Our annual trip to Rock City was a little sad as we didn’t find a gnome for the office or house, but I did get a few images of the nice day. Going on a Thursday helped keep the crowds down even though the temp was really nice at 83 deg.
This past Thursday we got to ride on the Missionary Ridge routine using Engine 630. If you want to know if train riding is for you take this short trip and see before signing up for a longer 3.5 hours or the even longer
Located in East Chattanooga, the Tennessee Valley Railroad is a great family or couple outing. The real steam engines are a sight to see.
We haven’t walked the green way since it was finished, so Saturday night we waited until it cooled down a little before grabbing the dogs and heading out.
The parking off of Lincoln street say 6am to 6pm, but why so early? The sun doesn’t set until 7:50 today. We went ahead and parked there and heading out.
It didn’t take long for Gerri to be attacked by a squirrel as often happens to us…but after that things calmed down and we even spotted a beaver closer to the library.
Overall it was a good walk with two stops at the water fountain at the park both for Jack and the dogs.
May 15th, 1999…saying this was a big day is definitely an understatement. For my life, that day was one of the best days of my life. Now 20 years and one day later, I am blessed to say that she is the best part of me and a wonderful mother to my son.
A lot of life has happened since this engagement picture. Like most couples there have been awesome highs and horrible lows…our strength has come for serving God and keeping him first. Sometimes that was an easy task and other times it wasn’t, but the goal of any good marriage is to not give up or given in to problems that pop up, but to continue to love each other and get through them.
We measure the last twenty years with stories, most that we look back on and shake our heads on how did that happened and laugh at the outcome of what we had to do at that particular moment. I have no better memories than with her…because she has always been my best friend and soulmate.
Looking forward to the next 20 years.
We enjoyed our first charity classic car cruise in Tullahoma at Chick-Fil-A. This month the event sponsored Friends of Animals. We enjoyed eating at Chick-fil-a then walking over to the free car show.
There were around 100 cars and the weather was perfect for the event. We saw a lot of great cars and nice owners.
Here are some of the cars at the event. It was good to finally see Teresa’s green dune buggy finally. It looks great.
Each year South Pittsburg, TN becomes the festival of Cornbread. That includes music, over 100 craft booths, food venues a carnival and yes of course cornbread.
The number of people who come is in the tens of thousands and the small town of South Pittsburg steps up and delivers a good show for the venue. This year the parking seemed to be more organized with volunteers leading the way to open areas of parking then shuttling folks via school buses to the different gates.
At seven dollars per person the cost isn’t to much to enjoy all the events. The weather this year was perfect with scattered clouds and a temperature in the upper 70s.
Our first stop is always this lemonade stand…without a doubt we think this is the best lemonade in the world..or at least form all the shows, festivals, events and venues we have been too.
If you have never been I would encourage you to visit next year and while you are there take the free tour into the Lodge Cast Iron Manufacturing center.
Thanks for a great day South Pittsburg.
Knowing the right time for your child to learn to shoot is different for every child. I have never been a hunter, but I do love the shooting sports and also learning how to use firearms for self defense.
I have never pushed Jack into wanting to shoot…he has always played with toy guns and bow and arrows and he was taught from a early age the respect you give firearms. We have used the NRA’s Eddie Eagle program to teach Jack what to do if you see a firearm.
So we felt that Jack was responsible enough now to learn how to shoot and so today we headed to Templar Indoor Range with a .22 Ruger pistol and a ATI GSG-5 rifle.
We had a great time and Jack wasn’t nervous at all. Jack is a lefty like me so it was easier to teach him than what I thought it would be…
We enjoyed visiting the 22nd Annual Quilting show held in Tullahoma. This event is held by three Coffee County guilds. The Girl’s Night Quilting Society, Heirloom Quilters’ Guild and Manchester Quilting Ladies.
Belong is the quilts that were on display…notice the number of quilts that are hand quilted.
The sewing machine that you see is circa. 1860s and still works today.
About a month ago we saw that the Tennessee State Museum was opening an exhibit on the art and story of Tennessee quilts. I had been wanting to go to the museum since it opened back in October of 2018. When I saw that there was going to be a temporary exhibit running from Feb 8th to July 7th, 2019 on the Art and Story of Tennessee Quilts I knew it was time to go.
I would encourage everyone to visit our state museum. The exhibits are detailed and cover the history of our state well. The layout can be slightly confusing so pay attention that you don’t miss a complete section.
The Tennessee State Museum is a large museum in Nashville depicting the history of the U.S. state of Tennessee. The current facility opened on October 4, 2018, at the corner of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Jefferson Street at the foot of Capitol Hill by the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.
Last year we were able to visit the White House. It was interesting to be standing in many of the rooms that historical figures have been in, to see the art on the walls or sitting around the rooms, the history made there and the fact that this house is known throughout the world.
After a long weekend of activities ending in Christmas night, this is how we all feel… well not Jack but at least for Gerri and I.
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.
The production of Charlie Brown Christmas at Huntsville Von Braum Center was a wonderful musical that has become a traditional for us.
Last year we saw it in Nashville and them this year in Huntsville AL.
Great show and a packed house in the big hall. Glad we got to go
Christmas can be many things and it’s different for each person or family. We think at this time of year of how our Savior came to Earth and to be born in a manager.
A servant’s heart is something we should try and remember year round and it can be a big thing like volunteering at church or helping a person or family in need.
It can be simple things like having a good attitude at work, or forgiving that car that just cut you off. It can be buying the car behind you in the drive thru meal or giving that five dollar bill in the offering at church instead of that one dollar bill.
Learning that servant’s heart begins early at our church New Life United Pentecostal Church. Our ushers allow our children to often help with taking up the offering.
Seeing Ava getting the offering plate and then praying with everyone before taking the offering is a Christmas moment if there ever was one (thanks to Gerri for grabbing my attention in time to get the image).
What’s the stage between being a kid and being a part of the church youth group?
It’s called PreTeen, sometimes it rears its head as “Mother, I’m a PreTeen not a child” and then there are the times when it shows up and gets you with a lump in your throat as he joins the big kids on the stage.
New Life’s production of Gloria had Jack performing with the members on stage…and we couldn’t have been prouder.
A small clip of the show Sunday Morning.
When you are ready for Thanksgiving dinner back in the 80s.
Now where did I put that black/red skinny tie?
Dinner with Granny is always interesting.
As we celebrate Gerri’s birthday, Jack needed to go as Halo to make the night interesting.
[mks_dropcap style=”letter” size=”52″ bg_color=”#ffffff” txt_color=”#000000″]A[/mks_dropcap] few years back we had a great day shooting elk in North Carolina. I found this video that jack shot as we sat in the back of the truck (this was before we got our new truck). It was a day of waiting, eating, and finally watching the elk come down and appear in the fields.
Here is a story we created about our trip.
He sleeps in the oddest positions.
It looks like his back would break.
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