Birthdays And Welcome Homes

***Warning*** LOTS of pictures!

This past week, Emilie and I spent a few days in Chattanooga celebrating her 19th birthday! (Her birthday was actually June 30) We started out by attending the Sunday morning service at Scenic City Church. This is a church plant that was started by our friends Daniel and Heidi Hicks. Emilie used to babysit their children, Isabelle, Carson and Kylie, when they lived in Newnan. I think her favorite part of the weekend was being able to spend time with them. 🙂

Emilie and Isa

Emilie and Isa

Emilie and Heidi

Emilie and Heidi

After church we got a bite for lunch then checked in at a cute little Bed and Breakfast on top of Lookout Mountain. Our room was called Marsie Doats and was decorated in a 40’s theme.

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Later that afternoon, we visited Ruby Falls! Unfortunately, pictures of the actual falls didn’t turn out too well. 😦

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Ruby Falls

Ruby Falls

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Beautiful view of the city!

Beautiful view of the city!

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The next morning we enjoyed a lovely breakfast out on the porch.

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Peach French toast!

Peach French toast!

Breakfast Crossaint  Sandwich

Breakfast Crossaint Sandwich

Rita...the resident dog.  She refused to look at the camera!

Rita…the resident dog. She refused to look at the camera!

After breakfast we went to the Tennessee Aquarium! Isa and Carson were the perfect tour guides!

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We loved watching the otters.

We loved watching the otters.

Emilie hates escalators, so Isa held her hand so Emilie wouldn't be scared.  :)

Emilie hates escalators, so Isa held her hand so Emilie wouldn’t be scared. 🙂

Emilie loves owls!

Emilie loves owls!

Touching a shark!

Touching a shark!

Loved holding the butterflies!

Loved holding the butterflies!

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In the shark cage!

In the shark cage!

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Then….on to lunch at Mellow Mushroom.

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After lunch, we headed to the children’s hospital to visit with Isa and Carson’s four-year old sister, Kylie. Kylie was just recently diagnosed with leukemia. Please keep this precious little girl in your prayers.

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Emilie and I ended the evening at the Starbucks sitting atop Lookout Mountain.

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The next morning, after another delicious breakfast we headed to Coolidge Park. It was a beautiful day!

A view of the park from the pedestrian bridge.

A view of the park from the pedestrian bridge.

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On the other side of the pedestrian bridge we ran right into an ice cream shop….so we decided we must have one! Great way to end a great trip!

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So, that’s the birthday part…now for the welcome home part! We picked Jake up from Camp Winshape yesterday. He had a GREAT time and is already talking about going again next year! So very thankful for this opportunity that he was blessed with! I am so glad to have him back home! Unfortunately, he didn’t bring back just dirty laundry. He also brought back a cold and sore throat. 😦

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And…another welcome home, as Katie should be coming in from her summer job at Winshape Camps late tonight! Unfortunately, it will be a quick in and out for her as she has to be at a retreat tomorrow evening for all of the CLM’s (RA’s) at her school.

So thankful for the joyful and happy times that the Lord provides for our family to enjoy!!

Trusting His Plan,
Sandra

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cherie
    Jul 26, 2014 @ 23:09:40

    Great photos!!! So glad you had a good weekend…happy belated birthday, Em!!! Love you all!

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  2. Kathleen Dooley
    Jul 26, 2014 @ 23:26:18

    Th Ks for sharing these happy times. While you were in Chattanooga we had friends from there visiting us!

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  3. kddmyers
    Jul 27, 2014 @ 08:56:55

    Cute B&B! So glad you and Emily had some time away to celebrate her birthday. I can’t believe she is 19 :0)

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  4. kkgreenhouse
    Jul 27, 2014 @ 10:00:22

    Sandra, I know you’re so thankful for your children and the joy they bring to your life. Looks like a busy and fun week!  You are blessed! We continue to pray for all of you especially still going through all of these “firsts.”  Love you all, Kim

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  5. sonya
    Jul 27, 2014 @ 18:41:32

    Sandra, thanks for sharing the picture of your trip. So glad to hear that Jacob’s weeks at camp went well. It was nice that you had this fun trip planned to break up the weeks of Jacob’s camp! Chattanooga is a fun town to hang out and I know it was special to Daniel, Heidi, and the family. I think of you guys daily and continue to pray for all of you! Love you, Sonya

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