Hi Friends! The last time I posted was six months ago! Wow, so much has happened in the last six month but this post will tell the story of the Civil War Ball that Natasha and Mikayla got to attend with some dear friends of ours. It was such a fun evening and such a wonderful expereince.
This Civil War Ball was started many years ago by a homeschool dad to give his teenagers an evening something like prom. However, he didn’t really want to mimic a public school prom as they aren’t really a wholesome event… more like a cesspool of temptation to throw our teenagers. So, he came up with the idea of Civil War Ball. He rents out the Douglas County Fairgrounds for the entire day. Those that register can come in the morning for dance lessons to learn period dances from that era. Then the kids have several hours to have fun before the dance begins in the evening. He has arranged for a handful of costume providers to be on site to rent period dresses and soldier/gentleman attire. Many families make their own dresses and we were blessed to borrow a dress for Natasha from friends who go every year and had several extra dresses to choose from. Mikayla’s dress was a former Elvish dress (think Lord of the Rings) that she altered a bit to fit the era.
Unfortunately, there are typically more young ladies that attend then young men so sometimes they have to dance a step or two with another gal but it’s all so much fun! My girls had a wonderful time and are already planning for next year! The parents can even join in on the fun with costumes and dancing!
The young men line up and the girls are announced as they enter the ball.
This beautiful dress was made by family friends.
The blue beauty was also made by family friends – the dress that is!
Hopefully, later this week I can fill you in on all the changes for the Wilson family!
This is just a short post to share 2 links with you.
The first is a blog post by Michelle Lesley. While it’s a little long it is well worth the 5 minutes it took to read it. Unfortunately, our society is filled with shallow Christians that truly take away from the gospel. I know this is an area that I need to improve on… I’m so concerned of what they will think of me or of making them angry but truly, it is God that I anger when I shy away from confronting (of course in love) sin. Take a moment and read this post!
Secondly, this podcast by Kevin Swanson is spot on! I pray for my children’s spouses regularly. I pray that they love God and honor marriage the way God intended. God didn’t put marriage in place to force us into a bunch of boring rules. After being married for 18 years now (and looking forward to 100 more years) I can honestly say that marriage is the most rewarding experience. Yes, there are challenges but Phil and I honor God and each other and make our family a priority, truly we are blessed! Listen to the podcast… it’s only about 20 minutes long.
Stay tuned for pictures from the Civil War Ball that Natasha and Mikayla attended a couple of weeks ago!
We woke up Sunday morning in Paris… Paris, Texas! After filling our tummies with Texas shaped waffles we loaded up our rental car and got on the road to find a gas station.
A slight side story… as I was filling the car that morning I noticed dozens of huge brown crickets all over the gas station lot. Even crawling up the dispensers! They were everywhere and at least 5 times the size of the little black ones we have around here.
Anyway, we put in the next Narnia audiobook in the player and hit the road towards Mena, Arkansas. It took about 2.5 hours or so to get to the small community of Mena. The main point of stopping in Mena was to take a look at a potential commercial property. We have friends who own this land and would like to fix up this old inn and get it running again. However, after seeing it I’m not sure it’s worth the money it would take to ‘fix it’ and it might be a better investment to scrape the property and start over.
After spending about 45 minutes looking at the property we headed north to visit friends in Ft. Smith. On the way we had something interesting happen. The road to Ft. Smith is a little two lane road surrounded by beautiful forest. The amount of trees was stunning! Back to the story, as we came around a curve I noticed an older lady standing in the middle of the street waving her arms at us to stop. As I stopped and rolled down my window she came up and pointed to a piece of paper. I could tell immediately that she was hearing impaired. I kind of nodded ok, not really understanding what she was asking. She then went over to the passenger side and showed Belle the paper. Again, I nodded and then she opened the back passenger door and hopped in the car next to Alex. She moaned a few sounds and pointed ahead so I just started driving and she would point here and there to show me which way to go. After about 15 minutes of driving she had me pull into a church parking lot. Using sign language she said thank you, got out and went to church! I wondered out loud if she gets to church that way every Sunday!
Ok, so we make it to Ft. Smith and head to Charleston to stay with friends. Charleston is about 35 minutes out of Ft. Smith and is an absolutely charming town! My dear friend, Sandy, took some time to show me around this cute little town and I think I could see my family living there.
