Tonight our church had our annual Fall Festival, a positive alternative for families to spend their Halloween. We offered free food and drinks, hay rides, fire pit with smores, inflatables for the children, lots of games and booths, clowns, face painting, costume contest, cakewalk and more. We served over 500 hot dogs and ran out :) I love how our church family works together for this community outreach, a blessing felt by all. A big thanks to Rena, Doug and Doris for your time spent in organizing this event...you are so appreciated.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
This past weekend we had the opportunity to listen to a time-share opportunity which included a two night stay at the Hampton Inn at Myrtle Beach. This was our first time to Myrtle Beach and I was super excited to see the ocean and smell that salty air. We arrived late Friday night and our first stop was Thorny's for a late dinner. After checking in our hotel, we headed up to our room on the 8th floor with a view of the ocean. We couldn't see the ocean since it was dark, but we could hear the waves crashing on the shore. The next morning when I woke I rushed to the window and saw the beach...it was beautiful. I was at the beach!! We spent our morning walking along the coast and by afternoon it was in the 70's with blue sky. We went to our time-share appointment, taking Dave Ramsey's advice and saying no, then headed to Chestnut Hill restaurant for some fantastic seafood. We fell asleep with our sliding glass door ajar, listening to the crashing waves. On the drive home we saw fields of cotton and stopped for some pictures. What an awesome weekend getaway with my babe♥
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Today I had the blessing of being a guest in our special ed. class at school. They've been studying about elk and their teacher, Mrs. Dunn, knew we had elk....I was delighted to be invited. I brought in one of Samson's antlers and some antler chips Scott had gotten in China for show and tell. The had a large Promethean Board so we were able to look at pictures of the elk from our blog. It was a class of all boys and they really got excited at the size of the antlers! Thank you Mrs Dunn for the invitation...it was a blessing indeed♥
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Well, the dreaded time came, time for my sister to head back home. Goodbyes are never easy for us so we make it as quick as possible, dropping each other off at the airport curb. We've got the routine down through the years, wishing somehow we could change things. We had a wonderful visit, filled with lots of memories... a visit that went by way too fast as always. I love you Sis. Even though we are miles apart, our hearts are closely connected and we are blessed beyond measure. I pray God's protection upon you until we can hug once again. I love you♥
Heritage Days was extra special having Brenda here with us. We had gotten home from NY at 6:45 that morning, slept quick and headed to Heritage Days by afternoon. Ethan was home from college on fall break which was perfect. This festival is our favorite by far and I was tickled to have Brenda experience it. We stopped at the crafter's exhibits, booths, stores along main street and of course got our kettle corn. Our favorite part by far is visiting with all the folks we don't see very often, so we spent most of our time visiting. We were extra excited to run into our New York friends, Mike and Pam, who are down for a couple weeks. Throughout the day you could hear the country bands playing on town square adding to the small town atmosphere. One of the bands playing was Elevation 1255, Scott's co-workers from TRW. With the colored fall leaves and the cool air, it was one of those perfect days.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
My sister wrote this blog... filled with memories of our New York trip. She takes the best pictures and captured our trip perfectly.
I can see as we get older, that our visit’s will be tucked in with aging parents, marrying children and new grandchildren. I feel grateful for these everyday kind of days with Becky and will grab them when I can. I miss her more then words can say.
Packing the trailer and taking pictures of our Tennessee hillbilly load. Packing Bear up in his dog crate… he didn’t like it too much. Plenty of Bear potty stops along the way… for us too. Scott programmed “Siri” on his phone to say “Yes Master” when he speaks. Walking out of McDonalds with my hot fudge sundae in hand, Becky giggles at me and say’s, “You still like that ice cream, don’t you?”. Picking up an Ebay wave runner on the way in the dark and discovering we had a shredded flat tire on the trailer… Using a cell phone flashlight, the owner of the wave runner asked, “Would you like a real flashlight?” Hot dog at the truck stop for a late dinner. Becky holds her own with her engineer husband Scott and can easily exchange information without getting emotional, as they figure out our route. Virginia. West Virginia. Maryland. Pennsylvania. New Jersey and then New York to Scott’s parents.
