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Seeking Rest and Family Time: An Autumn Day Drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Our Veterans Day weekend was spent driving through the mountains of Virginia, enjoying the loveliness of God’s creation, stopping for pictures and views from Lovers Leap and picturesque Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway.   The Mabry Mill Resturant was closed for the season, so we had lunch for the first time at the Crooked Road CafĂ©, where we feasted on turtle and pumpkin cheesecake. It was scrumptious! The owner's wife makes the pumpkin cheesecake from scratch. 
We rested, and relaxed, and took time for ourselves away from the rest of the world, simply to enjoy nature and each other. In a world that can be so busy, we have to be intentional about taking rest.  It is so important to take advantage of these moments, to find solace and silence, to refocus, and regroup. From Mabry Mill, we continued several miles north on the Blue Ridge Parkway to visit my grandparents, who live atop of 35 picturesque acres overlooking the rolling hills and scenic valleys of Southwest Virginia.   Isn’…

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