Welcome to JOYFUL REFLECTIONS. Also welcome to SEPTEMBER. My header photo this month shows a Sunset over the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, taken from our balcony at Skyland Resort in August, 2020. Have a great month ahead.

Monday, April 25, 2022

What We have been Up-To!!!!!!

Dear Blog Friends,   Today's post talks about 3 events we have been participating in recently.  First of all,  we visited Loyston Point Campground here in TN (on Norris Lake) to visit Mark and Robin on April 2 where they were camping for the weekend.  Secondly, we visited BILTMORE to see the Tulips on April 12,  and thirdly, we went to a funeral (my sons'  aunt) in Knoxville on April 16.  Funerals are always bittersweet. Losing a loved one is never easy, BUT getting some Family Fellowship time including Pictures is JOY....About 16 of us went to Dinner following the service.   Hope you enjoy seeing all three events in today's pictures!!!


There's nothing better than sitting around a campfire in a gorgeous setting with wonderful people --AND enjoying the S'mores of course!!!!!! Ha!



We took a couple of walks around that beautiful lake.. That's Robin, George and Bert in the photo.



This is an internet picture of that awesome campground!!!  Such a beautiful and peaceful place!



We always enjoy seeing all of the multi-colored TULIPS when we go to Biltmore.



Some of the individual Tulips for you to enjoy!



Pretty Tulip



Love these colors together



We took a short hike above the Walled Garden to show you some of the tulip beds from a distance.

Some of the Azaleas were blooming 



I love the colors of this Azalea.   We hope to go back to Biltmore soon to see more of the Azaleas which hadn't bloomed yet when we were there.



After eating dinner, we went outside of Calhoun's to take some pictures.  Here's one that George took of me with my wonderful sons and daughters-in-law!!  From left to right:  Robin, Mark, Mom, Bert ,Jeff, Dawn;  What an awesome family I have.



And of course,  I just HAD to have a picture with my 3 sons: Jeff, Mark, Mom, and Bert



We've taken one more little day-trip  (April 21) to Fall Creek Falls State Park here in Tennessee.  My next Blog Post will feature that amazing little trip!!!  Have an awesome week --and enjoy Spring!!!! Love to ALL!!!

Betsy💝💛💚💕


Sunday, April 17, 2022


 

HAPPY EASTER to ALL.  I hope you have a Blessed Day filled with lots of LOVE.   Christ is Risen!!!  Alleluia!

Thursday, April 7, 2022

George's 80th Birthday Trip -March 7-15, 2022

Hello Blog Friends, How are you? George and I are doing fine and hoping for Spring to finally get here! In March we took a nine day trip to celebrate George's 80th Birthday (March 9).  We first drove to the beach (Ocean Isle) and spent two days.  We walked on the beach; Ate seafood and prime rib;  and Walked in our favorite park (Sunset Beach).

Then we drove to Florida (near Tampa) and visited George's son and daughter-in-law. We enjoyed LOTS of great food;  Relaxing in their gorgeous Gazebo; catching up with family; and enjoying the delicous Strawberry Cake!!!

Hope you enjoy the pictures!! 

Hugs, 

Betsy💝💛💚💕

Here's a little collage I put together of the Birthday Boy!

Beautiful Sunset from our motel near Jacksonville, FL
Our favorite park near Sunset Beach, where it's always fun to walk and relax! Want to join us on the swing?????
The Gazebo at Islander Inn,  Ocean Isle Beach
We both enjoy walking on the beach --even when it's foggy and windy!
I love hearing and seeing the ROAR of the waves.
On George's actual birthday (March 9),  he chose to go to Boundary House in Calabash, NC for some of the best Prime Rib  EVER!!!!!  Yum!
And of course,  we had to check out all of the Christmas trees and decorations at Callahan's of Calabash... Oh how I love that store!!!!
Then it was off to sunny, beautiful, warm FLORIDA.  This is Bob and Melissa's back yard!!!  SO gorgeous!!
Relaxing in their comfy Gazebo was awesome!
The Birthday Boy is definitely RELAXED!!!!
Next came the beautiful Strawberry Cake for the Birthday Boy.
George and his son!!!!  (See how happy George was to be with Bob and Melissa.)
Beautiful Melissa,  George and Bob
Eat up Fellow --and have another piece!!!  Making it to EIGHTY is pretty darn special!!!!!   Hope you enjoyed your special birthday. I love you, more than life itself!!!!