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Pondering...

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I have an afternoon to myself today and will be spending time pondering somethings that are a part of my life.  
I want to use my e-sword program to do some word searches and to also spend time in the Word and seeking the Lord's wisdom and guidance.
Most of you know that we home educate and that I lead a co-op.  One of my joys is to speak with home educating moms and to encourage them in this great task that God has given them.  The last few years I am hearing more and more that they 'need' to have their kids take classes from an academic co-op because either they are afraid that somehow their student will 'miss' something if they try to teach them or that their teen argues and fights with them at home about their schoolwork so they want someone else to be giving them their assignments, etc...
This troubles me and breaks my heart.  These years that we have our children at home is prime discipleship time!  The teen years are so great!  I have loved ha…

Longwood Unexpectedly

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When my husband came home this morning, he asked if we wanted to do anything.  Now I always feel bad, because he has been awake all night working, but he wanted to take us to Longwood today, as it was beautiful weather, and the last chance in a while for him to go with us.
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My batteries of course were dead in my camera when we got there, so I got these from the Longwood Gardens website.  We strolled a garden path past a pond, to a lovely treehouse styled like a Norwegian stave church.
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Onto my favorite - the Italian Water Garden.  Such a great spot.  We  took a new path and went through the Beech Grove and past the Pierce-duPont house, to two other tree houses, a woodland walk, a romp in the Topiary Garden and then past the Cow Lot and back to the visitors center.
There we ran into the Hospitality Lane family when we were leaving.  Such a great day.
Home to a relaxing afternoon, then when the little ones unexpectedly went off with Gra…

This and That

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Greetings!
I just got back from spending the afternoon visiting with my mom and a few friends while our children and my dad bowled. It was so fun! I missed them while I was on my vacation.
We have had quite a bit of rain, and the grass is really in need of a haircut, but that won't happen until tomorrow likely, as it is still too wet. We are having a windy day and that will actually help dry the ground out.
Woke up this morning to see that the horses had knocked an interior pasture fence down, and were happily grazing were we did not want them to! This is usually the work of Cheyenne who is a 'grass is greener' kind of horse! When Lindsay went out the feed them she also had to fix the fence...
Meanwhile I was busy in the house cooking some bacon and farm fresh eggs from our dear friends at Laurel Hill Farm. It was so good - Thanks Jeremiah and Brigette! Tim was welcomed home from work this morning with a hot, delicious breakfast.
We were so happy to be back from our vacat…

We're Home...

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What joy it is to be home! Thanks to my dear parents for staying at our home and taking such good care of our horses and doggies! Thanks to Dad, for mowing! With this rain, rain, rain, the grass would be knee high before it would dry out!
We had a really special vacation...we never take a trip just to go to a beach or to just play...we usually make it a trip to visit family and/or friends. I said to Tim last night that I feel as if we do the same things on vacation as we do at home. Spending time with others, listening, encouraging as we can, laughing, sharing our family....
The kids had such a great time at Uncle Tom and Aunt Ginna's house! They have a trampoline!
There was lots of jumping....
endless jumping...
and bouncing....
and cuteness...
Probably my favorite thing was the day we spent in Mansfield...
We did the tour of the house with a group of 8 ladies who were all sisters! They were in their 50's - 60's, perhaps a bit older...they have 3 brothers and 2 sisters wh…

Headed Home

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Well, we are on our way home...
It has been wonderful to see really great places, and to visit with family. Oh, and we had the opportunity to visit with dear friends who I used to babysit for...haven't seen them in probably 18 years....they are just as encouraging and easy to talk to as ever!
We visited the Arch and the Museum of Westward Expansion today! Tim, Kyle, Rachel, Sarah and Emily all went up in the arch. They said it was cool...Lindsay and I took in the IMAX film about Lewis and Clark. It was really good. They show the hard work and the danger all the Corp of Discovery went through, including a 16 year old woman named Sacagawea. She and her wee baby boy, Jean Baptiste, endured the hardships and the cold along with all the men. Sacagawea and Captain Clark's lifelong companion and slave, York, were the first woman and slave to ever have a vote in the United States. They voted as full members of the expedition.
I am thankful for the time that we…

The Creation Museum...

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is an awesome place!
It is not only gives a Biblically correct view of creation, the earth, the flood, the Garden of Eden, man's sin, Salvation, the results of leaving God out of our lives on the culture around us...It is so beautifully done!
There are bronze sculptures all around the property - their is a huge giraffe sculpture over at the petting zoo - the museum is designed well, and uses all the latest technology.
Here the kids are standing by a huge bronze dinosaur...
This is a mastodon that is in the lobby...
Dinosaurs for your enjoyment!
One of the real fossils that we got to touch today!
Doesn't he look like fun?

Here are some of the multimedia presentations...oops! I think the photo is sideways!
The eye is such an amazingly complex part of our bodies....
Some of the many species of animals in the Garden...
This cute girl was there too!
Interesting creature!

God created such variety...
A pregnant Eve...
Cain kills his brother Abel...
This is from part of the presentation about

Someone Familiar At The Creation Museum

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It was uncanny really - we were walking along in a crowd of people enjoying the displays at the Creation Museum, and there he was! We didn't even know they were going to be there today!
Now, I don't think we have ever seen our friend bare chested before - tank top, yes. Shirtless, no.
We realized it wasn't him, when we saw him hanging out in the garden with Eve. Our friend would never be without his beautiful curly blond wife!
It was really amazing though! I guess since we are all descendants of Adam and Eve, it stands to reason that some of us would look alot like them....