Saturday, June 27, 2009
Our visit to Nashville. #3 and #4 are of us sitting in front of the original Grand Ole Opry. It's now called the Ryman Auditorium. There's a neat story behind that. The man that built the Ryman Auditorium was a wealthy man, Thomas Ryman, who owned a lot of bars and other unreputable businesses in Nashville. There was a big revival going on in town. He was afraid that the revival would hurt his business so he went to the revival to break it up, but found Jesus instead. He had the Ryman Auditorium built for church services and named it the Union Gospel Tabernacle. It later became the Grand Ole Opry where numerous country music legends performed over the years.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
More pictures from Kellie's house. The boys were singing "Ireland's Call" from the Celtic Thunder CD........getting back to our Irish roots! I also had to include my still life rendition "Cherries". Aren't I so artistic? (I wish!!!!!) We are really enjoying the summer fruit, especially cherries and watermelon.
Pictures from our trip to Kellie's last week. While I was at Kellie's house, I got to see a friend from my childhood! I haven't seen her since 8th grade! She lives about 30 minutes away from Kellie, and thanks to Facebook, I was able to get in touch with her. It was so great to see her and her 2 adorable children! We have been praying for her little boy for several years. He was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma as a baby. He is doing well and we are so glad for them. While hearing Kim talk about what they have been through with something so dreadful as Cancer, I was amazed by the grace Kim has........grace only God could provide.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Here are a few pictures from our visit to Abraham Linconln's birthplace and boyhood home. It was a beautiful, rural area near Hodgenville, Kentucky. It was a cool, rainy day but the weather didn't ruin the excitement of seeing these two historical sites. The bottom picture shows a 150-year old cabin found on the property where Lincoln was born. He was born in 1809, so this one isn't old enough to have been the cabin he and his family lived in. I guess they don't know what happened to the cabin he was born in, but they put this one in a building (picture #4 from top) and they have a guard/guide standing there to tell you about it. I was a little disappointed that the original cabin wasn't there. The cabin is very small but we were told that Lincoln's family was actually middle class for that time period.
Picture #3 shows a cabin that you can actually rent and stay in that is on the property.
Picture #1 and 2 are at Knob Creek where Lincoln lived for several years as a child. Carrington and I love American History, so it was fun to see these two sites!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
We went to the Creation Museum in Kentucky during our trip. We have been wanting to go for a couple of years now. We have heard Ken Ham speak and really learned a lot about all of the scientific evidence that points to a Creator. For example, there is tons of evidence of a world-wide flood! My husband and I think it is so important to be able to teach our children some of this scientific evidence. We are bombarded with the theory of evolution in this country. We want our children to be equipped to defend their faith in God when faced with unbelievers and evolution in books, the media, other museums, etc. The Creation Museum is amazing! Everything is so professionally done! The gardens outside were beautiful. It wasn't too crowded. It was definitely worth the trip to see this museum!
"But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence." 1 Peter 3:15
Sunday, June 7, 2009
After Ruby Falls, we headed to Kentucky where I went to college for 1 year. It is in such a beautiful setting. It was fun to see the campus and the dorm I lived in. I had a lot of fun at that school, but also got homesick. I'm not a dorm-living kind of girl.
We stopped by Cumberland Falls for a couple of hours while in Kentucky. It is the largest waterfall east of the Mississippi River and south of Niagara Falls.
We played a scavenger hunt type game in the car. It was Clayton and I against Carrington and Warren. I made 2 lists of things to look for while on our trip and whoever found all of them first wins. The list included things like a green jeep, a baseball field, a Victorian house, a yellow VW bug, a white horse, etc. It makes the time pass by faster and is a lot of fun. Warren actually got off an exit just so they could see a hospital and mark it off their list!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
We went to Ruby Falls last week on a family vacation, along with several other destinations. Clayton loved it. I told him while we were in the cave that we were inside the earth. He thought that was "so cool"! We learned about stalagtites, stalagmites and columns. Clayton is my little scientist. Carrington was a little nervous in the cave. She was afraid it might fall in on us. The 2nd and 3rd picture are from on top of Lookout Mountain. I love the state of Tennessee! It is beautiful! Psalm 19:1-3 "The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard."