Sunday, September 26, 2010


I just need to say, I have a wonderful husband and life partner!! :)

I am so blessed, so very, very blessed!! And so undeserving, so very, very undeserving!!

So far the 30's have been the most painful time of my life, but also the most growing time.

Pray for me as I struggle through some issues in my life. While I have had a lot of encouragement today and in the past few days, I still have "stuff" to deal with! I will probably have more low days till it's all over, so if you think about it, I'd appreciate your prayers!

I could write so much more, but I can't seem to get my thoughts to flow....maybe later!
Good night and HAPPY FALL Y'ALL!! :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Chaplain's Conference

Last Tuesday through Thursday was the Chaplain's Conference hosted by the Florida DOC.

All state Chaplain's were paid to go and the kids and I were invited to go along with Dan and share a villa with Doug & Marilyn Gingrich for free! :) This was our home for 3 days....the double sliding door on the bottom left was our bedroom, we entered the villa to the right of that in the little inset area.

Edgewater Beach Resort is a huge and beautifully landscaped resort! It is also advertised as a Golf Resort and has a golf course woven throughout the grounds.

This was our kitchen. I took food along for all but one of our meals. Dan ate lunch each day with other chaplain's.

The living area....

We did school Tues. and Wed. mornings before we hit the pools!! :)

This pool was right out our back door and got used a few times....

But the neatest pool was across the road at the beach front resort....the Lagoon pool!! The last time we were here (3 years ago) it was too cold to swim and we only admired this pool. This time we got to experience it!!

A view from the pool deck out to the Gulf....

Back to the pool.....there were quite a few water falls and islands and lots of little coves.


The beach at dusk....

Enjoying the hot tub....yeh, it even felt good on a warm night! :)

The water was choppy that night, making it sound beautiful as the waves crashed on the shore!! :)

We saw a flock of pelicans fly overhead. I didn't realize they fly in a V as well!!

Wednesday we spent the day with Marilyn and her grandson Cristian. We had fun blowing bubbles!

And chasing them....

And then spent more time swimming and went for a walk on the beach!


Wed. night we went to Pier Park and ate supper at Red Robin. It was a first for us and we had a great experience!!

Danny with his Freckled Lemonade :)

Dan and I got Guacamole Bacon Burgers!!! Talk about mouthwatering!! Mmmmm!! And they have endless drinks and fries!! :)

Yeh, they were that big!! :) You about had to bury your chin just to get 'em in!! :) :)

Thursday morning while Dan went to his last sessions, the kids and I packed up our stuff and helped Marilyn with Cristian while she packed. Then we picked Dan up at the conference center and loaded up all the sound equipment he took along from the prison.
Got home and unpacked and still had time in our day to relax!

Friday morning I was looking back at my pictures on Xanga from when we were at Edgewater 3 years ago and saw something about being Host family....all of a sudden it hit me....we were supposed to be host family at church on Sunday!! So I spent the day in high and making food! :)
We had a church full of visitors on Sunday, but they ALL had lunch plans. Most of them were there because of a family wedding in the area. So we enjoyed having lunch and visiting with the Lewis Family

Now it's back to a full, normal week of school. :)

Friday, September 3, 2010


While in PA, we did some food shopping! :) There are certain foods I grew up with that I love to bring along home when I get the chance. Like Lebanon Bologna, Cheese, Wenger's Hamloaf, John Martin's Scrapple and Dieffenbach's potato chips!! :)
Yesterday I had a hankering for scrapple so I made some for lunch.....

Cut it in thin slices, cover in flour and fry in butter!! :)

Cook up some eggs....

Cover the scrapple in molasses......

And voila'!! :) Oh, I forgot...there is a Martin's Potato Roll under the eggs!! :) :) :) YUM!! It was wonderful!

Computer Issues :(

My computer is on the blink and I was having trouble getting into my blog for some reason, using Dan's laptop. I finally got in, but all the rest of my trip pictures are on my dead computer. I hope we can get it fixed soon, but that requires time and $$, so we'll see.

In the meantime, I am going to do this "popular" Simple Women's Daybook

Outside my window...a nicely mowed yard, clear blue sky and only 90* out there!! :)

I am thinking...about my many things to keep improving on! I guess that's why they say life is a journey! Thankful for my friends, family and God who are traveling it with me!

I am thankful family!!

From the kitchen...out to eat tonight, on the way to our rollerskating party. So no cooking today!!

I am normal...a denim skirt and t-shirt.

I am creating...nothing crafty. Just a plan to simplify my life!

I am our homeschool groups Back to School Rollerskating Bash tonight!

I am reading...through my Bible...just finished Exodus today! Also reading "Refuge", a book about domestic violence and abuse against women. Just some knowledge to put away for my future...Dan hopes that someday I will assist him in his Counseling venture! :)

I am hoping...Dan's itchiness is gone. His feet and hands were really itchy all day yesterday. Benadryl helped, but we don't know what caused it??

I am hearing...the second set of CD's of the Jonathan Park series- my kids new love! :)
Around the house...Danny is painting, Tamara playing quietly in her room, the washer is running getting clothes ready for a weekend of camping!

A few plans for the rest of the week...rollerskating tonight...then camping with our church family ending with the annual Labor Day picnic. Looking forward to Lonnie's BBQ chicken and a kettle of boiled peanuts!

From my picture journal...our family last November :)