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When Hikers Leave Love Notes

11061984_10206892725255259_2489945500142692694_nAnother beautiful day in the Virginia spring; another day where my husband leaves before the sun rises to hike in the amazing Shenandoah mountains.

When I come down to fix breakfast/lunches and get the kids ready for school, papers like this on the table are my love note. OK, the pink is not drawing a heart, and there aren’t even any written words. But Keith printed out the maps of the areas of his planned hikes, and charted his planned path. With him hiking solo – outside of cell coverage more than 3 hours from home – this is what gives me a little peace of mind.

I hope to never need these to try to track him down, but I sure feel better having them!

Check out some of Keith’s hiking posts on Facebook at Gettin’ High with Keith or some past hikes on this blog in the Daytripping>>Hikes category.



Bear Church Rock

IMG_3033I had an early start to the trail since the weather was going to deteriorate as the day went along.  I arrived at the trailhead around 8:15 and prepared to make the four mile climb.  I was the only one there and I figured that the impending weather would keep the trail pretty desolate.  I left the parking area and headed along the Rapidan River Trail for a half a mile.  The trail was nearly flat and offered nice views of the rapids caused by the churning Rapidan.

IMG_2926I reached the Staunton River Trail and began a steeper ascent.  Continue reading

White Oak Canyon and Cedar Run

This is a cross-post with EveryTrail.com. See all of Keith’s EveryTrail hikes there.


It was a cold day with intermittent rain and snow showers, but it was a great day to hike White Oak Canyon and Cedar Run.  The original plan was to hike Bear Church Rock, but we could not see the mountain summits through the clouds and decided on a hike that did not depend on better weather.

IMG_2749smallThe trail snakes its way up to the first of six major waterfalls fairly quickly.  Waterfall #1 (about 60 feet high) had streams of ice along the fall and the water plunged into a frozen pool of water at its Continue reading

Let’s Go to the Hop! MPBC 2013 Father/Daughter Dance

FromAngela05Tonight the girls donned ruffle socks, high ponytails and poodle skirts, and Keith topped his white t-shirt and jeans with his letterman’s sweater and took his best two girls (after Mommy, of course) to the hop.

“Let’s Go to the Hop!” was the 1950s Sock Hop theme of this year’s Father/Daughter dance at church. Here are some more great pictures from the dance:

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Father/Daughter Dance season is upon us….

fatherdaughterdance6There is something so special about a Father/Daughter Dance. Ever since the first one Kaitlyn was invited to as a Daisy Scout in Troop 3222, she has held this to be like the highest form of a Daddy/Daughter Date. And Kourey, seeing the specialness around it, couldn’t wait until it was her turn to go, too.

Last year Kaitlyn had Keith all to herself again for the annual Girl Scout Father/Daughter Dance, but had to share him with Kourey for the Beauty and the Beast Father/Daughter Dinner and Dance at church.

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A Cold Day on Elliott Knob

This is a cross-post with EveryTrail.com. See all of Keith’s EveryTrail hikes there.

I headed out on Tuesday to tackle Elliott Knob in Augusta County.  The temperature was a crisp 16 degrees at the start of the hike.  The trail followed some logging roads up the mountainside until the roads gradually turned into a trail as it moved alongside a fast flowing creek.  The creek produced several small waterfalls.

IMG_2500The first fall was about 8 or ten feet high.  The water spilled over the rocks quickly, engulfing several small downed trees.  The trees had icicles hanging from them, truly a beautiful sight. Continue reading

Honey, Where is My Cup?

Notice that the cup is EMPTY. Why, oh why, can't I just wash it??

Notice that the cup is EMPTY. Why, oh why, can’t I just wash it??

I hear it every day. Multiple times a day. “Honey, have you seen my cup?”

“Was it one of the empty ones on the table?”


“Then I put it in the dishwasher.”

“Awwww! I was still using that cup!”

I don’t get it. But when he went to the lengths of scrawling on a napkin “ACTIVE CUP! Please do not wash!” I figured that even though it made no sense to me, it was important to him.

An empty cup should be on this side. Or, ideally, simply put to wash by the drinker.

An empty cup should be on this side. Or, ideally, simply put to wash by the drinker.

Today I made him a little something to help both of us. A coaster, of sorts, just for him. And the other side has an “all clear message” (with a bit of a reminder to him that that side isn’t actually necessary).

