Each person should judge his own actions and not compare himself with others. Then he can be proud for what he himself has done. Galatians 6:4

Friday, August 31, 2007

Another Bridge... This one is located in Newport NH.. next town over from me.. We have not been able to go this road to see this bridge in TWO YEARS due to the BAD flooding we got in our area... I was tickled to see the road open so my hubby and I went down it with the two boys...

Here is a bit of info..

The bridge is 123'9" long with a clear span of 121'9". It has an overall width of 20'6" with a railway width of 14'9" and a maximum vertical clearance of 21'3". This section of rail line has been abandoned.

The bridge was built in 1906 by the Bridge and Building Department of the Boston and Maine Railroad. It replaced a wooden bridge built by the Sugar River Railroad in 1871 and 1872. The Sugar River line merged with the Concord and Claremont Railroad in 1873. The Concord and Claremont Railroad was especially well known for its use of the double Town/Pratt lattice truss. In 1915, there were 15 such bridges on the rail line. The bridge is named for S.K. Wright who sold the right-of-way to the Sugar River Railroad. The Wright's Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Here is the bridge while in use... notice the railroad tracks and such..
This is the picture I took.. Look at the difference.. now it's really a bike trail.. and a place for fisherman.. up close there is graffiti on it...
My boys at the end...
The side view...

This weekend.. I'm hoping to get a great picture of the longest covered bridge in the world... can't wait to share that with you...

Happy Labor Day Weekend.. Everyone!! Keep safe!!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Just a quick post tonight... I know.. I know... still slacking.. but my Internet speed has been HORRIBLE and I'm frustrated... and if you know me.. you KNOW I can't sit still for more than 35 seconds!!! GRRR.. so waiting for the page to come up drives me insane.... and I have HIGH speed Internet.. or at least that's what I'm Paying for... har har... I'm not believing it lately!!!

Anyway.. a couple quick pics of the first day of school!!!! My daughter a Junior.. My son 7th grade... if you think of it.. could you send prayers for my son... he just does NOT like school and my heartbreaks for him.... I'll give more details later.. but for now.. I'm off to read Yada Yada book 6... going slowwwwwwwwwwwww til book 7 comes out in October ( yeah who am I kidding...).... Hopefully I'll be back early tomorrow!!!

Monday, August 27, 2007

I first want to apologize for the lack of participation on my half.. I had surgery on my leg this past Wed so my time at the computer has been limited.. but today .. I feel so much better.. so I'm hoping with the kids going back to school this week and the summer life calming down ( sighhhh) I'll have more time to share!!

Anyway, I got challenged again by Mere... What a girl.. here's her challenge to me...

Here's today's challenge.........Post 5 song titles...with their artists names...and tell the significance of each song....like a memory....Here are mine:

Ok.. she says this would be an easy one for me.. well.. I'm not so sure.. LOL LOL.. but we'll see...

1) My Wish--by Rascall Flatts..
Ok.. when I heard this song about 2 years ago.. I loved it.. and thought WOW.. what a GREAT thing to say to your children or your loved ones... NOW.. I think it's ridiculously displayed everywhere and extremely unoriginal.. especially from a Scrapbookers point of view...

2)In My daughters Eyes--by Martina McBride..
Well, having a daughter at a very young age.. I was told I would never make it.. my child would always face poverty... etc.. I was too young.. I should give her up.. and I love the Hey.. "why didn't you have an abortion"... I look at my daughter and I lose the air in my chest even if I think "what if I did"... I wouldn't have this beauty in front of me.. I wouldn't be the person I am today.. if it weren't for my daughter... I know my life would be different but it's a different I never want to know!

3) When you Come Home-- Mark Shultz
I think Mark Shultz has got to be one of the most fab. Christian music writers ever.. This song sticks in my heart.. and it would to every momma who has a son... My son is one of the most sensitive, compassionate, little men out there... at age 12 I have no doubt my son would give up his life for me... and as a momma.. I can't tell you how that makes me feel... I know many 12 year old and I don't think I could say that about many of them... I believe he is the little man that he is because of his daddy!

4) Love, Me--Collin Raye
I find this to be an amazing love song... through life the couple are always willing to wait for one another ...they are patient and they are kind.. it reminds me of my husband.. so patient.. so kind.. we have the kind of love where we fight for a minute and laugh the next.. we are never angry at each other for more than a bit... none of these days on end things... that would drive me insane.. lol lol... but through life and death.. this husband is willing to wait for the one true love of his life.. even though.. sometimes the odds are against them!!

5)Moments--Emerson Drive
For the moment I believe it's a great song.. great thought behind it... all of us have struggles in life... and with God.. we can get past everything.. even when we are at the deepest darkest part of the sea of life!!

