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The Annual Kayak Day, 2022
The annual family paddle fell on a Sunday in July this year- the one day we could all manage it. The exact time of year matters less than the event itself. Cool water, melting sunscreen, the short rush of class 1 rapids, a stop at the “beach” for a float and some sugared sour candy. The tune of “hooked on a feeling” fading in and out as it drifts nearer and then further over the water from a glitchy waterproof speaker tossed in a dry bag. Somehow this paddle became part of our identify, a family tradition that is as sacred as a holiday.
Thinking questions: What traditions are worth intentionally cultivating? How do shared events shape our family identity?
Happy summer, friends! ☀️
Dollywood, Filled with Flowers
As she sewed, she told a story
From the Bible, she had read
About a coat of many colors
Joseph wore and then she said
Perhaps this coat will bring you
Good luck and happiness
And I just couldn’t wait to wear it
And momma blessed it with a kiss– Dolly Parton
The Adventures of Wet Willie
We drink sub-par margaritas, watch cool tricks, there’s a camel, and Bella killed The Dread Pirate Roberts (but only once!).
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Israel Trip 2022: One Second at a Time
Tour overview (and places you might see in the video!): Valley of Elah, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Tel Megiddo (Armageddon), Mt Precipice in Nazareth, Mt Carmel, Haifa, Ohalei Rachamim, Rosh Hanikra, Safat, Sea of Galilee, Tabgha, Mount of Beatitudes, Tiberius, Capernaum, the Golan Heights, Valley of Tears, Magdala, Banias (Caesarea Philippi), the Yardenit (Jordan River), Bet She’an, Qumran, the Dead Sea, Masada, Ein Gedi, Jerusalem, the Mount of Olives, the Israel Museum, the hills outside Bethlehem, Hezekiah’s tunnel, the Pool of Siloam, the Burnt House, Western Wall (kotel) and Southern Steps, Yad Vashem, the Herzl Museum, Emek Tzurim Sifting Project, the Pool of Bethesda, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Ammunition Hill, the Garden Tomb, the Elvis Cafe.
Video was created using the 1SE app. Music is from SoundStripe.
Dollywood Pumpkins, 2021
“I don’t see how a pumpkin patch could be more sincere than this one.” — It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
We’re already looking forward to going back for the Christmas lights!
“Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” — Dolly Parton
the Southernmost point
In September 2021, we went back to Key West.Continue reading
Visiting Dolly’s Kingdom, Summer 2021
A “must do” at Dollywood is visiting the Grist Mill for cinnamon bread. If Disney World has Dole Whips and Universal has Butterbeer, the iconic must eat item at Dollywood is the hot, fresh, gooey cinnamon bread.Continue reading