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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Kingsport, TN Day Trip

Today we took a trip to Bays Mountain Park and the Exchange Place in Kingsport, TN.
The park was very nice, and we saw different kinds of animals as well as a snake in the lake (man made lake from a dam). There was a bobcat, some white tailed deer, wolves, turtles, a raccoon, river otters I think, some birds, etc. They have some historical farm things, and at the Exchange Place we saw even more historical things. They have a place that was a home, a schoolhouse, a small home that slaves and a cook lived in, an old store/ post office buiding, etc. On the other side of the street were places from people from the Union side that came from somewhere else in the area. It was difficult to find the Exchange Place without the exact address with us...even though we have a GPS directions/map device.
The barge rides at the park were not available until next month...which it almost is! We didn't pay to go into the planetarium either, but apparently it is one of the main attractions there. At the Exchange place at the museum store I bought a bonnet like ones worn in the old days (for gardening I plan to use it). Anyway, I thought I'd share about our fun trip. Recently I saw a couple of American finches in our front yard/ garden (birds that have yellow on them. At the Exchange Place they had some chickens, and there was a little creek.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Newsboys Music & TN Beauty

The Newsboys new album In The Hands of God is expected out on May 5. To hear some samples of some of the songs go to the following website:
A lot of things have been going on here lately at home. Some I won't share here, but you may be interested to know that a wild cherry tree cracked on our property and eventually fell splitting apart a dogwood tree. We had a guy cut them up and remove them paying him $14o or 150 as he broke 3 chains sawing it. We also have learned we have a pecan tree which is exciting. I'm hoping it will produce well, even if we might not be up to harvesting all of them. Maybe we will get to have pecan pie with our own pecans! There are a number of irises blooming in our garden already some bearded and some not bearded. There is an Iris Festival this month. Next month there is a Rhododendron Festival in another place.
There are a lot of negative things going on in our country and the world, but God's Hand is still evident around us. I expect we will have many more reasons to feel our need to trust Him in the years to come.
The dogwood blossoms have been falling here, and now the green is showing more around us. It's like having the woods and the country mixed together here in the northeastern part of Tennessee. I still love the sights of California and having more stores close by, but I can also enjoy the beauty of God's creation here. For those coming to visit, I think you will enjoy it if you like nature... just be prepared for the accents and possibly hearing country music (but not in our house!).