I Have Been Blessed

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Another Vacation Post

on August 2, 2012

My beautiful girls loved visiting family.

I can take so long posting about this vacation, it is like savoring the experience for as long as possible. Sorry, this is what happens when you have six kids and slow internet. Posts may be few and far between!

Austin teaching Tyler and Wyatt how to fish.

After we went Treasure Hunting in Bowling Green, we stayed overnight in Indianapolis, and then headed to Michigan. I don’t know if this will make any sense at all, but there is something about being in Michigan that pulls at my heart. Maybe because so much of my family is there. Maybe because it is where I was born. But there is part deep inside my heart that will ALWAYS think of Michigan as “home”. Just being in the state felt different to me somehow, knowing I was going to my Grandma and Grandpa’s house (it’s now my aunt’s and uncle’s as both my grandparents on that side have passed on). The family, the memories. I felt it all deep, deep in my heart.

It had been over TEN years since I had been at that house. Closer to fifteen or twenty since I had seen some of my cousins. I will admit to being a little nervous. But we were welcomed and loved and hugged and helped and it meant the world to us! While we were there we swam at the lake and just enjoyed spending time with family. We camped in our new tent and despite the HOT weather, and the people-biting fish, we really enjoyed ourselves. Even Cassidy got into a nice summertime schedule of eating, taking a cooling-off dip in the lake, and settle in for a nap.

Cassidy loved being at the Lake and even came home suntanned!

An Amish girl, younger than Brendyn, doing farm chores.

The Amish house we stayed at.

After seeing all our family, we headed towards Ohio, to spend the night with the Amish. I will just say this is an area where our expectations were no where close to reality. Let me preface what I am about to say, by first saying this … the Amish people were VERY nice and hospitable and kind. But their house was very modern. They had a gas run refrigerator, gas and battery-powered lights. Other than the fact that there was no a/c, and Miss Mary hand-cooked every aspect of our meal, you would never know it was an Amish house. The coolest part of the experience was seeing the landscape and seeing the Amish people in their buggies on the drive to and from. Seeing them in their farms working, or riding their bicycles on the side of the road. We really enjoyed seeing the Amish community.

After that, we went to North Carolina to Thermal City Gold Mine for some gold panning and Gem mining. This was the same gem mining set up, except dirt was sold by the bucket full and the size rocks we found were MUCH bigger. Austin and Brendyn and Tyler all tried their hands at gold panning, but sad to say, we didn’t strike it rich.

All the gems we found at Thermal City Gold Mine.

We bought two $30 buckets of dirt there and found remarkable stones. Still trying to figure out what to do with them. And still thinking a rock tumbler may be our best solution. Maybe we could even get a couple of pieces mounted into a necklace or something. I loved the faces on the kids when they would uncover something pretty. I saw every rock that came out of the dirt because they had to show me what they had found. Every single rock was a treasure to them. It’s been a long time since I had so much awe over rocks.

Brendyn trying his hand at panning for gold.

This was the best vacation we have ever had. I know I said this before, but the kids were So good. And we had so much fun! We are so blessed.

Five special blessings to me today: Starting (home)school in one week, vacation memories, hand-me-downs, sweet tea, and far away family.

We are so blessed!

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