Cherished Time Together

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Brendan and I spent two days at Colonial Williamsburg on the 14th and 15th…yep, I took my 16 1/2 year old on a field trip ūüôā !

I knew that Brendan would be studying Colonial times this year and kept going back and forth in my mind…

Was it a bad idea to make him miss his “regular” schoolwork?¬† Would he even want to go?¬† What if we don’t go and I miss out on that special one-to-one time with my oldest?¬† Was it worth the extra cost?

 YES!!! YES!!! YES!!!

It was soooooo worth it!

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We laughed together, learned some cool things, went out to eat, spent time talking, did a little shopping at the outlets (Brendan was a good sport), and just enjoyed being together.

This is probably one of the last official “field trips” that I’ll take with my oldest son (*sniff, sniff).¬†I knew that I’d regret not doing it, but that I’d never¬†regret just going for it – and I’m so glad that I did!¬† And I ‘m thankful that Brendan humored his mom and went along for the ride!

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Cherish each and every day that you have with your children!

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Coming later this week: a post about our AMAZING time at Liberty University for “College For a Weekend” ūüôā

Hunting for Treasure

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Ryan and I had the amazing opportunity to go to Morefield Mine last week.¬† It¬†has¬†been¬†on my field trip “bucket list” for years, but we¬†had never¬†made it out there.¬† I hesitated for a minute when we were invited, worried that Ryan might think it was too childish…and he did, but only for a minute or two.¬† Before I knew it, we were both digging and searching for treasures ūüôā !

And since then, I’ve been thinking.

It was so much fun hunting for the minerals and gems, anticipating that moment when we might find “the big one.”¬† I could’ve stayed out there digging all day (if my 42 year old¬†back and legs weren’t aching so bad-LOL).

I love discovering new things and learning.  I can spend hours searching Google for a topic that interests me.

So I wonder why it’s so hard to find that same passion when it comes to God’s word.

I go through ups and downs in my walk with Christ.¬† Sometimes I love studying my Bible…sometimes, not so much.

I think it’s¬†because of several reasons:

1-Many times when we read God’s word we are convicted of sin in our lives, and that doesn’t feel great.¬† It makes us uncomfortable.¬†¬†We may be called to make a change in our behavior or step outside of our comfort zone.

2-Studying God’s word isn’t easy.¬†It takes real effort.¬† We can’t just Google the answer and come up with page upon page of easily accessible information, pictures, or instructional videos.

3-There are so many distractions around us.¬† There’s the never-ending to-do list, the “dinging” on our phone telling us that somebody just posted on Facebook, the TV or radio blaring in our ear, the needs of our family and friends, the service or volunteer opportunities…the list is endless!

But check out what God promises us:

 He promises that we WILL find Him! 

That is a guaranteed WIN -what an AMAZING God we have!

I am excited to be ¬†starting a new Bible study¬†tonight: 1 Peter: A Living Hope in Christ, by Jen Wilkin.¬† We will learn how to dig deep into God’s word, studying the scriptures verse by verse.

I’m hoping that this new study will put that spark back into my quiet times…that I will truly seek Him with all of my heart.

Here’s to finding true treasure!!!

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Close to Home:

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WOW!

Ryan and I have spent the last¬†few days experiencing the Civil War in amazing ways!¬† My neighbor has been a Civil War buff and relic hunter for 30 years and we literally went on a “field trip” right next door!

¬† It was so cool to actually see and touch many of the items that we’ve been learning about:

John was great and spent over an hour with us showing us his collection and answering our questions.  We got to see letters, cannon balls, bullets, spurs, belt buckles, bayonets, coins, buttons, pictures, and so much more!

THANK YOU John for taking the time to share your knowledge with us ūüôā !!!

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We also visited¬†two local Civil War battlefields: Gaine’s Mill and Cold Harbor.

Even though it was a beautiful day, it was eerie as we walked where thousands of soldiers actually fought and died.  IMG_8347IMG_8398

The small creek that we saw literally ran red with blood.  As a mom of boys, it is unbelievable to think of all of the worry and sadness that many mothers went through (not to mention all of the other family members that were affected by so much loss).

On a happier note, school has been going well for Brendan also.¬† He survived the PSAT’s and is almost finished with his first research paper.¬†¬†He decided to write on¬†how the invention of the telephone¬†has affected society, and some of the statistics about how many¬†hours we spend on our phones are SCARY!!!

I hope that you all have an amazing weekend!  Get out and enjoy this beautiful, crisp fall weather!

Field Trip Fun!

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Ryan and I spent the day with some sweet friends exploring Pamplin Park (highly recommend) and learning about the Civil War.  Our tour guides were amazing and we had a blast learning together!

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And just so you guys don’t feel sorry for Brendan ūüôā :

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After his assignments, he had fun playing tennis with Pappy and cruising around the neighborhood!