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North to Canada

We have arrived…. in Canada. Only 5 days till my oldest son gets married! The next few days we will be doing some preparing for the rest of my family who are to arrive on Thursday and taking care of a few decorations that I still need to do for the rehearsal dinner. We made a few stops along the drive here to the Great White North (Canada). The first was Colorado Springs.  We arrived in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Friday afternoon after driving through the night. We made a stop at the Air Force Academy where we met up with a friend who is a cadet in training there at the Academy.   This is the chapel at the Air Force Academy, the most…

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A Simple Valentine’s Day Tablescape

♥ I interrupt our regular India trip reports to bring you a simple, inexpensive Valentine’s Day tablescape. ♥   I cut a long piece of butcher paper (you can buy a large roll at one of the bulk warehouses) and just painted red x’s and o’s all over it.   A tribute to India at Serenity’s place. (carved elephant she brought home as a souvenir)   For the first time in 27 years of marriage we had rib-eye steak. Honestly, I don’t know if I’ve ever bought any kind of steak before. Ninety-nine per cent of our meat consumption is elk that we have hunted. It was a big treat and as one of the kids said, our meal was cheaper (even with it being…

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India Trip – Part IV

She’s coming home! Two weeks and a few days since we sent Serenity off to India where she learned to eat Indian style (with her hands), was able to see wild monkeys running freely in the village, meet the natives and love on the little children.   I have many pictures to share. Some are not the best quality but I love them just the same.   First time to have coconut milk straight from the coconut. Afterwards, you scoop out the meat.     Visiting a very old temple one day where she actually saw someone offering a sacrifice. We are so very thankful to this man and his wife who so willingly allowed Serenity to accompany them everywhere. Thank you!   The Indian…

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India Trip Part III

If you all could hear the pure happiness in my daughter’s voice as she tells me about her days in India, you would know why I am just so happy that she had the opportunity to make this trip. As moms, we desire for our children to have good experiences, to make special memories and to get a broader vision of why we are here on earth. To realize that America has been undeniably blessed but because we have not known hardship for the most part, we have become soft and ungrateful.   Serenity was only in India for a few days before she realized those things. They live a simple life in India. They are poor – but they are happy and thankful for…

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India Trip Part II

I’m delighted to be able to give you an update on Serenity. Friday night she left for India and after 30 hours of travel time, she arrived in Hyderabad. You can read about her journey here. After her arrival in India she spent a few days in Hyderabad where she went to a Exhibition. The Exhibition is put on annually and is located on a large parcel of land with hundreds of individual stalls. And it looks like she got herself another ice cream! The young lady she is standing with is her host’s daughter. Chinese food in Hyderabad. Here’s a short video of the congested, busy traffic. After being in Hyderabad for a few days, Serenity and most all of those in the above…

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Half-Way Across the World – India!

My girl is off…. flying half-way across the world to India. This has been in the planning for 9 months and it’s hard to believe it has now happened.   She made the 13 hour flight to Dubai, United Arab Emirates and I was delighted to hear she was seated next to a lady with a small child. After a layover in Dubai she completed her trip and arrived in Hyderabed, India. 30 hours of travel time altogether.   She’ll be experiencing India first-hand, meeting the people, living in their homes, eating their foods. I don’t know yet what sights she’ll see but it will all be a unique and interesting experience. I’ve learned four things so far. their toilet is typically a hole in…

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Why I Want to Declutter This Year

It’s January 23 already? How quickly this month has flown by! Serenity leaves this Friday on a special 2 week trip. She’s flying to India  where she will meet up with some family friends who will be with her until it’s time to return back to the States. She’s excited and at the same time a little bit nervous about going.   Seth’s wedding is only 34 days away which means I have to get a mother-of-the-groom outfit which causes me no end of grief! And I have to get something for my hubby and daughter to wear. Oh dear! These are the kinds of things that stress me!   I have so many things I want to get started on around here. Organizational projects…

