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Showing posts from October, 2012

See Jack {late September/early October 2012}

This is an ongoing series of videos that I am sharing so that our extended family can keep up with how Jack is growing and changing in these early years.

Happy Halloween yall! Since I am trying to get caught up by going in order of videos, I don't have a Halloween video for today, but if you want to see Jack in his cow costume, be sure to check out Monday's post -- there is a video of him dressedand playing in a bouncy house at the very end.

See Jack be mesmerized by the fountains at Bridge Street in Huntsville. {late September}
See Jack cruise. He is cruising everywhere these days, 
getting more proficient all the time. It won't be long until he is walking.
{late September/early October}

See Jack bounce. 
He is a big fan of his jumparoo.Seriously, he LOVES to bounce.
{early October} 

Halloween Festivities

If I were being truly honest, I would have to admit that for the last 10 years Daniel and I have basically hidden from all things Halloween related. 

It's not that we have anything against the holiday, we either didn't live in kid-friendly neighborhoods or when we did live in a good neighborhood {in Charlotte}, we would turn out the lights and hide in our basement so that we wouldn't have to hand out candy. 

I think the main reason for this was that we are cheap frugal and buying candy is expensive. Or perhaps it was because in Charlotte we were living in a partially-renovated house {an ongoing 5-year project} and it felt weird to open the door to our chaotic mess to perfect strangers.

Whatever the reasons were before, we now have a child; and while we could personally care less about getting dressed up for the holiday, we don't want to rob our child of this type of fun.

As an added benefit, we are learning that there is joy to be had in vicariously doing things through/…

Northwest Georgia: Amicalola Falls

In the Moore household, a vacation is not a vacation without a good hike. 

Yes, we did "hike" to the top of Brasstown Bald, but 6/10ths of a mile, one way, is a little light for us. Even if the trail was straight up the side of the mountain. Technically, since we were able to push a stroller to the top I'm not sure Brasstown Bald can actually be classified as a hike.

Anyways, our real hike was to the base of Amicalola Falls in Amicalola State Park. 

With a drop of 759-feet, this waterfall is the tallest cascade in the Southeast.

An eight-mile approach trail leads from the ranger station in the park to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the 2,135-mile Appalachian Trail.Hiking the entire AT happens to be #93 on my life list, so it was exciting to see theapproach to the AT.

We had a perfect day for hiking.

Jack was a little trooper. We are so thankful he endures being hauled on our little adventures.

We took the New Appalachian Approach Trail/Base of the Falls Trail for 1 mil…

Northwest Georgia: Brasstown Bald

We couldn't visit Northwest Georgia, the beginning of the Appalachian Mountains, without making an effort to see the highest point... 

Getting to the top of all of the highest peaks in the USA is #5 on my life list

Sadly, I think my 12-year-old self would be greatly disappointed that 20 years later I am just now bagging #7 out of 50. 

At this rate, I should see all of the high points in the USA if I live another 120 years. Yikes. I need to get on this goal and drag Daniel to more that 1 high point every 3 years. I digress.

The highest point in Georgia is Brasstown Bald, with a summit elevation of 4,784 feet above sea level. It was a 56-mile drive from where we were staying. This area of Georgia is absolutely gorgeous. After lunch and saying our goodbyes to my siblings, we headed up through the mountains so that I could cross Georgia off of my list.

Technically we didn't "climb" this mountain in the true sense of the word. We drove to the park at the top, then walked the…

My Great Uncle Joe

My great uncle Joe Cannon went home to heaven yesterday. He lived a long, good life. He meant a lot to a multitude of people around the world. He served as a missionary to many countries for the entirety of his adult life. To many he was a hero of faith for our time. And I believe he was.

However, this man was something more for me... 

Without Joe Cannon, I don't know if there would be a Cheree Voyles Moore.

You see, when a young, foolhardy Canadian grew up and went to Harding College in Searcy, Arkansas and married a quiet girl from Oklahoma, it set a chain of events in place that allowed my parents to meet.

In 1947, this young man and his bride boarded a ship for their honeymoon that was bound for Japan to become missionaries. In 1971, Joe and Rosabelle moved their work to Papua New Guinea {PNG}. This primitive country was in need of more missionaries so Joe went back to North America to recruit.

In Canada, he sat down with Ray and Elizabeth Lock. They were considering moving their f…

Northwest Georgia: Canoeing

I am a sucker for first-time experiences.I like to go new places and experience new things. There is so much to see and do in this world that I guess I feel that I will miss out if I just spend my life repeating the same experiences over and over.

One of the great things about having kids is that not only can you have great experiences, but regardless of whether the experience is new or not, it is new to the child and you get the privilege of experience it FIRST HAND through the child. It is truly amazing.

After a busy Saturday of visiting Burt's Farm and Hillcrest Orchards, we slept in, had a late breakfast and then decided to take our canoe out on the little lake behind the cabin. We thought it would be easier to launch from a put in point up the road, so we loaded the canoe and piled into the Subaru.

This was my niece's first canoeing experience. She was so excited. She really wanted to swim and was not keen on wearing a life vest.Her mom gave her a pep talk – mostl…