I printed two pages with both, folded in half, and ran the two cards through the laminator. Quick trim and … voila! No more “lost” empty cups. If you’re just dying to make one, I’ve attached the pdf (Leave this cup alone PDF). Let me know if my husband isn’t the only one always trying to hang onto empty cups.

A Night at the Museum: Girl Scout Father/Daughter Dance 2012

gsinvitation-nologoIt has been said that a daddy is his daughter’s first love.

And I hope one day my daughters will say “It’s not that my standards are too high, it’s just that my daddy set an amazing example of how a man should treat me.” Continue reading

Beauty and the Beast – Father/Daughter Dance

After last year’s Father/Daughter dance with the Girl Scouts, both girls were thrilled to learn that there would be a dinner and dance for fathers and daughters at church this year.

And when they found out the theme was Beauty and the Beast their excitement grew even more.

After weeks of anticipation, the day arrived. They got princess hairdos, donned long princessy dresses, and met their Prince Charming Daddy for a night of dancing, dinner, roses, friends and fun.

Exclusivity – Deuteronomy 4

Moses gathered the Israelites and spoke to them before they entered the promise land.  Moses reminded them of the many things that they had learned during the 40 years since God had delivered them from pharaoh.

In Deuteronomy 4, Moses reminded the Israelites that they had been taught God’s laws and commands and were required to obey them (5).  They were not ignorant of what God required of them.    They needed to carefully follow God’s commands for several reasons.  Following God’s laws and commands will make them a powerful witness to the nations (6).  The Israelite’s God was the only god that was real and interactive (7) and His laws are righteous and fair (8).

Like the Israelites, Christians today need to be sure that they have learned God’s laws and commands.  A Christian can know God’s commands by reading the Scriptures, attending church and Sunday school, praying and meditating with God, and spending time in devotionals (with a group or by yourself).

After knowing God’s commands, Christians need to follow them.  Imagine a world were Christians turn the other cheek (Matt 5:39) and forgive as Christ commanded (7 X 70, see Matt 18:22).  Or imagine Christians who love their neighbors as themselves (Matt 22:39; Lev 19:18) and bless their enemies (Luke 6:28; Matt 5:44).  Rather than labeling Christians as hypocrites, countless people would be drawn to Christ because of the example we set.

But Christians should also follow God’s commands because God is the one and only real God.  He deserves our allegiance and obedience.  And besides, His laws are righteous and fair.  His commands are there for our benefit.

Moses reemphasizes our need to know and follow Him by passing the knowledge of Him and His commands to others, especially to our children (9).  He tells the Israelites to guard their hearts and their integrity.  Then, they can teach their children without the fear of being called a hypocrite (since they are actually trying to live out what they are teaching).

Many Christians do not teach their children about God.  They leave that job to the church.  But church and Sunday school should be supplemental to the teaching of a parent.  Parents who fail to teach their children are not obeying God’s commands (Deut 6:4-9; Prov 22:6).  Furthermore, children perceive their parents as hypocrites if they routinely disobey God’s commands.

Moses also reminded the Israelites about the danger of idolatry.  They were entering a land filled with many gods.  Moses knew that the people would be tempted to be like those around them and make images that they could worship.  Even though the Israelites might make an image of the true God, it is a small step between worshipping God with an image (like a cross in the sanctuary) to worshipping the image instead of God (like bowing and kissing the feet of a statue of Mary).

Christians today have many idols, but they are not usually made of stone or metal.  An idol is anything that is more important to us than God.  Some idols people use today are money, drugs, cars, spouses and kids.  Even Jesus has been distorted and turned into an idol by some.  They have made Jesus into something that He is not.  When people worship a fictitious Jesus (and not the real Jesus), they are worshipping an idol.

Moses demands that the Israelites make a commitment this day (39) like Joshua does about 40 years later (Josh 24:15).  Moses reminds them of the promises of God if they would obey Him (40).

Today, Christians also need to make a commitment to seek to know God and His commands, obey them, teach them to their children and avoid putting other things ahead of God.

As the Israelites entered the promised land, would they seek to know God and His commands, obey them, teach them to their children and avoid putting other things ahead of Him?  The Bible, and history, tells us that they did not (for the most part).  But we can break the cycle of history, if only we choose for ourselves whom we will serve TODAY.  Don’t let today slip away.

Have a blessed week,