Friday, May 21, 2010
Spring Mill State Park
Immerse yourself in history by taking a step back in time to the early 1860’s.
Various interpreters will be on hand during your visit as you take a leisurely stroll through our historic district and view over 20 log cabin structures dating back to the early 1800’s.
Interact with our interpreters as they go about “their daily chores”. Throughout the season “chores” may include rope-making, candle-dipping, blacksmithing, gardening, and weaving.
The showcase of the Pioneer Village is the Grist Mill. This limestone mill is an original structure that was built in 1817 and still grinds corn to this day. Water flowing out of Hamer Cave pours over the enormous water wheel and drives the gears that spin the grindstones.
About Marengo Cave:
Two kids. An unexplored world.
The year is 1883. Two children are about to make the discovery of their lifetime - a never before seen world waits for them beneath the quiet little town of Marengo.
September 6, 1883 -Early afternoon- 15-year-old Blanche Hiestand, a cook at Marengo Academy, overheard some of the schoolboys making plans to explore a deep sinkhole located near the school.Blanche decided to beat them to it! She excitedly ran home after work and recruited her eleven-year-old brother, Orris. They grabbed some candles and snuck out of the house.Blanche and Orris quickly hiked up the hill past the cemetery by the church. They found the sinkhole, surrounded by a grove of trees, and climbed to the bottom.
Cool air steamed out of the small opening. Lighting their candles, the pair peered inside. Ignoring the darkness and the mud, Blanche squeezed into the hole. Soon she called up to Orris, "Come on in!"Together Blanche and Orris crawled down the steep, slippery slope. They found themselves in a large chamber that appeared to continue in several directions. They heard water falling and saw formations in the distance. Though awed by the beauty of their discovery, their flickering candles caused their courage to ebb. The pair decided to turn back. The slimy, cold mud made climbing out much harder. Blanche and Orris safely reached the top. The late summer sun felt good on their skin as the two siblings, now covered with mud, headed home. The original land owner was notified of the cave's discovery a few days later and the cave was immediately opened to the public for tours.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
My Family from WiddlyTinks.com
2. My number two is to go back to
Hawaii and take Andrew,since he has never been, go on a anniversary trip to Bora Bora,
where we wanted to go on our honeymoon, and and Take Calleigh(and our other children) to
Disney World and stay in the castle!
Monday, May 17, 2010
Write up and publish your journal page using the questions/picture ideas I have listed below into your blog entry. Be as descriptive as you can!
Outside my window...there is a bird walking down the sidewalk into a puddle
I am thinking...about what I am going to fix for supper tonight? Any suggestions?
I am thankful for...my wonderful husband Andrew and the sweetest, greatest blessing we have, little Calleigh Elizabeth
From the kitchen...I know there are dishes to be done..it's his turn!
I am wearing...a grey blouse and black pants with black sandles and lots of jewlery
I am creating...a list of books to read to Calleigh this summer...any suggestions? I have a good list going!
I am going...home in about 2.5 hours!!!!
I am reading...different blogs right now, but planning on starting the Redemption series by Karen Kingsbury
I am hoping...that Andrew gets a public teaching job this summer and then we can work on expanding our little family :)
I am hearing...music by the Fray right now......it's just what I wanted to listen to..perfect!
Around the house...I have a lot of work to do to get ready for my yard sale!
One of my favorite things...is flowers...love this time of year!
A few plans for the rest of the week:
Tues-Softball, Thurs-Softball, Saturday-Cardinals game, Sunday-Church!!!
Have a great week everyone!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
My Mothers Day was perfect. It went just like I wanted it to. Andrew let me sleep in a little bit, when I got up Calleigh brought me not one, but 2 mother's day cards that she had made for me. One she made at my mom's house. It had a pic of her in the middle and she had colored around the edges of it. She also has a fascination with flowers so she picks them all of the time. My mom had dried and glued some of the flowers to the paper. It was perfect. The second card was one she made with Andrew at our house. It said Happy Mother's Day on the front and he wrote me a little message from Calleigh saying that she was glad the she was "stuck" with my as her mom. It also said that if anyone asked her to trade moms she say "nope". Two of her favorite words are stuck and nope, so it was perfect! We ate breakfast and we were off to church.Church was perfect also. I have been praying a lot lately, for many different things that are going on in our life right now and I just went the the altar and poured my worries and heart to the Lord and he just listened. My mom came up and prayed with me. If that was the only thing I had gotten for Mother's Day my day would have been complete. The extra thing I got at that service was to see my dad at church with my mom. I know that the knows the Lord, but I pray for him to have a closer relationship with the Lord, and he is slowly coming around, and for that I am thankful.
After church we went to a gathering for Andrew's dads side of the family. That was fun and it was nice to see everyone. That evening we had our mom's, my dad, and Andrew's step-dad over to our house. This has become a tradition ever since we have moved into our house. We grilled out and had homemade ice cream and it was great! The night ended with Calleigh bringing me 3 pink roses, one for each year we have celebrated Mother's Day together, and it was the sweetest thing I have ever seen her do. She went outside with my mom and came walking back in the house with the flowers in her hand saying "Mama" and handed them to me. It is a moment I will never, ever forget. All in all, this Mother's Day was perfect!
Andrew and I are going through a lot right now and if you are reading this and you believe in the power of prayer please take a second to pray for us. Andrew has a very important job interview on Wednesday, he is having an issue with on of his Masters classes, we are slowly working on becoming financially free of debt, and trying desperately to have another baby. Our marriage is stronger than ever and we are working on this all together, but we are a little stressed right now. Just remember us when you are praying. God brought us to it and he will walk with us as we get through it. He is always there for us, and he's counting on me and I'm counting on him too! He never lets me down, I just have to learn it's his timing and his plan, not mine.
Monday, May 3, 2010
We are have a lot that we are praying for right now. Andrew is and has been applying for many jobs at different places as well as myself. We are just waiting for God to led us where he wants us and to let us know what he wants us to do. We are also praying for a second baby. It's stresses me out some times when I think of it. I question whether or not it will happen. I want so badly to have another child but yet I am so scared it will not happen. I always get my hopes built up and I am let down. It took so long with Calleigh and I am thankful for God's timing. I know that if and when he allows us to have another child it will be the perfect time just like it was with Calleigh. He blessed us with her and she is the best gift we have ever been given.
Andrew will be out of school in a month and he has the whole summer with Calleigh. I am excited for that also because he usually brings her down to my job to see me and spend lunch together. Here at my work we start getting off work 30 minutes early and although it does not seem like much, 30 minutes is quite a difference. Andrew starts softball soon and we are looking forward to that. It is nice to see friends who we only see each summer. Not a lot of exciting news, but something just to hold you over for right now. Here are some recent pictures. Enjoy!
Calleigh and her flowers
Calleigh after her lawn mower ride
Calleigh and Daddy and his turkey!