Douglas Lake in the Smokies!

When you go to the mountains you expect to hike, camp. Shop, and go to Dollywood, but finding a lake with the mountains in the background was so exciting. They have boats and kayaks to rent. This restaurant called Cowboys on the Water in Dandridge, Tennessee is superb. Whether you choose the steaks or the seafood it is great. Music plays on Friday and Saturday nights and you can dance! So next time you go to the mountains include a day at the lake.

My favorite West Virginia Wedding

My sweet younger sister, LaDonna, died 5 years ago and now on this day, August 24, 2019, her youngest son got married. It was a perfect wedding that showed the love between them, their families and their love of West Virginia. My sister couldn’t be there in person but her influence was every where. The bride, Jennifer and the groom, Cameron honored her in so many special ways. LaDonna has the first chair as you came down the aisle with her picture and flowers and a message to her on it. Cameron worked very hard to clean up LaDonna’s old tapes so her voice could be used singing during the ceremony. As the preacher asked all of us to give our blessing a huge wind blow through rustling the leaves and we all knew it was her giving her blessing as well.

The setting was so gorgeous in the woods with an overlook that showed the true beauty of West Virginia. The guests road golf carts to get to the reception which was another beautiful area of mountains in the background. The large white tent housed the tables, food, musicians, and dance floor. And again there were sweet pictures of LaDonna at the gift table. I had the special honor of dancing the mother/son dance but I have to admit when her voice starting singing, My Valentine, Cameron and I both shed a few tears.

I’ve never been to a wedding where the bride shared her special day so unselfishly. I can’t wait to get to know her better in the many years ahead of us. LaDonna certainly would approve.