A Tribute to You, Summer

Summer… driving through Lancaster County roads with windows down, hair blowing, and music turned way up; Children giggling, and happily climbing all over you, making you sore for the days ahead; Long distance road trips where the cramped space and kids all talking at once makes one nearly lose its sanity; Stuck in a mud puddle in the middle of nowhere for hours (because those dirt roads out west…); Baby snuggles and the newness of that precious life that somehow has the ability to make one melt into a puddle; connecting with old friends and making new ones; and all those iced coffee’s and frappes… yes please! So, a tribute to you, summer, because you were amazing!
This summer has been the best yet, I believe. It’s also been the craziest one yet. I’m so grateful for the memories that were made, the relationships that were build and the love for each other that grew so much stronger.
Here’s a peek into our summer…
We headed to Colorado for our family vacation this year, and also to check some things out for future reference. On our way, we made this stop in Kansas to see the Chalk Monuments.
The roads to the top of Pikes Peak were a little curvy 😉
At the top of Pikes Peak!
It was kinda cold. 😉

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Tunnel Drive, Canon City, Colorado.
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Skyline Drive, Colorado
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Colorado scenery… so gorgeous!
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Several of my photogenic siblings…
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back in Pennsylvania…
Lancaster Bible School was a lot of fun. These are two of my beautiful girls…
My co-teachers and me with two of our precious kiddos from Tuesday Church ❤
This darling child joined our family on September 1. Meet Kaylea Grace…
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We love this child so very much, and we already can’t imagine our life without all her sweetness.
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Beach day…
There were also a lot of other fun experiences that we had this summer… way too many to share on here. It was a really good summer, and I’m looking forward to what the rest of 2017 holds for us 🙂

Hope y’all have a lovely October!

Kentucky {Creation Museum}

kentucky trip 231After a full day of traveling, we arrived at our destination in KY around ten in the evening. and for a family of 10 traveling in a van, it was a relief to finally get there 🙂
The next day (and the next) we spent at The Creation Museum. It was our first time there, and we had a wonderful time. 🙂 here are a few pictures…
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A walk in the garden…
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doing the job he loves… sucking fingers 😉
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whatever was going on here, it must’ve been rather funny 😀
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This big boy proudly carried one of the bags of popcorn we bought that were almost as big as him 🙂
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photo credits for the six following pictures go to the people who ran off with my camera 🙂
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I love them!
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camel rides…
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Dad and Ben went on the zipline. here’s Ben going off 🙂
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back in the building with Suze and her friends 🙂
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posing with a dinosaur. 
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one last picture with this terrific dinosaur.
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Hope you guys have a wonderful day! 

{ Posted by Linda}


Hello again! It’s been a little while since I blogged….

A couple weeks ago we went on a family vacation to Virginia and the Creation Museum in Kentucky. We had been wanting to take a trip to the Creation Museum for a while. This was the longest tip we have ever done all together as a family.  We had originally been planning to visit Faith Mission on our way down, but those plans fell through when my little brother Caleb got the chicken pox a couple days before we left. But then we got to enjoy the view from Skyline Drive. We had such a wonderful time together.

And now here are some of the pictures. I will kinda let them speak for themselves.

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Then we were ready for the mountains! We saw lots of gorgeous views!kentucky trip 110

On top of the world!! 🙂kentucky trip 111

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And the finished product!!kentucky trip 136

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Later that day we got to hike down to see a 70 foot waterfall!!kentucky trip 155

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And another family picture by the falls.

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That’s it for now! Part two is coming soon 🙂

Have a wonderful week, folks.