Mini vacation

Today, I’m spending too muchΒ time on the recliner due to my back, so I figured this is as good a time as any to blog πŸ™‚

Dale and I were privileged to take a short trip to Eagles Mere, Pa. in the beginning of Nov. I had booked a bed and breakfast through Groupon last year, but when we were going to go, the weather was very bad, so they said they will honor it at another time. We hadn’t done anything for our anniversary in Aug., so we figured this will be in honor of that πŸ™‚

We drove up on a beautiful, sunny morning. The weather was fantastic! You didn’t even need a sweater. We swung in at Burger King for lunch. I know, so fancy πŸ™‚ But we didn’t care. We ate our food in the vehicle, no interruptions. Bliss πŸ˜‰

We couldn’t check into our room before 3, so we took a short walk in the woods, and explored a bit around the area. The scenery was gorgeous!IMG_4874_edited-1 IMG_4877_edited-1 IMG_4880_edited-1 IMG_4884_edited-1IMG_4878IMG_4890We even took a selfie πŸ˜‰20151103_135829And used the self timer on my camera. Something I rarely do.IMG_4901_edited-1A bit out of focus, but had fun with it πŸ™‚

We stayed at the Crestmont Inn. Our room was quaint and cozy. We both thought it smelled like anΒ old people’s home.Β No offence to anyone πŸ˜‰ I think the reason was because we were there off season, and the room may have been empty for a bit. I noticed a few cobwebs and some dust, but I am particularly fussy πŸ™‚ I always check the bed thoroughly, and that was nice and clean πŸ™‚ As was the jacuzzi.IMG_4903_edited-1IMG_4907_edited-1IMG_4908

We did wish we hadn’t went in the off season,(it is a lakeside resort),Β because a lot of places were closed. We couldn’t find a place to eat supper. It was like no one existed for miles πŸ™‚ Finally we spotted this little old general store, and I said let’s stop and see if they know any place to eat. Turns out it was a store, and she made food there. Score for us πŸ™‚ The food was quite good, and I loved the utensils!

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Breakfast was included in our stay. We enjoyed that at the Inn’s restaurant.IMG_4913_edited-1 20151104_091930Our view as we ate.IMG_4910_edited-1There was about 4 of them flitting around.

Along the path to the restaurant.IMG_4909We checked out of our room at 11, and headed for home. Hubby even stopped at Goodwill for me πŸ™‚

Sometimes you just need to nurture your marriage, and little things like this sure are nice!

Have a great weekend!

Our Love Story

Some of you know our story. Some of you don’t. In honor of Valentines Day, I thought I’ll share it with you πŸ™‚

Back when I was still attending school, our route would take us past a certain farm. We watched that farm, hoping to catch a glimpse of the cute boy we’d seen working there. I say we, as in the silly, young, boy crazy girls in the school van. I was one of those girls. At that point, I didn’t know that the boy was Dale πŸ™‚

Enter the year I turned 16. One morning, we were finishing up chores. Dale chose that morning to stop in at our farm, asking if we needed any help on the farm. He knew my Father had purchased a tractor that he thought would be great to drive πŸ™‚ Anyways, we were done milking, and I was over in the dry cow pen, trying to separate some to move to another pen. I’m not sure why I attempted it on my own. Maybe I thought the cows would cooperate. At any rate, they were giving me a run for my money, and my patience levels with cows is very slim. After repeatedly yelling for some help, with no response, I huffed my way into the cow barn, flung open the door and yelled, ” Is everybody deaf around here??!!” At that moment, I saw Dale coming into the barn.Β  I wanted to disappear! I slammed the door shut that I had just opened and ran to the knothole in the wall, peeking through it. The boy, the cute boy, was in our barn! And I just yelled very angrily. And I was very unattractively dressed. With some very ugly long stockings πŸ™‚ I was doomed.

If only I had known, he never even saw me or heard me πŸ™‚ The best part was, Dad actually needed some extra help, and he hired him. Thus began our story. I unfortunately, wasn’t the only girl in our family. I had a sister above me that was single, and a sister below me. We all thought Dale was cute. Good he didn’t know that, he may have felt proud πŸ˜‰

For some reason, he chose me πŸ™‚ Maybe because I was closest to his age. I certainly wasn’t the most attractive πŸ™‚ You would have to ask him why he noticed me.

I know there was concern with our parents, over our growing attraction of each other, and being together almost every day. I didn’t mind πŸ™‚ But we were young, and looking back, I know it wasn’t the ideal situation. On the other hand, we learned to know each other , not just on a dressed up, date night level, but a working together on the hard days. You learn to know someone pretty quickly, when you are working with them. I think I told you in another post, how I said I would never marry a farmer. When Dale came along, that idea went through the roof πŸ™‚ And my poor mother! I remember numerous fights with my sisters over him. Oh my! Now, we can laugh about it πŸ™‚

So we worked together on the farm. Dale became a great help to Dad. He had not grown up on a farm, but worked on his neighbor’s farm, and it was in his blood. Still is πŸ™‚

We got older, started dating. Sometimes, we’d fall asleep on our dates because we were so tired, and had seen each other that day anyhow, so there wasn’t much to talk about πŸ™‚ But farming was just way more exciting with him around πŸ˜‰ Our first kiss was beside the straw mow πŸ™‚

And we made mistakes, as many young people do. When we look back on those years, there are things we wish we had done differently. But God forgives us of our messups. And while I know we were young, I wouldn’t change a thing about how we met! I love our story!

We married young, both 19 yrs. old, on a hot August day. A little over a year later, we welcomed our first child into our lives. Now, we are headed for our 14th anniversary this summer. And we have 4 children.20150127_085838

It’s been wonderful! And it’s been very hard. If you are married, you know that it is not all roses. It takes hard work, giving up of ourselves. It takes forgiveness, and patience. But it is so worth it!

This Valentines Day, I am so thankful for our marriage! I think it gets better as the years go on πŸ™‚ And I thank God, that we have each other!

Happy Valentines Day, to each of you!

13 yrs.

Today is our anniversary. Not sure how we’ve been married 13 yrs.already πŸ™‚

We spent the day doing corn. I’m not complaining. I don’t have to get special treatment on special days πŸ™‚ But after a too short night and a hard day of work, Β I felt I could use a little pick me up πŸ™‚ Lucky for us, it was school cleaning night. Boys restroom. Fun! πŸ˜‰

So Dale stayed with the children and I headed to school. And I decided to make a short stop for something sweet.20140804_183641 Hello, my good friend πŸ™‚20140804_184400Sometimes, you just have to make your day a bit special for yourself. Happy Anniversary to me πŸ™‚

By the way,lest I sound too whiny, we were blessed with cards and texts wishing us a special day, and my mom provided us with lunch and a yummy DQ cake, so that was very nice!

I have to admit, anniversaries are something I don’t do well at remembering. But when you think about it, every day should be a day to be thankful for our spouses, to show them our love, not just on our anniversary πŸ™‚