Thursday my sweetie and I headed to Fresno airport for the first leg of our journey for our Tennessee Thanksgiving. We arrived at the airport with time to spare so we decided to have breakfast. I had my usual Starbucks skinny hazelnut with cinnamon steamed in the milk, my sweetie had his cafe mocha extra hot and we each a breakfast pastry. Once we finished our breakfast we headed through security as we had about 30 minutes to wait before boarding our flight. I then received a phone call from the airline that our flight was delayed 2 hours which meant we would miss our connector in LA to Nashville. So to the gate I head along with every one else to reschedule our flights and made the necessary phone calls to family that we would now be arriving in Nashville 4 hours later than we planned. Once this was done we sat back to relax a while. While relaxing I reviewed our flight plan and discovered there would be no time for lunch at LAX as we had planned. So we decided to have a light brunch while waiting. While we were waiting I decided to read my morning devotion. I opened up my Kindle to read and discovered the title was Divine Delay. I felt like God was telling us that this delay was okay and that there was a reason for it and He was telling us to have patience and to continue to put our trust in Him. We finally were able to board and it looked like we were going to leave on time. But that wasn't the case as we sat on the tarmac for 25 minutes before we were to head out. Started to stress a little as our connector from LAX to Nashville was scheduled to leave at 12:45. Then God reminded me that He was in control, to sit back and enjoy the flight. So I did just that and we arrived in plenty of time for our flight, they were boarding when we arrived at the gate, but God had gotten us there in plenty of time. We arrived in Nashville and were greeted by the smiles of L Z and Debbie. Had a great visit as we traveled to their place in Winchester. Great day of blessings!
Friday everyone was up early as we were heading to Gatlinburg to spend a couple of days. Michael, Kellye and boys were meeting us there as was Justin and Sarah. I was an absolutely gorgeous day as we traveled and took in the sights. Our first stop as we arrived in Gatlinburg was The Christmas Store. Beautiful Christmas decorations and if you can't find it there they don't make it. L Z and Debbie had reserved two cottages for us all to stay in. Great day with family!
Saturday we were up early and headed out to the Pancake House for an early breakfast. After breakfast we headed to Ashville, North Carolina as were going to tour the Biltmore House. Each room, all 250 of them, was decorated for Christmas. I would have love to take some pictures but photography in the mansion was not allowed. However we did take some pictures of the outside and the surrounding grounds. After the tour we paid a visit to the Winery, walked around a little and then headed out for lunch at Deerpark Restaurant. Great buffet with just about anything you would want and you had your choice of breakfast items to prime rib. We then headed to the stables so the boys and Sarah could take a look at the horses. We thought about taking a carriage ride but they were booked for the rest of the day. It was then time to head back to Gatlinburg for some rest and relaxation which we all needed after what felt like miles of walking. Another great day with family!
We had originally planned to stay until Monday morning so we could attend The Miracle Theater to see the story of Christ but it had closed and the current production was Christmas at the Opry. There weren't any other shows open that we wanted to see so we decided to head back to Winchester that afternoon. We all headed out to the mall as the boys had some grade money to spend and of course we all needed a Starbucks. After a little shopping Michael, Kellye and boys headed to the Titanic Museum, Justin and Sarah wanted to shop a little longer, we went for a drive and we were to all meet at the Cracker Barrel for lunch. I had been really looking forward to this meal as Cracker Barrel is my favorite restaurant and we don't have one in California. I of course had my favorite Chicken n'Dumplings, Fried Okra, Buttered Corn, Green Beans, Hot Biscuit and a large sweet tea, great meal. After lunch everyone headed back to their home. Another great day with family!
We started our Monday off with a drive to Starbucks for our morning coffee and then to Hardees for a sausage biscuit. Drove around a little then headed back to the house. Spent the day relaxing, watching movies and enjoying each other's company. Wonderful blessed day!