The singing of the birds is melodious this morning as I sit on the porch at a bed and breakfast in Highlands, NC. Do not underestimate the power of a weekend, really 24 hours, away from your everyday life. It is a refreshing treat for Bill and I to be celebrating our 23rd anniversary basking in nature. The wildflowers are out and in full bloom…God is smiling again. I think his wildflowers are his messages to us. Have felt that way since I was a child. I am just fascinated with how they grow unbidden in the middle of nowhere. The waterfalls are a whole different thing…powerful and beautiful at the same time. How fresh the air feels on my face as we ride with the windows down, enjoying the sights and smells of the woods. Randomly visiting shops and trails alike we mosey along at our own pace. Like the old days, when we used to go through antique shops that dotted our path. It is like we are on a slower speed for these few stolen hours, but the rewards of peace are a great return for our time. Reconnecting and just enjoying being together are the best gift of the getaway. Meandering. Gallivanting. Ambling. No schedule. No rush. LOVE IT!!!