Ok.. so I have to tag 3 people.... hmmmm actually.. everyone who reads this... just share ONE song with me here.. and a song on your blog.. and link it back to me... I wanna hear a song that has touched your life.. I fully believe that all songs are meant for each person to perceive in how their life see's it... What I see in a song.. you might not... and even if you use one of mine.. I'd love to see how it touches your heart.. So PLEASE do share!!!

A song I didn't pick... but one worth sharing!! A Soldiers Prayer....

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Let's see.. I was tagged by The Babblings of mere... She wants me to define the meaning of Normal.. HA HA HA HA.. She is asking a VERY judgmental woman what normal means. Have you ever had those days when you look at 100 people and find something ODD about them... I know I do.. and then think.. there is NOTHING ODD about me... RIGHTTTTTTTT.. do you hear that?? That's God chuckling at me...

So my definition of Normal.. hmmm.. in my life... let's see...

chocolate kisses given by my kids... waking up half an hour later than you want... watching Gilmore girls for two hours while locking my children out of my room... knowing when to say sorry... and saying I love you..realizing your day is going great until you smash into a brick wall of defeat... but in the end .. when you tuck everyone in and the lights are turned out.. you know that you're loved by the sweet end of the day kisses... and it starts all over again.. tomorrow...

At this point in my life... THAT is NORMAL!! LOL LOL

Now I have to tag three people.. let's see...
Chris, Donna, Jaydee

OHHH got to run.. Kids were making smores in the microwave.. and I smell FIRE!!! PEE UUUUU

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Tonight.. I have decided to give you a product review.. yes.. yes.. I normally don't buy boxed products and such.. I tend to home make a lot of things.. but today while shopping I caved.. I spent $2.38 on a box of 24 Cocoa Krispies Cereal Straws. JAYDEE.. stop shaking your head at me.. ha ha ha ha....These are made in the US.. does that help any?? ha ha hah

Anyway.. can I just say.. they ROCK!!! They taste REALLY REALLY good...And My sons have devoured two glasses of milk in the process.. just to drink milk straight.. NEVER... but they got their daily calcium in today that's for sure...!! Go ahead.. if you haven't tried them.. I dare ya!! you won't be disappointed!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

I was tagged by Life in the lost world this is a meme... Ok.. I'll be honest.. I'm not to sure what one is.. lol lol.. but I love JAYDEE.. she is one of the coolest people I've met on line... and she's a true inspiration... so I'm gonna follow her lead and tag 5 others into this game.. HA HA!!

Ok.. here's what you have to do...(I'm copying this from her site)

Tami thought it would be cool to have a meme where we post links. We can post up to five. Then we tell five more people to share their links. If we all share who tagged us, our links are sure to be seen! They can be business links, favorite sites, affiliate links, whatever you want…

There are Five Rules:

1. MUST be clean.No R rated sites.

2. Only FIVE links.

3. MUST tell 5 people.

4. A link back to the person who tagged you

5.Lara’s Place is the meme originator. (an active link would be appreciated)

Ok.. so my links are....

The Gooseberry Patch..I absolutely love their stuff... I adore country cooking, living, thinking... I'm young.. yet old fashioned.. Ü and as an added bonus if you click HERE you can get a free cookbook from them.. I'm not a fan of raisins but I got one and gave it away as a gift!

King Arthur Flour..Is one of my absolute favorite stores in Vermont. Every year around my Birthday ( September 9th to be EXACT) I take Birthday Monies and go here to buy goodies so I can bake really nice Christmas gifts... hubby gets upset I spend my money on others.. but oh it feels wonderful to TOUCH, SMELL the excitement in this store... Grab a Catalog.. sit back and enjoy.. they give recipes in those catalogs!

Christmas Tree Shops...Ok .. this is primarily a North East DELIGHT.. I love this store.. and no it's NOT just Christmas stuff... but it's so fun to take $50 and just spend... I love to decorate and they can have some of the CUTEST most inexpensive stuff there.. my husband HATES going with me cause I have to TOUCH EVERYTHING!! lol lol...

The Country House..Another Catalog delight for me. I have been getting these for years.. and I have saved almost all of them... I love love the feel of wood and working with it.. so I tend to make some of the signs as gifts. Speaking of such.. I have one that's been waiting to be done since April.. YIKES!! Bad friend I have been.

The Rusty Pickle...One of my favorite "brands" of scrapbooking supplies... must be because of the antiqueness of their products perhaps.. my moto.. "The older.. the better"...

Ok.. now I'm off to tag 5 others...

