What a great week it's been here in TN.
Monday we did school and had dinner with Marque's daughter and our grandson.
Tuesday we went to Ft. Donelson where we explored this Civil War era Fort and Cemetery. Then we stopped by my friend Bev's Scrapbook store. She was not in, but we will get together this week while I am here.
I am linking up with the ladies at the Catholic Women's Almanac! I love the blogs that link up!
Thanking God for...
My child's love of history.
The beauty of our Country.
Friends who pray for us.
The tribunal who is managing my husband's Annulment. It has now been sent to the 2nd phase and we are hopeful that in the next 3 to 6 months we will be done. Praising God for this going way more smoothly than we'd originally thought.
I need to get back to praying the Rosary daily. I confess I have not been as regular about it and I can tell in the attitudes of my family. I also love the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
It occurs to me that we are so blessed to homeschool. It's allowed us to travel this week with Marque on his trip to Ft. Campbell, KY. It's 20 minutes away from where his daughter and our grandson live. AND about an hour away from my family. AND - full of Civil War sites and other fantastic Historical Venues... It could not have been a better plan from above.
I hope to finish Holiness for Housewives while I am here. We also have a few History books with us - about Abraham Lincoln and Clara Barton, oh and The Drinking Gourd. We are doing school while we are here too.
The air conditioner in the hotel is super loud. And my son is watching an Animal Planet show while I am blogging. Someone rescued puppies & kitties. Who doesn't love a good animal success story!
From the Kitchen...
We are limited in our little hotel room. We have a kitchenette with a stove top and microwave, toaster, fridge/freezer. But we are making due. We have been eating oatmeal and fruit for breakfast. We have almonds to snack on. Plus - can I share with you that there are tons of really bad for you restaurants around us - including Baskin Robbins and Burger King. Sisters, they are calling me - pray for me! Anyway - for lunch yesterday we did eat at Burger King, but we also have PB&J makings, etc. We are on vacation, but don't want to eat ourselves to death.
Tonight is leftover Vietnamese Stir-fry with salad.
Tomorrow we will grill chicken and have broccoli. I am unsure of a side.
Friday night we will grill pork chops and probably have salad again.
We are planning to drive to a local National Park and hike this weekend and picnic.
Also Marque was stationed here for a while, and bought his first home here. So we will tour the base, check out the Museum on base and do some fun things like that.
Christopher became a Jr. Park Ranger yesterday (it was a lot of work). He got a badge and a patch. They have a program going on now and after we complete the package - including an online source of printouts on the Underground Railroad (which we studied) - he will receive a Civil War Patch. There are trading cards too. Very informative and timely since we are studying American History this year and next. Super Exciting.
View from our hotel.
Beautiful evening sky (I miss the Mountains).
Papa, Uncle Christopher and Mason!
Joy with Chopsticks!
Civil War Headstone. U.S.C.T. stands for
United States Colored Troops.
What I love about this shot at Ft. Donelson is that the bench
(a full three people bench) looks so tiny compared to the ginormous trees.
Man it was beautiful!
This tree is like an old friend. Comfy and worn. LOVE!
And that folks is all for today.
I've got to start school, hit the hotel gym.... maybe walk to Target to get a drying rack so I can do laundry. Oh - the self-service vacation. Some day - a resort, but for now... I'm making memories with my boys!
Love, hugs & blessings,