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Weekends Will Not Wait

I love blissfully relaxing weekends. I don’t always get them, but I do love them. This past weekend was one such weekend.

The picture above is the view taken from the little cabin my husband and I just stayed in. Fresh air, a hot tub, and a porch swing. It doesn’t get much better than that. Actually it does . . . I got to sleep in as late as I wanted two mornings in a row. If you are a parent of a toddler you know how glorious that is!

As I sat gazing at the mountain top scenery I wondered why we couldn’t have more enjoyable weekends like this. The answer hit me almost as soon as the question came. Times like this don’t just happen on their own . . . we have to MAKE them happen.

Our to do list will never be “donebecause there’s always more work to do. Weekends won’t wait. We just need to schedule the family fun now and make it top priority.

For the rest of our trip, Shawn and I began making plans for more family adventures this fall. We planned camping trips, bike rides, a weekend at a pumpkin festival, and much more. It was so exciting! I can’t wait to share it all with our children.

I want to take a moment and thank everyone who took advantage of my blog anniversary book sale last week. It was an awesome week for book sales! Because of my book sales and selling some stuff on ebay, our weekend in the woods was completely paid for. That’s a great feeling.  Beyond that, it was because of the chance to get away that we had some quiet moments to plan an awesome fall for our family. So thank you for your support. It means a lot to me.

What are your fall plans? I always love hearing new ideas. If you don’t have any plans yet, I’d encourage you to take some time and plan some today. You won’t regret it!

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Article originally published on 09/12/2011

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  1. The family and I are headed out this weekend to our family farm in Macon, Missouri. Going to be a week of fixing up the barn and painting white fences. I go every year with my pops, this year I am blessed to be bringing the wife and kids with me. I just know they are going to fall in love with the place. Plus it is like 75 and beautiful there this time of year. Can’t Wait!

    • Faith Janes says:

      That sounds great! The family time together will awesome. I’m sure your kids will love it. Can’t beat cooler temperature too. It was only in the 70s in the mountains this weekend. It was rough to come back to near 90’s. I hope you enjoy your time on the farm.

  2. I’m a little jealous Faith, but I’m also really, really happy for you. That might seem over the top about a weekend cabin trip, but I miss them so much! Florida is beautiful in so many ways but there’s nothing like sitting in a hot tub on a deck in some remote mountaintop hideaway.

    I wanted to make it up to our cabin in Arkansas this summer, but it didn’t happen because we spent so much on the tiny house. We are learning to enjoy small outings in a more populated area instead. I have to come up with some good Fall plans on a bit grander scale than what I’ve been doing. Thanks for letting me live vicariously through your weekend!

    p.s. I did take the whole weekend off, and had a lot of fun, but nothing as exciting as staying in a cabin in the woods!

    • Faith Janes says:

      Thanks, Tanja. I’ve got a deal for you. Other than cabin getaways, my other favorite destination is the beach. So I’ll live vicariously through your weekends and you can live vicariously through mine. 🙂

  3. I am so glad you got away to the mountains! Living in the same area as you, I am also longing for a mountaintop cabin… I do believe we are going to make a weekend trip to Biltmore Estate and the quaint little city of Asheville. Hopefully we will make it sometime in October!
    Bernice

  4. Looks like heaven to me! 🙂

  5. This weekend the nearby state park is hosting their annual Autumn Campground Decorating Contest. We have two sites reserved (have to reserve them 6 months in advance-popular weekend!). Last year, we had one site and, at one time, I counted 26 family and friends sitting around the campfire. Only 11 stayed the night but fun was had by all! Can’t wait to do it again this weekend!

  6. A timely post for me. I have just been thinking about how to simplify our weekends as we had a bit of a ‘weekend disaster’ in the weekend just passed!

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