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The Surprise!

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My mother in law, the kids Grammy, is an amazing woman.  She turned 90 today.  Tim's sisters decided we should throw her a party - so we did.  A surprise party.  Can you tell we pulled it off?


We set up for a family dinner first.  21 family members to be exact - we missed Dan and Sharon, Jen, Carrie, Shelly, Nicole, Nate, and Andrew!  We had the dinner catered by a family friend who has a catering business.  (Hi Sue!)  It was amazing food - really, really good.  I found out she reads my blog!  I love that!


This is Anna - she is one of Tim's sister's girls.  This sister lives in Missouri, and one lives here in Florida. Planning was done through phone calls, and emails.


I didn't want to say anything on my blog, on the odd chance that my mother in law may see it!  She did not know we were there until she walked in for dinner.  She thought she was going to Tim's sister's home for dinner and a dessert party.  She was happy to see her baby boy.  Have I ever mentioned I …

Part of the Mystery

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The view out of my hotel room on the 4th floor.  After driving straight through, and a mix up where we usually stay, we spent the night in a hotel.  Seeing that we had been on the road for 16 hours total - 14 driving hours - we were happy for comfy beds and a chance to stretch out and sleep.  Today we will move over to where we stay.


Today is all fun - lunch with friends, picking up a few things for the 'surprise' and enjoying this thing called sunshine.


We were kept informed of the weather at home by our hilarious friend Denny.  Also Kayleigh let us know what was going on.  The heavy wet snow took down a part of the pasture fence - thankfully Nate had come over and he took care of it.  Also then the power went out.  We did not relish Kay and Kamryn being their without power so, they went to my parents for the night.  Today they will go back over, feed the animals, and check on things. This storm is such a surprise!


After tomorrow I can give you the whole scoop!  For now I need t…

Secret Mission

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We are going out of town this weekend and it is for an exciting reason but I cannot tell you about it yet though.  


Vee has inspired me to join in on a Giving Thanks Challenge!


Leah at South Breeze Farm is hosting it starting on November 1st.  I will still be away but am going to attempt to start from the beginning!  I will do a post on the 1st then keep a running list on my sidebar.  It is so good to be Thankful and to remember to Whom our thanks should go!


I woke early today - a combination of a small boy climbing into bed with us and my hip hurting.  I decided to make Baked Oatmeal for the family for breakfast.  My husband will be so happy!


The recipe is simple but delicious.

Baked Oatmeal 
3 cups rolled oats 1 cup brown sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup milk 2 eggs 1/2 cup melted butter 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3/4 cup dried cranberries  ( I often add raisins instead and also walnuts.  You could add any fruit you like)
Preheat oven 350 degrees
In a…

My Daughter's Blog

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I have beautiful and talented daughters.  Are they perfect? No, but they have such hearts to follow the Lord...I am blessed.

Emily has had a challenging year - she has grown and is stronger in her faith and convictions.  She wrote a really good post that shows her heart.

"I know I've made the right decisions. But they aren't the easy ones.
 I came to a point last year, where my  wants and desires were seemingly right within my grasp, and all I had to do was make it happen. I like doing things, planning things. And I had my "perfect" life "planned" out. But those plans contradicted quite a few "basic rules" in my life. "Rules" like, not lying to my parents. Not doing things behind their backs. Not giving my heart away too soon...you know...those "basic" things. I guess you could call the "rules" my values, my moral values."

I encourage you to pay her a visit. Her blog is A Fresh Perspective. Give her some …

Great Falls

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We got there at dusk, having traversed the DC commuter traffic, and a beautiful drive.  If you enlarge the photo you can see four guys on kayaks.  They would one by one go into the rough water and 'surf' it for a few minutes then ride the river done to the eddy and get back into line.  Apparently these guys have ridden these falls for about 30 years.  They used to ride the rapids but now they said they are content to just 'surf' it.


It's beautiful...


This is looking away from the falls, down river...


One last look before we left...


Here Tim stands by the High Watermark sign.  The photo below is from the National Park website showing flooding from March 2010.

 See the river in the background?  It is up to the top of the gorge...apparently in 1942 and 1936 the water level was at the top of that sign...amazing.

Here is a link to the website for this amazing National Park - Great Falls.  It is located just outside Washington, D.C. and the falls are part of the Potomac River.

National Zoo

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Yesterday was a day off of work for everyone, so we decided to head a few hours south to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

This is a clouded leopard...


Asian Elephants - see their little ears?  Their home is being renovated...


Cute Mallard couples - 


They have really beautiful bronze sculptures around the zoo.  

Lunch time!  We brought our own...these were taken in between swatting at bees...


Our friend Denny and his pal Sarah...his $3.00 cup of "organic and bird friendly" coffee...


A sweet girl and her daddy...


Kyle had way too much fun yesterday!


Golden Lion Tamarin...


Meerkats....

Two toe sloth...the Golden Lion Tamarins were sitting all over him and running back and forth across him.  Sloths do everything slow, even digestion apparently.  God's creation is vast, unique and amazing...

Loved the gorillas.  This guy sat with his arms folded for the longest time just checking everyone out - then he decided to pick his toes....


They have a butterfly house...


So beautiful to have the…