On a side note.. I have to add one more... I'm getting my freshair Son Today!! WOO HOO.. check out their web-site... it's one of the BEST things my family has ever done!!!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Lately I seem to come to my blog later and later.. which only means one thing.. I'm sooooooooooo tired... sighhhhhhhhhhhhhh.. so today.. I'm just posting a FEW pictures... Tomorrow.. I'm up for the challenge of a tag I got... But I'm doing it in the MORNING!!! So there!! har-har

Monday, August 06, 2007

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Give you two guess what I did this past week?? I decided to sign up to be a soldiersangel.. Just so happens that the gentleman that I got this time is a U.S.Marine. You see I did this in the past. In fact my whole family and I spent last year blessing and honoring a soldier through letters and care packages. Most of the military that is chosen for this are those that don't have family that write and lack on the gift boxes and letters. It was truly an honor to share what we could last year. Sadly we never heard from our soldier, but we must keep in mind that through this program we are not asking for penpals.. but supporting our troops... so many can't and don't have time to write just to say "hello".. they are giving the ultimate gift for us.. our Freedom.. just as Jesus gave to us... but in so many different levels.

With in minutes of me signing up I was giving a solider. Being that this is a very public forum I can't give you names, web-sites or details, but only that I'm looking forward to blessing another soldier. All they ask is for one letter a week.. and a possible carepackage once a month nothing elaborate or fancy.. just a few "thinking of you's"... So what do you think?? Can you write a letter once a week?? I hope so!!

Something I found interesting too.. and thought I would share.. I never knew this...

Flag Folding Ceremony

The flag folding ceremony represents the same religious principles on which our country was originally founded. The portion of the flag denoting honor is the canton of blue containing the stars representing the states our veterans served in uniform. The canton field of blue dresses from left to right and is inverted when draped as a pall on a casket of a veteran who has served our country in uniform.
In the Armed Forces of the United States, at the ceremony of retreat the flag is lowered, folded in a triangle fold and kept under watch throughout the night as a tribute to our nation's honored dead. The next morning it is brought out and, at the ceremony of reveille, run aloft as a symbol of our belief in the resurrection of the body.
(Wait for the Honor Guard or Flag Detail to unravel and fold the flag into a quarter fold--resume reading when Honor Guard is standing ready.)

The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

The second fold is a symbol of our belief in the eternal life.

The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks who gave a portion of life for the defense of our country to attain a peace throughout the world.

The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in times of war for His divine guidance.

The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong."

The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered in to the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on Mother's Day.

The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.

The tenth fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.
The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost.

When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, "In God we Trust."
(Wait for the Honor Guard or Flag Detail to inspect the flag--after the inspection, resume reading.)
After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Ok.. well remember the wedding I told you about... I had to make a pit stop because I saw a COVERED BRIDGE... I LOVE COVERED BRIDGES.. there is something about them... just looking at them you can envision the people that have walked through them in the past.. or the men that painstakingly built them... or the work horses that held their heads high while walking through them... Each Covered Bridge here in NH is numbered and probably is around the country... We have SEVERAL here.. even the longest Covered Bridge in the Northern Hemisphere...That connects NH with Vermont ( I will share a picture of that soon).

Because I'm a history buff.. I turned my pictures to black and white to give a "historical" feeling while looking at them... plus I've been playing with the photo download from Wal*Mart. Ü

Here is Bridge # 18 It is named the McDemott Bridge, but is also known as the Cold River Bridge and is located in Langdon New Hampshire. It was built in 1869 for $450. The bridge is 81'0" long with a clear span of 76'0". It has an overall width of 16'6" with a roadway width of 12'1" and a maximum vertical clearance of 11'1". It is braced by cables attached to the new highway bridge which bypassed it in 1964. It is now used for foot traffic only.

Previously there were three bridges that stood here before this one in 1790,1814,and 1840.

Unfortunately in my bridge picture there is a HUGE HUGE bar of steel in there which deeply disappoints me because you can't walk through it and it takes away from that Historic feeling...

I have also added a few more random pictures just cause.. Ü

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

1 Peter 4:8
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

I photographed a wedding this weekend... oh what a LONGGGGGG day that was... I'll be honest up front.. it was a TON of work.. a TON.. and I was not paid for it... my day began at 6am and didn't end til 6pm... ahhhh!!! But photography is a hobby for me... I'm not a professional... I did want to share just a couple of pictures with you... I tell you.. some people just don't understand what it means to STAND BACK while the wedding party has their pictures taken... here I am working HARD and setting everyone up for posing etc.. and I have about 30 people behind me yelling.. "no stand this way".."Look over here".. "can you take a picture with me".. etc.. FINALLY I had to stand up and walk over to the wedding party and a said "Look, these pictures are for YOU... I'm going to ask you to ONLY look at my camera.. ignore the rest out there until I'm done".. I was getting so aggravated... UGH!!

Can I tell you how many people PURPOSELY stood in front of me to capture their own pictures... Did the girl in the green dress with 3 cameras NOT clue the guests in that I was taking pictures for the BRIDE and GROOM?? But.. in the end.. I was happy.. she was happy.. and now she is honeymooning in ROME!!! WOO HOO!!!