You say, "Deer." I hear, "Dear." - Peninsula Part 3

The last day of our getaway was what I'd like to call...a relaxing adventure -- if that doesn't contradict itself :)

(More from this trip Here and Here) 

We woke up when we wanted, went for breakfast and then ventured out for an all day bike ride in Peninsula State Park!



(At the risk of sounding like Goldilocks...) The air was brisk and just right.

Not too hot and not too cold. 

Usually the adventurer in me would want to have kept riding and riding fast, but we didn't.

We would stop at the water's edge, snap captures of the beautiful scenery and take it all in. 

It was glorious. Just what we needed...together. 


All along, the Kavs was ahead or behind me yelling, "Dear, isn't this great?"


And then this happened. 

Let's just say I am not the strongest biker. There were just a few hills that I had to build up major speed before hitting the base of them and striving to make it to the top. 

So I am biking my hardest, mid way up the hill. 

And all of the sudden I hear the Kavs yell,..."DEAR"..."DEAR!" 

Since that's always what he calls me and I don't have time to look back or I will lose momentum, I pump my legs faster...

A second time he yells, "Dear!!" Except this time I realize, he is not calling affectionately for me, ... 


I had just ridden past a DEER...literally 1 foot away from my bike :) 


Let's just say where you see the deer in this photo above,...I basically rode past him near the edge of this road ...completely unaware.

Oh did we laugh. I was so focused to get up that hill that I had no idea I had literally almost run a deer over.  


 But isn't that how life is sometimes? We are so focused and determined to get through life and it's challenges that we can completely miss God's grace and beauty that constantly surrounds us.



My husband was enamored at being so close to these beautiful tame creatures. 



We spent at least 20 minutes just watching them and I adored every minute. 

Not typical of my "always on the go" behavior, but it was wonderful.


And we ended the day beach-side...with a Cherry-filled lunch of cherry bread and jam, coupled with pickles and apple cider donuts from my favorite local farm.

Exquisite afternoon I'd say :) 



Today I will be in Indiana at a conference and I cannot wait to learn and grow there! 

My goal this weekend and this week: To take the time to pay attention to His creation, and less time focused on the trials around me. 

There will always be some sort of hill to get over, but it's so critical to try to enjoy the process, or we might miss something amazing :) 

Have a wonderful weekend!!! 

 {Life}  {Faith}


Weekend Peninsula Getaway - Part 2

Last week, I shared about the start of our get-away to Door County HERE!

The morning after we arrived, we went for breakfast at my favorite place...The Cookery!

The food is incredibly fresh, everything is locally grown and the dried cherries, cherry jam, local maple syrup and granola toast...soul food. 

Then we did the tourist shop-hop, walked around the marina, and followed that by an all day hike.  It was just what we were hoping for.



Our last day here was our kind of "adventure" ;) I will share more soon! 



Oh, to have more days like this! 


It. Was. Glorious.  


Perfection on the Penninsula - Part 1

The longer we are married, the more the Kavs and I are finding it critical to not only to have "date nights" on the calendar...but to also get away -- just he and I. 

And since we are both working most days of the week, getting "away" means more than a night where we shut down out our computers and grab a good movie.

We literally need to leave the house, or I am ashamed to admit...I become restless with that check list lingering over my head and most likely our good intentions will ultimately turn to work.

Do you go through this? 

So we packed our bags, found an incredible cabin, recommended by my dear friend Katrina and we headed to charming Door County. 

Now THIS is a sight I like to see :) A fully packed car, with bicycles in tow...



Only a 3 hour drive and we pulled up here, to this private--charming cabin... 




I was tickled!!

And poor Kavs. He had to deal with my squeals of delight,  (but secretly I could see in his eyes --  he was squealing inside too ;)


So we unpacked out bags and set out for a walk on the shores of Ephraim.



It was incredibly ideal.

In a "will somebody pinch me" type of way.


The ironic part: My mother was on the beautiful cape out east at the time...but in just a short drive....I felt like we were there as well.


The air was crisp, we had soothing chamomile tea with honey and lemon, and we watched the sunset over the glistening bay. 


No emails to answer. No phones ringing. Just he and I. 

Counting our blessings to even have the chance to get away. 

And we were dreaming. 

We were nestled in the woods, but steps away from the water front and night life. 


The entire time, my heart was jumping out of my chest.

I was that excited. 

Its the little things. 


This is the charming place we hope to stay in next year? The French Country Inn...

It was next store to our cabin and so, so beautiful. 


I will be posting more photos of our adventures next week too, if you care to see them :)

Truly, if you havent made it to Door County...the Fall will be incredible!! 

Lord knows we could all use time away with our loved ones... to feed our souls in this crazy busy world.

Happy Friday!!!