Zip-lining in North Georgia

Zip-lining in North Georgia

Check one off the Bucket List

I’ve always wanted to go zip-lining on a course like this, and every year I’ve made this as a suggestion, its been around our anniversary.  But mid-June usually has sweltering heat, so as a Valentines Day gift to ourselves, Steph surprised me with Groupon Vouchers for this tour.  It was phenomenal.


  • Our tour was nearly 3 hours, so there was plenty of zip-lining time, but not too much.
  • Going in February is not a bad idea.  The tour guides told us there are often people who quit half way through the course when it is 90 degrees in the summer
  • On some of the zip-lines you can hit speeds of 40 to 45 MPH
  • One of the zip-lines is over 750 feet long going over trees and a small lake (great views)
  • Zip-lines are between tall tree-houses, one of which is 75 feet above the ground
Dukes Creek Falls

Dukes Creek Falls

Five Star Waterfall Hike

Dukes Creek Falls is a really, really nice hike for a family.  About 1:45 away from Woodstock, it makes for a nice weekend day trip.  The hike is about 1 mile in and 1 mile out, fairly level and easy walking.  Part of the path is paved, then turns into a wide dirt trail leading up to the falls.  There are several falls in the area that you can see from the trail as you get to the main overlook.


feeling the Holy Ghost

Lydia came up to me today and I wish I could have recorded our conversation. She never ceases to amaze me.

L- Mom, Dad was teaching me the other day about feeling the Holy Ghost. He said that when we do something kind for someone we can feel the Holy Ghost.

Me- That’s true.

L- Well, today at school I think I felt the Holy Ghost.

Me- Cool. What happened?

L- Well, we were supposed to clean our desks out but mine wasn’t messy because I am so organized (obviously she does not lack self-confidence). But Tyler’s was really messy so I helped him clean his desk. It took a long time and we were still cleaning and organizing his desk when everyone else was playing for recess. But I wanted to help him and I think I felt the Holy Ghost. I really have no idea what that feels like, but I think I felt it.

Me- I’m sure you did. How did you feel?

L- I just felt good and happy.

Me- That’s exactly how it feels. I’m so proud of you for helping your friend and recognizing that you felt the Holy Ghost.

And then I scooped her up in my arms, breathed her in, and held onto her for as long as she’d let me.

night to shine

Jared and I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Night to Shine event sponsored by the Tim Tebow foundation. I’ll be honest I had no idea who Tim Tebow was before this. Haha. The foundation puts on a prom for special needs guests who get the red-carpet treatment and are each crowned prom king or queen. It was the sweetest night! We were able to meet many of the guests and then escort their parents to an event especially for them while their child had the time of his or her life. I left with a full heart and a deeper gratitude for God’s plan for each of us. It was a night I will always remember and something that I hope I can be a part of year after year.