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Sharing the Gospel Boldly

Sorry to be missing once again from my blog but it has been yet another very busy week. We are currently in the high country on our annual ski trip that we take. Today is a relaxing day for me as I decided not to go skiing. It’s been two years since I’ve went (last year I had vertigo and couldn’t make it) and my leg muscles were letting me know it. It’s such a fun sport though. Here is the large group that went this year (missing some). We kind of dominated the mountain. 🙂   One of the things that makes us stand out so much is all us girls wearing skirts. Invariably we have people ask “What’s with the skirts?” Yesterday, I…

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Our Merry Christmas Weekend Wrap-up

I still am talking about Christmas 2016. Bear with me as I’m a little late getting to this. We started a new tradition this year of having a crokinole tournament. We  actually did it 2 years ago at Christmas but this year I made it an official tradition. It’s a great game for everyone – a game that’s more well-known in Canada than here in the US. It’s a good game for the older ones as well as the young people and one where you can be indoors when it’s quite chilly outside. I wanted to have a little trophy to give the winners (you play as a team), so I cut a piece of wood, stained it and then modge podged a piece of…

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A Merry Christmas with Family

Hello friends, how was your Christmas? We had a great time with family. It was quite busy with there being 33 of us here. For the weekend, Serenity put together a hot drink station using my Hoosier cabinet. I love this piece of furniture! Chalkboard signs are so fun. My oldest son, Seth arrived home from Canada on Friday night. The kids excitedly ran outside to greet him that night when he drove in. He drove 30 hours with only 6 hours sleep to make it here by Friday night. Christmas Eve it started snowing and I was outside grilling… for about an hour! Family started to arrive…after awhile. Some got stuck on our road. Too much moisture made our road muddy and in some…

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Decorating Cookies for Christmas

Only 3 more days till Christmas! More family is arriving today (my mom and dad came Sunday) and so lots of little details are getting finished. Mom and my girls helped decorate cookies yesterday. I was glad for their help because decorating cookies can be rather long and tedious.   Please excuse that stray arm on the left. It really does below to somebody. haha   This year it’s Christmas with my side of the family, which I usually host, so I’m doing the planning. I’ve asked each family to bring 1 dozen cookies for Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve supper is going to be a Bruschetta bar. I’m really excited about it and hope it’s as fun as it sounds! Pinterest has some amazing inspiration…

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Making Progress on the Cabin (VRBO)

Just a quick update on the VRBO. My parents arrived last night so we’ll be busy doing all the last minute preparations that have to be done. The cabin will be livable but not complete finished when everyone is here. But it’s lookin’ good! The bathroom wall is now up. The bathroom wall behind the tub looks so pretty but unfortunately that will be covered once the tub sides go in. A loft that can be used for storage. Windows and doors are some of the big things that need to be done this week. And that’s the update for now.

My Young Entrepreneur’s

I mentioned on my Thanksgiving post of a little cabin we are building. Here is the story. Several months ago Audrey was inspired to have her own vacation rental by owner. She had been to see her cousins and one of them had taken a rental that they rented monthly and turned it into a vacation rental. Audrey mentioned it to her daddy and he thought it was a good idea, so the brain started spinning with possibilities and the idea was born. We live away from town and neighbors. As a matter-of-fact our nearest neighbor is 3 miles away. A cabin could be built next door, capitalizing on the gorgeous view and the seclusion – a place where people could come and decompress, getting away from city…

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He Found the One Whom His Soul Loveth

Big news from our house, my friends. My oldest son, Seth is getting married! The engagement may have happened last Monday but we’re still feeling the thrill of it this week. She’s a lovely Christian lady and Seth is one blessed boy. Wouldn’t you agree that our greatest joy as parents is seeing our children walking in the Lord? Seth has always had a heart for God as well as Jessica so it’s a beautiful thing when you see two young people devoted to God coming together. Above Seth’s bed, he has this quote, “If you expect to be a real man someday and raise a family to the Kingdom of God, then start it off in the beginning and act right and do right.” –William Branham   Seth…

