Friday, February 13, 2015

25th Anniversary Trip

We don't take vacations.....well, we took one when the kids were 4 & 5 ( they are 23 & 24 now)....there just isn't time with Jeff's work schedule. This year while we were away from home on a job we had our 25th anniversary. I said we should do something big since it was such a big anniversary. A few days later he told me he figured out what we would do and it was big! I was so excited! He said we are going to the Grand Canyon....it is big! LOL!
He worked 9 months straight of 7 days a week, with only 5 days off, and none of them were together.
He told me to work on planning a trip. I knew he deserved some time to just relax, and be away.
God has been so good to us to give him such a good job, and God blessed us with an awesome trip!
We left on a Monday and drove across 11 states on our journey to the Grand Canyon. It was awesome that we had the best weather the entire trip! We arrived in the Grand Canyon National Park late Wednesday night, checked into the lodge we had reserved for 5 days, got something to eat and went to sleep. I woke up early the next morning, walked the short distance to the rim on the canyon and watched the sun come up over the canyon. There is no way to explain how gorgeous that view is.....my first time seeing the canyon AND at sunrise! WOW! I told my family and friends what went through my mind was " Oh, Lord, my God....when I in awesome wonder, consider all the world Thy hands hath made" It was absolutely AWESOME!



My very first view of the Grand Canyon!



We spent 5 days in the park seeing the canyon from every view point possible. Just driving, getting out and walking the rim, dining at the restaurants there, and enjoying our time together.
Jeff planned for us to see the sunset at 3 different points he had read were the best. It was so beautiful!









Pictures cannot do it justice! I met a lady on our last morning there. I had gotten up early again to see the sunrise one more time, and she walked out with her coffee at the same spot. She was celebrating her 70th birthday, and when her husband ask what she wanted she told him to see the sunrise over the Grand Canyon once more. She said " I know it rises in many places every day, but this is by far one of the prettiest" I think she was right!

We left on Monday, and I was sad.......sad to be saying goodbye to time with just Jeff. Sure I travel with him when he goes away for work, and it is just the two of us, but he works so much that we don't see each other a lot, and when we do he is tired. Especially last year. So, I enjoyed seeing him relaxed ( except the day we hiked 1.5 miles down into the canyon and back out.....yikes) and just enjoying our time together. He is the hardest working, most loving man I know, and I am so undeserving. Absolutely the grace of God that I get to call him mine!


We took our time driving back home. We traveled Route 66 for a long way, just because I love stuff like that, and stopped whenever we saw something that interested us. My husband remembered my seeing a sign for the World's Largest Windchime on our way there, and he remembered the exit number so we could stop on our way back. I had forgotten about it, but that is one of the many things I love about him.....how he thinks of me and things I like.  On Friday we got up and started driving after we went to breakfast, we hadn't traveled very far when we saw a bill board for a tractor pull. This was all God! We LOVE tractor pulls! It is something we've done together for a long time. Seriously, I love them.....I love the huge tractors & trucks, the loud sounds they make, the smoke and the competition. I cheer the loudest and smile the biggest when we go. We stopped a few exits later, and drove to the venue, bought tickets, then went to find a motel room. It was absolutely the perfect ending to our anniversary trip.
God had kept us a day ahead of all the bad weather and led us here for the grand finale! LOL!
The next morning we got up and drove the final 6 or so hours home. So many good memories mad on this trip.....so much laughing, and smiles.  We've mentioned something about the trip every few days since we've been home. Absolutely loved it!


Here we are at the first annual NTPA Winter Nationals!  A sweet young lady sitting beside us offered to snap our picture after I told her we were celebrating our 25th anniversary.


When we left Saturday morning, Jeff said " Let's roll" I knew this meant pedal to the metal and get home. He ask me just before we crossed the state line out of Indiana if I still wanted to stop at the huge candle outlet there. I said no, I have enough candles at home. He said "we agree on that"
However, he had already decided to buy me a wind chime on this trip ( he has bought me many over the years), and hadn't found one yet. He bought me a huge Corinthian Bells chime, and its blue...my favorite color! I told you, he is the best!

