Maine is wonderful place! I was blessed to spend Thanksgiving week there. My mother was actually born in Maine and continued to live in Northern New England until she was a teenager and moved to Massachusetts. Like myself, she’s a true New Englander. Maine holds a lot of special memories for me of visiting my maternal grandparents in Hope (right outside of Camden) and other trips and retreats with my friends and my youth group when I was a teenager.
This time around my family and I were able to stay in the lake house of a very gracious friend. There aren’t words to express how blessed we were to stay in this beautiful lake house. We are so grateful for this friend and all the wonderful people that God has put in our lives to take care of us. We were in Bridgton (near Naples) and enjoyed the lake, the town, and of course the house 😉 Especially that fireplace!
Coming from an overly busy ministry family we were very grateful to get away for almost an entire week to truly ‘retreat’. There was not even internet at the house we were staying at! At first I was looking forward to an internet free vacation… then day four hit and my inner Pinteresting monster roared it’s beastly head! I did end up wishing there was internet for fun purposes… like blogging! I know if my family had internet it wouldn’t be so much of a vacation though. When I said I come from an “overly busy” ministry family… that was code for “workaholics”. I was glad to spend a lot of time just relaxing around the house, coloring with my sister, watching the guys read by the fire, and enjoying my mom’s cooking. I am extremely thankful for the family God has given me [annoying as they can be at times], it’s always a poignant reminder that I am among few attached to a great family who all still love each other [and the Lord].
We also watched the HBO mini-series John Adams…. soooooo incredibly phenomenal! I highly recommend this mini-series to all adults (and teenagers when watched on Clear Play) even if you don’t necessarily love history. My sister had never seen it before and loved it. We all especially appreciate the relationship between John and Abigail Adams… a marriage built on the foundation of faith in God and country. Can you tell our family enjoys a little American History?! Especially my dad. He’s a true Presidential history buff and has literally every President memorized. We also got to go to the movies as a family and watched the new fillm “Lincoln“. What an incredible film and critics agree! Although, in my humble opinion, for this film you definitely have to have some understanding or love for history to enjoy. Author and historian John Hallwas said “for anyone with the slightest interest in American history, or mature enough to sense human complexity, Lincoln is a riveting movie, filled with superb performances and firmly focused on the socio-political struggle that accompanied our terrible Civil War. It’s well worth driving out of town to see. Indeed, all Americans need to see it”. The movie served to remind me of how lucky I am to be able to have the right and choice to marry a black man. A black man who has all the same rights as a white man in America. I’m not naive to overlook the issues still surrounding the races. Not to say racism and racial prejudices and profiling doesn’t exist still… but I was at least glad for a reminder that humanity is sometimes good and fights for what’s right! Men and women fought for the Emancipation and risked their very lives to make sure it happened in America.
I realize now that part of my love for History comes from my dad. As a kid whenever we went on road trips my dad would talk about history and pull out Presidential flashcards! At one point I had the first dozen or so Presidents & First Ladies memorized. I’ve probably visited more Presidential landmarks and homesteads than most. On our honeymoon, Clark and I even went to the “second” White House in the Florida Keys that was used as the second home of President Truman during his Presidency. How interesting! Now almost no one (especially our newer couple of generations) respects the rich history our country has or the brilliant men and women that sacrificed everything just so we can now experience ‘life as we know it’ in America 2012! John Adams [our second President] said “I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography […] commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture…”
I could get on my soap box about this issue four hours (or pages in this case), but I’ll try to spare you readers! It’s just hard for me to understand why eligible American people choose not to vote. People today don’t even consider how many selfless souls were courageously sacrificed so that in 2012 you can simply walk up to your local voting center and check off a name on a ballet. How can you feel right about yourself when even today soliders [that I know, love, and miss dearly] are off in foreign lands fighting and protecting our shores night and day for YOUR life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. These soliders are sacrificing their lives and neglecting their own families so you can take care of yours without worry. Soliders are getting killed while you are taking advantage of your freedom as you sit on your high horse choosing not to vote. Ahem… I did say I WASN’T going to get on a soap though… so I digress [or I’ll try]…
All in all our much needed vacation was restful and proved to provide quality family time. It was great to have all of us in one time zone – let alone the dinner table together! The Booths were even able to join uf for Thanksgiving day… they are like blood to us! I was overall very thankful on my Thanksgiving.
I’m also VERY thankful to be back home in our apartment blogging while watching Friends as my husband fall asleep next to me! Home was calling me back! I missed my own bed and our normal nighttime routine. Plus, I left with a terrible head cold so it’s nice to be back in my own element to recover. Praying for a quick turn around!
Coming up for Learning To Breathe: The next couple blog posts I promise to cover how our Fall Retreat went! I also have some other practical blogs in the making on topics such as “Ten Products I Couldn’t Live Without”, home maker wife stuff sharing “Three Great Buys”, how we live our “Low Carb Lifestyle”, and maybe a few fashion blogs! Can’t wait to publish all the drafts I have! I’m also going to be guest blogging on a friend’s blog in early December, so I’ll post about that asap too!
Thanks for reading and I hope you’re enjoying!