Saturday, October 14, 2017

Small-Town Adventures: Charles Hall Musuem

JP and I used to visit the small-town museums near where we were living and learn all about the local history.  Over the years, we've lived here we have visited quite a few places, but there are so many more out there to explore.  

Today's small-town adventure landed us at the beginning of the Cherohala Skyway in Tellico Plains, Tennessee.  The Charles Hall Museum has an amazing collection to look through.  You go through two gift shops to get to the main collections housed in two separate buildings.  Admission is free and the gift shops help fund the maintenance and upkeep of the museum.  

The first collection houses the widest variety of guns and coins I have ever seen. 

 The second building is dedicated to everything telephonic and more! 

I told Tera when I saw these chairs that JP would say, "Hey, that's my old chair...".  When we were moving once, I made him leave behind his favorite desk chair because it wouldn't fit on the moving truck.  Sure enough, when he spotted the chair...

Can you tell the telephone booths were our favorite part?   

 Our profiles--can you guess which child is me and which is JP? 

We had a fun day together and look forward to many more small-town adventures! 

Friday, October 6, 2017

A wedding...

A sweet friend asked Michael to the be the ring bearer at her wedding on Monday, which if you didn't know coincided with Tera's 17th birthday.  We celebrated Tera's birthday early on Saturday.  Michael and I were occupied on Sunday with the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. 

My handsome little man!

Michael and the flower girl with the bride and groom.  The only picture I took of the wedding party.  Since I left Michael in the charge of the other groomsman, I didn't see very many of the group wedding shots.  I cannot wait to see the completed wedding album! 

Reception fun!

We were so tired by the end of the evening, we took the next day off of school.  That kinda threw our entire week off kilter.  But we survived the rest of the week and made it to Friday.  You could say the wedding was the highlight of the week for all of us! 

17 Celebration


Monday, October 2, 2017

Happy 17th!

My only daughter.  My first born.  The one who made me a mother.  Happy birthday, my sweetheart.

I'm so proud of the woman of God you are  and are becoming.  The joy in your heart that shines through your eyes that you can't help but share with others.  The encouragement you freely give.  The way you search for God and want to know Him.  Your kindness and generosity.  Your helpful spirit.  Your hard work and dedication.  Your strong-willed determination. 

You teach me so much about what it means to give of yourself to others without thinking of the sacrifice.  About what it means to be a good friend.  About discernment and listening to God's voice--being sensitive to what He's saying to you.  

Your smiling face brightens our every day! 

We love you more than words can express!

My daughter, I pray that you will always remember to:

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

Happy 17th Birthday, Tera!!!!


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