We stopped in St. Clairsville, Ohio to pick up a few groceries, and then we went home.
Stopped to see these cuties, of course.....








Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Home for the holidays!


My son, daughter in law and grand babies! 


Brooklyn fell right before they left for pictures....left a mark...poor baby!


She is still so pretty!

Of course, Thomas is looking all ornery....hehe!

Tried to get a picture of Brooklyn to match the one of Thomas last year...


 Pretty close, I think!



So happy I was able to get home and decorate!
I thought we'd still be in a motel for Christmas.


I love my Christmas trees!



My word for 2014 was Joy.....and I experienced so much of it thanks to God's goodness!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Starting on Christmas.....!!


Clean and simple primitive look cards to start....






Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fall


Where I started walking this Fall. Twin Lakes, Greensburg, Pa!


Fun Pumpkin Patch day with my family & friends!


Thomas hunting for the perfect pumpkin!


Brookie and I having fun waiting for the pumpkin hunters


I had to make a trip home for a Thirty One meeting. This is the view from my living room window.


The view from my front porch.


More photos from Twin Lakes.
What a blessing to get to walk here every day!



View from my prayer bench.


I have been making a few cards too. I'll post my last Fall and the Christmas cards I started later.
Enjoy the beauty God has given us before it is all gone!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Pilgrim Owls


Deedee has outdone herself with these adorable Pilgrim Owls!

I had so much fun playing with the colors and prints on them.
My friend, Sandy combined the two pilgrims for me, and I love how
the cards turned out!

Sandy and I were also discussing the lack of Fall printed papers this year.
I found these at Hobby Lobby, but that is all I saw!
Hop on over to Deedees Digis to see the complete set.
Includes images, paper and sentiments.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Little Birdie


I am loving this new set from Deedee!
It is called Little Birdie and comes with 
3 outline images, 3 pre-colored images, 
3 white-filled layering images, and 6 sentiments
You can purchase it here: 


Added a frame, sentiment and button here.


A piece of ribbon and a couple buttons added for fun.
I think these cards will be great for friends far away !


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Royal Tea

I went home for a week to finish up and oversee the Ladies Meeting at our church.
It was exhausting, but very rewarding! 
God blessed our ladies and spoke to many of us through His Word! 

The gift table

Communion table

Tea bag toss....one of the games we played

Special music. My wonderful DIL has an amazing voice!
She sang two specials and led the theme song.
I'm so glad I have a DIL that serves the Lord!

We set up some photo props for fun!
This is my niece Oliva! She loved the photo props!




Ladies from our church signed up to decorate tables.
We had everyone vote for the best table on Saturday, and then the ladies
who decorated that table won a tea for 4 at a local tea shop.

This was the winning table.





All the tables were so pretty!

I got a pic with my pretty grand daughter, Brooklyn!


There she is again with her Mommy. Don't you just love the
teapot bib and teacup headband I found for her?


After the sessions on Saturday we served a tea for the ladies.
We had many varieties of tea, and some goodies!

Chicken salad on croissants, cucumber sandwiches, and pinwheels for savory items


Sarah made pumpkin snickerdoodle scones,
Mom made fudge puddles, and I made sugar cookie fruit cups.
We bought some mini brownie bites to add to the dessert tiers.


The ladies said everything was yummy!
I'm so thankful for my daughter, and my friend Grace who made 
the sandwiches and put together the servers during the last session!

My niece, Meadow, in her princess gown. We are children of the King of Kings!

Ladies enjoying looking at the tables and voting.

Cheyenne made me stop for a minute and snapped a picture
with Brookie.

Some of our ladies, and Mrs. Kelly Johnson who was one of our speakers.

Some more of our ladies.

Mrs. Pam Biter and some of the ladies from her church.
Also some of our ladies, and Sara Tennant, our other speaker.

My Mom and Ms. Carol at Mom's table.

My DIL Sarah, Brookie and Sarah's Mom, Holly.

Proverbs 3:6

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.