Embracing Life


Where shall we go tomorrow?  That’s all it takes, one simple text message and no convincing whatsoever to embark on yet another adventure with my sweet friend Amy!

White Oak Lavendar Farm in Harrisonburg, Virginia is where we began our day trip on this hot humid Saturday afternoon.


As we walked through the endless colors of purple and soft white fields, it literally took my breath away to experience such exquisite beauty.  This isn’t a place you want to just rush through, you want to savor every second and take in the sights, smells and sounds around you.
The fields were rippling with dark purple, soft lavendar and milky white flowers and in the distance you could see horses running through the fields.
The smell of lavendar filled the air as we strategically picked out each stem to cut for our bouquet which was later tied with a soft pink ribbon.
The bees hummed in unison as they gathered to taste the sweet nectar of those beautiful buds.



The Staff at White Oak outdid themselves as they welcomed each visitor with a smile.  They all dressed in lavendar colors and were very helpful and were eager to answer any question you may have had.
After literally forcing ourselves to leave this amazing little farm, we asked the young lady dressed in blue jeans and a light purple blouse to point us to our next destination.
Take a right, about 4 miles on your left…that was our direction.

After driving for what seemed like 10 miles down a long windy county road, nestled in the middle of corn fields was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.  As we drove up the driveway we sighed and giggled, anxiously waiting to see what was in store for us at Cross Key Vineyards.


I felt as though I was stepping into a romance novel.  For a brief minute I imagined a tall dark handsome man on a white horse sweeping me off my feet as we spent the remainder of our years taking long walks through the vineyards and crushing grapes with our bare feet.  Ok ok…so that was a bit dramatic.  But we can blame movies like Letters to Juliet and every Nicholas Sparks novel published for my creative imagination.    Fortunately our host fit the description of tall dark and handsome perfectly,  but the horse and him sweeping me to a land of endless love didn’t happen. (A girl can dream, right?)
We tasted every wine from red to white.  The white was our favorite and we shared a bottle on the stone porch and took in the views of the endless skies, soft white clouds and the mountains as our backdrop.




Joy was the name of the wine….yet the whole experience at Cross Keys was pure joy for me.

The day proved to be not long enough, as most days are when you spend it with people you love.
We finished the day with a short visit to Barnes and Noble where I picked up Paulo Coelho’s book The Pilgrimage.   It is his captivating account of his own pilgrimage on the road to Santiago.  (Another trip I vow to take some day!!)

Today was spent going to church, napping and making soap with my lavendar oils and fresh lavendar that was picked yesterday….while I day dreamed about our next big adventure.


Life is short.  Embrace every day as of it your last, because one day it will be.

Until next time….Stop and smell the flowers.


2 thoughts on “Embracing Life

  1. Patrick Duffy says:

    I really like the summary of your trip: “Life is short. Embrace every day as of it your last, because one day it will be”.


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