What a winning weather weekend….WOW! Here in NE Ohio we were blessed with a picture perfect weekend, comfortable temps and all. I hope you all enjoyed it! We took full advantage with some R&R in Sugarcreek, OH. We’ve been there a few times before and each visit is unique, but a guaranteed blessed boost every time. I might say this may have been our best experience yet. We took the family + grandma and there was something for everyone. I was especially looking forward to attending the play “The Confession,” based on the book by Beverley Lewis. I had no idea what a popular author she was, how intriguing her writing is, and how fantastic the production would be! It was a home run. I laughed and cried. Sometimes you don’t know how badly your soul needs a drink of rest and laughter until you are filled up with it again and feel strengthened by something totally unexpected. If you are looking for a quick getaway in a place that will transport you to a simpler place, and pamper you in the process, you’ve got to check out the The Carlisle Inn! Here are a few photos from our weekend:
Beautiful view! Blue skies and rolling hills. Inhale, exhale.
The Carlisle Inn hosted a Fall Fest, complete with banjo bands, train rides and animals. Gabe made a new friend.
Might as well jump!
Amish-built playhouse chapel. Niiice.
The musical “The Confession.” It was excellent!
An exciting shopping highlight came when we bought a long-searched for, new quit comforter. We’ve had the same bedding for over 7 years (we DO have a few sheet sets, which I DO wash frequently though, just not the comforter. Fyi. Lol. ) We have been looking for about a year for a new one. Pottery Barn, Overstock.com, Bed Bath & Beyond, etc. Finally, at a place called “The Coop” we found THE ONE! A (King) comforter with shams, Amish made, for only $119! YES! Oh happy day.
Best of all, the weekend provided some much-needed focused family time. I am still adjusting to life with 5 kiddos, and some weeks I do a better job than others. I have found that the bulk of my day is spent in the kitchen, even with make-ahead meals and (trying) to be more organized. With Karolina’s dietary challenges, Gus beginning solid foods, and the general cleaning up after snacks/meals for the family, most of my day revolves around food or cleaning up. We have a relatively good routine and I enjoy the kitchen, but has been harder to find one-on-one time with the older kids to do other things. So, to have a weekend where my only job is to focus on conversation, swimming, and fun (and let the dishes go) was HUGE. And I am grateful.
P.S. Monday is “Constitution Day” and all of next week will be recognized as Constitution Week, so with that, here is a little Karolina love, from us to you with her “We the People” shirt. God bless you, and God bless the U.S.A.!