Wednesday, October 30, 2013

1000 gifts: waterfall tour

High Falls, Dupont State park, N.C.
Finally catching up on all the blessings add to my 1000 gifts list. I write these on my calendar, and then as I have a chance I type them up to share here with more details, as a record for my family and another offering of thanksgiving to God. My favorite part of October was getting to meet up with an old friend in South Carolina, and getting to go on an amazing waterfall tour in the Blue Ridge mountains!

707. High Falls, crown of the Blue Ridge mountains waterfall tour
This tour was put together by the NACIS (mapping/cartography) conference I went to in Greenville, South Carolina. We got to see Triple Falls,  Gorges State Park,  and High Falls - this was the "crown" of the tour for me, because ever since I saw the movie Last of the Mohicans (1990's version with Daniel Day Lewis) I have wondered where this beautiful waterfall was! We also had an amazing barbeque lunch in the little mountain town of Brevard, NC (highly recommend the ginger barbeque at Mayberry's - I wish they'd sell their sauce online!)

708. Reedy River Falls
Another beautiful falls right in downtown Greenville, with a trail alongside and gardens

709. "I wish this night would never end" 
 What my friend of 25+ years, Melissa, said during our lovely evening strolling through downtown Greenville and dinner at the New South Cafe. We may only see each other once every few years, but it's just like old times when we do.

710. Sighting a "glory" 
Got an amazing view of downtown Chicago as my plane flew in over Lake Michigan. Also saw circular rainbow "following" the plane and later looked it up and discovered it's called a glory. There are so many amazing light and atmospheric effects in God's creation!

711. B. did Bible study with the girls while I was gone

712. Found between cushions in my sofa
A slip of paper on which I had written:  "You are but a poor soldier to Christ if you think you can overcome without fighting, and suppose you can have the crown without conflict." -  John Chyrsostom (no idea when I wrote this, but it was nice to rediscover it!)

713. A map of your very own country
Dreamer drew me a "map of my own country" - a fairly decent outline of the US with additions like lizardtopia and a horse state.

714. D.L. Moody quote
We can stand affliction better than we can prosperity, for in prosperity we forget God - Dwight Moody

715. Giselle
Every year my mom, my girls and I go to the Colorado Ballet in Denver. This year's production was Giselle, a story that has haunted me (slight play on words, the ballet is about dancing ghosts!) since I first saw it about age 6 or 7 with my mother. Here's Blaze and Dreamer dressed up for the ballet (we'll take the twins next year when they are 7). Only sad thing: Mom didn't feel up to going with us this year.

716. Goodwill clothes
Because I love paying $4 for designer jeans for me and Blaze. 

717. "it's like holding God's hands"
B and the girls and I took our annual Fall color drive to Aspen Alley this year, in Sierra Madre mountains of Wyoming. The fall colors were mostly dull this year, but on a short hike along the Encampment river Blaze collected beautiful rocks. When I said isn't it neat how God created each and everyone she said "it's like holding God's hands"

718. The ultimate group of map geeks
The NACIS conference for cartographers in Greenville, South Carolina was the best conference I've ever been too. Full of map geeks and map lovers! Amazing map gallery. Every time someone presented a pretty map or a special map technique the whole room would exclaim "Oooh Aaah! Nice!" (its a tradition). My favorite map was the "backwards map" created by Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison to show how Holland would look in the future if development does not protect its "green heart". Imaginative and thought-provoking cartography!

719. Green leaves and snow
Like I said, we haven't had much fall color this year; for some odd reason the leaves have stayed green much longer than normal, then turned straight to brown. But it create a striking effect of snow on green leaves. 

720. songbird out my window
Would dearly love to know what type of lovely song bird sings so beautifully outside my office window in the University of Wyoming's Prexy's Pasture (our central green area). 

721. Ten truths for the teenage girl
This lovely post was written by a woman looking back on what she wished her 13-year-old self knew: "The choices you make affect who you are becoming long before you ever get to college.
You are always becoming. You never arrive. That is, until you meet Jesus face to face"

722. "Lord I Need You" (adapted by Matt Maher)
Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You're the One that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I'll fall on You
Jesus, You're my hope and stay

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

You're my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You 

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