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, November 14, 2009

Trip to "Arkasouri"

A couple of weeks ago, Granddaddy and Grandmother graciously let Callie, Margaret and I hitch a ride with them to "Arkasouri." We visited the Millers, saw the property, and had a great time with Uncle Jay, Aunt Ashley, and Savannah! I figured I'd better post this trip before I have so many other things to post about that I don't ever put this one up:) I hope y'all enjoy the pictures! (I should warn you that a vast majority of them are boring scenic pictures that I just "had" to take, so bear with me and I'll try not to bore you to tears!):):)

 The trip begins, and Margaret diligently starts on her schoolwork:)
A good book is always appreciated on a long trip:)
Our faithful chauffeur, once again accompanied by an RV full of girls!

  We're gettin close, y'all!

 Lovely trees!!!

Starting to see some lovely fall colors, something you don't find in sunny FL!

We're almost there!!!


Scenery........What did I tell you.......?


........and more scenery! But it's lovely, is it not??

Scenery......(About to enter the property.....)

We finally made it, and were warmly greeted by Uncle Jay, Aunt Ashley, and especially a very excited Savannah!! She is so cute:) 

Andrew was staying the night with U. Jay and A. Ashley, so we got to spend a few days with him!


 Margaret and Savannah were best buddies while we were up there. Savannah calls Margaret "Marga-let":)

A few remaining wildflowers

 Margaret and Andrew had alot of fun together:)

 She loves her kitty, "Mittens," or "M&M's," which ever she decides at the moment:):)

Well, I'll put some more pictures up later......I have a plenty of em!!! Thank y'all for stopping by!
~Mary Noelle~

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

It's a ...........


Yes, another boy or so the sonogram technician says! I guess we won't know for sure until he (or she) is born! We are just so thrilled that the baby appears to be
healthy and everything is as it should be.
We have dedicated this child to the Lord and want nothing more
than for his life to please our Lord.
Great picture, huh? Yes, it looks like every other baby in a sonogram! But none the less, it is his first portrait and we are very proud of it! He looks like an angel to his Mama!
The due date is March 16, 2010, which the sonogram measurements agreed with.
We are thanking and praising the Lord for this precious blessing!

Chris, Molly and children

While we are so happy and full of rejoicing after our sonogram, we can't help but think of the family who had the sono before us. They found out their baby was not alive and they were quite far along in the pregnancy. They had even brought their 3 children with them to see. The grief and sorrow on their faces is something I will never forget. Please pray for this family - God knows who they are. Thank you.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Great Peaches! May 2009

This was our last picking of the season.  We had been enjoying all the fresh peaches we could eat for most of April and all of May.  We had to get the last of the peaches off the tree as they were ripening so fast and just falling off and being wasted.  We made lots of peach jam, put bags in the freezer and canned peaches for cobblers, etc.

We now have 3 peach trees producing peaches.  We planted this tree about 4 years ago and I think it is a "Tropic Snow". The other 2 we planted about a year ago are "Tropic Beauty" and the "U.F. Sun" (which we got a few peaches from last year.)  My Daddy was able to get some peach trees recently and gave me 6 of them!  So we will get them planted and start tending to them and really have LOADS of peaches to look forward to before we know it!

Well, we never posted these pictures and we don't have much going on right now, so we decided to put these up.  We look forward to our peaches again in about a half a year or so!

God bless you all!
The Stricklens