Finally, finally getting a chance to post again! It has been an unbelievable week. More on that in the next post. :) Also, this is a very long post, so get comfy. You've been warned.
A couple weeks ago, we took a weekend trip to Middle Tennessee. On Saturday the 14th, we spent the day shopping and site seeing in Franklin, a small town outside Nashville that's famous for it's Civil War history!
~The 14th was also Mom's birthday, and this was how she wanted to spend her day. I'm so blessed to have her as my mentor, teacher, friend and spiritual guide. Thank you, Mom, for all you do for me and our family and so many others. I love you so much!!~
These are some of the shops in the Franklin factory.
One of Mom's favorite things. Happy Birthday!! <3
The swiveling display :)
After spending the day in Franklin, we drove to Nashville and went to the Opryland Hotel. We came here 3 years ago, after the Vision Forum retreat in Georgia, and it was fun to come back!
All indoors, there are 3 huge atriums with waterfalls, rivers, islands, and all sorts of dining and shopping.
"Oh, I could hang here, I could hang here!" ;)
Impromptu water show
Saturday night, we drove to Centerville and spent the night at the Field's home. It was such a blessing getting to know them! On Sunday we attended Christ the King Church again. We were blessed to be with a great fellowship of believers. :)
The Field family, their friend Susanna, and us.
(photo credit goes to Elizabeth Botkin)
On the 21st, our family went to Knoxville to do some shopping. Mostly we went to furniture stores, but I got to spend some time in a large book store too! We shopped at Costco (finally!!) and went to Earthfare.
Libbey loved the furniture stores.
Photo by Delaney
This was her favorite set by far. Anyone surprised?
Craigslist and in-store shopping simultaneously
After dinner, we went to sweetFrog! They have delicious frozen yogurt and lots of great toppings. F.r.o.g. stands for Fully Rely On God. Cool right?
The saddest picture
Almost as sad as the last picture
Delaney wanted credit, so here it is. She took the middle picture. ;)
Sunday afternoon, we took a long boat ride (about 15 miles) and had a picnic in a park. There was a splash pad with fountains, and the girls had a great time!! It was a blast just to capture the moments.
This is the life. <3
Last Friday we checked out of our rental house and spent the day in Kingston. Dad worked in the car and we ladies spent some time in the library. Then we walked over the Fort Southwest Point. The frontier military post, built in 1797, was a working fort up until 1811 when soldiers were no longer needed there. At it's peak there were over 625 soldiers stationed there. We got a free tour from a very friendly guide (he let us touch stuff! Yay!! I just hate not being able to touch things).
Eating lunch in the parking lot. Mr. Duck didn't get any, no matter how much he begged.
The two stubborn creatures facing off
The view from the Fort.
A Cherokee cabin. And we thought they lived in tepees....
Mom really liked this chair :)
One of the reconstructed barracks
Part 2 coming soon!