Sunday Glory- The Creation Museum and Ark Encounter Trip

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.   Genesis 1:1-2

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I spent this past Thursday traveling to Northern Kentucky with my oldest sister.  On Friday we spent about 6 hours touring The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. It’s a 75,000-square foot facility where we walked through biblical history, saw some pretty remarkable exhibits, toured the outdoor botanical gardens and a petting zoo. There was a special effects theater, a planetarium, an insectorium, dinosaur exhibits, a cafe and zip lines.  The museum has been visited by 2.5 million guests since its opening and I was almost convinced that all 2.5 million of them had come that day!  Yes, it was very crowded (buses and buses of church folk) and we stood in some long lines to see everything but no complaining from me as it was worth every bit of the waiting.

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Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden

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The Botanical Gardens at The Creation Museum

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Petting zoo at The Creation Museum

Saturday, we ventured to Williamstown, Kentucky to the Ark Encounter, a full-sized Noah’s Ark, built according to the dimensions given in the bible.  It’s about a 45 minute drive from The Creation Museum.  It’s the largest timber frame structure in the world and was built by skilled Amish craftsman.  Spanning 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high, this modern engineering marvel blew me away y’all!  It has three decks of exhibits and you will experience what Noah’s life may have been like on the Ark while he and his family cared for all those animals.  Have you ever wondered how many animals were on the Ark?  How Noah fit them all aboard?  Have you ever wondered how Noah and his family fed and watered the animals?  How he cleaned up after them? You’ll learn about all of that and more and how Noah and his family lived while on the Ark. And you’ll learn all about the flood.  I can not even fathom how Noah accomplished all this, especially after seeing the size of this ark (it’s really mind-boggling)!  Truly amazing and definitely worth seeing!   Again, expect long lines and huge crowds if you go (I’m not sure I would recommend going on a Saturday like we did) but it’s definitely worth seeing!  I loved every single minute of this tour! Even the pouring rain didn’t bother me because like my sister said, “What better way to experience Noah’s Ark than in the pouring rain!”

“There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.”  Genesis 7:9

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13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”  Genesis 9:13-17

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Front of the Ark (it was so massive, I had trouble getting the whole ark in the photo).  I couldn’t get far enough away!

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The front of the ark

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Noah’s Ark Replica (sorry, I couldn’t quite get the entire ark in the photo– almost but not quite). I could not get far enough away after walking and walking to photograph it and it was pouring rain that day.  You can see how massive it is by comparing it to the buses in the picture.  This is the front end of the ark.

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The back-end of the ark

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On a side note:  On the way up to Kentucky, my sister got a phone call from her daughter with the wonderful and happy news we had been waiting for that she had been accepted into veterinary school!  So she’s one step closer to achieving her dream of becoming a veterinarian.  We’re all pretty proud of her as she has worked very hard these past four years to achieve this goal and as you know getting into veterinary school is NOT easy.  It’s an extremely competitive and complicated process.  So congratulations to my niece Melissa…  Your Aunt Gail could not be more proud of you!!!  She and her twin sister are graduating from college in a few short weeks (same day, one hour apart in different cities)!  I have another niece who is also graduating college that same day!  So all of my nieces (three) are getting college degrees all in the same day and all in different cities! What are the odds of that happening?!

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My niece Melissa and her twin sister, Laura, in the back.  Love these two!

It was a good weekend!

Gail ♥

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He is Risen!

Hope you all had a Blessed Easter!

Gail ♥

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It’s A Boy!!

I was so happy to be able to witness April the Giraffe having her calf on the livestream cam early this morning (along with 1.2 million other people).  I knew labor was imminent last night as she was pacing, pacing, pacing and doing a lot of licking.  Her behavior was definitely “off.”  I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning watching until I was literally nodding off at my computer and just could no longer keep my eyes open.  I had my alarm set for 7 am (CST) but got a call from my good friend Tommy at 6:53 who called to tell me she was giving birth.  So I sprinted out of the bed (my husband probably hasn’t seen me run that fast in, well… ever), ran into the living room and watched the livestream on the TV.

It was a perfect labor and birth and April is every bit as good a mama as I predicted she would be! That calf is such a cutie and I already can’t take my eyes off of him.  What a joy he will be to watch in the coming days!

Congratulations to the team and staff at Animal Adventure Park and thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this beautiful experience with the whole world these past two months.  What a gift of joy you gave to us this Easter weekend!  

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Gail ♥♥♥

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“It is Finished”

Reposting this one from 4 years back.

Moonlight Reflections

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Today is Good Friday, the day we commemorate Jesus’ crucifixion and death.  It’s a somber day.

Today’s two services at my church, Stations of the Cross at noon, and then the Good Friday Liturgy tonight, were both spiritual and moving.  The Liturgy of Good Friday celebrates the Passion of the Lord, or the events before and including Jesus’ crucifixion.  It’s a solemn service.

The altar is completely bare from the previous night’s Maundy Thursday service and the “Stripping of the Altar.”  The Hangings (or all the different fabric adornments for the lectern, pulpit, altar, etc.) have been stripped.  They are gone.  Jesus’ body was stripped of its coverings, so we strip the Altar of its coverings.  The candlesticks have also been taken away.  The candles are removed from our presence in recognition of the darkness that followed Jesus’ death on the cross.  The church lights are dimmed.  Jesus, our light of…

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Sunday Glory

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Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him. The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,

“Hosanna!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the king of Israel!”

Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:

“Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.”

At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him. Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”

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Gail ♥

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Do You Remember These?

Reposting this from a few years back. Been thinking about these little guys lately. Always do when spring and Easter are upon us. They were such a memorable part of my childhood.

Moonlight Reflections

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When I was a little girl, there was a local five-and-dime within walking distance from the neighborhood I lived in.  Every year at Easter time, they displayed dyed Easter chicks in their front window, just like you see in the photo above.  My friends and I would ride our bikes or walk to this store where we would stand at that window and gaze at these very colorful little chicks.  I was mesmerized by them, yet I always felt sorry for them because in my little brain, I imagined the baby chicks just being dunked into a vat of dye.  Even my four-year old little self often used to wonder why the poor chicks didn’t just drown.

I’ve since learned that there are two different methods of attaining dyed Easter chicks. One is by spraying the chicks with the dye and the other is by injecting a non-toxic dye into…

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March Reading

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So far I’ve met my goal this year of reading 4 books a month but here we are already a week into April and I haven’t even decided what books I will be reading this month.  I’ve got a stack to choose from— decisions, decisions!!  Here’s what I read in March.

1.  All The Pretty Things: The Story of a Southern Girl Who Went Through Fire to Find Her Way Home– by Edie Wadsworth

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Edie Wadsworth’s memoir was a story I found myself thinking about long after I finished reading the last page and closed the book.  It is the story of a young girl growing up in poverty in Appalachia and her desperation to be loved by a neglectful father.  It was a story about so many things…. poverty, love, faith, family, alcoholism, abuse, perseverance, heartache, redemption, and joy.  It was both happy and sad and I laughed and I cried.  I found it hard to read at times but always found myself wanting more of Edie’s story.  Edie Wadsworth is a real inspiration.

2.  15 Verses To Pray For Your Husband– by Elizabeth George

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I’ve read several of Elizabeth George’s books and they are always books I find myself wanting to read over and over.  I love this woman’s writing!  This book discusses 15 areas that wives can pray for their husbands and has prayers for each:

  1. Your husband’s spiritual growth
  2. Your marriage
  3. Your husband as a father
  4. Your husband’s wisdom
  5. Your husband’s job
  6. Your husband’s view of money
  7. Your husband as he makes decisions
  8. Your husband’s health
  9. Your husband’s use of time
  10. Your husband’s purity
  11. Your husband’s speech
  12. Your husband to act with courage
  13. Your husband’s walk with God
  14. Your husband to be a leader
  15. Your husband as a team player

Elizabeth George starts each chapter with a scripture verse and expounds on it.  She gives a prayer in each chapter to pray for your husband.  Her writing is very laid back and easy to read and so powerful.  She writes as if she’s a good friend sitting right across the table from you who’s come to share a cup of coffee. This book is a keeper and one I will refer to again and again! There was one thing that the author said in the beginning of the book that really impacted me and made me realize just how important my prayers for my husband really are.  In referring to praying for our husbands she said:

I cannot urge you strongly enough to pray faithfully. It is entirely possible that you are the only person on the face of the earth praying for him.  That means if you don’t pray for him, then probably no one is!

Something about that statement sent shudders up my spine.  I literally had to put the book down and think on that a moment.  She convinced me how important it is that I DO pray for my husband.  Praying for him is a supreme act of love and an honor to God.

3.  Zip It: The 40-Day Challenge– by Karen Ehman

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This is a follow-up devotional to Karen Ehman’s bestseller Keep It Shut which I read a couple of years ago.  This devotional was part of my Lenten reading this year.  I so need this book and love it.  I’m reading it through a second time now.  Our words can build up or tear people down.  Our words are powerful and they have consequences so we all need to choose our words very wisely.    I need to read this one again and again and again.  Highly recommended!

4.  Blogging for Writers: How Authors & Writers Build Successful Blogs– by Robin Houghton

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This book wasn’t quite what I was thinking it was going to be. Even though it is geared towards writers and authors, I had read it was a good resource for beginner bloggers and non-authors.  Even though I’ve been blogging almost 7 years, I still very much consider myself a beginner.  I’m not very tech savvy.  Because after all, you’re looking at a woman who still uses a flip phone and who has never sent a text in her life and who doesn’t even have texting capabilities and who has no desire right now to even own a smart phone or “do” texting. My husband is the same way… Wilma and Fred Flinstone here!  

This book did go over how to create a blog and focused on the WordPress and Blogger platforms.  I learned pretty quickly that this book was a little too advanced for my needs even though the book description said no technological knowledge was required.  I had to disagree with that.  I didn’t understand much of the techy talk at all and a lot of it was like reading a foreign language.  I was totally lost at the end and felt way out of my league.  I’m sure professional writers would find the information very useful. There were some helpful tidbits about blogging that I will use, so I wasn’t disappointed that I read it. I discovered a few things I need to be doing and a few things I’m doing wrong.  I liked the format of the book and the layout design.  One thing I didn’t like was that it featured lots of actual people’s blogs and had screenshots of those blog pages which was great and could have been helpful but the print was just too small and I had to get a magnifying glass to make out the print and then still had trouble.  It gave me a splitting headache and frustrated me. So overall, the book was okay, just not what I personally was looking for.

Have you read any good books lately?  Feel free to share in the comments if you like!

Gail ♥

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