Saturday, July 14, 2018

A Sunrise in the Smokies

Our last night in the Smokies Billy and I camped in the park, and then got up to catch the sunrise.

Finding the sun turned out to be a little trickier than we expected. It seemed that every overlook we found facing eastward just barely hid the sun from view.

In the end we found it, though! It was stunning and, like every sunrise, so full of the hope and joy of a brand new day!
Also, I love this guy.

Friday, July 13, 2018

The Smoky Mountains 2

Sarah here! In this post it’s pretty easy to figure out which one of the photos I took. These are all from our first full day in the Smokys and the little adventure that found us.

The Great Smoky Mountain National Park was so beautiful! We stayed in a nearby cabin for two nights, and were planning on camping afterward (in the end there were thunderstorms every night except one, our last night there). Our first day we decided to stop in at the Visitors’ Center to ask about camping and hiking suggestions.

One hike that was not suggested to us was the Trillium Gap trail, that leads to Grotto Falls. The map said it was only a little over a mile, and since the day was young and beautiful we decided to check it out!

Pretty quickly, we realized that this trail was a little longer than advertised. Or rather, that it’s only short if you start at the end, not the beginning!

It was a beautiful adventure, though! If I had packed a lunch it would’ve been perfect! The falls were so beautiful that we decided to come back to this place (by way of the shorter route).

In the end our quick glimpse of the park ended up turning into a roughly 7-mile excursion! And it just further proved to me that there is no one in the world that I would rather have crazy adventures with than Billy Jackson.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Smoky Mountains - (Celebrating 5 years with Sarah!)

While one our trip to Missouri we left the kids one week with their grandparents (Thank you so much Jackson's and Weber's!) and went to the Smoky Mountains. We bought Sarah a Canon 5D off Ebay for $300 before the trip and we both took pictures (so don't assume they're all taken by me).

With all the busyness of getting back on campus and trying to get ready for the next semester with online classes I hope to be able to share some of the pictures that we took on the trip as I get them edited. God's creation was beautifully displayed and we enjoyed it very much.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Community Bible study and Prayer meeting

A big blessing while visiting our supporters and supporting churches has been visiting family and church family. Last week we were able to join one of the community prayer meetings of our church family. 

Thank you church family for being here for us! You are a blessing!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Mississippi River Sunrise

Photographing Mississippi sunrises is something I always used to do when I lived here in Missouri. I got to go again this morning. I brought Mariposa with me so I didn't actually get to take that many pictures but it was fun to have her with me.