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, September 26, 2009

Lakeland T.E.A. Party 9-12-09



The Lakeland TEA Part

There were tons of great speakers!

I took pictures of as many signs as I could--There were alot of really good ones.

There were plenty of people--I think around 2500.

"Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have ... The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases."

Thomas Jefferson

Conversing and waiting to hear the speakers

Mama and Deeda

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."
Ronald Reagan

Uncle Sam insisted on helping the ladies out!:);)


"Does the government fear us, or do we fear the government? When the people fear the government, tyranny has found victory. The federal government is our servant, not our master!"

Thomas Jefferson

Ariana an Christi

"Man! Is it ever gonna stop raining???"

Mama and Mrs. Pollock:)

Deeda and Mary enjoyed their time together

I liked this one!:D:D:D

May the Lord bless you and keep you!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Helping Grandmama and Grandaddy

Here are some pictures of recent happenings, and also pictures that I finally downloaded
from Mama's phone(Which by the way are not the highest quality)
Anyways, hope y'all enjoy!

It's always nice to go over and help Granddaddy and Grandmama in their yard.
We thought it would be nice for Grandmama to have a garden that she could have easy access to, so Granddaddy hopped on board , and we made some raised beds for her right beside the house.
Farmer Dan:):)
Deeda proclaimed proudly that her friend beetles squeaked.They actually did! She was quite proud of them:):)
Digging a hole......obviously

I planted a gardenia here for Grandmama

I would say "Art" if I didn't detest that term :D
Helping Granddaddy!
CJ helping Grandmama plant flowers
Cutting boards from Granddaddy's trees
Mama and her Daddy:)
Deeda cheerfully picking up weeds
It's coming along....
We then proceeded to fill them with cow manure
collected from their property
Callie and Grandmama made a lovely supper for everyone
A more recent picture of the Texas Cream Peas and Okra that we planted that day
They said they enjoyed the harvest!
Everything is doing well
Cherry Tomatoes and Eggplant as well!
Me :)
Will in the Sunshine :)
Nothing like $1 sweet tea:):)
A goofy little boy
Our blessed home
Couldn't help but take a picture of this.:):)
Abby made a lovely pound cake and strawberries a few evenings ago
for us and Grandmama and Granddaddy!
A handsome boy enjoying his lovely dessert
"Why thank you!"
Granddaddy was singing a song to her:)
Deeda feeding pears to her donkey, Lefty
We will start work on a pasture for him soon
Wills holding a Speckled Sussex

Well, thanks for stopping by!
Mary Noelle