A Trip Back in Time

We took a family roadtrip this weekend to a place called Bardstown. Its just a little over an hour from our home and with a gorgeous 60 degree, sunny day~ a roadtrip was definitely in order.
Horse drawn carriage rides where the horse is literally tied up to a post right on the street!? In Bardstown you'll find it.

Next we headed to the Abbey of Gethsemane, a Trappist Monestary. It was beautiful and serene...maybe a bit too serene for a newborn, 3 year old and 7 year old. They did great though, even through parts of the property that posted signs "no talking beyond this point". THATS a hard one for my little guys.No talking for more than 2 or 3 seconds is an achievement.

(walking up to the church...in silence)

Nonetheless, I think teaching our kids quietness and stillness is important. Often I will just have our house quiet. No music, no TV, no loud play...just silence. Time to read, or think, or just sit in a chair watching the birds outside. A good quality to develop in any of us.

Canaan is at an age to start appreciating going to places like this. He was fascinated that they take time to pray 7 times a day; that they live there year round in relative quietness; and that they wear long robes all day long.
At this particular abbey they make homemade cheeses, bourbon fruitcakes, and fudge that they sell to keep the Abbey running.

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