We were so blessed to meet the Taggart family. Sandy and I have been friends over email for several years but we finally got to meet in person and it was so much fun! They spoiled us with comfy beds to sleep in, yummy food, and fun fellowship. They even talked us into staying a second night. They have 11 amazing kids and have quite a unique family story! Our kids became fast friends and we so enjoyed our time with them.
Property is much less expensive in Charleston… hmmm… maybe in our future?
Hello again! I’m going to try to finish telling you about our great summer adventure.
So, on Friday morning, Alfredo and Amy Sue closed on their new house and we all started unloading the moving truck. It took most of the day and we were all pretty exhausted. Once we got them a bit settled we caught a ride to get our rental car and headed a bit north to spend the night in Comfort.
We got checked into the Meyer’s Bed and Breakfast around 7pm. I had hoped to get there earlier so we could spend more time exploring Comfort and the bed and breakfasts 34 acres. We walked the beautiful acres and along the creek for about an hour and enjoyed the amazing sunset. Then we headed to our very comfortable room and settled in for the night.
After a good nights sleep we headed to the breakfast room and had a very filling and delicious breakfast. We sat at a table close to the windows and watched the deer grazing across the creek.
I wanted to get on the road and head towards Arkansas but the girls really wanted to swim so I let them play in the lovely pool for about an hour. Even at 9 in the morning it was about 80 degrees but the humidity wasn’t too bad. We packed up our car, stopped to buy some road trip snacks and jumped on the highway at 10:30 am.
I was a bit nervous getting on the road being the only adult and driver and driving 2 of my kids across a few states without my rock (Phil is my rock!) but I did a lot of praying and God gave me confidence. Mena, Arkansas, is about 9 hours away from Comfort and since we didn’t leave until mid morning I didn’t think we could make it there by that evening so I figured we’d have to find a place to stay somewhere along the way.
Have you ever stayed the night in Paris? I decided we would stop in Paris, Texas. It is a fairly small town but I was able to find a room in a little hotel to stay the night. It was a decent room but not nearly as lavish as the Meyer’s Bed and Breakfast!
This podcast by Kevin Swanson was fascinating. This podcast was not what I expected it to be… you should take a listen! I know, for those of you that think Kevin is a little… um… out there, I find his podcasts a breath of fresh air. Someone bold enough to speak the truth. The world has enough wish washy Christians… we need more believers to stand up for Gods Word!
I was at a birthday party not too long ago and they served a white chocolate raspberry bundt cake that was truly awe inspiring! Phil found this copy cat recipe. I haven’t tried it yet but perhaps this weekend. Then I’ll have to figure out how to make one gluten free for him! Enjoy!
That’s it for this week. I’ll try to finish sharing about my trip over the weekend.
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Happy 17 years and 9 month Anniversary to the most amazing man! I love you Phil!
I did not sleep as well last night. Between my tossing and turning and Mikayla yelling at Jonathan in her sleep I didn’t get much rest.
Today was the last leg of the drive to San Antonio. We arrived around 5pm and went to the Vera’s house. The Pinto’s have known this family for many years and were instrumental in helping the Pinto’s move to San Antonio.
Before landing in San Antonio, Amy Sue and I (and the kids with us) stopped in Comfort along the way. There is a Bed and Breakfast for sale that we wanted to check out. We drove through the small town and stopped at the BNB to look around. It was beautiful! I made reservations for the girls and I for Friday evening.
Once in San Antonio we all went to see the Pinto’s new house. They don’t close on it until Friday but we were able to do the final walk through. It’s a beautiful 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home in a pleasant neighborhood.
One of the most obvious differences between San Antonio and Denver is humidity…. wowza! 98 degrees feels a lot different when the humidity is 49%. I’m sure you get used to it though. But I do love the rolling hills and lush trees that span the landscape.
The girls and I stayed with the Vera family for the night. They have 2 girls ages 5 and 8. They played dress up for awhile and then we went to bed. The Pinto family stayed with another family friend.
I slept well the first night on our journey. We were up early, showered and eating breakfast by 7am. We got our stuff packed back into vehicles and got on the road by 8am. Our plan was to drive to Lubbock, TX and stay there for the night. After a few stops we made it to Lubbock around 7pm. We ate a few snacks then headed down to the pool to relax for awhile. It was a long day of driving but we made good progress.