Saturday, April 30, 2011

Lake of The Woods

Do you ever see a photo and wonder where was that photo taken? Then you think, hey I would like to go see that for myself. I know I do. I saw a photo on the local news facebook page of a covered bridge someone had taken in Illinois and for as long as I have lived here in Illinois (my entire life of course), I have yet to see a covered bridge up close and personal. So on a gorgeous Friday morning, after Ava headed off to school, I set out to find this bridge. I wanted to see it for myself and not just in a photograph and to actually walk across the bridge. To see this bridge and not just from a photograph. Someone had mentioned in the comments, they thought the photo was from Lake of the Woods, since there was no photo caption, I thought I would take the advice of the person who commented and google map Lake of The Woods. And thankfully they were right.

I don't know why, but I always like taking pictures of little signs/information plaques when they are available at places like this. Perhaps it is because one day they can continue to tell the story of what certain photos are about, when I may no longer be here to tell the story behind the meaning of things. Of course I plan on being around for a long time, but you know...for one day!

Lake of the Woods Covered Bridge. So neat! Can you tell I was quite taken by getting to see this. Who would have thought it was only about 45 minutes or less from where I live. It's the little things in life that make it worth living and just experiencing so many things right around us.

The front of the Lake of the Wood covered bridge. I don't think any of the cars I saw going over this bridge actually went 5 miles an hour. Nowdays, every one seems to always be in a hurry, even in a quite park setting.

I like this photo because it shows how much things have changed over time. A smart car driving over a covered bridge. I don't think those who were driving a covered bridge in the 1800's and early 1900's could have imagined a form of transportation like the Smart car. Times have certainly changed!

I definitely feel like it was worth the trip to go see this covered bridge. Even though it was rebuilt in the 1960's, I fell it is still something worth seeing. After seeing this covered bridge, it makes me want to take a trip in the fall to Indiana and experience the Covered Bridge Festival. They also have a little historical museum I went through (I love this kind of stuff) and hopefully I will get through all those photos and post that in the next few days!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

What?!?!? I made it!

47 days of no eating out for anything. Unbelievable! And actually it has been a little more than that since we didn't eat out a few days leading up to it. I have to admit, it was not as bad as I thought it would be. The last couple days were a bit rough just like the first few, but nothing that I couldn't handle with my focus being on God and the sacrifices Jesus made for me. Initially we were planning on eating out for Easter, but I really didn't feel like doing it. So today I spent my time cooking and preparing for Easter dinner at my house with my sister and her family, my brother and his family, and my Mom and Step-Dad. We ended up cooking out on the grill (not a traditional Easter dinner), but it was so yummy! And the rain even managed to hold off too. Now that I can "officially" eat out again I don't feel this huge need. Funny how that works out. We will be eating out one day this week just so I can have a day "off" but I think I have broken a bad habit. Who would have thought that at the end of these 47+ days McDonald's french fries wouldn't be calling my name. lol Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Finding a Little Sunshine...

Even if it is with a handful of dandelions. Ava loves to pick me "flowers". Usually by the time the flowers make it inside they are pretty much wilted already from being clamped into her sweaty little palms, but I think that just makes them even more special.

I love that when she sees flowers (or weeds that look like flowers) she thinks of me and how she needs to pick as many as possible to give to me. If that isn't the pure love from your child then I do not know what is. It is in these moments I think God is telling me that he loves me this much, that he gave me this incredible blessing of a little girl. Every single day I feel blessed to be Ava's Mom. I don't know how I got so lucky to have her in my life. She is the best gift I could ever have been given. She is my joy every day even when the sun refuses to come out from behind the clouds.

She melts my heart with how giving her little heart already is! I am blessed beyond measure!