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Friday, April 13, 2007

Hiking the Trail

When my son graduated from North Carolina State University, we dropped him off at Mount Katahdin, Maine and five months later we picked him up at Springer Mountain, Georgia. Amazingly, he hiked the entire Appalachian Trail which is a total of 2,174 miles. Leaving him on that cool, brisk sunny day in May was one of the hardest things that I have ever done. It was something that he desperately wanted to do and I had to put my faith and trust in God that He would look over my son and protect him, but if this was not God's will and something went wrong; my faith and trust allowed me to believe that God would give me the strength that I needed to survive. My son made it and along the way spent a lot of time with God, enjoyed the beauty of God's creation, made lasting friendships, but struggled each day with the strenuous effort that it took to survive walking for 20 or so miles most days. He persevered and learned many life lessons along the way. I was BLESSED as I watched my son continue on his quest. I prayed continuously, hiked some of the trail with him, mailed him packages to the mail drops along the trail, and waited patiently on the precious and few phone calls that he could make along the way. It is hard to describe the feeling of pride and love that I felt as I saw him walking toward me at the end of that trail. I hugged that dirty, smelly, son of mine and thanked God for all of the BLESSINGS along the way!

12 Comments:

Blogger patterns of ink said...

I've been keeping my eyes peeled for this post. (My Dad always said that, too. He also used to say, "Stick to your guns" when he wanted us hold our convictions. Anyway....)
This hike stroy is an amazing life-changing thing for a young man to do.
So...
When you have time, tell us about the spiral walking stick he took with him. =)
I have a post coming about walking sticks like the one you have in that March 27 post. They are not common and begin in a special "natural" way.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Cris said...

I'm glad to hear that all went well. It's times like that it's tough to trust God, but in the end your faith is stronger because of it. I'm sure he'll remember this for the rest of his life.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

What an amazing journey! He should be able to do anything now.

4:34 PM  
Blogger Morning Glory said...

Wow, that is an amazing journey! I can imagine the pride you feel!!

5:18 PM  
Blogger gail said...

What an accomplishment, I know you're proud! That is probably a good time to do that right after you graduate before too many other things get in the way of it.
One of my best friends has a son who quit college to work in a ski town for a few years; they thought he might come home after this season and now he's wanting to hike the AT. I don't think he's going to be able to do but half of the trail. I know they will worry about him & have already worried about him and his spiritual growth so I hope this could be a good time for him.
It sounds like it was wonderful for your son. Thanks for sharing that.

8:26 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

How proud you must be of your son's achievement! Absolutely wonderful :)

9:20 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

What a great adventure - and how proud you must be. I thought immediately of Peter Jenkins and his book "A Walk Across America". I hope your son kept a journal. What an amazing story he must have to tell.

10:44 PM  
Blogger eph2810 said...

Wow, just thinking about hiking 2,174 miles takes my breath away. What a wonderful accomplishment your son has completed.

Blessings to you and yours...

1:48 AM  
Blogger linda t said...

Oh my, what we Mother's endure... I can't imagine. But we serve a God who is faithful and trustworthy... and loves our kids more than we could ever imagine. AND HE knows to not to give me more than we can handle...
Our third born/ baby just turned 18 and got his license and I've had to once again turn over my fears and trust him with the Lord, as I did with the other two. The Lord has given me such a peace!
Thanks for sharing Nancy!

2:45 PM  
Blogger patterns of ink said...

Busy weekend. I did write a new post but not the one about walking sticks. Have a blessed week!

And now for those squiggly letters....

12:49 AM  
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7:57 AM  
Blogger purple cucumbers folk art said...

IT'S A FRONT PORCH PARTY!
I am going to have a front porch party on the morning of April 30th.
so come on over and sat a spell.
bring your mountain dew ,coffee or what ever,cracker pie or anything else even art work. Just bring y'alls selvs.
ALL Y'ALL HAVE TO DO IS LEAVE A COMMENT TO THIS POST BETWEEN TONIGHT AND BY 8 A.M ON THE 30TH AND I WILL DRAW A NAME ON THE 30TH AND THE WINNER WILL GET A FREE PAINTING OF CHOISE.
TITLES Y'ALL CAN CHOOSE FROM ARE ON MY EARLY POST A FEW WAYS DOWN POST THAT SHOWS ALL MY WORK.
IT WILL BE A 11"X 8" SO LEAVE THEM COMMENTS SWEETPEAS.
FOR EVERY 50 DIFFERENT COMMENTS EACH A DIFFERENT PERSON/BLOGGER THERE WILL BE A WINNER UP TO 200 COMMENTS.. LETS GET READY FOR A PARTY DARLINGS.
oh a added thoughts,bring yourselvs,art ,photos,creative,lemonaid,garden hat anything at all and I will share the photos afterwards. I will have the table set with mountain dew,coffee,chocolate truffles,pans of beans to shell ,art and anything else I can think of between now and then.

The drawing will be right after I have my meds,see to my auggie and tucker and my garden. I am having so much fun I dont know which way I am going,CAN Y'ALL TELL I LOVE GETTING COMMENTS! ebay is loaded,I just added aceo cards and paintings.COME SEE ME UMDER purple*cucumbers over there.

7:57 AM  

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