The Creation Museum..

Hello all! This is part two from our road trip last weekend. We went to see the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum. You can read about the Ark Encounter in my previous blog post.

The Creation Museum is located in Petersburg, Kentucky. It’s conveniently located off I-75.

The museum allows you to venture through biblical history, stunning exhibits, botanical gardens, a planetarium, a petting zoo, a zip line adventure course, and much more!

We had an amazing time. The gardens hadn’t been planted yet, but I imagine they are beautiful when spring finally arrives in the Midwest. Here are some photos from our visit.

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The Ark Encounter

Road trip!! My traveling companions and I just took an overnight trip to visit The Ark in Williamstown, Kentucky.

The ark is a massive ship depicting the biblical tale of Noah’s ark.

We arrived on a rainy day…perfect weather for the occasion. A bus takes you from the ticket area to the ark. Otherwise it’s a very long walk.

Upon boarding the ark you’re “greeted” by Noah and his family praying and in addition to the prayer you can also hear rain and thunder. A short walk around the corner brings you to a dark area of the ark and all you can hear is the storm raging outside.

There are 3 levels to the ark. You can see how they stored food and water, kept animals contained, and the living quarters of Noah and his family. There is so much to see and learn. We spent about three hours exploring and reading all the signs. The life size figures look incredibly real.

It’s a great family adventure and I recommend it highly. While in the area we visited the Creation Museum the following day and it was just as amazing as the ark. My next blog entry will be about the Creation Museum.

Here is a sampling of photos I took from our Ark Encounter.

I hope you have a chance to see it for yourself…and bring an umbrella, just in case!!

Description from website

**Ark Encounter features a full-size Noah’s Ark, built according to the dimensions given in the Bible. Spanning 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high, this modern engineering marvel amazes visitors young and old. Ark Encounter is situated in beautiful Grant County in Williamstown, Kentucky, halfway between Cincinnati and Lexington and right off I-75.

The School Walkout…

I try to stay away from political posts. I’m smart enough to know my opinion won’t change the minds of people with opposing views, BUT I’m gonna talk about the nationwide school walkout that happened this past week.

Let me first say, I can’t begin to imagine the feelings of those involved in recent school shootings nor can I imagine the despair of those who lost their children in these senseless acts. My sincere condolences to all involved.

The walkout was nationwide and was meant to honor those who lost their lives in recent shootings. I think it’s very admirable that the youth of America wanted to remember the victims, but in my humble opinion, a walkout was not the way to do it.

Some of the comments by students on the news were disturbing. I have to wonder if they even knew what they were protesting when they advocate taking away guns? Do they even know what current laws are and what do they consider fair gun reform? Taking away guns was the most frequent answer.

The Second Amendment:

The amendment reads: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

I may or may not own a gun, but it is my right to do so if I choose and can pass a background check. We will never keep guns out of the hands of those who choose to do us harm. Ever heard of the black market? Gangs? Drug dealers? Do you think these groups are going to line up for background checks before purchasing a gun? No!

How many of these students use drugs or drink alcohol? Both are illegal, but they still find a way. Do they text and drive? Maybe we should take away cell phones and cars. Drunk drivers kill people everyday…should we ban alcohol? Would students who support the 2nd Amendment be given the time to protest in support during school time? Could they protest abortion? You get the point I’m trying to make.

Some students in California became violent protesters…not the way to prove your point kiddos! I’m all for peaceful protest. I think it’s great these students want to address the issue and look at ways to keep themselves safe. They are right about one thing…they shouldn’t be afraid to go to school, but their beliefs that banning guns isn’t the answer. What was meant to remember those who lost their lives to school gun violence became politicized. The true intent became lost in the politicization of gun debate and they became puppets of the main stream media. Yep! I said it!!! You can’t make it harder for law abiding citizens to get guns because the bad guys will still find a way to get them.

Before protesting try learning the subject matter you’re trying to protest. Kids are being taught to fear something they have no knowledge of. Teach them about the Constitution. Teach them about present gun laws and then let’s see what their own opinions will be.

Perhaps schools should spend more time in history classes teaching students why we have our 2nd Amendment in the first place.

Once you give up your rights to the government, you never get them back and that just puts us one step closer to Socialism. Not on my watch!

Just my two cents…

Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies…

The peanut butter burger recipe wasn’t very popular, so let’s try this one.

I was going to make these for Valentine’s Day, but didn’t have time. I decided to make them this weekend. They were easy and quick…and tasty too! I think next time I’ll try chocolate cake mix and peanut butter chips because I’m not giving up on ways to use peanut butter in my recipes!!

Ingredients

1 Box Strawberry Cake Mix

1/2 cup Vegetable Oil

2 Eggs

2 cups White Chocolate Chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir cake mix, vegetable oil, and eggs in a bowl until well mixed. Pour in white chocolate chips and stir. Place large spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 12~14 mins. Let set on pan for 2 mins then place on a wire rack for cooling.

To my Mom in Heaven

To my Mom in Heaven

It’s been almost four years since you’ve been gone. It seems like yesterday and forever at the same time. I’d give anything to see you one more time. I find comfort in knowing you are no longer suffering, but I miss you still the same.

You’d be so proud of your little angel. She’s fifteen now. She has a lot of good friends, does well in school…she’s on the honor roll, and attends two different youth groups. One at church and another with some friends from school. She’s even learning to drive! She’s a teenager though, and sometimes her sassy mouth and eye rolls are hard to handle. You always wished I’d have a daughter just like me someday. You got your wish and I’m sure that if God lets you look down and peak in on our lives, it makes you smile just a little.

