Friday, August 7, 2009

Family Reunion in the Smokies Part 1


Great News!! My car and computer are fixed!! It
did cost another $300 to fix the car, but oh well!
At least we have the money to pay for the repair!


Now for the long awaited, much anticipated

Our reunions are every other year and each time
we go to Lake Junaluska which is operated by the
Methodist Assembly. The cottages around the
Lake are not owned by Junaluska, but many are
available to rent for a week minimum stay.

My Mom found this place many years ago through a
friend at my childhood church, and we all just fell
in love with it. If you are interested in a possible stay
there, the website is

We highly recommend it. It is just outside of Waynesville,
and just above the Maggie Valley. There's lots to do
at the lake and in all of the surrounding areas.

This is the amazing sunrise God painted for us
as we began our trip to North Carolina

GASP!! We're in the mountains!!
Us native to flat Florida REALLY appreciate
rolling hills and mountain views!!

This was quite a surprise! The description of our
cottage said it had a steep driveway, but we
thought it was a short steep driveway. This thing
was crazy high and long! The photos just can't
capture it!! And that is the lake in the far back
ground!! It looks like you will drive right into it!!

Here is a side shot of our cottage. We had the
upper two floors, and no one was renting the
bottom. It's 4 bedroom 2 bath, and the clincher
for me was the deck and view!!

This is the living room looking out to the deck
The evening we arrived it was 50 degrees!! We could
have turned on the fireplace but didn't!

This is the dining room and kitchen. Very nice size,
and well equipped. We just bring bed linens and

Here is an outside shot of the deck. We were
amongst the trees and awakened to bird songs
each morning. Absolutely blissful!!

This is the first photo I took of the view from
our deck. I can't tell you how it blessed my soul
to sit out there and soak in the beauty
of God's creation.

Here is a morning view taken with my zoom

A lovely hydrangea that draped over the retaining
wall by our driveway. I'll show you more of the
delightful flowers at the lake in a later post.

Down in the Maggie Valley is a shop called
Maggie Mountaineer. Behind the shop is this
wonderful babbling brook. They have rockers out
there so you can sit and enjoy it! I could sit
there for hours!!

You can't visit the Smokies and not make
the trek out to see some of the incredible
waterfalls. This is Dry Falls, and there is
a walkway behind it. You can see some people
back there to give you a perspective of it's size.

That concludes Part 1 of our Family Reunion trip.
There will be at least 2 more parts.
Hope you enjoyed the view so far!!
Have a glorious weekend, and remember to
praise God from Whom all
blessings flow!!
Love and Hugs,


  1. How absolutely wonderful Becky! I surely would have went with you. You know where I would have been the whole time; waterfall and brook. LOL!!! Can't wait to see more and hear more about the trip!

    Have a wonderful day dear!

    Karfee :)

  2. Wow, that is a beautiful place. How fun to have a family reunion there. If I lived on the East Coast I would love to stay there. It does remind me a lot of Oregon. We have lots of mountains and lakes in this area! Have a wonderful weekend dear friend. Hugs, Elena

  3. What beautiful pictures Becky - so much space and gorgeous scenery to inspire and relax you, and remind you of the great plan all around you. So delighted that you had a wonderful time - it sounds like your mind, body and spirit were treated to a really special time. Love and prayers to you all for the weekend, Fiona x

  4. what a beautiful place to visit. love the house too! and those falls... ahhh!

  5. Hi Becky,
    Been wondering where you've been all week.
    Busy I guess. this week seems like it just flew by for some reason, can't believe it is
    Friday already. Guess it was all the activity.
    Hope you have a great weekend. The pics from your trip are beautiful. Relaxing just seeing them. Looks a lot like Vermont too. The cabin
    was neat and the porch........wonderful especially with the swings. Don't you just love a swing. I find them so relaxing and fun.
    It is pouring outside right now. Sounds so
    wonderful, except for the thunder and lightning!! ha Joey is sitting on my feet
    practically. I notice these storms bother her
    more than they used to, can't imagine why???
    Think I'd be afraid if I had gotten caught
    out in a thunder and hail storm too!! Surprised she isn't worse really. ha
    Good News........Scott got a job yesterday
    and he is very happy, so good to see him so
    happy again.
    Have a great weekend.
    Love ya, Nellie

  6. Enjoyed part one, Becky. It looks like such a peaceful place to kick back and enjoy life and loved ones☺

  7. Becky...the pictures have been worth the wait..what a great place to is beautiful....looks serene and just a place to sit and think...and pray...and sit some more..

