"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.



What a lovely weekend.  We stayed at the Tapoco Lodge in Robbinsville, NC. A lovely old inn on the Cheoah River. Two nights sleeping in the most comfortable bed ever, listening to the rush of the river through the open window. And the food, well just amazing!

Spring in NC is truly beautiful.  Look, can you see the heart carved out in the ground?  It's shadowed perfectly.  I did not see it until I uploaded my photos, this will certainly end up on a journal page.

 my purple is fading fast, bummer!

I had a bit of time to sit and journal. I am liking this journaling a bit each day. I am sure i will continue to do spreads in one sitting, but it's nice to have the freedom to do both.  

My precious, kind hearted, best chicken noodle soup maker husband!

Where I had the workshop, the views surrounding this little place are amazing. 
And the smell, what is it about the smell in the mountains. I breathe deeply when there.

My sweet friend Marsha Harwood who keeps it all moving smoothly, and who's love and care 
for the people in the area is boundless.

Marsha has a radio ministry called Grace Cafe.  When you have a moment check out

I am going to be busy, busy, busy these next few weeks getting ready for The Little Red Barn sale.
Forgive me if i am not visiting or leaving comments.  Not ignoring you all, just a bit overwhelmed.

Grace, peace and love!


Bren said...

Looks like a fab weekend all way round! All the best at the Red Barn sale, don't push past what you can recover from in a day :-) See you when you come up for air

Anonymous said...

Mary, what a fabulous uplifting post! You both look very happy, and your life seems very full right now. Thanks for the heads up about the Snowbird Team Ministries....I'll check it out. Although not a journal keeper like this myself, I can appreciate the time which goes into gorgeous journal pages like these.

Ophelia said...

Wow Mary!!!
Lioks so awesome!!

Bevie said...

Wow Mary I'm so happy you had Greg with you on your visit to NC so you two could take in the beautiful sites there. I'm sure your journaling class went well!!! You look awesome sweetie...love to you both!

espe said...

oooh CArolina del norte, que envidiaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Buffy said...

This looks and sounds so amazing! I love visiting north carolina. We usually go in the summer. Thank you so much for your concern of where I have been,(its nice to be missed) I had some health issues and some family issues so blogging time has been hard to find but I'll be back soon.

Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

Sounds wonderful! You two look so sweet together! I love your journal spread, Mary. Have a great week!

Nancy said...

I can tell this was a wonderful weekend....time spent in a beautiful place with your hubby and a wonderful journal class to teach to boot.....I am so glad you are venturing out to teach more classes....more women to be blessed by you sweet lady....

Pace yourself with the Redbarn sale...I don't want you to get sick....Best to you sweetie....

Love you friend,

S. Etole said...

Such a scenic area to enjoy your husband and workshop.

Poetic Artist said...

What a wonderful relaxing adventure you and your sweet hubby had..I want to come to the Red Barn but I will have to wait and see all the pictures you are going to make and show us..PLZ

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

Wow!! What GOR-geous surroundings! It looks like you had a wonderful weekend. :)

Anonymous said...

Hello! Just stopping by to tell you how much I love your etsy shop! I'm following you now. ;-)

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Oh Mary I loved seeing the photos of you and your hubby. It's nice that you two could make a little time away together out of your teaching time at the workshop. What a wonderful inn to stay in, or it looks so warm, comfy and welcoming.

The spot and space for the workshop looks awesome! Bet it was a wonderful weekend. So happy for you and the way your art is being noticed and you being used to show others how to make it. I bet you are a wonderful teacher too. Can't wait to see what you've made for the Red Barn Sale.

Hugs to you friend,
♥Lee Ann

caryjo said...

My husband and I would have loved the time together and in that lovely scenic area. Never been to NC; hope the day comes when that does occur. Happy for you.

Jennifer Richardson said...

Mary you're so beautiful,
faded purple and all
(mine left so quickly too!)
and I love the heart in soil
and that rolling river
and the love between you
and that handsome hubby!
what a gorgeous life
you're living:)