Sunday, August 28, 2011

State Farmer's Market

We needed out today! After yesterday's rainy windy day thanks to Irene, we needed sunshine and exercise! We went and explores the local farmer's market. I had seen the signs and I had heard people talking about it.

The peaches are marble--I'm assuming that's the variety. But they are the sweetest peaches ever!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

First Day of School

Kailey started 1st Grade today and I thought you'd like to see her picture. She will ride the bus from our new house. So we are starting her on the bus now, just commuting to the bus stop.

Friday, August 19, 2011


The highlight of our Fridays right now is making the trip to see the progress that has been made on our house. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see it from the beginning stages. I did see the first floor being framed, but we were still making decisions, not thinking about pictures. (Darn it!)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Updating the blog

Updated 8/21/11--no one emailed me. So I was able to put 10 people in that automatically get the blog to their email when I post. I know I missed someone. I will put a link on the blog where you may "subscribe" to get those that I missed. Love to you all.

Hey Friends and mostly Family--
I am updating the blog, making it pretty again and posting new or current pictures. So much has happened-good, fun memories, and the drama- that I want to blog more to keep you updated on life here in North Carolina. Could you do me a favor and send me an email that you received this post straight to your email? ( I went to add an address to my list and the whole field was blank. Thanks a bunch. Love to you all. -Stacey

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Great Journey East, Entry 6

On Thursday we began our journey to North Carolina. I wasn't sure how far we were going to make it, but we were going to give it our best shot to make it the 9 hours to Raleigh. And we did give it our best shot! We made it to Knoxville doing good. We made one stop for lunch and got on our way. We were enjoying the view as we crossed over the state line into North Carolina.
The highway was very busy, with semi-trucks and cars. The trucks have their own lane-the right lane. So I was staying in my left lane and we came upon a curve. A semi-truck decided, or didn't see me, to join us in our left lane. We had just passed the cab of the Katie and Kailey saw wheels up close! He scraped the side of the van and instinctively I slowed a little and moved a little to the left. I was then able to make it to the rightside shoulder of the road to examine the damage. The driver immediately following me pulled off also. He saw everything that happened- but also how quickly things could have changed involving him. The semi-truck did pull off also. Highway Patrol (HP) was called, buy it took 45 minutes because they couldn't find us. We didn't know what mile marker we had just passed. Everyone is fine- the van has $4600 worth of damage. We were about 40 minutes from Ashville. We went and got dinner with Katie now driving a full van and one side mirror. Luckily, Darrel was at Ridgecrest and was able to secure rooms for us to spend the night. [Thank you again Darrel!] Mark came and met us. We had to get the car seats into his vehicle to make the viewing out of the rear view mirror possible. We finally made it to Raliegh, got a rental, and dropped the van off at a body shop at 4:45pm.

At this point, I wish everyday for my van. The added drama it added to our life can't have a price tag assessed. But, as Katie kept saying, 'We're makin' memories!' I continue to go back through what happened. It happened SO fast that it's a blur. I know we were so lucky! It could have been so much worse--I continue to say that it was because so many people, Facebook friends, family, and church family, were holding us up in prayer. Glory to God!

The Great Journey East, Entry 5

We had a great time in Nashville with
Aunt AJ and Uncle Darrel. We spent 3 days with them and exploring the city. We got to see some college friends. Our kids have played together on several occasions so they are always excited to see each other again. We went and experienced the Nashville library. The downtown library has an awesome storytime with puppets, singing, and stories with the Professor and MaryMary. Their first story was one of our all-time favorites, 'Lama lama Red Pajama.'

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Great Journey East, Entry 4

We finally made it to our hotel in Louisville. Got a lite confused switching highways, but made it! We were all tired and needed sleep! We played with some friends at the Louisville Science Center. They had an awesome Narnia exhibit that I wad sure Kailey would enjoy. We walked thru the wardrobe, sat on the frozen throne, saw many costumes from the movie, and catapulted some 'rocks'. They had a children's area for under 7, and two other floors we explored. After lunch, we loaded up and our goal was Nashville!

The Great Journey East, Entry 3

We left Grandma Connie's in pouring rain and 20 degrees cooler than when we packed the car three hours earlier. We were heading to Indianapolis to see a college roommate and then to Louisville to play with some other friend's. For our first travel with Tyler he did great! The girls did too. We drove past the Indy 500 speedway on our way to meet Jan.