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!

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
~THE HIGH TEA~
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!
Mallory:)
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!!!!"
~BIKE RIDING~
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!
Yee-Haw!
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:)
Lovely:)
Sissies:):)
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~

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I know yall are saying" OH NO uncle catfish is lurking around our blog. I cant believe he was the first one to find this post. Now everyone will have to read his comment. please uncle catfish!!! please dont attack this precious vision forum sanctioned post with a vicious stroke from your keyboard!!!! " as you hold up a vision forum logo at the screen. Like someone holding up a crucifix to a vampire.

Fear not Stricklens! I come bearing gifts of praise.

What lovely pictures. Yall are growing up to be beautiful young ladies. Ones that are learning from such a good example, your mother.

I have to admit seeing all those elegant tea cups. I said that is so Strickleny. Im sure yall (sorry!I mean You all. Didn't mean to defile this post with such southerness) really enjoyed it.

I hope to see you guys;) soon.

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PS Is buttoning just the top button of your sweater the new vision forum look? I think it looks very nice and elegent. Im sure you guys fit right in.

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Chris

What a well written introduction. We were pals in high school. I sure don't remember you paying that much attention in school. Just kidding. I just didn't know you had such good spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Im impressed. We are not as much alike as I thought. I have to change my vocabulary when I write things, cause I cant spell half the words I use when I speak. That maybe because half the words I use arn't real words. Half the words that do make to paper(computer screen) I have to call katie to see how they are spelled.

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Whiddon Family said...

Thank y'all for posting on the F.D.R! We had alotta fun didn't we?!!
Ha! How'd you remember Nina sayin she'd "never say 'mercy'"? You have such a good memory!;-) And whoever took the picture of Michael was quick, that's a funny picture of him!
"Uncle Catfish" is hilarious! :-)

Laney

The Pollock Family said...

Looks like a wonderful trip!! I loved the way you did this post, it made you feel like you were there enjoying the beautiful Callaway Gardens. \

I see the anonymous (Catfish) has found your blog!! Hope you survive :)

Love you all,
Mrs. P

Bonnie said...

Stricklens, what a lovely time you had! All those beautiful girls with their one and only Daddy! He must have been so proud.

It sounds like the sessions were wonderful, too. I am so glad you got to go again. It is a beautiful memory for you.

Love,
Grandmother

The Dischers said...

What beautiful pictures, girls! The dresses Callie and Mary made are so feminine and classic. I am very proud of you.

What a blessing to have a Daddy that wants to spend time like this with his girls. You will always treasure these special memories. (Of course you know I have to clarify that Uncle Eddie would LOVE to go with his girls if he could!)

I'm glad you could also have such good times with friends that you have met! Looks like you had tons of fun :)

Love,
Aunt Beth

Franklin Family said...

Hello Strickens!
What a lovely post. It looks like you had a wonderful time at the Father Daughter Retreat.

Mary, you do such a fantastic job with your family's blog. Keep up the good work!

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