Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday

It is Outdoor Wednesday time! Thanks to Susan over at www.asoutherndaydreamer for hosting this weekly event.
This is at Red Top Mountain near Atlanta, Georgia. Notice the tree in the lake. We really enjoy this Georgia State Park for its beautiful scenery, hiking trails, and picnic areas. They also have a lodge with a nice restaurant. This park suffered some flooding a little while back when the Atlanta area had all that massive rain in a short time period. Some of the picnic tables were under water for some time.

I just love this old bridge. This is at the Chattanooga and Chickamauga National Battlefield Park in Chickamauga, Georgia.

Another view of the bridge. When you look at it, I think you can't help but think back to the Civil War. This park now gets quite a bit of use from joggers, walkers, cyclist, and families enjoying a day out. It is a beautiful park with loads of history.
I hope you enjoyed my Outdoor Wednesday. Have a super Wednesday!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Menu Monday

This week I am participating in Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday. Be sure to check out everyone's menu for this week!

Happy Monday! What a marvelous weekend we enjoyed. Our family had our movie night Friday night, with Star Trek being the movie of the night. I have to say I enjoyed it. I didn't watch alot of Star Trek growing up, but my husband certainly did. On Saturday my hubby and my boys worked at their grandmother's house blowing leaves and cleaning the yard up. I stayed at home to clean house and get grocery list and menus together for the upcoming week. We ended Saturday night watching our favorite football games.

Yesterday, we enjoyed a wonderful day of worship with our oldest son in Atlanta. After a great meal at The Olive Garden, we headed home to prepare for the upcoming week and to rest!! My middle son and myself are headed out this morning to volunteer at Life Care Center. We will be packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Later today I hope to continue on with that housecleaning!! We are taking this week off from school to prepare for Thanksgiving. My oldest son will be home for a few days and I want to thoroughly enjoy that time with him. This week we will also be putting up our Christmas lights and decorations. So much fun!! We always do this the day after Thanksgiving. I just love this week!!

Our menu for this week:


Vegetable Lasagna

Garlic Bread





Chicken Tenders

Baked Beans







Corn Muffins


*Pie Supper at church


Turkey Day!!!


More Turkey!!!!


Homemade Pizza




Enjoy your Monday!!


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sunday's Thoughts

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Psalm 100 KJV


Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heavn'ly host; Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost!

Words: Thomas Ken, Music: Genevan Psalter, Segue To "FOR THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH"

Have a blessed Lord's Day,

Friday, November 20, 2009

Giving Back

A couple of weeks ago, our chapter of The National Homeschool Honor Society, participated in a service project. The local LifeCare Center was having a carnival to raise money for Operation Christmas Shoebox. We were to help set up for the carnival, then help to run some of the booths. We had a great turn out! There was much to be done before the carnival and the students jumped right in and did their jobs. As you can see from the picture below, Chic-fil-A was there and working hard!This was the "morning crew", ready to begin work.
The boys cleaning the grill and getting food ready for the concession stand.

Ready for customers!

If you cook it, they will come!!

It was a great day of volunteer work. These students helped out and had a great time also. It reminded me that I need to always be instilling in my boys that giving back spirit by giving back myself. Sometime it is easy to get caught up in "everyday life" and forget that we are to give back to our communities, our churches, and our country. So, this weekend we are making a list of ways that we want to give back this Christmas season. We have come up with two that we are very excited about. We are collecting items for our local animal shelter and we are collecting food for our local Ronald McDonald House. Last year, we volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House and enjoyed it thoroughly! We cleaned the house so the residents didn't have to that day. What a great work the Ronald McDonald House performs! We hope to be able to do that again.
Have a super Friday and remember to Give Back!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday

Thanks to Susan, over at www.asoutherndaydreamer, for hosting this weekly event. Be sure to check out all the participants in Outdoor Wednesday. We recently took a field trip to Cloudland Canyon State Park. This is one of Georgia's beautiful state parks. I have shared pictures from here before, but the day we went was absolutely one of the most gorgeous days we have had!
We have received so much rain lately that the waterfalls were wonderful. We have been there when there was just a trickle, so this was nice to see.

This is at the bottom of one of the waterfalls. There are hiking trails down to both waterfalls. These trails have stairs that make it a little easier to get down to the bottom.

I just love seeing the waterfalls and being reminded of the majesty of our Creator!

This is a view of the top of the canyon.

The leaves were putting on a spectacular show for us!

We thoroughly enjoyed our day at Cloudland Canyon State Park. The ranger took us on our hike. He was able to share lots of great information about the park.
I hope you enjoyed seeing one of Georgia's great state parks.
Have a super Wednesday!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Week in Review and Upcoming Activities

This past week my sister, sister-in-law, and niece took my Mother out to eat for her birthday. We went to a wonderful tea room that was decorated for the holidays. It was the first night of their holiday open house. I loved this snowman decorated tree! This wreath was just beautiful. We were able to have the Mother's Room, which is basically a private room. It was great for our birthday celebration!
This picture is a little fuzzy. This was the tree that was in our room. I wish I had gotten a better picture of the top of the tree. It was stunning!

This is my Mom opening her presents.

This is my niece holding my sister's baby boy. This niece is my brother's daughter and she is a sweetheart!

This is Mom holding my nephew. My older brother's wife is in the red sweater. The room we were in was decorated so lovely. I just wanted to decorate my house the minute I got home!

It was a great evening with the "girls" and our sweet little "boy" guest. We hope to make it an annual tradition. The decorations were amazing and the food was wonderful. Another great plus, which was a wonderful surprise, was our server. The daughter of one of my friends was our server. She is the sweetest, most beautiful girl. She did a super job and I was grateful she was our server.
This coming week, along with our schoolwork, I hope to get alot of deep cleaning done in preparation for Thanksgiving. I think this year I would like to get our outside Christmas decorations up in time for Thanksgiving day. I love Christmas, but I like to wait to put my inside decorations up the day after Thanksgiving. So much to do!
I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Saturday!