The Mountain Man

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The Mountain Man

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The mountain calls out his name

Upward he walks away from pain

Higher and higher he climbs

Each mile distancing his shame

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The summit reached so soon

He overlooks the town below

Not wanting to return home

Content to dwell on heights he knows

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For mountains speak of Majesty

No cruel words are heard on high

For here he’s known as a conquerer

Not a shy sojourner others pass by.

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Wendy/2013

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I am sharing with you some of the pictures I took while on the climb up Mt Becher. They are in the order that I took them.

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It was a breathtaking hike which continued to reward our efforts with scenery that is unlike what one finds at sea level. ( This part of the path was the easiest…)

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One of our sons has climbed this mountain several times.

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The poem was written with him in mind. ( I say this with his permission.)

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He is over six feet tall now, and so I doubt anyone will bully him again as they did in our previous neighborhood.

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Bullies are cowards.

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They fear anyone who does not act and think exactly like they do.

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Bullies need a spiritual awakening.

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Thank goodness there are people who think outside the box.

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Both our sons have great friends now. Our family warmly welcomes them into our home without any reservations.

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Our basement looks like a teen hangout with a large sofa, universal gym, musical instruments, and a ping-pong table. I love hearing homemade music travel up the stairway.

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Abuse is not tolerated here. We all feel free and safe to speak our minds about anything.

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Unconditional respect is encouraged.

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We don’t always get it right; that’s where grace comes in…

Gracious Blessings ~ Wendy

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78 thoughts on “The Mountain Man

  1. Loved your pictures and moving words. I, too, have suffered as a mother but in a different way. My faith and my new-born foal helped in a small way. So glad things are now better with your family

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  2. Breathtaking indeed! What a magical hike. I hated that your son had to go through being bullied — my own son had to deal with that some when he was younger, and I was glad when he got older and it wasn’t much of a problem. Congratulations on your long and happy marriage!

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    1. Becky, I am glad to hear that your son had a happy ending to his bullying experience. It’s good when they can learn from it and become even more compassionate men because of it.

      Blessings ~ Wendy

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  3. Bullies are cowards, I’m glad your sons have great friends! I feel like jumping into my laptop, the photos are so clear and beautiful. I’m glad you had fun, my love to your beautiful family!
    Blessings. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Wendy, I’m so glad I finally got to read this post and see these pictures tonight. Your last line really got me in the heart–that we don’t always get it right, and that’s where grace comes in. Praise God for his never-ending grace!!

    The views are breathtaking; thank you for sharing these amazing testimonies of God’s wondrous creation!

    I hope that our home will someday be a house where our kids’ friends love to be. Based on my teen years, a ping pong table, music, and true friendship are a superb combination!

    I am sorry to hear about the bullying experience. Our son’s new school has been very proactive about having a bully-free zone. Everyone deserves to grow up free from fear!

    These days have been busy; I am itching to write more and read more of my friends’ posts! I pray you are well. Blessings to you! –Alison

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    1. Alison, a proactive bullying program is a great idea. That way people don’t wait until too much damage is done before trying to approach the situation. It needs to be in place ahead of time so people feel safe and accountable.

      I’m sure that your kids’ friends will feel welcome at your home. The fact that you have the desire is what will make it so. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Blessings ~ Wendy

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  5. Beautiful poem, Wendy – and I share the sentiments expressed.

    Lovely photos – you never fail to amaze ๐Ÿ™‚

    You’re right – bullies are cowards and am happy for your sons that they have great friends. Actually, happy for all of you.

    Peace and blessings,
    Eric

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  6. Hey, My Wendy-Lee!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I can’t stand bullies and I’m really happy your son now has a great group of friends.
    Your poem and pictures were beautiful. I want to hang out in the basement…it sounds so cool!! Lol
    BTW: I love the new design of your page and you are so beautiful and youthful looking!
    Love and hugs to you. Paula xxxx

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  7. What a story of overcoming. The climbing. The social growth. The presence with young people.
    We also seemed to have a lot more children around than our three daughters. My wife has an exceptional gift of connecting. And our daughters, all now married, still stay connected with us. That we treasure above all.
    Peace

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    1. Your daughters will probably be like you both in staying connected with their children and their children’s friends. You’ve passed on a wonderful gift! My husband and I learned to do this from a couple who had their family before we did. My kids love them as much as we do.

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  8. Hello Wendy, I too love green..creation, new life, new beginnings. I see that we share the interest in writing..I try.. Please consider joining me at http://rambleann.com I will be kind of quiet here at WordPress as I seek direction on whether to continue here or not.. Thank you!

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  9. Hello Wendy, awesome photography but your words struck such a chord within me. They are so real and true aren’t they? Thank you for a beautiful post today! Much affection to you, Penny xx

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  10. Lovely words, Wendy!! Just a beautiful hike too, gorgeous!! I am dreading this coming school year due to my sons problems with being bullied. We have talked to him about the best way to handle this so hopefully it won’t be such an issue this year! Enjoy your day๐Ÿ™‹

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    1. My heart goes out to you. It is awesome that you are talking with him openly. They learn from these experiences to smell a bully a mile away. It’s the ones that befriend first that are more difficult.

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  11. How wonderful to hear that they have great friends now! It must have been very hard for you, also, to see them go through those tough times. Now it is evident that peace & love fills your home and their lives. Thanks be to God! Tough times make us appreciate the good times so much more, right?!

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