This sign says it all, doesn't it? We are heading to the mountains of North Carolina for the 4th of July weekend. My sister and her husband retired and live in the mountains of North Carolina. My parents have a home there as well, that they live in during the spring, summer and fall. We live about a 2 hour drive from them and we go up every chance we get. Not only is it about 20 degrees cooler up there in the summer, but it is God's country and is sooooo beautiful there. We love it!!!
We will be spending the 4th of July with my family in the mountains. This is a view of my Mom's porch. We all love this porch swing. My girls have lots of memories of good times sitting in this porch swing when they were growing up. They love to sit here and read. You can hear the water in the creek when you sit on the porch. It is so peaceful! There is a mountain behind the house with cows grazing on it and the mountain in front of the house has Christmas trees growing on it. That is where we cut our Christmas tree each year.
Here is another view of the porch. My Mom loves flowers and she has them everywhere. She loves to decorate for the 4th . Her little sign, God Bless America, lights up at night. Mom even has a fountain that sits among these flowers, but it isn't on in this picture.
This is my parent's house that they live in during their time in the mountains. It is the home that my father lived in as a child. (Remember he is 89 years old, so this house is old too!) It is where my Grandparents lived when they were living. We used to visit them here and I have so many wonderful memories of times spent with my Grandparents, my aunts, uncles and cousins. This house used to be heated by a wood stove. My grandmother cooked on the wood stove in the kitchen. There was not a bathroom when I was a child and we had to use an outhouse. We took our baths in a metal tub in front of the wood stove. (There is a bathroom now, thank goodness!)
Doesn't this look delicious? This was our 4th of July meal last year. We will have the same type of cookout this year. Hamburgers and hot dogs, with all the trimmings and lots of yummy desserts.
Here is a picture of some of the family that was there at my sister's last year for our 4th of July cookout. There is my sweet Dad in the bottom left of the picture.
This is a view of my sister's beautiful farmhouse! I just love her porch. She has a porch swing and lots of rocking chairs. We love to sit out on her porch too and rock away the evenings. So peaceful!!!
I love the houses all decorated for the 4th!!!
My Mom and Dad's house and my sister's house are next to each other, but there is a field between them. My brother-in-law has a big garden and my Dad has blueberry bushes and apple trees. I love it when we go up in the summer, because we get to eat lots of good food from the garden.
There is also a street festival that goes on this weekend downtown, so we will enjoy going to that. Lots of great music, street dancing, crafts, food, etc. It is called Christmas in July and it promotes the Christmas tree industry that is so big in this part of our state. A huge portion of the Christmas trees that are sold, come from North Carolina.
I will take pictures and do another post of our trip this weekend, but I thought you all would enjoy seeing pictures that I took last year, so you could see where we were going to be. Now you can see why we love to go up so much. It is so pretty up there and so nice to have the cool mountain breezes!
I hope all of you have a wonderful 4th of July being with family and friends and celebrating the freedom that we are so proud to have! Thanks to all of you who have family members who have fought or who are presently fighting to give us that freedom. Praying for travel mercies for all those traveling and may you have a great holiday weekend filled with lots of rest, relaxation and wonderful memories.
Love & blessings,
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