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.

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.

Thankful for family

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!

Every moment matters

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.