Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Barns of Ohio and Indiana

So this is more of the countryside and not just of barns but I love them all the same.  These are all picture taken during our stay in Ohio, and the last one was taken the morning we left for Nebraska.  Just 10 hours or so later the storm that hit 39 states would be upon that area.  How quickly things change, has always amazed me when it comes to weather! 

This is the truck that belonged to Chad's grandfather, and was sold out of the family.  While Chad was here he found it and his dad purchased it, and now it is back in the family, which makes Chad a happy man!  He loves that truck so very much, and I have to admit that I think it is pretty cool as well. :)

This is one of the buildings from the story of the Girl of the Limberlost.  True story that was made into a book and then a movie.  Took place by Berne, IN.

The girls went out to "ice skate" because of the freezing rain from the night before.  They had a glorious time sliding and falling all over the place!

I love the old brick buildings around here!!!

Sean and Hollies back yard

the kids trying out Chad's old toys!

building at Chad's farm

The sunrise as we left Ohio

Friday, February 04, 2011

Staying in Ohio January 2011

Our days in Ohio were spent working on school with the kids, visiting lots of friends and family, and spending time at the coffee shop working on the internet and drinking coffee!  Many days were windy, and every few days it seemed like we were getting just a little more snow!  We, and by we I mean Chad, spoke at a few churches, while I looked on as the supportive wife! :)  I don't like public speaking very well in a large group setting, so these situations I am always happy to pass along to my husband as the "MAN'S" role.  He he.  He is usually conspiring with others to get me up on stage, but so far I have been on the winning side of that battle.  We are so thankful, and blessed by the people that we like to call our friends, as they surround us with love and generosity.  God is good, and has given us so much to be thankful for, and our hearts are overflowing with gratefulness!
A major praise, was the donation of money given to camp, by my parents, to purchase an enclosed tandem axle trailer and replace camps' old baggage trailer   With that donation, we are able to haul up a trailer full or personal items that we wanted to bring home with us, like my grandmothers piano so the kids finally have a piano and can take lessons, or a desk that I found for homeschooling, and numerous other things. 
One of the things I enjoyed, and always have about the area Chad grew up in, was the old barns that dot the countryside!  I have lots of pictures that I will post a little later. 
As our time there came to a close, and we scrambled to load the trailer, we saw the "BIG" storm coming that was about to hit 39 states, and we only hoped that it was going to be staying south long enough for us to make it through to my Aunts house in Nebraska. We said our tearful goodbye's and hopped into the car for another  12 hour day of driving. 

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Christmas Celebration

We made it to Sean and Hollie's house and unloaded our stuff for the last time, at least for a couple of weeks!  They remodled the upstairs of their house so that there were two bedrooms.  Chad and I had one and the kids had the other.  It turned out to be a double blessing for them, as they found out that they were having twins in August!  So now they have finished rooms for them as well. 
The next weekend was Christmas and the kids had a blast getting to open presents at two different times.  Once at Sean and Hollie's and another time at their Snyder Grandparents house!!!  The cousins were also their to share in the excitement, and fun was had by all!  Grandpa Bob did very well concidering he had surgery the week before.  He is healing and getting around quite nicely and making sure that everyone is filled with cookies!!!  During the week the kids were able to get outside for a day of playing in the snow, and for once it did not blow us across the yard!!!

Mason being mentored by Uncle Sean on how to be a superhero

Mason running around the house with his hands in the air like he is flying pretending to be superman!