Girls Trip, December 2017

In mid December I flew to Cincinnati airport to meet my mother-in-law and sister-in-law for a mini vacation together to see the life-sized Noah’s Ark and Creation Museum. I have wanted to see the Creation Museum for many years, and once I heard about the Ark being built I knew I had to get there. If you have never been I highly recommend them both. They recommend one full day for the Ark and two full days for the Creation Museum and that is exactly what we did. Both are so well done, you will not be disappointed.

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To see the Ark up close was amazing. It is the size of the original Ark in the Bible so you really get a feel for what it was like. To think about Noah and his family in there with all of those animals is really incredible. Those women deserve an extra crown for that. I’m not sure how well I would have handled it. My husband says if I had been on the Ark we would have fewer animal species today. He is probably right!

Look at this thing up close! It truly is mind blowing that Noah’s family built an Ark this size.

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Yeah, we look pretty small next to this grandiose vessel.

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That’s me and my mother-in-law. I like to keep it classy when taking pics.

Inside is beautiful and amazing, but also practical and well thought out. They show animals that would have been on the Ark and possible ways they would be fed and cared for. Here are just a few. They estimated that each family member would feed and care for 85 animals per day. Can you imagine!

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Just a few animals. We took too many pics to put them all here. They were very real looking though.

Noah talked and the bird on the desk moved its head the whole time. Very well done.

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Noah and the dove.

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The world is deceived.

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One of the 7 D’s of Deception.

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On to The Creation Museum.

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Adam and the animals.

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Adam and Eve.

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God’s Word.

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Methuselah. He talked and moved as well.

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Noah and one of his sons building the Ark.

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Egypt.

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Outside was decorated for Christmas and it was beautiful. These pics do not do it justice as these are from my phone. Here are just a few.

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It was difficult to decide which pictures to include in this post. I tried to choose those that might pique your interest. We didn’t have a lot of time to do other sightseeing but we just stumbled on this spot by the Ohio River. I bet it is beautiful in the summer and fall.

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We were on the Kentucky side of the river, but on the other side is Ohio.

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We kept seeing a lot of these white trees.

I hope you enjoyed your peek into the Ark and Creation Museum. Hopefully you will one day be able to visit it for yourself.

Happy New Year 2018

Another year has passed and is in the history books. When a new year is beginning do you make new year’s resolutions? I always do, but I like to call them goals because that is what they are. We should always be setting new goals, or renewing old ones, each year. If you want to grow and change and achieve more then you need to be setting goals.

There is something about a new year starting that gets me excited about setting goals and striving to achieve them. I want to look at the good, the bad and the ugly of the past year and strive to be better.

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This year I have a few repeat goals but also a few new ones. Some people feel if they had a goal last year to lose weight and they failed to lose even one pound then they do not want to make that another goal for the new year. I disagree, I think we keep adding it to our goals until we no longer feel we need to lose that weight. A new year might give us the determination we need to meet that goal.

I am a person who likes to make lists and check things off. It helps me to be organized and there is great satisfaction in checking things off when they are done. When I pack for a trip I make a list of things to pack and check them off once they are in the suitcase, and when packing to return home I check them again to be sure I didn’t forget anything. Admittedly I don’t like it when I make a to-do list and things go unchecked for days or even weeks sometimes, but I have learned that this is okay. It is better to have a plan or a goal than to not plan at all and accomplish nothing. So if I have a yearly goal that never gets met I do not let it bother me. I may feel disappointed that I’m still working on it but I don’t let it get me down.

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My goals for this year are as follows.

  1. Stick to the low-carb diet I started in October 2017.
  2. Lose 9 more pounds.
  3. Write daily. Not necessarily blog daily but write daily.
  4. Blog 1-2 times weekly.
  5. Make more time for daily reading.
  6. Exercise more.
  7. Spend less money.

What are you goals for the new year? I’d love to hear them.

 

Don’t Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low, and the debts are high, 
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit, 
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is strange with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns, 
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you can never tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit,
It's when things seem worst 
That you must not quit.

Let There Be Light

Yesterday the hubby and I went to a movie and dinner for date night. We wanted to show our support for the new Kevin Sorbo movie, “Let There Be Light.” We made the right choice. It was a good movie and very well done.

If you are not familiar with Kevin Sorbo he played Hercules in the 90’s TV show. He also starred in “God’s Not Dead.” He plays an athiest in Let There Be Light just as he did in God’s Not Dead. He is a good actor so it is totally believable. Apparently his wife helped write the script, Kevin directed it, and they both starred in it. Sean Hannity, from Fox News, helped finance the movie and he is also in the movie briefly.

I have to be honest here, I like a good action movie. I can handle the violence, especially when it is good guys kicking the bad guys butts! I don’t care for the bad language and nudity. These aren’t even necessary to make a movie good. But I also like a good wholesome family movie that has good actors and is done well. That is exactly how I would describe Let There Be Light.

Kevin Sorbo plays a writer who is one of the biggest athiests in the country. He debates a Christian and absolutely destroys the guy by winning over the crowd with his anti-God theme. No argument is going to change this guys mind about God. He even divorced his wife over it. It takes a near death experience to get through to him.

I don’t want to give away too much in case you want to see it for yourself, but it is good, it is real, and it is powerful. So get out and see the movie in the theater. We need to support this kind of movie to show Hollywood there is a market for good, clean, family entertainment.

