Weekend in North Carolina

Hi again, friends! Smile

Hope everyone had a great weekend.  I know I sure did.  I spent my weekend in North Carolina, and I loved every second!


I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m part of a women’s mentoring group.  In a nutshell, there are six women in my group, and we are mentored by a woman named Regina.  She has been married for 42 years, and she is an amazing woman of faith.  We all committed to a year-long journey together, under Regina’s leadership.  Each month, we read a book on a different topic (e.g., faith, parenting, marriage), memorize Scripture, and commit to daily time in the Word.  Then we meet at the end of each month and share what we learned. 

Well for October, instead of our normal meeting, we had a retreat in Highlands, North Carolina.


We stayed in a beautiful home for the weekend …



… and just enjoyed time together, as well as time in prayer and in the Word.

Saturday afternoon, we enjoyed a 2-mile hike up Whiteside Mountain.


The weather was pretty chilly (I believe in the upper 40’s!), but we warmed up quickly once we started moving!


The views were gorgeous, and we had so much fun chatting throughout the entire hike!

After our challenging hike, we felt that we deserved a little sweet treat.


Ice cream in 40 degree weather.  Totally normal, right?

(And in case you’re wondering: vanilla ice cream with Oreo, cheesecake, and marshmallow.  And yes, it rocked.)

The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing in the warm, cozy house.  We pitched in cooking meals, prayed together, giggled over silly stories from early in our marriages, and shared words of encouragement.  It was the perfect weekend with girl friends!

As great as the weekend was, I was ready to get home to my hubby and baby girl on Sunday.  I had missed them so much!  I am incredibly thankful to have a husband who didn’t hesitate to have a quality daddy-daughter weekend, while his wife ran off to another state! Winking smile  He’s definitely a keeper!

Question for ya …

What did you do over the weekend?

Do you enjoy hiking?

Do you eat ice cream during the cooler months?

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23 Responses to Weekend in North Carolina

  1. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries

    That sounds like the perfect girls’ weekend! Heck yes, I do ice cream ALL year – cold or not! ;) xoxo
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  2. Christi McGuire

    So glad you had a wonderful weekend!! The mentoring groups sounds incredible–really wish I had that early in our marriage. And a little R&R for mama is nice, too! :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      The group has really been a huge blessing. I wish I could continue with it next year!

      • Christi McGuire

        Why can’t you continue next year?
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        • notsodomesticated

          It’s a year-long program that she does with a group of women. She will be available to us beyond that year, if we want her to be. But the actual program that includes the monthly books and meetings ends in January. :)

  3. Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life

    Love that you were able to enjoy a wonderful girl’s weekend! I agree, giving Addie and her daddy time together is so important and you are very very blessed to have that wonderful option !
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Jana! Hope you guys had a nice weekend, as well!

  4. Melissa

    North Carolina is so beautiful, especially during the fall. Just look at those leaves, I bet you had some breath-taking views up there. Very surreal. I’m new to your blog, and read today that you read books about parenting and marriage. Well, I am hitting my first year of marriage next month, and would love to hear about any marital books you might be reading. So glad you had a wonderful weekend.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Hi Melissa! Thanks for the comment! And congratulations for hitting your first year of marriage!! :) We just read The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller, and I highly recommend it. Brandon and I would also recommend Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas. The 5 Love Languages is always a good and simple read, but also gives some great advice. I also really liked His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage. Hope that helps! :)

  5. Regina

    You recommended all great books I’ve used in mentoring. Loved being with you this weekend.

    • notsodomesticated

      Oh good, I’m glad you agree with the recommendations! We’ve read several, but those have been our favorites. Thank you for an incredible weekend!! :)

  6. Cheri Mcguire

    What a wonderful get-a-way with quality time wrapped up all in one. Always interested in what’s happening down Georgia way :-) Much Love ♥

  7. amy @ fearless homemaker

    Sounds like such a wonderful weekend!
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  8. Marjorie

    Looks like y’all had fun! And yes, ice cream is always appropriate, no matter what the weather is. :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Amen to that! ;)

  9. Monet

    Yay for a weekend to yourself! I can’t wait to do this! As soon as Lucy stops breastfeeding…It seems like you had a wonderful time. I love hiking and your post is having me crave a Saturday outdoors!

    • notsodomesticated

      One of the other girls that went is still breastfeeding. She just left bottles for her husband to give the baby and pumped several times throughout the weekend. So it is possible, but I know it’s more of an inconvenience! :)

  10. Jen@PregnantDiabetic

    That sounds like a perfect weekend!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Jen, I agree! :)

  11. Andrea @ Andrea out loud!

    so glad you enjoyed your trip! I just love NC and i LOVE hiking, sadly I havent had a ton of time yet to check out all the awesome hikes around here!
    and i pretty much eat/drink cold stuff all year round :) I love cold coffee and even drink it throughout the winter usually!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Yeah I’ve been SO lazy about working out recently, but I loved the hike! It didn’t feel like a work out!

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