Monday, July 14, 2008

Pigeon Forge Getaway

Our trip to Pigeon Forge was relaxing, a little stressful, and even convicting. We got there around 6pm on Friday, checked in with the rental agency, and then went to find the cabin. As I was backing out of the parking space, we heard this awful noise. Josh immediately got out to see what had happened. The right side of the front fender had come completely loose! There was a huge spike sticking out of the concrete in front of the parking space. When Josh parked, he apparently got too close to it, and when I backed up, it held on to the fender. We didn't worry about it too much while we were in Pigeon Forge, because the only time it mattered was on the mountain roads.

The cabin we stayed in was beautiful! We were at the top of a mountain road, and while it was a little scary driving up there (I always felt the car was going to fall backwards), it was well worth the view. We had a pool table on the ground floor; a living area, kitchen, bathroom, & porch on the 2nd floor; and two bedrooms and a bathroom on the top floor. Josh & I enjoyed sitting on the porch and even playing a couple games of pool (I was awful). Thomas also enjoyed the pool table (see pictures below).

We stayed at the cabin most of the time, because we just wanted to relax and not spend a bunch of money. On Saturday evening, we ate at the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant and had some of their wonderful apple fritters! Josh was very sweet to me and happily went shopping with me at the Tanger Outlet Mall.

Sunday morning we left around 11am, not realizing that everyone else was leaving at that time too. Once we got through traffic and ate lunch at Cracker Barrel, we were ready to go home. However, now that we were headed toward the interstate and driving around 55mph, we realized we couldn't drive home with the fender hanging loose, because it was dragging the ground. We stopped at a gas station to buy duct tape (we were trying anything we could), but as Josh came back to the car, a guy that we had seen earlier and had been very judgmental about, came over to help us. He told Josh that duct tape wouldn't hold it and we needed rope or wire. Thankfully, he had some rope and he fixed the car up for us. After he helped us for free, Josh and I felt very convicted about our thoughts toward him. He had tattoos all over him, and was wearing very baggy pants that showed half his underwear. More than likely, this guy wasn't a Christian, but instead of sinfully judging him, we were convicted of how we need to pray for him.

We are very thankful for the time to get away, but are glad to be home again. Here are some pictures of our trip.



3 comments:

Jessica Little said...

First of all, I love your haircut! She did a great job; are you pleased? Your cabin is beautiful. Isn't it such a breathtaking place? I know what you mean about the road up though; that's how it is at Bryan's sister's. It sounds as if you all had a wonderful time!

Summer O. said...

Wow...what a trip you had!!!! The Tanger outlets are one of my favorite places in Pigeon Forge...LOL. Way to go Josh...what a sweet gift with the shopping trip :-)

Glad you guys are back...you were greatly missed. We will see you, Lord willing, Wed. night!!!

HUGS!!!

Ashley said...

So much fun! Sorry that happened to your car...But I definitely know what you mean about being judgmental. I've been convicted here lately as well! Thankfully the Lord gives and loves even though we don't, then works in our hearts to make him more like himself!