Monday, October 20, 2014

Amish Country! On a rainy cold day is awesome!

Hi ya'll!

Earlier this month I gave you tips of fun places to go and how to find fun activities outside.  Well, this weekend was rainy and cold, so I decided to get in the ole mini van and headed for Amish country. We are going to be making apple butter and I burned the last batch- whoops! So I had to get some more deliciously fresh apples. On the way we came upon Warther's Museum. This place is so awesome! He actually whittled all of this by hand. I found it interesting, because he spent five hours at least a day doing this, where many of us waste away our time unproductively texting, face book messaging, internet, television and movies. It makes you stop and think how amazing we as human beings can be, the museum tour guide said Mr. Warther only had a second grade education, but you will see what amazing gifts from God he had.

You can also buy their kitchen knives that they make right here in the good old USA!!!

You have to check it out for yourself!

In November you can visit for $5 a person! Here is some info from their website  for that:  
The 2014 Warther's Hospital Auxiliary Christmas Tree Show
From November 15th - 23rd, a forest of beautifully decorated Christmas trees will be set amid Warther’s famous carvings. Each tree, with its own unique theme, will be for sale. Proceeds from the Festival benefit the Union Hospital Auxiliary.
Hours: 11AM – 8PM; Festival closes on Nov. 24th at 5PM
Adult Admission: $5
Children under 12 are free

After we toured the museum, we went to Coblentz chocolates! Yummy! This destination is a must if you are a chocolate lover.  My daughter is a beautician, so we got her scissor shaped chocolate. My husband loves motorcycles so we picked the motorcycle shaped chocolate for him. As for me and my son Jason, we just love chocolate so I picked a pumpkin and he picked another scissor shaped one like his sister.

The last stop in Amish country for the day was Hillcrest Apple Orchard.

I hope you get a chance to travel down to Amish country, it is really amazing! The beautiful scenery that God made is beautiful all seasons of the year. I just love going to Amish country with the family whether it is a planned trip or spur of the moment. Have a great day!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

On The Eve Of Fifty!

On Saturday,  I will reach a milestone that some women dread....I turn 50!  I say bring it on!  I am excited to step into a new generation and take full advantage of my AARP card. 

A birthday is a great time to look back on the past year and set goals for the one that awaits.  I don't have many regrets in my life or things that I wish I had done different.  Okay...maybe a few.  I do regret my aqua net hair of the 80's, the fashion trends inspired by flash dance and that time I trashed the inside of a boy's car because he broke up with my best friend.  (they are now married)

Looking ahead is much more fun.  I feel that turning the page to the 50's is like a blank slate.  The possibilities are endless...but there is one goal that I want to reach soon.  It may sound crazy, but....I want to understand FOOTBALL.

Let me explain.  I am the proud mother of four.  One is married and two are away at college.  That leaves my son as a temporary only child.  In two years, he will be spreading his wings and leaving the nest.  He love sports and especially football.  I sometimes feel left out when I hear him and my husband speak non stop about football.  I want to contribute instead of staring at my phone googling "football for dummies."   I need help.  Please explain to me the difference between a full back and half back?  Why would you want half when you can have full?  What is a safety?  I thought a blitz was a reindeer? Could you explain what it means when a ref throws a hankie on the field? 

Here is my dream.  This Sunday when the men in my house are watching the big game, I want to come in the room and blow their minds with my football knowledge.

Are you with me?  Will you help me?  I will provide the tailgate.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Beauty Found in a Dental Extraction

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Philippians 4:6-7(NLT)

For the past few years I have been suffering from ongoing pain caused by my wisdom teeth. There was a time when they were growing in just fine then all of a sudden, they turned and started growing into my cheeks. I would ease the pain with Orajel and ice. But these methods only provided temporary relief. I recently went to the dentist for a cleaning and the Doctor explained to me how chronic pain overtime could lead to cancer. I immediately asked for my wisdom teeth to be removed.

My appointment was scheduled exactly two weeks from my cleaning. Meaning that I got the right
side of my mouth worked on this past Monday, October 13, 2014. Within that two week time frame, my mind was filled with horror stories from my family members and peers about their dental extraction experiences. There wasn't a single person who had a positive, painless story for me. Even the dental assistant felt the need to tell me about his terrible experience after catching a dry socket. And for some reason I decided to recall these stories the minute I sat down in the chair for my operation.

Worry and anxiety began to overtake me. I had images of operations going wrong in my head. I began to sweat and move around in my chair nervously. Then out of nowhere I remembered that I didn't even pray about my procedure. I am a praying woman but I didn't see the need in praying for something so little as getting two teeth pulled. I mean I had two children, both over 8 pounds each with no epidural. So this dental extraction seemed pretty minor. But really nothing is too minor for God.

So I asked the Dentist if I could take a moment and pray. He then bowed his head with me. I asked that the Lord would anoint his hands, brain, and equipment. I also asked that my Dentist be the one that God called to remove my teeth. I thanked God in advance for a clean and painless removal. As well as a painless and healthy recovery.

I am proud to say that I have experienced no pain or discomfort. I had a clean break and the blood clotted just fine. I was eating and talking within hours of my procedure and now days later I still feel no pain or irritation. My jaw didn't even swell!

When I say that there is power in prayer, I mean it. And there is nothing too big or too small for God to handle. The text says, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Call me extra spiritual if you want but there is nothing that I wont pray for. This includes clear skin, my eating habits, weight issues, and even my hair growth. These might seem minor to most but since they make me anxious and cause me to worry at times, I just submit them to Christ with Thanksgiving.

Prayer is the beauty that I found in my dental extraction. It really works! I challenge you to pray about EVERYTHING and worry about NOTHING. Have a blessed and powerful prayer infused week!