Just returned home from a 3-day “mini vacation” for the 25th anniversary–what a difference a 3-day break can make! 

We did all sorts of things we don’t usually do.  First, we stopped at a local marsh.

Then we continued on to our rental cabin.

We did a lot of walking, on trails

and by water

and even rented a surrey (my legs were too short to peddle it).

My husband did some wine-tasting

and we ate at many restaurants we had never been to (such as Outback Steakhouse and Olive Garden)—we chose them off the latest poll of Top Full-Service Restaurant Chains.

We spent time reading

took a pontoon boat tour,

and even re-decorated our car!   (just kidding!)

We made a lot of memories and added some private jokes to our repertoire!


By the way, the hymn that was sung at our wedding was Be Thou Exalted.  The words were written by Fanny Crosby, which remained unnoticed until Alfred Smith wrote a tune for them.  Alfred Smith, a hymnist who had worked with Billy Graham, spent a week at my college leading us in very rousing and wonderful singing, including this song; I bought his hymnbook at that time and it is the 5th hymn in that book (Victorious Life Hymns).