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 16, 2009

Reformation 500 Trip -- Part 2!!!!!

"Here we go-a-traveling, to Boston we will go....."
..........(Actually, I don't know what he was singing, but I know he was singing something :)
Passing the time.....
Catching up on letter writing
We stopped at "The Smallest Church in America" in Ga.
"Wow, this place really is small!"
Us :)
A tired little boy after a long day of traveling
The next morning, Willie and CJ passed the time playing with the sliding glass doors......
A stop at........guess where??? Cracker Barrel!
Daddy and two munchkins
Mama and I after a good meal:)
"Oh, I'm so cute, you know you want to take a picture of me!"
.......On the road again
"The little pig squealed, and the big cow lowed...."
Willie has almost memorized his "Big Red Barn" book because it was read to him sooooo many times on the trip.........
OK--They've been in the car waaaay too long!
Lovely North Carolina (VA?) scenery
Mmmm...My favorite--BBQ!
We stopped at an old cemetary in Fayetteville,NC with graves from the 1700 and 1800's
Callie found a gravestone that said "William Strickland" I thought that was pretty neat:)
This was in the Confederate Soldiers graveyard
We stopped at the Shenandoah Caverns in VA.
They were quite impressive:)
 We thought this looked like bacon. Don't you think it looks like bacon???
A cave pool:)
It was purdy chilly down there:)
Wills loved this little Gnome
"The Big Yellow Barn"
Lovely Lady Margaret
A mighty cute little boy:)
...And another one:)
Deeda reminds us of a little squirrel :)
This scene was on a float  in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade several years ago
She loved this Cinderella carriage 
A lovely house in VA
This stone is just a few yards from where Stonewall Jackson was shot. It was put here shortly after it happened.
...........And more scenery!
Well, it looks like there's definately going to be at least a "Part 3"
Hope y'all enjoyed. I'll post more later......


Whiddon Family said...

Y'all sure had a LONG ways to travel! I don't know how Abby can read in the car.. or Callie write- I'd be sick!! ;-0
My word! That IS a small church! I've never heard of it. And it's in Ga? Looks about like the size of a church we had to play once.
Oh y'all are SO blessed to have been able to see Stonewall Jackson's grave! That must have been really amazing to be where that all happend!
Looks like y'all had some really pretty scenery along the way. That second to the last picture is BEAUTIFUL!!! Where was that?
Thank you, Mary for posting. I know it probably took you a while to download all those pictures.


Emily Elizabeth said...

It does look like bacon! Haha :)

Looks like y'all had a fun trip up! Cracker Barrel is our classic road trip restaurant :)

Can't wait to see more,

The Miller Family said...

Great pictures, but where were y'all in some of them, namely:

The squirrel picture
The Cinderella picture
The pictures w/ the pretty house in the background

Aunt Katie the obsessive

The Miller Family said...

What I meant was:

Where were these places located?



Hey, y'all! Thanks for commenting!

Aunt Katie-- Sorry for not making that very clear.
In all of those pictures you mentioned, we were at the children's museum in the "Big Yellow Barn" in Shenandoah, VA

Laney-- I think (I'm pretty sure:) those last few scenic pictures were taken in Pennsylvania


Bonnie said...

Wonderful pictures, Mary! I love seeing the things we missed by taking the train. The scenery is beautiful.

I think the thing that struck me most by your pictures was your daddy smiling. He works so hard and carries such stress that it is nice to see when he can get away and relax with his sweet family.

Looking forward to more . . . !

who better get her
own trip pictures

Berean Families United said...

One question:
The comment between the pics of Wills and Callie...something about being cute and wanting to take a picture...who was saying that?
Callie or Wills????
Looks like you all had great time.
Travelling is soooo much fun.
Glad it as a safe trip.
Hopefully see you soon.
Love, The Graves


Hi Mrs. Graves!!!
Mary did mean Wills being cute
in that caption!!:D



Just so that there won't be any more confusion about my un-organized way of posting(Sorry, y'all) I ALWAYS put the caption UNDER the picture. I'll try to make things more clear. It's usually late when I post, so sometimes I'm a little......well, you know how you get when you're tired, and have been staring at the computer for what seems like an eternity...

Mary Noelle:)

Amy B. said...

Looks like you guys had a wonderful trip!! Miss you all and can't wait to see you again.