Monday, July 14, 2014

When Tragedy Strikes


Cowboys, clowns, horses, rodeos and fun can all be found at the popular Christian summer camp, River Valley Ranch (RVR) located in Millers, Maryland. Every summer RVR services over 20,000 youth and adults with their summer camps and seasonal events in a distinctly Christian and wholesome family atmosphere.

The rodeo is a popular event held at the ranch complete with real live cowboys, bucking bulls, fast horses and did I mention strong, rugged, manly cowboys? Always a thrill to watch!

Sadly, a young boy lost his life while attending camp at RVR last week due to a violent storm that passed through the area. It saddens my heart immensely and I can't even imagine the pain his parents and loved ones must feel at this time. It gives me peace to know that the boy's mom has shown courage and grace through her Lord and Savior. She released a statement about her son here. If the spirit moves you, please consider making a contribution to "Justin's Fund".

(Click on image to enlarge  - all images taken at RVR July 2014)





 Here are my two favorite "Cowgirls" at RVR.


 



Saturday, June 7, 2014

Tis The Season

Did you know that the strawberry is very high in antioxidants?  Antioxidants are good for your body because they contain levels of  vitamins A, C and E and they can lower the risks of certain diseases.

Here in the South Central part of Pennsylvania, the strawberry is "in season". They are best to consume when their amazing red color is vibrant and rich in luster. This is when they are the highest in their nutritional value. Unfortunately, the strawberry has a short shelf life. If you keep them refrigerated, it will keep them fresher a little longer.

So, what are you waiting for....go pick up some strawberries today! Toss them into your salad, or fruit shake and enjoy those healthy benefits!

My niece enjoys a handful of strawberries during an outing on our boat

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I'll Spread My Wings

I'll spread my wings and I'll learn how to fly. 
I'll do what it takes til I touch the sky...
~ Kelly Clarkson

Now that FW is "hang 2" certified (which means he is able to pilot a hang glider on his own), he's become quite the air junkie, investing in his own glider and the many "must have" accessories to go along with it. This past weekend, we spent an entire day at Highland Aerosports in Ridgely, Maryland. This is where FW has spent countless hours of training over the past 2 years with some of the most experienced glider pilots on the East Coast. According to coach Sunny, he was not quite ready to fly his new precision glider over the weekend, so FW flew the training glider, practicing his landing patterns, and flying to an altitude of 2,500 feet for approximately 30 minutes.

He was quite happy and satisfied with his flying time over the weekend and it is his hope to foot launch his very own glider this summer in the beautiful mountains of Tennessee.   

To see more photos and video of hang gliding, hop on over to my Facebook page.

FW attaches his variometer to the glider

Assembling his new glider for the first time. Adam instructs him in set-up.




Sorting out the "bones" of the glider

Almost done


Ready to fly!


Monday, April 28, 2014

Longhorn Bessie

Eenie meenie minie moe, which one of you is gonna go.....in our freezer?

These Texas Longhorns are known for their lean beef, which is lower in fat, cholesterol and calories than most other beef, and quite delicious, I might add. In fact, the flavorful Longhorn has less cholesterol and calories than chicken! Definitely good news for a healthy lifestyle.

We are currently housing a quarter of a "Bessie" in our freezer. She makes a juicy burger and a tender, mouth watering steak. If you're a meat lover, I highly recommend this healthier option of beef.






Thursday, April 3, 2014

Longing For Color


Spring is finally upon us here in the South Central part of Pennsylvania. We've had some mild, sunny days and then some rain; a few cold days and then some snow -- totally normal for this time of year. Most of the trees and bulbs in this area are still brown and dull. I can't help but feel anxious for the buds to open up and for the flowers to unfold so when I walk out my door or gaze out my window, I see an earth filled with color! 

Spring is full of transformations, a season of renewal. I trust that Mother Nature will once again deliver, as she has since the earliest days of creation, her most colorful works of art.

 

Monday, March 31, 2014

No Fooling


No fooling....we got 6 inches of the white stuff this past weekend. And as quick as it came down and accumulated, by Monday afternoon the temps arose into the 60's and, "poof" it was gone, vanished, melted without a trace.  Only Mother Nature can fool us like that.

Friday, March 21, 2014

So...why did the chicken cross the road?


Let's have a little fun with this one. What is your best punch-line for the age old joke, "Why did the chicken cross the road?"

Come on and play along. Submit your answers here or on Facebook.


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Legend of The Shamrock

Long ago, when Ireland was the land of Druids, there was a great Bishop, Patrick by name, who came to teach the word of God throughout the country. This St. Patrick—for he was indeed a saint—was well loved everywhere he went. One day, however, a group of his followers came to him and admitted that it was difficult for them to believe in the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.

St. Patrick reflected a moment and then, stooping down, he plucked a leaf from the shamrock and held it before them, bidding them to behold the living example of the "Three-in-One." St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The simple beauty of this explanation convinced these skeptics, and from that day the shamrock has been revered throughout Ireland.





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