Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Are you ready for more from Europe!?!

Yes, that's right - I'm finally getting back to posts from Europe!!  I hope you all will enjoy them very much!!  First, I wanted to do a little bit of review...

We were in Germany for 4 1/2 months (daddy was there for 6 months).  I am still amazed by everything the Lord allowed us to see and do and that we were able to be together as a family for most of daddy's time there.  It's really amazing to look back at the pictures because it still seems "unreal" in a way that we were even there!!

Here is a quick overview:

  • 4 1/2 months.
  • 33 traveling days (mainly the weekends!).
  • 11 countries.
  • 16,000 miles traveled.
  • transported by plane, train, van, bus, taxi, boat, ferry, and subway!
I still have the whole month of May to post!  Besides a few posts of "everyday" life, below are the locations you can look forward to pictures from:

  • Normandy, France (and a lot of other places around there!).
  • Brugges, Belgium (which they call "Little Venice").
  • Worms, Germany
  • Heidelberg, Germany (it was one of our favorite places, so we had to visit it again! :).
  • Battle of the Bulge sites around Belgium and Luxembourg.
  • Trier, Germany (which they call "Little Rome").
  • Paris, France
  • Basil, Switzerland
  • Strasbourg, France
  • and more!!
I think you'll also be excited to watch the slideshows that I put together below!!  The two-part slideshow is a snapshot of everything we did in Europe, so you can review what I already posted about and get a sneak peak at what will be posted soon.

The "On The Road" slideshow is just a fun little slideshow of tons of pictures from our travels to the many different locations - visiting all of those sites, you spend a lot of time in the car (and other modes of transportation)!! :)


On The Road!

What We Did In Europe Part 1

What We Did In Europe Part 2

Monday, December 24, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012 Part 2

The third thing we were blessed with this Thanksgiving was having the Fleshman family up to our home to participate in our family's Thanksgiving celebration on Friday.  Once again, it was a great day.

It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without having someone try to guess what the following hanging looks like.

Ever since someone in our family brought it up a few years ago, this is no longer a cornucopia, but 
"the  blank".  

This brings me to an announcement:
The first person to guess correctly what we say it looks like wins a bag of Sabrina's delicious homemade caramel popcorn!!  Let me tell you - it's good!!! :)
Remember - you have to think way outside the box, but once you see it, you really can "see" it!!
Let the guessing begin!!!
Click picture to enlarge.

A time of hymn singing, and Bible reading.

Wow that turkey looks good!!

Mr. Fleshman and daddy.

Kitchen prep.

Alyssa and Sabrina.

Story time with Dylan.

We greatly enjoy using our grill.  We smoked both the turkey and the ham!!


Seth and mommy.



The boys.

The girls.

The big table.

Hannah and Stasia.

Daddy read some of "Plymouth Plantation" and George Washington's day of thanksgiving proclamation to us.

Sabrina, Abby, Alyssa, and Sienna.

We were happy to be able to have the Fleshman's participate in our time of reading and showing thankfulness to each other.

Banana time!

It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without pie - and cool whip! :)


Upset the fruit basket!!

Group picture!

The Fleshman family
- we had such a wonderful time with you all and are so glad you could come!!

We got a family picture too!!  Thank you Fleshman's!!

Thanksgiving 2012 Part 1

Two of the things we were blessed with this Thanksgiving Day was having cousin Rod here with us and being able to go to the "O's" for a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner and time of fellowship!!

They had lovely table settings - complete with Mrs. "O's" grandmother's china, Thanksgiving decorations, and hand-embroidered place mats that the girls made.

Playing together.

I thought this was cute.

Last minute kitchen prep.

Carving the turkey.



Wallace and Sayer.

Even the dog got to enjoy some of thanksgiving dinner!

The little people!

They made SO many deserts!

We got to spend some time out with the horses...

...and ride too!!

The sunset was beautiful.

Sayer's turn!

The sky was amazing - I couldn't resist some pictures.

I love the clouds with the moon.

Lovely!!  The heaves do declare the glory of God.

Knox and Sherrod with a great backdrop! 

Even I got to ride - and trot!! That was fun. :)

Sarah, William, Myself, and Selah!

Group picture!!

Just because I love "then and now" pictures, this is 2010.

2004 - Wow!!

We're so thankful for the time of fellowship that we had with you all - it was great!!  Thank you SO much for having us!!!