Thursday, July 28, 2011

Road Trip!!

As a home school mom I have always called them 'field trips'. So this is actually an road trip/field trip. And it is just us girls!! Can I get a woot woot?!

I can't say much about it yet; sworn to secrecy you know. Hannah has been invited by a company, all expenses paid, to a day at their store. BIG TIME, I know. Lunch, spa, networking, afternoon something or another and dinner.

Sarah and I are tagging along to see this historic city and it doesn't hurt that 'they' are putting Hannah up in a fancy smancy hotel in this undisclosed city!

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If you guess where, I am give you a prize...or not; but you'll think you are SO smart!

I am so excited because one of my favorite historical people spent a lot of time here. Also, something pretty important took place here.
Do you know yet???

Anyway, there are several places I want to see and there is a huge market there that is suppose to be amazing. Adam Richmond, from Man Vs Food did a show featuring this market and ate a yummy looking sandwich. We are trying this sandwich! Along with another sandwich made famous by this mystery city.

So in a few days, with one big suitcase, in one small car, with GPS firmly stuck to the windshield, we will depart for this girls only road trip/field trip. Also reminding ourselves that if you leave said GPS on the windshield when you get out of the car (anywhere else besides our little town), you must be telling others that 'you want them to have your GPS'. Must remember this...

Thursday, July 21, 2011


year twenty-one.

This beautiful and talented young lady turned 21 yesterday. I truly cannot believe that she made me a momma 21 years ago; an event that changed my life forever for the better.

These past 21 years have been amazing, challenging, frustrating and fulfilling. I have enjoyed watching Hannah grow into a confident young woman navigating her way through the world with wide eyes, a camera and a determination to pursue her passion.

Yesterday she requested we go into the forest to a favorite place of hers. It is quite, beautiful and the water is fresh and cool. We set up our tent, chairs, a wild flower bouquet, roasted hotdogs and enjoyed the evening. Of course, she took some great pictures, so take a look at our little corner of the world.

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Psalm 78:4
We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

A Day In Delano

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Last October we made a trip up to Delano, TN to the Delano Farm Market that is ran by a small group of Mennonites. Side Note:This was a week before I went into the hospital with the embolism. While we were there I could not breath well, but it wasn't horrible yet and I thought it was walking pneumonia at the time.

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We decided that today we would drive back up there and see what vegetables they had. It was busy and they had all kinds of yummy things. Tomatoes, squash, beans, potatoes, peppers, watermelons, cantaloupe, eggplant; they also sell jams, jellies, chowchow and other canned goods.

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I enjoyed this trip so much more because I felt great this trip. The weather wasn't terribly hot and there was a slight breeze. We sat outside after we made our purchases in the market and watched customers come and go while 'some of us' enjoyed a fried apple pie that some folks across from the market sell!

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The market is not very large, but inviting and quaint. All the signs are hand written and they use non-electric adding machines It is open in the front and sits up above the fields the little community works. Only the married men work in the market and you do not often see the women.

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The Delano Farm Market is open Monday thru Sat. 9 to 5. So if you aren't too far away, it is worth the trip.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Berry Picking!

We are so fortunate that where we live has so much natural beauty. We see deer and other woodland creatures daily, along with beautiful mountains and streams.

Another plus are the wild berries that are all around us. The other evening the girls went out to pick some that Hannah is going to cook and swirl into homemade ice cream.

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Shout joyfully to God...How awesome are your works. Psalm 66:1,3

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Every Young Ladies Prayer


“If I marry, he must be so tall when he is on his knees, as one has said, he reaches all the way to Heaven. His shoulders must be broad enough to bear the burden of a family. His lips must be strong enough to smile, firm enough to say no, and tender enough to kiss. His love must be so deep that it takes its stand in Christ and so wide that it takes in the whole world. He must be big enough to be gentle and great enough to be thoughtful. His arms must be strong enough to carry a little child.” -Ruth Graham

Ruth wrote these words at the age of 17. I am moved by her vision and commitment at such a young age to the type of man she desired.

This is a beautiful example of a godly young woman with holy standards. I am thankful that my daughters have set these standards.