Friday, August 30, 2013

a morning in the Valley

One of our favorite field trips - The Cheese Shop! We go about once a quarter, or three times a year, and it's always a fun excursion. When we get there, everyone gets to pick out a snack to share on the way home ("trading" in the car is part of the experience), and Mama buys our grain, oats, rice, etc in 25 or 50 lbs bags which normally lasts until the next time we get over.
It's also a beautiful drive (about an hour) over the mountains into the Shenandoah Valley. The Valley is full of history, and has a distinct character - just driving through tells a story. Lots of green, rolling farmland and classic farmhouses, and an over-all old-fashioned back-in-time sort of feel. There's a pretty big Mennonite population in the Valley, and it was a blessing to see the number of homes in Stuarts Draft that had Scripture verses on signs by their mailboxes - your brain has to read them whether you want to or not! :D It's a simple, but powerful witness.

“You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans. ” - Ronald Reagan

Not sure what's happening here, but it's funny. Meet Michael.

Of course, there had to be something to trigger a memory...kinda missing Carrie right now as a result. See that "$4 Lunch" sign? We've split a bunch of those, like good sisters do. <3

twin silos <3

my mountains - the Blue Ridge.

So blessed to live in such a beautiful area of the country!

1 comment:

  1. Virginia is right up there with my home state as one of the most beautiful places in the country. Every time we drive through and stop for a time, I don't want to leave. My grandmother lives near a large community of Mennonites as well, and it's hard to get invested in a book when you're driving past all the picturesque farms with the dresses and shirts hanging on the wash-line in much the same fashion they did two centuries ago. I love that sensation of being transported back in time.

    Your Blue Ridge mountains are glorious! I remember when we visited Monticello and stopped in Jefferson's garden for nearly an hour just to enjoy the view. You truly have a lovely place to call home, dear. :)