Saturday, November 26, 2011

Virginia Memories {part 3}

Last night as I worked on creating a photo book of our time in Virginia, I was reminded again of what a blessing it was to go on that trip. We made wonderful memories…together, and are grateful that God allowed us to have that time up there.
On Wednesday (our final day in Virginia) we had looked into various places to go but nothing affordable had “clicked”. We found out about the museum of the Shenandoah Valley, but when looking at the pamphlet thought it would be too expensive. Dad called them to see if they had a “group” discount [smile] to which the lady replied that the museum was free if we got there before noon. With three minutes to spare, we were able to get in to there for free—such a blessing!


A highlight was touring James Wood’s (founder of Winchester) home. The water garden around it was real pretty, with the different small waterfalls.


While I couldn’t take picture of James Wood’s home, there was an astoundingly detailed miniature of it, in a dollhouse! James Wood’s home had so many old things in it, including a horse from 600 A.D.


In the water gardens outside the Wood home….

and in the Chinese gardens…

…and in front of waterfall.


The gigantic leaves were neat!


This quilt in the Shenandoah Valley Museum was made back in 1857!

Once we got back to “home away from home” we spent time outside, and then got to work packing up.

I’m not used to a window in the laundry room….[smile]

It was a chilly evening, so we enjoyed hot chocolate on the front porch.

Ready to leave! It was sort of sad leaving for Virginia, but we were very happy about visiting TJ and Susan in West Virginia!

They warmly welcomed us into their home for a day and a half.

Alanna, Ella and Makenna enjoyed playing the piano together.

Looking at old photo albums with Suzanna.


On Friday we went down to the river near the house. The sun hitting the river was absolutely gorgeous!

:: throwing rocks in the water and watching it splash::

::seeing a helicopter fly over::

::staying warm::

::capturing the gorgeous views::

::spending time with cousins::

::seeing more God’s beautiful creation::

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:: walking to Harpers Ferry..::

::{and} all the while collecting shells, shells and more shells! [smile]::

This old church in Harpers Ferry was neat.




We walked 90 steps up to the old church I mentioned earlier and then {some of us} hiked a few miles back to the vehicles.


Saturday morning, we left snowy [it was snowing the morning we left!] West Virginia and headed back to warm, sunshiny Florida.  We thank God for providing a way for us to go up there, and how He blessed our time away.

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:10

1 comment:

grammie said...

A beautiful pictoral journal of your trip! You have georgeous pictures of the landscapes. It was great to be able to "walk" with you through some of your special times there. I especially love the pic of Rosebud at the river in WV with the sun coming through her hair.
I love and miss you people.