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!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Fruit and Berry Harvest!!!!! :D

Hi! We have been enjoying our fuits and berries these past few weeks. Here are a few pictures, and maybe the next time you're at our house you can enjoy them too!!
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. " Gal. 6:9 KJV

Sweet Southern Peaches!

Mary and Willie with his peach(He looks more interested in his peach than the camera!)

More Peaches!
Margaret's enjoying her peach!
Mulberries before they're ripe.
After their ripe! This one was about a inch and a half long!!!

Posted by Callie

(We have more fruit but it's not all ready!)

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Pictures :D

Hi Everyone! Now that we've finally caught up
we can start doing some new posts! Here are recent some miscellaneous
pictures. Hope you enjoy them!
Hmm...What do I need?
(Mamma caught him in the pantry and
thought it was cute so she took a picture)
Willie looks like he's thoroughly enjoying the music he's listening to!
Willie enjoying his first ice cream cone
Mary giving Willie a ride in Margaret's babydoll carriage
(He loved it!)

Savannah and Willie intently watching Veggie Tales

Posted by Callie

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Happy Birthday, Daddy!!

April 2nd was my sweet Daddy's birthday. The girls knew the only thing they could really give their Grandaddy (that he didn't already have) would be some homemade goodies. They all know how their Grandaddy just loves home baked, wholesome desserts. So they set out to baking -- Callie made him some Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Mary made Applesauce Cake and Abby and I made some homemade Cinnamon Rolls w/ Raisins (of course!)
Later in the evening all the adults in the family (except Robert and Grandma Sue) went out to Carabba's. It was a really nice evening :) Thank the Lord for this wonderful man, my dear Father, who has touched so many lives by his godly example of Patriarchal faithfulness. He turned 61 (but you are so young at heart, Daddy!!)

The Stricklen Girls and the wonderful desserts!

Hot Cinnamon Rolls :)

Oatmeal Raisin

Applesauce Cake -- Yum!

Daddy, Chris (Mr. Handsome!!) and Ed

Ashley and Mama (Sorry, I didn't realize your eyes were closed, Mama!)

Katie and I (and Little Wills)

Eddie and Beth

Hans: (In German accent) Oh, I don't know if I can eat it all! Such a large bowl of lentils!! Jason: Oh, come on Hansy -- You know you can!!

Ah, We knew you could, Hansy!! All gone! All that work at the Discher house has worked you up quite the appetite!!

(Hans is going to kill me -- he was desperately trying to get out of this picture!!)

Posted By: Molly

Friday, April 4, 2008

State Convention

On March 24-28 We (The Miller, Stricklen, Discher, Stevens and Frodge Families, Michael Doolin and Jordan Stokes) Went to the A.C.E Regional Student Convention in Hudson, FL. We all had a great time competing with other Christian schools (I think we were the only homeschoolers, though.) There were about 300 students attending, so there was plenty of competition. We competed in Academics, Sports, Music, and Platform and drama. The boys decided to have a basketball team this year. It was a first for most of them, and they did very well! Some of the Lakeland and Dover people came to visit 2 of the days. What a treat! Grandmother and Granddaddy, and all of our parents put so much time and effort into making our trip enjoyable and worthwhile! Thank you all SO much!

For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

Hebrews 4:12-13


With their coach--Uncle Jay!

More Basketball--GO TEAM!

Mama the old pro, keeping stats--Like the good 'ol days


Hey, let me play, too!

Some of the the Mommies at the track

Gracie and I

Callie and Sarah

I thought this was adorable!!!


Little Joe!

Jordan Running the 200m Run

Aunt Katie and Mrs. Stevens Michael running the 1600m. R.G Helping with shotput and discus And then the Music Competition Began....

R.G, Matthew, and Daniel's Trio "A Wildwood Medley"

Callie and My Instrumental Duet "Come Thou Fount"

Callie and My Vocal Duet "The Family Prayer Song"

Callie about to sing her solo "When I Think Upon Thy Goodness"
Sarah's Solo "Come Thou Fount Arrangement"The Dischers Quartet "He Will Set Your Fields on Fire"

Our Ensemble "The Sunday School Express"

And then the Platform and drama Competition Began....

My(Mary) Clown Act "The Color Book"

Kitty's Poetry Recitation "Paul Revere's Ride"

Sarah's Oratory "What Mean Ye by These Stones"

Callie's Oratory "Satan's Attack on the Traditional family"

(R.G. also did oratory, Grace did expressive reading, and Jordan did the preaching competition, but we didn't get pictures:(

A Smile from Daniel!

Matt and Mike (And in the Morning too!)

I guess only some will get this:)

Can you guess what they're looking at??? (Actually, they're throwing candy from the stage, and they are trying to catch it. Desperate little things, aren't they???)

Mrs. Stokes with Ben and Rachel

Sweet Julia and William!

Friends watching Competition!

Willie takes a cool break.....

And so does Abby...

And Andrew!

Sweet Grandmama with Deeda and Wils.

Callie Sue at the swimming pool.

Pretty Rachel Pearl

Little Sammy's eatin' his lunch!

Granddaddy talks to Mr. Ivy

Matt and Pete

Hey, Cuz!

Little Buddies!!!

Finally came the night for the awards to be announced! Here are pictures of some of our best awards. Kitty won 2nd. place in her Expressive Reading!

Sarah won 1st. in her Violin Solo!

Callie won 2nd. in her Oratory!

Matthew Stevens won 1st. in his category in Archery!

Michael won 2nd. in his running and 1st. in his category in Archery!

Grace won 1st. in Poetry Writing!

Mattew, R. G. and Daniel won 1st. in their Trio ! It was GREAT!

I won 2nd. for my photo!

Daniel made a beautiful bookshelf!

Jordan won 1st. in his Preaching, and 2nd. in his running!

We won 1st. on our Ensemble!!!

Callie's Picture that she entered

My Picture that I entered

Callie and I got 1st. in our Science Exhibit