Search Let There Be Light at Fandango.com to see the nearest theater to you that is showing the movie. There is only one theater in my area showing it. But don’t delay as it may not stay in the theater as long as the big budget films.

If you go and see it let me know what you thought of it. I’d love to hear from you.

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Holidays and Family

The holidays are right around the corner, which gets me to thinking about family. I miss seeing family regularly but it just seems to multiply during the holidays. I want to share Thanksgiving and Christmas with my parents and my brother or split the holidays between my family and my in-laws.

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We have been away from both families for 20 years now. Oh wow, that just hit me. I didn’t actually realize it was 20 years until I thought about what year we moved to Texas. If someone would have told me when we moved here that we would be here 20 years I would have laughed in their face and refused to believe it.

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God knows my heart on this subject. I have an increasing desire to move close to my parents. I want to be there for them as they are aging. I don’t know how much time we have left together and I don’t want to spend it 700 miles apart. Even worse, we are 1,200 miles from my husband’s family. Moving close to my family would cut these miles in half. Sounds like a win-win to me!

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Right now all I can do is pray about it as my husband and I cannot agree on where to move. We both want to get out of Texas but cannot agree past that.

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I am going to try to add some new activities to our Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations this year. Now that my girls are older it just doesn’t feel the same with just the four of us. So since no other family will be here on these holidays I want to add some things to help make them even more memorable. I will have to make a post about any activities that were a success.

A YUGE change for me

I am beginning a new adventure, actually a new lifestyle change. I am tired of being overweight and craving sugar all the time so I am going on the Ketogenic Diet. Ninety percent of my life I have been skinny and able to lose weight easily. Now that I am in my 50’s it seems to be much more difficult. The fact that I do not have the desire to workout as much as I used to does not help either.

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My doctor recommended this diet to me about 6 months ago. She told me to try it for 6 weeks to reset my system and said that I would no longer crave sugar and carbs. At the time I didn’t know if I was ready for such a drastic diet change. Give up coke and bread and dessert?

 

Six months passed and I had not lost any weight so I decided to go for it. I am ready and feeling determined. I went to the bookstore to buy a book or two on the diet and discovered that a doctor I have followed for years online wrote a book about this diet! That was a confirmation to me that I am doing the right thing. So of course I bought his book and another book which is mostly a cookbook.

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I started the diet on Friday so I just finished my third day. The first two days were rough because I felt pretty bad (carb withdrawal I’m sure), but day three was much better and I felt like myself again.

Diets have never been my thing. When I needed to lose weight I would just cut back on carbs and sugar and I would lose the weight. The closer I got to age 50 the more I noticed a change in my body, that dreaded slowing down of the metabolism. Sadly, my motivation to keep working out faithfully was slowing down right along with my metabolism. I was beginning to feel like Carbie.

 

This diet journey will not always be easy but if I start losing weight and feeling better that will motivate me to keep going. It is time to take better care of myself and not just go on a six week diet, but make a lifestyle change for a better, healthier and hopefully longer life.

Give it to God

 

Friends in High Places?

I’m sure we all have friends in low places. You know the type, the ones who take more from you than they give. Sometimes it is good to help out a friend who has hit bottom and try to lead them back to where they need to be, but we all need friends in high places. Those friends who are always there to pray for us, give an encouraging word or even tell us the truth no matter how difficult it is are the ones we need to keep in our lives long term.

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Recently I got to spend time with a couple of these friends in high places. I have a handful of these friends, some are local and some are out of state. We find a way to keep in touch with one another. It takes effort but it is always worth it! Being with these friends recharges your battery and lifts your spirits. We all have busy lives, and it is good to take time out for ourselves away from our regular routines.

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One of my friends is in Oklahoma and she came to stay with me in Texas for a whole week. We got to share some needed girl time together with lots of shopping included. It was great for both of us. We have been friends for 26 years, and she was one of the brides maids in my wedding.

Another good friend I spent time with recently lives in Texas but is about 45 minutes away and we do not get to see each other as much as we would like. We went to see Chonda Pierce live and it was so much fun! We arrived early as the seats were general admission so we had lots of time to talk and catch up. We have been friends for 18 years. We actually met in Dairy Queen and I believe it was God who brought us together. She introduced herself, we hit it off and kept in touch from that moment on.

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I am so thankful for these friends and others. They pray for me and encourage me. They care about me and my family. These are friends I can share both good times and bad.

FRIENDS

There was a time when I alienated a lot of people in my life. About 10 years ago we went through a very difficult time with one of our children. Something happened to her health that changed our lives forever. No one really understood what we were going through, and I didn’t like talking about it because I was living it every day, so I kind of shut myself off from everyone except my mom. I stopped answering my phone because I didn’t want to talk to people. I didn’t want to answer their questions so it was easier to just ignore the phone.

I kept in minimal touch with close friends but thankfully these friends stood by me and understood, as much as they could, that I was going through a difficult time in my life. After several years of this I realized that I needed more and couldn’t live like that long term. I needed to hang out with friends again, to get away for a few hours and laugh until I cried or pee’d my pants! I needed a break from the daily grind of my life. We all need this from time to time. Sometimes we need a complete getaway like a vacation, but sometimes all we need is a good friend to spend time with, share and laugh with.

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I treasure these friends and hope that I give to them as much as they give to me.

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