A Gift

Job and I returned yesterday from a little weekend trip to the serenely beautiful western part of Virginia (Bath County, Highland County I love you both).  I spent my time unplugged with the exception of one daily check of my email.  I hardly took any pictures.  I did a little knitting, a lot of reading (I highly recommend My Sisters the Saints), and had some great discussions with friends.  I realized that I am actually still capable of formulating thoughts and speaking them out loud (though I won’t claim that my thoughts or words are great or profound, but just to have them, that’s good right now).  In all seriousness, I wasn’t sure that part of me still worked.  The fog I’ve been in since Job was born has been slow to lift.  Maybe my brain just needed a little rest, a bit of quiet.  I spent time meditating on my life, examining myself and where I am, and where I need to improve.  I thought of concrete ways to get there.  Today I’m sinking back into home with a renewed spirit, so thankful for the gift of those two days.


  1. This is lovely – you’ve inspired me 🙂 I think I might start a regular ‘small things’ post! 🙂

  2. I thinking sometimes online breaks can be very good for the soul! I have been wanting to read that book too! It is actually in my teen’s room right now!

  3. What a blessing your days away were. Every parent needs to do that once in awhile. It not only rejuvenates you, but you return home with a renewed sense of family and love for your children. (At least I always did.) Our children are now grown and flown and oh, how I miss them. Alex, (my son in Japan), was just talking about you last night when he called. Once in awhile he still recieves an item for the earthquake/tsunami victims, some of which are still in shelters or government provided housing. Especially the elderly. He said if I talked to you, to be sure to say thank you for helping a couple of years ago through your blog. Those seeds that you sowed then are still blooming Ginny! You are a blessing to the people of Japan and Alex hasn’t forgotten you. I don’t comment often, but I read your blog faithfully and pray for your little family.

  4. Love Virginia, your photos and the radiant orchid yarn color.

  5. I forgot to ask, what are you knitting? It looks like a gorgeous pattern in a beautiful color!!!

  6. I had a family vacation in Disney! After all the craziness each week can hold, we connected in a wonderful way without the rat race of work and whatnot. I got some knitting done, too! (Well, died knitting include unravelling and unraveling the ball of yarn that was to be knitted??? 🙂

  7. Glad you had that time Ginny. I just had a getaway with Bracken recently and I came back to my home and life with renewed energy and inspiration. It’s nice to take a step back and get a little breather sometimes. 🙂


  8. beth lehman says:

    i so love that part of virginia…. and i’m glad to hear you had this time!

  9. I’m so happy that you were able to get away for a couple days and that you have returned with renewed strength.

  10. Oh what a blessing Ginny! So glad you had that time and it will also benefit your family too I bet.

  11. How wonderful that you got refreshed and renewed! We all need that a bit. A friend of mine just bought me a ticket for a tour of Tasha Tudor’s home and gardens and I am over the moon excited! A wonderful girlie getaway visiting my favorite childrens author is going to totally refresh me!

  12. It’s also just amazing how being alone or with only one child can open up a new perspective on life and let in a lot of silence where it’s needed. Glad you had a restful weekend!

  13. That sounds glorious, glad you had such a renewing weekend!

  14. Yes, Ginny, renewal of spirit, mind, and body are necessary for mothers young and old. I am so glad to have a get away! As my grandchildren’s caregiver , I too am looking forward to a little retreat in 2 weeks! I pray The Holy Spirit spoke to you in very personal ways.

  15. I’m happy for you. We all need a rest now and then. I’m glad it helped.

  16. I am so glad to hear this. I sense that God is giving many of us mercy and strength for our Lenten journeys that we are soon to be going on…

  17. good for you. Lovely pictures and beautiful church.

  18. I’m glad you got those two valuable days of quiet and beauty. :]

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