I’m so happy that you knew who she was up until the end of your journey. It would have devastated her little heart if you looked at her and didn’t know who she was. She was Grandma’s girl. Before you lost the ability to speak, one of the last things you said to her was, “there’s my angel”! She remembers that.

You weren’t always sure who I was. Some days you’d look at me like you knew me, but you weren’t sure HOW you knew me. Others, I’d walk into your room and you’d say, “there’s my baby”! It broke my heart the first time you didn’t know I was your daughter, but I understood why and that it must have been so hard for you to try to figure things out, but not be able to. It was harder for Dad and K, because you never seemed to know how you knew them. They were the ones you’d get angriest with when you were confused.

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s? Which was worse? To be trapped in your own mind or trapped in your body and not have control over either. It doesn’t seem fair, but God is in control and he had his reasons.

You were so strong and held on longer than we thought possible. Your body wasted away. At your passing, you only weighed 68 pounds. The hospice nurse told us that even though you couldn’t talk, you could still hear and that we should tell you it was okay to let go and that we would be fine.

I took my turn alone with you and told you everything I needed to say. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. I know you heard me because you shook your head and a tear ran down your cheek. My only regret is that I wish I had told you those things long before that moment.

When the end came, you were surrounded by your family. Your husband, your children, and siblings. I told you I’d hold your hand until Jesus came and when he did, you should let go of mine and take his. You did…and after many hours, we watched you take your last breaths and you were gone. It was agonizing to watch because your passing did not come swiftly.

Dad has always been so impatient, and when you were diagnosed I was worried he would become frustrated with you as time went on. He didn’t. He took such good care of you and never once complained or became frustrated. He finally remodeled the kitchen like you had always wanted to do. He has said you would have loved it and he wished he had done it sooner….for you.

K has had the hardest time. She was the one you took your frustrations out on the most, but she understands and knows you had no control over it. She loves and misses you so much and it’s hard for her not to cry when we talk about you.

I’m not sure why God would let you linger in the condition you were in to endure so much suffering. I was mad at Him for awhile because of it, but I’ve made my peace with Him. You were always so faithful to Him and I couldn’t understand why he let you suffer for so long, but it was His will. Maybe because it would make it easier for us to let you go. I don’t know.

We all love and miss you so much, and as much as we wish you were still here, we’d never want you to come back to endure the suffering you did in the last years of your life. Not a day goes by that we don’t think of you and I work so hard to be the woman you raised me to be. When I say my prayers, I ask God to tell you that we love you and miss you. I believe He does.

We are all doing the best we can without you. You raised me with morals in a loving, Christian home and even though I make mistakes, because of you, I know where my salvation lies. You were the best mother you could have possibly been and the memories I have of you will sustain me until we meet again.

I know when my time comes, you will be waiting for me at the gates of Heaven with all of those who have gone before me….and you will be pushing them all out of the way so that you can get to me first, give me a hug, and welcome me home.

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Peanut Butter Burger…

Yes, you read that right! Ladies and gentleman, I present to you the peanut butter burger!

I love peanut butter so when I saw the recipe, I had to make it. I like it! You can add additional toppings if you like…pickles, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes. I kept it simple.

Below is the recipe. I left out the part on how to cook the hamburgers and bacon.I have faith you can figure that part out on your own! Let me know what you think in the comments.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef

6 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

8 slices bacon, crisp cooked

4 hamburger buns

Directions:

In a large bowl combine ground beef, salt, and pepper. In a small, microwave-safe bowl heat 2 tablespoons peanut butter for 20 to 30 seconds or until melted. Add melted peanut butter to meat mixture; mix well. Shape into four 3/4-inch-thick patties.

Spread toasted buns with remaining peanut butter. Place patties on buns and top with bacon. If desired, add additional toppings.

Love Is In The Air…

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, love is definitely in the air.

If you’re a single lady it doesn’t have to be the worst day of the year. Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples. It’s a day to celebrate love, and that includes loving the most important person in your life…you!

Of course it’s a good time to remind all the people in your life that you care about them, too. Call your family and friends to let them know you love and appreciate them. Send cards. Make an actual phone call…don’t text. Send flowers to your Mom or daughter. Buy a box of chocolates for your Dad or son. You get the idea!

…but back to you. Make it a U-Day. Buy yourself something special that you’ve told yourself you don’t need. Pamper yourself. Get a manicure AND a pedicure. Maybe your community has some type of party/function for singles to mingle on Valentine’s Day…go! Go out and see a movie, or stay in and watch one in your pajamas. It’s a U-day so do whatever you want.

You could always celebrate with your single friends and make it a Galentine’s Day. For all you single ladies out there who are unattached, you are amazing and there are plenty of ways to celebrate. Tell everyone to dress up and go out for a nice dinner and/or drinks. Trade gifts with each other. Go to a club and dance the night away.

If you want you could always volunteer your time and take inspirational cards and yummy treats to children in the hospital or nursing home residents. Stop by a homeless shelter, substance abuse facility, or women’s shelter and do the same. Let them know people care…it’s a day of love after all! Everyone gets something out of it this way….not only you, but those who feel forgotten or have no one.

It’s not the worst day of the year just because you’re single and have no one to share it with. There are so many other options. It’s only a celebration for couples if you make it one. Be secure in knowing that you don’t need a significant other to complete you. When the time is right, it will happen.

Feel the joy and spread love wherever you go…not only on Valentine’s Day, but every day.

Sending lots of love your way❤️

**If you have plans please share in the comments. I’d love to hear them!!