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God’s Hand Upon the Americans at the Battle of Trenton

What a marvelous vacation we had had but it was now coming to a close. On our last day in New Jersey we went to the Old Barracks Museum which was built in 1758 during the French and Indian War and then was also used during the Revolutionary War. Disease killed more soldiers than the war and smallpox was a very deadly one. At the Barracks they would give mass innoculations for smallpox. During the Revolutionary War, the Barracks first housed the British soldiers but then on December 26, 1776, when General George Washington’s troops marched into Trenton, they moved out and in January 1777, the American soldiers moved in. Once again, the tour guides were very passionate and educated about their topic. After leaving…

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Princeton University Campus

Only 2 days left on our vacation (New York was first. Little Italy & Chinatown, historical sights,  the 9/11 museum, Brooklyn Bridge, Liberty & Ellis Island, then it was Connecticut for a day), so two days left and the weather turned quite cool and rainy. After leaving Thomas Edison’s laboratory we had driven further south to the city of Princeton and stayed at a great hotel my husband had secured for us through Priceline. I wanted to visit Princeton University because of its long history. Did you know that it was a Bible college first? Started in 1746 by Jonathan Dickinson, John Witherspoon, William Tennent and Aaron Burr Sr., it was located in Elizabeth, New Jersey but in 1756 was moved to Princeton. It was…

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Visiting Thomas Edison’s Laboratories & Office

What a fascinating tour we took of Thomas Edison’s laboratory and office in West Orange, New Jersey after we left Connecticut. It is a national park, so if you have a parks pass 4 people can get in without paying the admission fee of $10 and children under 16 are free. This is one place that I think is a must see. You can tour at your own pace and/or listen in to their guides as they talk. The guides were very good, so enthused about their topic which showed in their talk. Standing just outside of Thomas Edison’s library and offices/laboratories.   The library was 3 stories and was filled with all kinds of books. Edison didn’t want to have to go anywhere when…

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Connecticut’s Mystic Seaport

This trip, like all the others I’ve shared, always takes longer than the actual going! We decided to go to Connecticut for a day to meet with some friends. They suggested we go to Mystic Seaport, a maritime museum where they not only have a working shipyard but they also have recreated a village built like it would have been in the 19th century. Most of the “businesses and homes” have people working a particular craft you would have found back then, telling stories or even singing. (tugboat that was on the waters for many years) It was a cold, windy day but in the summer it would be most enjoyable strolling around visiting the different buildings. The Charles W. Morgan was launched in 1841…

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Visiting Liberty & Ellis Island

I’m preparing to cater a wedding this coming weekend so I’ve been figuring up amounts and now the cooking is beginning. It’s a simple menu of soup & salad, so that’s nice. But that’s why I haven’t been around much this week. 🙂 Our last day in New York City we went to see Lady Liberty which has been a dream of mine for years. It was a cool, windy day and the lines were long. Buy your tickets ahead of time (and save more time by printing them out instead of will call) because if you don’t, you will be waiting in lines (one for buying tickets and another for the ferry) for hours. I had purchased tickets ahead of time and I had…

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The Brooklyn Bridge

Thanks for joining me as I recount our recent visit to New York City. It’s a very interesting place. One of the oldest cities, it was named New Amsterdam by the Dutch in 1626. My previous posts are here.  Day 1, Day 2 & Day 3. The Federal Reserve building which is said to have the largest gold repository in the world with 7,700 tons of gold bouillon. They give tours of the building and the vaults that hold the gold.   The Brooklyn Bridge is another suspension bridge in NYC. There are many bridges there! It was completed in 1883 and was the largest suspension bridge at the time it was built as well as being a milestone in American engineering.      The…

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