Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fall

We wanted to go pick apples at an orchard yesterday. We found one about an hour away and tried to call but couldn't get a hold of them. Their website said they were open for business, though, so we decided to go ahead. Everybody was in the truck, and we were on our way when we tried calling again. Yes, they were open, but you couldn't pick the apples. No since in driving an hour away just to buy apples. But we were ready for some fall fun. We figured a hike in the mountains would be just the thing. And on the way, we found a roadside apple stand. Perfect!
Here was another perfect part: Rohan slept on the way there.
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We spotted this barred owl near the road with a mouse or something in its beak. It dropped it though. You can see him watching it in the second picture. (Most of the pictures in this post were taken by Jeremiah.)
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"Sing, O heavens ..."
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"...for the LORD has done it..."
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"...Shout..."
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"...O earth beneath..."
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"...Break forth into singing.."
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"...you mountains..."
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"... O forest, and every tree in it..." -Isaiah 44:23
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To hike in the fall is divine.
To fall on the hike is truly to experience the Divine.

In the below picture, I'm sitting on a ridge with Zahana and Rohan. The river is falling in a cascade directly behind me and around to the left of the picture. You can't really tell how high and fast and deep this part of the river is flowing from the pictures. Maybe the third picture up gives you an idea, where Larkin is smiling at the camera and the water is crashing behind him.
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So Larkin climbs up to where I am, jumps down to the ledge beind me and screams. He's in the water! There I am with Zahana and Rohan on a ridge just wide enough to sit on, Jeremiah is at the bottom of the slippery, rocky slope, and Larkin is up to his chest, clinging to a rock. You know how it is in these moments. A million thoughts race through your mind in seemingly slow motion but really only taking a fraction of a second.
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I ended up leaving Zahana and Rohan where they were, knowing they were too scared to move, and jumped down to haul Larkin out of the water, lift him up to the ridge, then herd them all towards safer ground. It sounds dramatic, but it was all over in a few seconds.
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By the time Jeremiah made it up, the critical moment had passed, and he continued taking pictures.
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Miah, seeing her brother on solid ground, went off the collect moss and lichen.
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Partially reclothed and with the promise to be carried back to the truck, Larkin smiles. My boy is OK. And so are the rest of us.
Because we saw how long and fast and deep the river flowed. Then we saw "how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ." (Ephesians 3:18)
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He said at first he wasn't holding onto anything, yet he didn't sink or float away. I told him his angel was holding him up.

"Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways."
-Psalm 91:9-11

“Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven." -Jesus, Matthew 18:10
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"For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." Isaiah 55:12

Indeed. They were.

10 comments:

  1. So grateful all is okay - and what a beautiful day to be out and about!

    Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.

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  2. Oh thank heavens he is ok!!! That looks like an amazing place to hike though. Wow... what a day. Blessings to you and your family Sarah.

    Love Val

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  3. I can't imagine! Cale fell in when he was at the bottom of the falls last week....scared me to death...he kept scrambling out and slipping back in...but it wasn't so deep and it was calm. Paul was right there and pulled him out...I'm glad he's okay! Where in the mountains were you?

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  4. I got scared just reading your post, that has always been one of my nightmares when we are out hiking with the kids. Glad Larkin is okay and hopefully your heart has started beating again.

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  5. I SO wanted to do that yesterday! We actually planned to go to Carver's Orchards yesterday until I remembered that I had a meeting in the middle of the day. Is that where you were going? I didn't know you couldn't pick there. That's silly.

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  6. Sarah, Mountain View Orchards in Sevierville. Where is Carver's? We'd still like to find a good orchard where we can pick.
    Sadie, we were at Tremont - the trail at the end of the gravel drive there. It's actually a lovely hike and the trail is safe enough. It's getting off the trail where it can be dangerous.

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  7. Fitting title... So glad to hear Larkin is okay and that your venture out was mostly a wonderful experience. It looks beautiful there. Kevin went took a day off work yesterday and took the girls hiking in the Fingerlakes with his parents. He also took the camera. It was neat to see his pictures when they returned. Fall is such a praise-filled time of year!

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  8. I was singing through the woods right along with you and smiling at the scripture you picked and then your son in the river got me choked up.. seeing you in the photos taking care of him with your sweater and a hat. Scary! Boys.. I grew up with two brothers, someone always came home wet, and it wasn't me :)
    I know all moms would do what you did, but seeing it in photos I just want to say you are such a great mother, so loving and fun and sweet with your little ones.

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  9. Love your pics of the owls. You don't get to see that everyday.
    Blessings
    Diane

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  10. Great photos from a kids perspective! Glad that your little guy was ok! I understand the things flashing through ones mind in that moment!

    I love all the nature photos and Scriptures! I love to do those! I'm overdue for one!

    The Lord is soooooooooooooooo good!!!!

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