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, April 18, 2009

Bartow T.E.A. Party!

"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."

2 Chronicles 7:14
Capitalism NOT Socialism!!!!!
Didn't people have such a lovely way of speaking back then?:)
Lots of girls!
"Hey, this is fun, isn't it!"
Deeda contemplating:)
Deeda and Mary P.:)
FBI Agents????
They DO work for us, and we SHOULD fire them!
Sam passing out flags
Taking a break!
Callie and Rachel
(Well, some are conversing, anyhow:)
It was HOT:)
Something must have been funny:)
Mr. Pollock spoke
Mrs. Stokes:)
Something was very interesting:)
Mrs. Tanner protesting!
Sweet girls:)
"WOW, I'm hot!" "Some water would be awfully nice......."
"Hmmm.....This looks like water!"
"Hey, you get out of there or you'll fall!"
"Awww...I was havin so much fun!"
The Three Amigos:)
We played a few patriotic songs.
Our lovely courthouse:)
Thank Y'all for looking! May our gracious Lord preserve this nation!
Posted by Mary Noelle

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

2009 Vision Forum Father Daughter Retreat

A few weeks ago we attended the Vision Forum Father Daughter Retreat for the second time. It was a wonderful experience! The speakers were so encouraging, and so was the fellowship! It's always refreshing to be around so may like minded people at once! And, of course, we had a WONDERFUL time with Daddy, talking with him, getting to know him even better, and having alot of laughs as well!! We hope to attend again next year! Thank you, Daddy!
Our handsome Daddy:):)
Deeda and Callie
Laney and Nina
Abby and Callie
The Ford family--Our Tea companions:)
The adorable winner of the "Tussey- Mussey," or umm..."Fussey Mussey," or whatever it's called, anyways, she won it:)
The LaTorres' invited us to their chalet to eat lunch with them, the Friches, and the Whiddons. We had a great time fellowshipping and eating good food!
Katie LaTorre:)
Nina did NOT want her picture taken, but as you can see, as usual, the camera prevailed!
Timmy greeted me from above as I walked in the door:)
Good fellowship:)
"I challenge you to a camera duel!"
Funny stories:)
"Say mercy!!!!"
"I will NEVER say mercy!!!!"
After we all ate lunch, The Whiddons, the Friches and us went bike riding through Calloway Gardens. We had a great time, even though it was quite exhausting!:):)
"Y'all ready to go???
"WOW! This is gonna be FUN!"
Ready to go!
Daddy and Cal:)
Lilly and Deeda found a comfortable rock:)
Abby and Savannah ( who was QUITE determined to NOT have her picture taken, but--Oh, well:):):)
"The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea."
Psalm 93:4
Callie and Brooke
Woah!!! This is FUN:):)
Wow--It's Water!!!!
Callie Susie:)
Callie and Laney
Lovely scenery:)
That's what I call determination!
Water--A life-giving substance:)
The whole Bike-Riding crew!
Well, that was fun--Time to load up:)
Well, see y'all later. (I'm off to take a NAP!)
Thank Y'all for looking! See ya!
~Mary Noelle~