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Christmas Vacation

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I have family not on facebook so am uploading hundreds of pictures for them to see from our recent trip to Virginia and Pigeon Forge. We had a wonderful time. During one of our drives through Tennessee my youngest daughter said, “I keep thinking about the song, “Hills and Valleys” driving through all these mountains.” I’ve continued to hear those words over the few days. Here are the lyrics and I’ll place a link for you to listen to the song as well. How amazing our Lord would give such insight to a 12 year old child and how amazing it would be the words her mother would need to hear the most.

I’ve walked among the shadows
You wiped my tears away
And I’ve felt the pain of heartbreak
And I’ve seen the brighter days
And I’ve prayed prayers to heaven from my lowestplace
And I have held the blessings
God, you give and take away
No matter what I have, Your grace is enough
No matter where I am, I’m standing in Your love
On the mountains, I will bow my life
To the one who set me there
In the valley, I will lift my eyes to the one who sees me there
When I’m standing on the mountain aft, didn’t get there on my own
When I’m walking through the valley end, no I am not alone!
You’re God of the hills and valleys!
Hills and Valleys!
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone!
I’ve watched my dreams get broken
In you I hope again!
No matter what I know
These are from Virginia. You should be able to click on each picture to enlarge the ones you want to see larger.

And these are from Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg. A large portion of the river was frozen but it was still gorgeous. If you can zoom in on the angel you will see she is holding a dove. At the end of the Christmas story of the stampede show they released a dove which flew across the auditorium and flew to the angel. It was amazing. While my children probably enjoyed Wonder Works the most, the Dixie Stampede dinner and show was definitely the highlight for me, other than the views. The aquarium was fun and we enjoyed the bottomless boat ride but I didn’t take my good camera in for that adventure.



Author: slpaden

I was a single mother of one for nearly 11 years. I know the hardships that come along with that title. Throughout those years of early adulthood, I lived a life full of lies and deception until I turned 28. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. The alcohol, drugs, and lies had caught up with me. I had lost everything. On July 7, 1998, I put down the cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol in order to begin breaking the cycle of addiction, but something was still missing. I was still empty. I needed someone who would love me unconditionally, who would never leave me and never forsake me, who would guide me . . . . who I could trust. I had been looking for love and acceptance in every man I could find and was still without hope. But . . . on October, 19, 1998, just over 90 days into sobriety, I realized I couldn't do this thing called life on my own. I needed a Savior . . . the one that would love me unconditionally and accept me for all my failures. And on that day I asked Jesus in to my heart. The decision to follow Christ and ask Him in to my heart has been the best decision I have ever made. Since that day, the road of healing began. I have learned and continue to learn there are several layers of healing, but through it all, He has never abandoned me. I've been blessed with restoration of my family. God blessed me with a husband that didn't care about my sketchy past and blessed us with two additional children. My oldest is now married and has blessed me with two amazing grandchildren. My son was diagnosed with Asperger's, Tourette Syndrome, a mood disorder, Sensory, Anxiety, and a sleep disorder. My daughter has been diagnosed with OCD, Sensory, Anxiety, and Tics. Through all these transitions and challenges, the Lord has been so faithful. He has carried me in my weakness, bottled every tear, prodded me to ask questions and taught me to be a voice for my children. There have been days I have questioned why the Lord would think I am strong enough to parent two special needs children, but what He has shown me is that through my weakness He becomes my strength. Our family is also involved with fostering and rescuing animals. While we aren't as active as we used to be, and I have to say no a lot, I am amazed at how the Lord provides when He allows me to say, "yes."

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