Saturday, August 29, 2015

2015-2016 School Begins....

So we started school on Monday...had to take that Back to School photo!! :)

Cannot believe they are both in High School already!!
Danny is a Jr. and Tamara a Freshman!

Looking forward to a good year!

National Aviation Museum

Our plan was to start school on Monday, August 24.
That day, Dan didn't have to work because he had two volunteer and mentor training's to do for work,  in Gulf Breeze, FL, out close to Pensacola. We had discussed me riding with him since he would be getting in around Midnight. He thought it would be good to have someone to keep him awake, or drive for him.
After thinking about it some more, we decided to ALL go! :) So we looked up some fun things to do and found the National Aviation Museum. It came with high recommendations and we were glad we went!

The kids took their school books along and did their work while we traveled. We had a 2 1/2 hour drive!

We found it!! :)

This is where the Blue Angels practice!!

Tamara peeking in on President Nixon as he reads the paper while waiting for take off! :D

This plane made me had a face! :)

An awesome, awesome car!! :)
"The Squadron Car" Has a neat story (below)

 Danny found his nickname on it!! :)

Too bad the barber wasn't in!! :D

I liked this display! :)

Pensacola Lighthouse

From here, we ate supper at Chick-Fil-A and then we drove to Coastline Calvary Chapel where Dan was going to be doing the trainings.

We dropped him off and then the kids and I went and did some shopping....mostly window shopping! We had a few things we were looking for, with no success!

I got to see my first Walmart Marketplace. It's like a grocery store with a few other essentials!

We had a fun day! After stopping for coffee and Turkey Hill ice cream* we got home around 12:30 AM!

*Turkey Hill ice cream was a favorite when we lived in PA! We have found it at Tom Thumb gas stations, none of which are near our home. We rarely buy ice cream since it would melt till we got home, but this night, we bought two pints and shared them! Mmmmm!!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Back To School Bash

With Riverbend Home Educators

On Friday, August 21, we celebrated "Back to School" with our homeschool group at the Skate Inn in Tallahassee. We had a good turn out!

Doing the "Hokey Pokey"!

Dan enjoyed hanging out with his little buddy, Royal, again! :)

The DJ had the skaters skate and then when he stopped the music they had to hit the was a competition between the boys and girls. 

Girls won! :)

Group Photo!

This is how the professionals do it! :) :)

After leaving the roller rink, our family headed across town for the ribbon cutting at

Check out the website to learn about this awesome ministry to men (and soon women) who are re~entering society after being incarcerated.

There was a nice size group in attendance!! 

Dale White (in white) :) is the founder of this organization! He and Dan learned to know each other through prison ministry and their paths cross often in their Re-Entry work.

Cutting the ribbon!! :)

It's neat to see other people who are also working towards helping men and women be better equipped to re-enter society after being released from prison! This kind of ministry makes a big difference in the percentage of inmates who will not return to prison!
 If you are local, check out their new thrift store soon!! :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Our Family over the Years....

I thought it would be interesting to do a post of our family photo's from the past 16 years! :)

This was taken Easter 1998, about a month or so after I found out I was pregnant with Daniel. Dan's whole family was together for pictures and we got one of just the two of us! :)

December 1999- Danny was 1 year old.

I guess we didn't get any family pictures taken when Tamara was a baby. 
This was taken sometime in spring 2003, I think, My entire family gathered at my brother Lynn's house and the photographer set up in their living room.
This was our family proof. I don't think I actually ordered any prints.

Late Fall of 2003, Blossom Hollinger took this one.....
Danny was almost 5 and Tamara almost 3.

Family pictures at Sears in 2004, before we moved to Florida.

 In 2005, our first winter in Florida, we just did a picture of the children.

2006 St. George Island
Taken by Marilyn Martin :)

Augusta, GA
Taken by Dan's sister Miriam! :)

Took the children's pictures in Blountstown

Sam and Trina were here to visit. I took pictures for them and they took some for us! :)

Pictures taken at the Pioneer Settlement in Blountstown, by Jennifer Bates.
Dan was still recovering from hernia surgery. :) It was not the most pleasant photo shoot for him!

Taken by Michelle Yoder at Thistledew Farm in Clarksville.

Taken by Jennifer Bates in a cotton field beside our church.

Taken by my nephew's wife, Vironica Horst at Mexico Beach.

Taken by my friend Aleshia Keene in Grand Ridge, FL.
Danny will be 16 on Dec. 3 and Tamara 14 on Jan. 2!!

Looking through these pictures, I feel so blessed! So many good memories and big changes took place in our lives. Sometimes, when the kids were little and nights were short, I wished for this time of my life. Now it's here, and while I enjoy it immensely, I am seeing that it is going to be gone so fast! It doesn't seem real that I have a son who is about to turn 16 and a lovely daughter who is going through some of the same struggles I did as a teen. I only pray that God will use me during this crucial time to build my children up and make memories that they will be proud to remember as they grow older and eventually start families of their own!!

God has given us a great responsibility and I want to do my best with the years I have left. Not looking back at the mistakes we made along the way, but looking forward to the future we have on this earth, and later in heaven, I pray!!

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

John 16:21 When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.

A poem I love! :) You know children (and adults, too) can be the master of excuses......

“I cannot go to school today"
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
"I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.

My mouth is wet, my throat is dry.
I'm going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I've counted sixteen chicken pox.

And there's one more - that's seventeen,
And don't you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut, my eyes are blue,
It might be the instamatic flu.

I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I'm sure that my left leg is broke.
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button's caving in.

My back is wrenched, my ankle's sprained,
My 'pendix pains each time it rains.
My toes are cold, my toes are numb,
I have a sliver in my thumb.

My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.

My elbow's bent, my spine ain't straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There's a hole inside my ear.

I have a hangnail, and my heart is ...
What? What's that? What's that you say?
You say today is .............. Saturday?
G'bye, I'm going out to play!” 
― Shel Silverstein

I Said Yes!

On November 25, 1995, 19 years ago today, Dan and I went to our friends, Vernon Wadel and Karen Weaver's wedding. Mom had made me a new green dress with big red-ish roses and gold highlights in the print. I loved the dress because it had a belt {remember that}and a straight waist....Mom used to always make me elastic waists dresses which I hated! Anyway, I think Dan and I were gift receivers at the wedding.

Later that evening, we went out for supper to Chi-Chi's in Ephrata with two other couples who were both engaged to be married in December and February. {Yes, love was in the air!!} :)We had a great time....and remember that belt? While we were eating, Dan sneakily used it to tie me fast to my chair. When we got up to leave I was stuck! Silly guy! :)

I don't remember what all went on that night but after Dan took me home we were sitting and talking. I don't even remember what we were talking about but I told him I love him so much I don't know what to do with him? :) He said, "I have a suggestion.....will you marry me?" Would I? Would I? OF COURSE I would!! :) I was so excited. My parent's were still up so we went and told them.
We pulled out a calendar and since Dan was teaching school, we chose a summer wedding, July 13, 1996. And so it began.....

We had no idea what the future held, but I am happy to say, I'd do it all over again!! :) :)


Our engagement picture.....