Hebrews 3:13 &14 / Pocono Mountains

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.

Over the long Labor Day weekend Me, Pops and Evy took a little trip to the Pocono Mountains. It was a much need trip for us. We encountered a life altering decision with our adoption of Cal. A troubling decision. We questioned whether or not this adoption could ever end with Cal in our arms and our home. We questioned the wisdom of falling in love with this little boy when the future seemed so uncertain in this Haitian adoption. Our physical eyes could only see the tombstone on the other side of the fence. So we prayed on our trip. Well, really we just rested. Cleared our minds. Looked to God's peace to still our hearts and minds. He also gave to me an revelation. Eternity. How will this effect eternity? Cal's eternity.

Do we allow the enemy to steal this precious child? NO WAY! He is Christ's! And we have been given charge of him. We will continue the fight in the Name of Jesus!

We actually stayed in Easton, a town just south of the Pocono Mountains. Easton sits on the confluence of the Delaware and the Lehigh rivers. It was a rather nice little spot.
Everything is a new experience through the eyes of children. We've been here before but even old experiences become fresh when seen through the eyes of Evy. It renews the blessing.
We explored the town by way of horse-drawn-carriage and then travel up to the Delaware Water Gap. Then we explored the National Park. Once again we've been there before but it felt fresh and new. As I reflected in my last post, about living for Today and cherishing the moment that make tomorrows memories, I couldn't help but think about the memories I had with my first three children when we visited this area many years before. Now we get to make some more! Today is the perfect Moment to Live!
We hiked a little in the woods and visited a unique museum.

This is the Nascar and Toy Museum. I think we've seen every kind of Nascar ever made. And the building was full of old and new toys. Many of the toys that I played with when I was a little girl. The whole collection was made up of the personal contribution of one man's passion. Toys! Eddie is a construction worker by trade, in his 60's. We chatted awhile as he told us of his cars and toys collection. In the process we found out that he had a difficult childhood. He was an adopted child that never heard the words "I love you" from his parents. They only gave him one toy growing up. A wooden truck. This truck is now part of the museum. He never said this, but I suspect that never having a toy growing up had sparked his passion. I believe there are over 12,000 pieces in his collection all together.
I was sad to hear how miserable he was as a child. But he did have a great respect for his father. And he said his father respected him. This seemed very important to him. We did share of Jesus' love and of a Loving God "Father". But he really didn't seem too interested in hearing about a God who allowed bad things to happen. I really had no words for him. I pray he saw Jesus in us. Lord Jesus, reveal yourself to him.
This is Jack the horse. Jack is able to pull 6 times his own weight.
And Evy was pretty thrilled about he Carriage ride with Jack.

On our final day we drove back down toward Bucks county and visited Noxamixon State Part (sp?) There was a marina in the park and it was such a beautiful day. This picture is a classic. Evy was watching the boaters put their sailboats in the water.
First Waterfall
After the State Park we went to Peddlers Village and Giggleberry Fair. We had alot of fun. The rest of the photos are random so enjoy.


Delaware River
New Jersey on the right, Pennsylvania on the left.
When I look at this picture, there is something missing; Cal!
John 15:7 & 8 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.


Kathy said...

Awesome pictures. It looks like you had a great time.

Courtney said...

I am so glad that Asher has such great people to fight for him!!