Thursday, November 11, 2021

Wherever We Go

 


Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. ~Joshua 1:9

It's been a long time coming, but my husband, Danny, and I are about to embark on our longest road trip ever in all the years we've been married.  The purpose?  To spend Thanksgiving with daughter, Sarah, son-in-law, John, and the three grand grands!


Ever since Danny's last heart procedure, we have disavowed expressways altogether.  We'd rather ride the calmer roads less taken, discovering new sights and adventures along the way.  That's why we are leaving so early, this Monday to be exact, and will make the most of our leisurely journey to Raleigh, North Carolina.

Our first stop?  The Ridges Resort in Young Harris, Georgia.



Isn't it a lovely place?  We will arrive there by mid-afternoon on Monday, so should be able to roam the extensive grounds and enjoy our one night stay.

On Tuesday, we'll head up to a cozy cabin in NC called End of the Road.



We will spend several days there before resuming our trip northward.  We plan to visit a local waterfall and, perhaps, a winery in the immediate area.

Friday, it's on to Raleigh!  Look at this amazing Air BnB Danny's booked.



This space will allow us to entertain the family there, if we choose, and Virginia, our oldest granddaughter, will be able to spend all the nights she wants with us as the house has a second bedroom.

All that being said, this blog will be my last until the first week in December, as we plan to once more take our time going home when Thanksgiving is over.  I hope you all will forgive me in advance if I don't indulge in reading/commenting on your blogs while I am out of town.  I promise, I'll take plenty of photos, and will have lots of stories to share with you upon my return.

We are praying for safe travels, knowing our God is with us wherever we go.  I humbly as for your prayers, too.

Wishing you and yours a most Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

Amen!

48 comments:

  1. Praying for your safe journey there and back and for you and your whole family. Enjoy your time together and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Good idea to travel in stages and taking time to rest. It's like having a mini-holiday within a holiday. Enjoy.

    God bless you all always.

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    1. Yes, Victor, it is a mini-holiday within a bigger one! We've so needed this time to get away together, especially after all the long months of lockdowns. Thanks so much for your prayers!
      Love and blessings!

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  2. Have a wonderful trip, Martha!

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    1. Thanks so much, Glynn! We're trusting this will be a fantastic time for us.
      Love and blessings!

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  3. Sounds absolutely wonderful Martha. I pray you and Danny have a fantastic and relaxing time traveling and visiting with family. Come back refreshed.

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    1. We will, Bill, and thanks so much for your prayers!
      Love and blessings!

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  4. I'm so happy for you and Danny, Martha! May God give you a safe and relaxing journey and visit! Thank you for sharing that encouraging verse. :) Love and blessings to you!

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    1. Thank you so much, Trudy! Joshua 1:9 is truly one of my favorite verses in the Bible.
      Love and blessings!

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  5. Dearest Martha Jane,
    Well, it is not such a long road trip and the way you are breaking it up is very easy going and not on Interstates either.
    Hope you enjoy the sight seeing at the best time of the year and also the stays at those two places!
    Then, up to family time and that no doubt will work out great.
    Yesterday I did drive our 295 miles round trip for stocking up on things, mainly the healthier things.
    Safe travels!
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Oh, wow, Mariette, that's quite the road trip! You must enjoy driving lots more than Danny or I do. Yes, we are going to enjoy our leisurely trip, and are hoping to glimpse some autumn foliage along the way.
      Love and blessings!

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    2. Martha Jane, just doing what I need to do for getting things we both need. If not available closer to home, that's what it is!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Martha, I am SO happy for you and Danny to be taking such a great vacation and to have time with those beautiful girls!! What fun!! I will miss you here but will be praying for you to have a safe and absolutely memorable time away. Can't wait to see your photos and read all about it!! xo

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    1. Thank you, Terri, from the bottom of my heart! Yes, we are so excited to exit the Covid bonds and explore this glorious world God has given us. There will be lots of recollections in the weeks to come, and your prayers are so appreciated.
      Love and blessings!

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  7. I'm so excited for you, Martha! Such anticipation. I know you'll have a wonderful trip both in the comings and the goings. Enjoy! And that verse is one of my favorites. I cling to the truth that the Lord is with us everywhere we go.

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    1. I cling to that verse, too, Lisa. Such comfort in knowing that the Lord is with us no matter where we go.
      And, yes, I can't wait to be with the grands. Thank you for prayers for safe travel.
      Love and blessings!

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  8. Happy Thanksgiving, Martha. Have a wonderful trip, and enjoy those grand grands greatly.
    Rest in the knowledge that God does go with us wherever we go, Hugs and blessings

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    1. Thank you, Nells! Yes, we will rejoice in these days that we can have with our grands. Praying that God will make our journey a safe and prosperous one.
      Love and blessings!

