pictures of beautiful trees that are drenched in October’s best.  Eventually, we’ll find a yummy place for dinner.  Preferably Italian.  The last time there was a wonderful little Italian place in Banner Elk; hoping it’s still there.

After our tummy’s have said no more, we’ll head back to the cabin, settle in for a long, quiet evening of reading that may or may not involve chocolate at some point.

When the eyes are flickering shut more than awake, we’ll head to bed after opening the window a crack, and sleep blissfully to the cadence of Roaring Creek in the background.  It will be a sleep full of blessings and sweet dreams. Knowing that tomorrow we get to hit repeat.

Restoring in Grace,


PS – I just found out about the Blog-tember writing challenge when I read my friend Barbara’s blog earlier today.  I clicked over to Bailey Jean’s blog and browsed through the daily topics, and thought I’d join in on some of the days.

What I like about the Blog-tember challenge is that she gives you specific things to write about each day. Yesterday’s prompt (Sept. 1) was to tell you about me.  Since my about me page is pretty thorough and since I”m a day late I will let you go there to read the story of Who Am I?.

*Links to little poems I wrote about October and Roaring Creek.  This post was inspired by our many visits to Fairhaven in Roan Mt. Tennessee.  A place we discovered several years ago and one that always helps restore and settle us from the cares of life.  

The road less taken

12 thoughts on “Restore. Repeat.

  1. Such beauty in the way you composed these words, i was able to enter in and feel restored and refreshed just picturing it all! And catching up here from being a bit away from the online places over these last few months and just wow! i love what you have done with this space-it’s lovely, just lovely.

    now off to see what this blog-tember thing is all about-i too have been wondering about 31 days this year and longing to get back into more regular writing-it’s been an interesting season and i wish i knew how to tell if it is over or not!


    1. Thanks, Melony! I’m still not completely finished with the blog, but am liking the simple look. I too have been in an interesting season – I’m with you on knowing how to tell if it’s over or not! Loved getting back in touch.


  2. I love your pictures! Did you take all the pictures on your blog? I’m just now trying to learn a bit more in the art of taking pictures! I got the camera, the cute bag and strap, now to take a decent picture. 🙂 It’s so nice getting to know you and looking forward to reading more!


    1. I do take my own pictures. I just have a little Kodak easy share and half the time, especially in bright light, I never know if it’s a good picture or not. I just take lots and hope for some good ones. I have also done some editing in picmonkey upon occasion. I am by no means an expert on photography. I just go with what looks ok to me. There may be a few here and there taken by my husband, but his method is pretty much like mine. I’ve always wanted to take a photography class. And I’d love to upgrade to a better camera. I love meeting new friends in blogland and I too look forward to reading more from you.


  3. So happy you found my post for Blog-tember! I found it from Helen – at – and, like you, felt it would be a start to “write31days”, if I decide to follow it this year. I may just do the FMF writing for five minutes on a prompt every day…

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the photos! As you know, we don’t see much color like these until it’s way later…maybe after the first of the year?! Your ideal day sounds awesome…

    I’ve been away from the computer all day, until just a short time ago; and it’s so hard to catch up with everything…I have several “things” I do daily: devotions, a Bible study, writing in my “Gifts” journal, the regular weekly writing, and now…Blog-tember; but I agree with you that if the need arises, you – we – can just skip and it won’t be that awful. My problem is going to be trying to read as many of the others’ posts as I possibly can!

    Loved yours! Now, for my ideal day?!

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  4. Sounds like a cool challenge! I’ll be checking it out, Teresa. I’m know I’m not up to anything daily right about now … but it’s worth the look!

    Thanks for this thumbs up. Good to see you again …

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    1. A lot of her daily topics intrigued me, so I thought I’d follow along on the days that I can. Kind of a way to get reacquainted with myself in this season of life that has been a little off track. You might want to pick and choose the days you link up. Good to hear from you.


  5. Absolutely heavenly. Your picture of a perfect day is so very similar to mine. Your words described a beautiful serene place of peace that I often daydream about. I love the Autumn months so much I named my daughter Autumn. I am always reminded of the Lords great promise to us when I view an Autumn sunrise. I feel he is surrounding me with his power and gently nudging me to keep going and not give up. Thank you for sharing your beautiful words today. I am so thankful I found your blog through this link-up.


    1. Thank you for stopping by. I could tell that Autumn was your time of year too! I always feel more energized in the fall. I love that you named your daughter Autumn. We’ll have to keep in touch.


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