Where The Orange Blossoms Grow....

Hello! Welcome to the Stricklen's blog. We hope to keep our family and friends up to date with what is going on with our family. You will find a variety of experiences posted here -- you may find pictures of the never ending project of building our house, Callie helping William with his first steps, Mary studying a rare insect species, or perhaps you may be terribly bored with Molly's numerous fruit trees, berries, vegetables and rare plant pictures! Who knows what we may find Chris and CJ doing -- probably something having to do with a tractor or machine of sorts. Abby and Margaret will keep us entertained with costumes from other lands or a fairy story. Whatever we post, we trust it will lift your spirits and bring honor and glory to our Lord!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Olustee and Trip to the WHIDDONS!!

Olustee?? Hmmm... Wasn't that in February? Yes, yes, it's the Stricklens again -- a day late and a dollar short as Mr. Stricklen would say. Well, maybe we will catch up someday.
We had a nice time in Olustee. We made the trip to see the Miller boys in the battle (the first time for Matt and Dan). Unfortunately, where we were all seated we could not see any of "our boys" fighting, we didn't even get to see them in uniform. It was still fun cheering on the rebs!! Yeah, Dixie!! We got to hear a nice fife and drum band!
Well, anyway -- the highlight of the trip was that we were able to go up a little farther north into Georgia and visit our dear friends, the Whiddons. A delightful Christian family with 9 children. Our children have become very good friends with theirs over the past few years.
We spent the rest of Saturday, all day Sunday and part of Monday with them. We had home-church together and then all 15 of the children went to the local assisited living facility and 14 of the children sang or played an instrument for the older people (can you guess who didn't??) He just sat there looking cute :)
It was a really nice time. We felt like we were at a Bed and Breakfast, they took such good care of us! Hope you enjoy the pictures! Molly
Our first time at Olustee
Ashley and Jason came over for part of the day
Little Miss Savannah Frodge -- Jason and Ashley's daughter
Chris and Callie with Jason and Savannah
My friend, Cathy Stokes and her brother, David (I think I am remembering right?) also Julia her niece
Sweet smiles, sweet girls
And some more sweet smiles!
Look sister, the Yankees are a comin'!! (I am being very foolish!)
Little Lindsey and Little Margaret
The Patriarchs
ALL those children and ALL those instruments!
The song was beautiful!
Stricklen sisters do it again!
And so does the Twiz!
Little boys being good
Abby and Nina help in the kitchen -- Maidens of Virtue
CJ had a ball with all the boys!
Mommy's angel boy
Mary and Laney -- 2 of a kind!
Oh, all the things young ladies have to talk about!!
What gentile little things they are?
The Whiddons have such lovely daffodils all over -- I'm jealous!

I don't quite know what he was supposed to be



Bonnie said...

What wonderful pictures! Glad you had a nice trip. Oh, that was funny about Abby and Laney being little Gentiles!

Love, Mother/Grandmother

His Space said...

awww ur family is very sweet and i enjoyed every min i was able to share w/ u all. Thanks for letting me hold the baby ( : con-grads to everyone on your achievements this week. Luv ya ~ peace in Christ

Julia Grace

Erica said...

All your Civil War dresses look so pretty! I hope to post some photos of our Narcoossee reenactment soon and some from your Grandmother's house. Thanks for everything! Great blog . . .

Erica said...

All your Civil War dresses look so pretty! I hope to post some photos of our Narcoossee reenactment soon and some from your Grandmother's house on my site. Thanks for everything! Great blog . . .