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!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Missouri Part 2

We all enjoyed the conference ALOT! We learned SO much. It was so encouraging to see so many other people striving to serve the Lord, and better understand the reasons why we believe what we believe, so that we can "..Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: I Peter 3:15. It was all definitely very worthwhile! Here are some pictures of after the conference:)After the conference, we all went back to the Millers, and then over to see some new friends of the Millers, the Petersons. We all had a great time ,and enjoyed the fellowship! I have very few pics, though:( Good Fellowship:) Becky, Tessa, and Sam Peterson:):)Well, I got a partial smile:):)
Uncle Robert is hard to get a pic of, but he is really enjoying himself:):)The Frodge Clan after Church in Arkansas:)
(All accept Uncle Jay, Aunt Ashley, and Savannah):(CUTE!!!Pals!
Joey: Hmmm...I wonder what's in here???
CJ: I wasn't gonna steal anything, Really, I wasn't! It was all Joey!
Sweet "Sparky Markie!"The Dischers and us stayed at a bed and breakfast called the Lakeshore Inn Bed and Breakfast. Mrs. Gladys was SO kind and hospitable! We all got our intruments out, and played a few tunes for her!
Us with Mrs. Gladys:)
CJ trying to do the hula hoop, and everyone else being lazy, waiting for Daddy and Uncle Eddie to finish grilling the chicken for supper. Kitty looks comfortable, doesn't she??Grrr....Amanda's all ready for that chicken....or is she....OH, NO.....SHE'S COMIN AT ME!!!! HHEEEELLLLPPPP!!!!!!!!!More Hulahoopers!
Little Buddies!
Bare feet, sand, and sun--That's the life for the Three Amigos!
Peter, Me, Amanda, Abby, and Markie trying to use the paddleboat:):)
Daddy and his three Amigos Amanda and I are all ready for a coolin' off!
Sleepy Willie:)
Aunt Beth and Sparky Markie:)At the Roy Rogers Museum!
Cal-Sue with Roy RogersJr."Dusty"Rogers, and his son Dustin Rogers.
I think someone bumped the camera:(:(
This would have been a very funny picture:):) Can't you tell?
Mmmm!!! Dinner:)
When we left Mo. the temperature reached 100 degrees!

By the time we reached the border of Alabama and Georgia, we found out that the Excursion had a leak in the fuel line. So, we stopped in a very little town called Union Springs, Alabama, and found an Auto Parts store. But they didn't have what we needed, so we decided we would have to patch it up with something.... OK, this may sound silly, but have you ever changed a car's diaper??? Well, we did! Believe it or not, we decided to use a diaper to hold the leak until we got somewhere where Daddy could fix it. Every time Diesel would start spraying out the back we would say, "Daddy, I think we need a diaper change!" Babies are ALWAYS a blessing from God! Wouldn't you agree? About an hour later, we made it to Georgia and stopped at another auto parts store. We got the stuff that Daddy needed to fix the leak, and then we stopped at our DEAR friends, the Whiddons. Daddy fixed the leak there, and we all had a wonderful meal and some good fellowship:) The Whiddons are always SUCH great hosts!
Mrs. Whiddon and MamaNathan really loves taking care of WilliamBrooke played the piano while Callie sang some lovely songsDeeDee and Deeda (Less commonly known as Lindsey and Margaret)
CJ and Michael
Laney and I
Abby and Nina
Mallory, Callie, and Brooke
The Stricklen children, Grandmother and Granddaddy and Amanda, and all of the Whiddon children except Ben, he went out for his birthday with his parents.

Well, I guess that's all. After that, we headed home, and obviously, we made it safely home......Unless.....I could be an imposter........Bwaa Haaahhh!!!!(I'm REALLY tired, excuse my foolishness)

Posted by Mary Noelle (No, really, It IS me...)

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Defending Your Faith Conference in MO

Last week we attended the Answers in Genesis/Vision Forum "Defending Your Faith" Conference in Branson, Missouri. We left for the trip a little later than planned -- many obstacles stood in our way, but the Lord took care of each one. Things were beginning to look as if we were not going to be able to go, but we had been praying about going to this conference for months and asking the Lord to allow all things to work out and go smoothly in order to be able to attend. Well, the Lord worked a miracle for our family and provided the funds the business needed to operate while we were gone and we just want to give testimony to His faithfulness to us! He answered our prayers and it was so exciting for our entire family to witness. We made sure to share the miracle with our children as God instructed the Isrealites in Joshua 4:22 "Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land." Just as God answered the Israelites prayers when crossing the Red Sea, God answered our prayers and provided a miracle for us to attend the conference. What a testimony to God's faithfulness. Molly
Our original plan was for Grandmother and Granddaddy to drive their old motorhome, "The Beaver-saurus", (as it became known) and for us to follow in case of some unexpected emergency (there definitely WOULD have been one considering the transmission went out and Mama and Daddy had to tow it to G & G's with Mama's Excursion on the way to trade it in at Dusty's Camper World!!) So after about two days of Daddy and G'Daddy working on it, and the "transmission blowing up in Alturas" incident they finally gave up and G & G bought the "Sunseeker" from Dusty's!!!! Mary Noelle
Waiting patiently for the arrival of the NEW motorhome!!! Here she comes! WOW-- This is getting EXCITING!
Well, we finally left!!! And made it to Cracker Barrel!!!!
Mmmmm! Cool, Clear Water!
OK, He knows he's cute!
Hmmm--Where are we?????
Boring scenery
"I wish I was upon old rockytop, up in the Tennessee Hills!!!!"
For some reason this thing was labeled "ART"
Welcome to ARKANSAS!!! "The Natural State" :):):):):)This is how I occupy myself while we travel:):):)..............And this tooWe stopped and had a pleasant roadside picnic in Arkansas!Something was obviously very funny :D :D More scenery :) We finally made it to the Millers!!!!The sissies reunite! Many tears were shed :)Andrew and CJ had many serious discussions on their favorite subjects such as......BEARS.........BULLS........Cowboys......Elk, or reindeer, or whatever this is........ and many other things!:):):)

Are you serious, Uncle Chris??? The Stricklens, Millers, Frodges, and Amanda (Uncle Robert had not arrived yet) Sweet pals:) Daniel very enthusiastically grilling chicken:):)CJ enthusiastically rolling down the hill:):)Aunt Katie enthusiastically cooking!:):):)Callie and Amanda slightly enthusiastically smiling for the camera:):)Mama and Daddy:):):) 5 little monkeys hangin from the loft, one fell off, and.......uumm.....well, actually no one fell off:):):)Picking greens for the salad:)The next day, we finally made it to the Conference!Our Family A few of the boys trying to do the "RG pinkie thing" but there's nothing like the original:):):)

I think this is all of the girls except Rachel and Savannah:):)

I hope I'm not forgetting anyone:)

Posted by Mary Noelle