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  9. Praying for your journey and your wonderful vacation and time spent with your sweet family. I know you've been looking forward to this for a long time. We pray it will be everything and more than you ever dreamed possible! Happy Thanksgiving, and God bless you as you journey.

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    1. Thank you, Pam, for your prayers and well wishes! Yes, we have been looking forward to this for many months, and simply feel blessed that it is coming to pass.
      Love and blessings!

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  10. I LOVE Joshua 1:9, and your sharing it this morning is particularly meaningfun. (My Tom is in the trauma hospital, awaiting emergent surgery in the morning, hopefully to repair the bones deterioration in his spinal column.) Wishing you and Danny super safe travels and great fun. I can't wait to see pictures!

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    1. That should be, 'meaningful' not 'meaningfun.' 😑

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    2. Oh, Myra, I am so sorry to hear this about Tom. I'll be praying for the absolute best outcome of his surgery! Please keep us informed and know that my love and heart are with you at this uncertain time.
      Love and blessings!

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  11. Oh, Martha, what a wonderful, leisurely vacation you have planned for Thanksgiving! The places you will staying look wonderful - especially that Airbnb! You, Danny, and your family...nothing is better than that. I know The LORD will be with you in your traveling and family time. I pray that the weather will smile down on you as well. God bless you and we can't wait to see your pics! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words here, Diane! Yes, we are so looking forward to this time, and know the Lord will be with us. Looking ahead at the forecast, it seems we will have mostly great weather, so should be able to engage in lots of outdoor fun. Happy Thanksgiving to you!
      Love and blessings!

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  12. Praying a relaxing trip, safety throughout, and loads of fun with your family. God's blessings; and Happy Thanksgiving Ms. Martha and Mr. Danny. Ms. Diane and I are thankful for our Christian friends around the world.

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    1. Thank you so much, J. D.! We, too, are so thankful for all our loving Christian friends who pray for us and give us hope beyond measure. Know you are included in that club. :)
      Love and blessings!

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  13. Martha, this sounds like a marvelous trip, I'm so happy for you. Those girls are growing so fast and the airbnb looks fabulous! Safe travels and Happy Thanksgiving. You and your words will be missed.

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    1. Thanks so much, Karen, and I'm wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, too, with your family! We are so excited to be able to be with our grands and their mom and dad. Thanks for your prayers for safe travels.
      Love and blessings!

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  14. Praying right now you'll enjoy Camelot weather: it will only rain at night while you're sleeping, so the driving and sightseeing won't be hindered! I know you'll savor every minute--we'll look forward to reading and seeing photos of the highlights when you return!

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    1. Camelot weather . . . You know what, Nancy? The long term forecast does call for clear skies, not cloudy. We'll see if that stands, but we will be determined to make the best of what we get. Every moment spent with family is priceless. Your prayers for safe travels and adventures are appreciated!
      Love and blessings!

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  15. Praying for a safe and blessed Thanksgiving holiday. Just in case you didn't know, I'm so grateful that the Lord decided to cross our paths. You are such a blessing to me.
    Much love to you, dear Martha!

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    1. Oh, Beckie, you have echoed my gratefulness here, too, that God chose our paths to cross and intersect in such deep and inspiring ways. What a gift! I'll always think of you as the sister I never had, and I will treasure our friendship forever.
      Keep healing, dear one!
      Love and blessings!

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  16. Have a great trip and enjoy your family!!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jean, we certainly will!
      Love and blessings!

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  17. Your trip, including the accommodations, sounds wonderful! I know you will have a wonderful time, I have begun to pray about that for your safety, good health, and sweet fellowship with your family. I look forward to your pictures and stories after your return! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Oh, Barbara, I can't thank you enough for your prayers for us and for our family! Yes, I may miss some of your blogs over these weeks, but know you are on my prayer list, and I will continue to pray for your healing and comfort.
      Happy Thanksgiving!
      Love and blessings!

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  18. The roads less taken. Beautiful resting places along the way. And precious precious family time.

    God is so good, Martha! I am so happy for you ... and I'll be thinking of your travel plans longingly as we do the expressway thing from Massachusetts to Maryland in a week!

    ;-}

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    1. I will be praying for safe travels for you, Linda. Have a marvelous Thanksgiving!
      Love and blessings!

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  19. Oh my goodness, I am excited for you. A road trip and such beautiful places. May your Thanksgiving be filled with joy and laughter. Family is priceless!

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    1. Family is priceless, Marja. We are so looking forward to spending time with all of them.
      Love and blessings!

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  20. Boa tarde minha querida amiga Martha. Espero que você faça uma excelente viagem debaixo da proteção do Senhor. Aproveite bastante o passeio e sua família.

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  21. Have a wonderful holiday! It looks so lovely!
    Blessings!

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    1. We are at the cabin now, Lulu, and it is lovely, indeed. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!
      Love and blessings!

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