Their home is just like I pictured and Chuck and Lillian made me feel so welcomed and loved. It was like stepping back in time. The home was built by Chuck’s grandfather and you can just feel the generations of family in it. Nuts. Everywhere. Black Walnuts, Hickory, Butternut, English Walnut, Chinese Chestnuts, Italian Chestnuts, American Chestnuts. Their trees were full of them and our days were filled with the sounds of dropping nuts all around us and we were surrounded by buckets of gathered nuts, ready for winter. Chuck loves his nuts. Fall leaves. Canadian Geese on the pond. Becky’s hot cocoa. The sweetness of Lillian. Chuck’s Biscuits and Gravy. Talking around the table. Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. Making homemade apple pie. Nap on the couch. Sweet Potato and Praline Pie. Bringing home an old “Caution Children at Play” metal sign from Chuck. Walking with Becky. Off Shore Pier for a fish dinner. Pizza dinner at Perry and Darshan’s home and making apple cider. Putting together a puzzle. Scott didn’t bring a razor and Becky likes his facial hair… she smiles and comments about it a lot. Their dog Tippy is pretty cute and gets along with Bear. Bear’s coat is a tangled mess of burr’s from farm life here in New York.
Picked up fencing from a man, on the way home in Atlantic City, NJ, another of Scott’s ebay finds. He was a very tiny man and I couldn’t figure out how he was going to pull the overhead doors down because he couldn’t reach the rope. There were no buckets nearby to stand on. Of all the things to ponder about, but this is what a long road trip does to your brain. We have gone on many toll roads and a bridge and they sure charge an arm, a leg and then some… the roads are very bumpy and I wonder where the money is going, because it isn’t going to repairs. Scott’s traffic language is keeping us awake. He lets us both know that the driver’s on the road are moron’s and he has a low tolerance for idiot driver’s with attention deficit. I however, just want to get home alive.
We stopped for a long road delay. Traffic came to a stop. We were down to a block of Jarlsberg cheese and fruit leather. Our two bags of chips are long gone. 7pm and we had not stopped for food. Yet. We wondered how we can possibly travel with no junk food. If we didn’t stop at all, the Garmin said we will be home at 3:40am. However, I think we may welcome the sunrise as we head home. Becky is driving next. Granted, I am not a good driver, but I told Becky that this is where my talent comes in… what talent is that? she asked, seemingly unimpressed. I am a night owl and will keep you awake. I may eat my weight in junk food all night, but I will keep you awake : ) New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, then home to Tennessee.
Scott nearly hit a car in the Cracker Barrel parking lot and said what any driver would say, “*%#! Where did that car come from?” Then he turned the corner and clipped a car with a lady sitting in it. Not happy. But it ended well, with the women from both parties humored and thankful it wasn’t worse. We stopped for a late dinner break at Cracker Barrell and continued on home and pulled in at 6:45am. Home sweet home.
Monday, October 7, 2013
We are headed off to Wynantskill, New York this morning for a visit with Mom and Dad Little and I've got the best of both worlds as my sister, Brenda is coming along! Our bags are packed, the trailer is hooked up and we've got hay for Uncle Perry. We're also taking along Bear, our faithful dog, and his dog house...yep, we look like we're from Tennessee! A special hello to Rena and Linda!
Sunday, October 6, 2013
My sister, Brenda, is here for a visit and we're both experiencing
a little bit of heaven being together again! Since I had to work,
Nana picked Brenda up at the airport. She spent her first night in
Johnson City and I drove up the next morning to be with them.
It was so good to hug her... my sister, my best friend♥ We spent
the day in Mt. City with our dear friends, the Vissers. Nana treated
us to a special lunch at Subas and we all got caught up on our lives
and growing families. What a joy watching Laura, Shay, Martina
and Brooke grow into beautiful young women who love the Lord.
The next morning Steve, Nana, Brenda and I worshiped at Mt. City
Community Church, singing praise songs with testimony from
Forgiven Ministries. It was a special day indeed reuniting with our
church family in Mt. City.
On the drive back to Rogersville, Brenda and I checked out
Pressman's Home where Randy and Emily are thinking of getting
married. We drove the back way on Route 66 and Brenda
experienced her first switch backs :) When we arrived home we
had just enough daylight to pick our Muscadine grapes and load
up the trailer for our New York Trip.
Friday, October 4, 2013
Today was "Old Timey" day at our school and we all dressed up like in pioneer days. The kids called me Mrs. Ingalls :) Here I am below with my special Lydia, who also has diabetes and is now caring for herself...I'm so proud of her. Rogersville's long awaited Heritage Days is next weekend and our town is preparing for this big event, but first is our fall break. Yahoo, a week off of school!