Miracle of an October walk beside the Slate River

Barry and Mom at the Black Slate Falls

Every October Robin (over at the blog Breezes at Dawn) hosts Walktober. We bloggers are invited to take a walk, write about it, link back to her original post. If anyone wants to participate please read her Walktober post and get the scoop.

As many of you know, my almost-89 year old mom is visiting us here in the Upper Peninsula. She and Dad last visited in 2009; he sadly passed away in 2016.

We are so thrilled to have her here!

It’s a miracle in so many ways. Two years ago she needed a wheelchair to get around–this weekend she was spry enough to participate in Walktober. We are so grateful. ❤

We walked very slowly holding hands over the rough ground beside the Slate River. It was a short walk by the Black Slate Falls.

But who cares how long a walk lasts when taken with precious family?

That’s the miracle–life is precious–any time we can walk together is a gift from the Universe.

We even snapped a selfie!

Thanks for accompanying us on our Walktober and let’s celebrate every step we take through this ever-changing life.

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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66 Responses to Miracle of an October walk beside the Slate River

  1. Susan D. Durham says:

    Oh, this is filled with so much joy, with happiness reflecting on all your beautiful/handsome faces! What a wonderful way to start the morning, seeing this sweetness. Thank you, and enjoy the rest of the visit.💚

  2. What a beautiful post.

  3. Robin says:

    I love this so, so much, Kathy. Thank you to you, your mom, and Barry for this joyful walk. It is all so beautiful — the walk, the scenery, and the three of you. ❤

    • Kathy says:

      Robin, I was hoping–crossing fingers–that we could go for a walk together and share it for Walktober. So happy it happened! And thanks again for hosting the annual tradition.

  4. john k says:

    It is so wonderful to see your Mom doing so well in the UP!

  5. Christie E. says:

    My heart is full knowing you and Barry were able to take this walk with your mom. I’m smiling from ear to ear. Enjoy your time together.

    • Kathy says:

      Christie, it’s been extra-special having Mom here. And how cool that she was able to walk with us along the river. (And I’m smiling from your comment!)

  6. sherrysescape says:

    I love it!

  7. Carol says:

    The act of making more lovely memories that will stay with you for the rest of your lives. So very special!

  8. dorannrule says:

    What a joy your mom is. I can see it clearly in your selfie photo.

  9. leelah saachi says:

    What a joy coming from that picture!

  10. Debbie says:

    Aw, how wonderful! I’m fascinated by your mom’s return to locomotion. Was it after physical therapy, or did she have to have surgery? Whatever, it’s grand to see the three of you enjoying such beautiful scenery!

  11. Stacy says:

    What a blessing that your mom is able to do Walktober! XOXO

  12. Loved seeing all of your happy faces. I am thinking that you took the photo with your iphone. It surely did a good job. Amazing color and clarity. My goodness you are blessed to have your mom visit and to walk in those lovely woods as well. Here’s wishing many years of walking and visiting to the north woods.

  13. Joanne says:

    This must be the happiest Walktober post I have ever read! I feel the joy in every word you write – your mother is a blessing indeed. ❤

    • Kathy says:

      Awww, thanks, Joanne! I read my mom your comment and explained who you were and where you live. (Of course we relate that with our Jillian.) And how you both share the same name. 🙂

  14. Yup, it doesn’t matter how long a walk lasts when taken with precious family! You all look so happy! What a wonderful blessing to have your mom for a visit and for the opportunity to step outside and enjoy the beauty of that sparkling waterfall in the autumn. Sweet memories to cherish…

    • Kathy says:

      Sweet memories, indeed, Barbara. It’s so precious that she can be visiting us–and that she is able to walk again with only minimal hand-holding.

  15. restlessjo says:

    Fabulous! Good for her! What a lovely smile.

  16. jeffstroud says:

    What a wonderful opportunity to share this walk with your Mom and Barry! The falls look amazing. I’m glad you enjoyed the family time and nature.

    • Kathy says:

      Hi there Jeff—it’s been a great week with Mom and we get to spend more time with her this week out in nature too. Hope all is well with you!

  17. dawnkinster says:

    I’m so very happy for you all that you got to spend some time together in your little house in the big woods! I bet your mom was so excited to get up there again! I KNOW you were thrilled to have her!

    • Kathy says:

      It was such a nice visit, Dawn. Then we got to go downstate to the Vanderbilt area (and Bellaire where we once had a cottage). She’s back in her home today, and we’re getting settled again in our Little House. I am feeling your happiness for us!

  18. candidkay says:

    Love this! These are the kinds of memories you’ll look back on–it’s the simple days. And I guess I had forgotten (or not known?) you were in the UP. Many fond memories there as a kid. My uncle was a forest ranger and he’d always bring back stories of the black bears, the campers, etc. Such beautiful territory!

    • Kathy says:

      It seems like we discussed our connection with the UP before, but I had forgotten it, too. Where was your uncle a forest ranger? How neat that you have memories of staying up here! (And glad you liked the story of my mom’s visit.)

      • candidkay says:

        Now that you say that, I think we did :-). Boy, is it middle-age fun? Have a conversation and forget it a week later😀. My uncle would be in different locations each summer. He just went up there during the summers. At other times, he lived in Saginaw. I hope you’re enjoying some fall color!

  19. Terri says:

    You are truly Blessed, Kathy😘

  20. Reggie says:

    Awww, Kathy, this post made my heart sing… Wow… tears… You are sooo lucky to have your dear mom coming to visit you and to walk through your beautiful woods together. Precious moments. Lots of love!

  21. Dale says:

    This touched my heart Kathy. I love that you were able to have your mom join you! Beautiful.

  22. Ally Bean says:

    Beautiful photos, both of nature and your mom. Happy October! Keep on walking.

    • Kathy says:

      Ally Bean–it’s YOU! How nice to see you again. I will have to check and see if you’re back blogging. We are just settling in back at home after this 12 day visit with Mom, but hope to be cruising around the blogging world before too long.

  23. Happy Walktober, Kathy! Robin and I go way back in blog time, so I want to visit the people we have in common. Thanks for sharing the falls and the river. Special cheers to your mom!

    • Kathy says:

      Frank, I think we talked before that we both have Robin as early blogging friends. She and I started connecting ‘way back in 2009 I think, and you’ve been friends for a long time too. Thanks for your special cheers and it meant so much to my mom that so many people said kind things. ❤

  24. This is the loveliest thing, Kathy. Thank you for taking us on your walk, too. Blessings to you and your mother!

  25. Eliza Waters says:

    A beautiful spot for a Walktober outing, Kathy, all the more special because it was shared with your beloved family. A wonderful gift indeed. ❤

  26. Tilly travel says:

    Your mom looks good for her age Kathy.
    Bright Blessings to you all.

  27. Sallyann says:

    Hi Kathy (Hi Mom, and Barry)
    Just popped over from Robin’s. Love the picture of the water falling towards us… And of course, the selfie… That goes without saying. 😊 😊 😊

  28. Suzanne says:

    Fantastic that you’re able to keep creating memories with your Mum. Jo is correct; you do have lovely warm smiles.

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