Thursday, June 05, 2008

We're home!

Hello Y'all!

Well, here we are, home from our week trip through Tennessee and Arkansas! It was quite exciting to hit the road again (which we haven't seem to have done in a while...) and get another taste of conference traveling! :-D Here's a few photos of our week. Enjoy!

In Christ Alone,


P.S. Hope you don't mind, but they didn't end up loading in order. :-)

P.S.S. For whoever might be interested...THE NEW "ORACLES OF FIRE" BOOK 3 IS OUT!!!! :-D I'm THRILLED TO PIECES and I just wanted to make sure everyone knows, so that y'all can go buy the series for yourself and see why I'm so nuts about these books!!! :-) Here's the link to Mr. Davis' website: Dragons In Our Midst Believe me, you won't be disappointed!

And now for the pictures...

The Greene family invited us up to a cabin they rented for the conference on top of Mt. Nebo. The view outside their backyard was absolutely gorgeous! What an incredible example of God's handiwork!!
But the trip UP and DOWN the mountain was utterly terrifying! I can't even explain how the turns were, but I can say this, it was an 18% grade and the turns were shaped like V's going up! Yikes! But Indy got us up (our dear old faithful van we kindly named "Indefatigable".)!

"Liz On Top of the World"
(you 2005 Pride and Prejudice watchers should get this one...*grin*)

Caleb and a friend he met, Joshua W. It's funny because we discovered that Caleb and Joshua were born on the exact same day and year. And what's more is they have the names of the two spies in the Bible...Joshua and Caleb! :-D

Melissa and I on top of the world! :-)

Family Photo on top of Mt. Nebo!!! The view was stunning!

Tiff, William and I enjoying the hammock on the Greene's porch!

Tiff...."waitin' for m'deary..."
(sorry, I couldn't resist...*grin*)

Some of the "McD Kids" at the hotel we stayed at in Arkansas for one night.

Another one (except this time with Tiff in it.)

Hey! I didn't know that Colton Evans owned a restaurant! And a grill no less! Why didn't he tell us before? (Okay, I admit that's really cheesy, but I couldn't help myself. *grin*)

We encountered some incredibly scarily bad weather on our way to Pottsville, Arkansas. But we thankfully arrived safe and sound!

The little girls enjoyed meeting some new friends!

Dad speaking at his first session in Arkansas.

Rachel Draper, Mrs. Stouffer and Mom (the Patriarch's Wives) on Sunday afternoon, right before we left.

Isn't he adorable? This is Allen Draper. :-)

Mr. and Mrs. B.

We finally decided what to play! "Apples to Apples", of course. :-) It was quite fun and I had a lovely time. Hey, and it even inspired us to buy the game ourselves at Walmart two days later. :-)

My wonderful Father and Mother at the Lovett's house.

I managed to convince everyone that we needed to get a group photo and to my utter joy they obliged!! So here's the group we had for Saturday night's dinner!

T.J. and Rachel Draper

Dad and Mrs. B. enjoying fellowship at the Lovett's home.

Camille S., Laura B., Grace and Abigail.

Laura B. and Virginia Grace.

Here I am along with some of the other "young people" at the Lovett's house, trying to decide what to play, I believe. Sound familiar? :-)

William in his cowboy boots.

You wonder if they had fun? I think so. :-)

Abigail really enjoyed the Stouffer's kittens!

Mr. and Mrs. Lingo

Our van (and trailer) in Tennessee.

Dad unhitching the trailer in Tennessee!

I had to add this photo. Doesn't it just LOOK like the cover to a romance novel? Those yearning blue eyes and faded person (of the opposite gender) in the back ground (same yearning look)? Cracked me up... :-D

Melissa and I were ready to leave the house at 5:00am. :-) As you see, we're quite alone. :-) (actually, Caleb did come out to take out photo for us...)


Elissa said...

I'm so glad you made it back safely!!!! Thanks for posting pictures!!!

Anonymous said...

We had a wonderful time getting to know y'all a bit better. The follow up question would have to be: When are y'all coming back? ;)

BTW, did y'all drive by Nacomi (sp?) while y'all were here?


Megan Rose said...


strings.95 said...

Looks like y'all had a great time! Can't wait to see you again!

kaliste said...

It's so funny to see y'all playing games and taking pictures in our house when we weren't even there! Glad y'all had a good time though.

So, uh, when did you say you were coming back? ;)

Sierra Elizabeth said...

Thanks for posting pictures Jess! I can't wait to see you, only two more days...:) Anyway looks like you and your family had an awesome time with the people in TN, and also in Arkansas, love ya!

The DeLadurantey Sisters said...

Ah! thanks for the update Jessica.......we love apples to apples funny :)

Looks lke you all had a great time!

Hannah DeL

Jessica NicDhòmhnaill said...

Elissa, so am I. It was a wonderful we have to find a way to go by Arizona some time... ;-)

Laura, it was great getting to know y'all as well! It was too bad we didn't get much time to talk at Presbytery but this past trip made up for it. :-) Hopefully we'll visit again SOON! I've decided that I quite like Tennessee. :-)

Megan, it was! I simply adore traveling!!

Jesi, yes! It will be great to see everyone again at Church! I've missed y'all!

Kaliste, yeah. LOL! I was thinking how odd it was to be in someone's house and they're not there. :-D But thank you so much for opening it up to us! We even got to watch a movie in your "theater"! Melissa and I are planning our tour of the country and plan to stop in TN (LOL! J/K! But hey, we have so many people we want to go visit it would be wonderful to do a grand tour! *grin*). But hopefully we'll come soon!

Sierra, I miss y'all sooo much! I cannot wait to see y'all tomorrow!!! Love you too!!!!

Hannah, "Apples to Apples" is officially on our "top favorite card game"s list now!!We did have a lovely time, traveling is something I love.
Speaking of traveling y'all should seriously consider visiting us here in Illinois! :-) You're welcome anytime!!

In Christ Alone, Jessica

Allison said...

Sounds (and looks) like everyone had a wonderful time!

Our family loves Apples to Apples as well. In fact, save two people, everyone we've ever played/introduced the game to has loved it. It's so fun! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh! That poll is difficult for an Austen fan! You didn't put an "All of the above" option on there... I guess I would have to go with Persuasion, the 2007 version. However, I may change my mind tomorrow. :)


Lazy D Ranch said...

So glad that you all had a wonderful trip together as a family. We miss you all! Right now we are still in Colorado but getting ready to head West this weekend.
Say hi to everyone! ~Mrs Davis

Jessica NicDhòmhnaill said...

Allison, isn't that funny? We've already introduced it to people back home and they love it too! I do so love "social" games like that!

Laura, I know! *grin* I was going to and then I decided that I wanted people to figure out which one was their favorite. :-D It was a hard decision for me too!! But I finally decided that the 2008 Northanger Abbey was my favorite, though I love every Jane Austen movie!! :-D By the way, do you and/or Claire have an email address by any chance?

Mrs. Davis, we miss y'all too!! Y'all actually left a few things at our house and we considered holding them hostage so that y'all would have to come see us again sooner! *grin* But we're sending them instead. :-D Have a safe trip!!! *hugs to all*

In Christ Alone, Jessica

Tara Janelle said...

Looks like you had a great trip! I love the second to last photo! LOL! Too funny!

Anonymous said...

Claire and I both have emails, but I couldn't give them away, you know. Kaliste could probably get them to you.


p.s. can't wait for y'alls next visit here soon! ;)

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