  8. What a beautiful place, Becky! Such a great setting for a family reunion:)

    I'm so glad that you had a nice getaway and got to rest (hopefully).

    Your photos are just breath-taking!

    Have a wonderful weekend!:)


  9. That was a beautiful trip. I live near where you vacationed and never ever get tired of seeing the mountains. I love it here! What a beautiful cabin you got! Thanks for the pics! :)

  10. This is just beautiful, Becky...something I will be investigating in the near future. Can't wait to see more of your trip.

    blessings and hugs,


  11. This is great! What a beautiful, restful spot! A perfect place for a family reunion/vacation!
    Great pictures!
    Thanks for sharing them and all the information!
    All the best,

  12. Oh Becky! What beautiful scenery.... And, those falls??? DELISH! I'm so glad you had a wonderful time...isn't God good? :-) Love your sunset too.

    I finally figured out who you remind me of! It's the actress Jill Hennesy....have you been told that before? You're just so dang cute. I don't watch much TV, but finally saw her on a commercial the other day and instantly thought of you. :-)

    Have a wonderful weekend....


  13. Awesome photos Becky, I too love the mountains and lakes. So glad you are now back sharing with us. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Love you.

  14. What beautiful pictures, and I love that cottage. The fireplace is so beautiful.

  15. wow! the sunset, the waterfalls, the mountains, that deck is awesome - what a great place! thanks for the pictures - i always love your posts!

  16. Oh this looks like the perfect place for hubby and me!! I would love nothing more than to sit on that porch!! Looks beautiful and the pictures you took were really nice! I'm going to look into the website. Been missing you!! Glad you were able to get the car and computer fixed. I love how positive you were! Not complaining about the amount of money but thankful you had it!!! The Lord will bless you for such a great attitude!

  17. Oh Becky,
    Looks like an absolutely breathtaking place! I would have been glued to that deck listening to the birds for hours on end! What a lovely place...can't wait to see more photographs!


  18. Great photos Beck!
    I think I've been to Dry Falls when my folks
    were living in Franklin, NC.
    Talk soon.
    Love you!

  19. Oh Becky can I please join your family some how? Maybe even a maid for the trips hehe. I love it. what a blessing.

  20. I so hope I can visit there someday. Lovely earth that God made for us, huh? Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

    Thank you for the sweet words relating to my hubby...the loving heart of Jesus shines within him... His faith, even after 30 years of marriage, inspire me...

    Love your Blog! Can't wait to read about the singing thingy...


  21. Becky, this is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous pictures. Isn't it fun to just transplant your family to a new location for a week or so and soak it all in? I am so glad you had a wonderful time. The waterfall picture is amazing! A lot of these photos look very much like some places in California.

  22. Hello Becky, I am loving your beautiful post and I know the thrill you have when viewing these wonderful mountains. It is so pretty where you were staying. Our view makes us realize how lucky we are every morning when we wake up. Would you believe we drove the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Pisgah Inn just to have lunch. My sister and brother-in-law were with us. We were gone all day. However, no view. It rained and was so foggy you couldn't see anything. The food was outstanding and we had a lovely time in spite of the rain.

    God IS good.

    Hugs, Jeanne

  23. I sure have missed you! And I'm glad that God came through for you on that car and computer! He is GOOD! :-)

    What a beautiful trip. I know it was fun spending time with family.

    Love to you, Becky...


    Sheila :-)

  24. Oh Becky these are beautiful photos!!! What a time for your family :) GOD IS GOOD!

    Love you.


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