Thursday, March 24, 2011

Road trip! (maybe...) and packages

So, in honor of my 32nd birthday tomorrow, I was thinking about going on a road trip with the kids. Our plan is for my husband, myself, and all kids to drive to the Dallas/Fort Worth area together, where his sister lives with her family. My husband would fly home from there to get back in time to preach on Sunday, and me and the kids would then head on east early next week. 

Since I will be driving alone with all six kids (3 months to 9 years old), I will only be able to drive a maximum of 6 hours a day (two 3-hour stretches). We would love to go all the way to the east coast to see some of the places we have been learning about, but that would obviously get costly really quickly if I have to get a hotel room every single night.

I was wondering if there are any of my regular readers out there, who would be interested in putting us up for a night or two along the road, and maybe be able to point us to the attractions in their area. We do not really have an exact route planned because it would depend on the stops we would be making. 

 Crazy idea, and it well might not work out. But if this sounds like something you could and would like to do, please leave a comment, with your email address and preferably phone number (it will not be published).

Thank you!

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We have enjoyed getting postcards and packages in the mail for our "Cantering the Country" project. We got a package all the way from Australia with some real "Vegemite"!!! Thank you so much! We also got a binder from Kentucky that was assembled with much love and care, and may partly be to blame for our "itch" to see the rest of the country.



My apologies for not updating the map on the right in the last couple of weeks. I will try to do so later today.

Finally, someone has some explaining to do. This morning, we received a package from Amazon with the game "Settlers of Catan" in it. I assumed it was a birthday gift my husband had ordered for me, but it wasn't. There was no note of explanation with it, so I called through the relatives, and nobody sent it. Can anyone explain this to me? If you sent this and are reading this, thank you so much! We love board games, and that is one I have been having my eye on. Thank you!


40 comments:

  1. Oh, fun! Happy birthday, Mrs. Anderson!

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  2. We are in Georgia if you would like to visit. Email contact on my blog! We love having visitors and have them often. And Happy Birthday!

    Blessings,
    Christi

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  3. Cannot believe you got some Vegemite! How neat is that?! I've read that it's an acquired taste. Let me know what you think.

    Since I've never been west of Dallas/Ft. Worth, I won't be any help.

    My kids and I would love to have your family as guests in our home, but Florida is not close to Dallas, New Mexico or anything. Too bad...

    Can't wait to hear how your trip goes and happy birthday!!

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  4. Your plan for your family trip sounds lke a great idea! Though hats off to you for even contemplating driving so long and so far with all six!

    I love receiving parcels too...I wonder who sent it? Hope you all hav lots of fun playing your new game!

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  5. Ooooh, sounds fun. Come on out and visit us Amish and Mennonites. Seriously, you'd be welcome. Blessings if you travel. And, A very Happy Birthday!

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  6. happy birthday!

    I am so glad someone sent you vegemite. I am aware of my total slackness on this issue LOL Just remember it's not like peanut butter; you don't smear heaps and heaps on. Just a little bit will do. Also, it is very much an acquired taste :D

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  7. I have no clue about its origins, but if it is meant for you, then awesome. That's a fun game (though the kids might be a little young for it). Good luck on your trip.

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  8. Hey, I want to see you!! lol my husband is there in Dallas right now, but I won't be able to be there for another couple weeks.... I'd totally miss out on seeing you! :P

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  9. We have traveled for years all over with our six kids. It has been amazing. We are now settling down- but still like to get out sometimes. Of course, as you know, make sure to use priceline. If you make it up to NH- your of course welcome here. For us, it was great because we ran our business on the road and made money as we went.P.S. I'll be celebrating my 32nd in May.

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  10. That sounds like so much fun!!! I hope all your plans work out and you have a wonderful birthday.

    Settlers of Catan is a FUN game. My husband and I were introduced to it five years ago when visiting relatives in Canada and it is still our favorite.

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  11. First of all, Happy Birthday!

    Interesting that someone sent you some Vegemite. I personally can't stand the taste of it. I found it to be disgusting.

    As for your trip, I wouldn't want to try it with 6 kiddo's, but have fun!
    Sorry I can't offer you a place to stay.

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  12. You're truly amazing! I could just NEVER do it! I would go crazy. I drive an hour and 15 minutes to go visit my grandparents and the Van is just not the place for us! I wish I were as confident and brave as you!!!! Have soooooo much fun! I really really really do keep meaning to send something from Maine, one of these days I promise to get to it!!! Well, If you head VER NORTH east, our house is open :) haha!
    Have fun!!!!!

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  13. I don't know how much detouring you are planning to do, or what your route might be, and we don't have much space, but if you are around the Lansing, MI area we would love to have you!

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  14. I'm so happy you received the package! Hope you like the taste. Did the Tim Tams make it through customs as well?

    I so enjoy your blog, though this is my first comment. Just wanted to take the opportunity to give you thanks for sharing your beautiful family's story.

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  15. Happy Birthday to You! Have fun on your trip. I hope your kids travel well.

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  16. Psalm 118:24 KJV-Happy Birthday. I don't know about that game.I don't like the name and the review mentions hexes. It looks like a New Age game. Have you ever heard of the boardgame-Wordigo(ages 8 and older). It's like Scrabble but you don't have to wait your turn-the pace is faster.

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  17. I tried vegemite once but didn't like it. Here in England we have Marmite. You either love it or you hate it - and I love it! If you ever find yourself in Yorkshire, you're welcome to stay!
    Andrea

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  18. Settlers of Catan is a great game! New age?? God is the one that created geometric shapes including hexagons. The Moody science video "City of the Bees," gives a great explanation of what an efficient method of stacking those shapes really are. I highly recommend the game and the video!

    R.S.

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  19. Happy Birthday!

    If you ever want to visit the Four Corners area you are welcome to stay with us.

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  20. Happy Birthday...

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  21. Pages 134-139 of Cathy Burn's book, Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated(libertytothecaptives.net) goes into the bee and beehive symbols. The book also goes into geometric shapes used by the New Agers. The peace symbol,etc. is discussed as well.

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  22. My children and I watched a Moody science video that showed a person breastfeeding a baby monkey. We never watched another one. galatiansfour.blogspot.com has a February post on the symbols of bees and beehives.

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  23. Happy Birthday! A little birdie tells me your kids should keep an eye on the mail in the next few days...!

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  24. Hello! I think that you will have an enjoyable time, as I have traveled alone sometimes with my children when they were small. Although I only have 4, they were well mannered from birth so my travels were always good.

    I live east of White Sands National Monument outside of Alamogordo NM. Although my home is very humble and lacking appropriate space, I would love to take you and your children as my guest to White Sands and allow them to sled down the white dunes.

    If you are interested or are staying in NM we could make the excursion one filled with a BBQ at the park and fun play while taking in the beauty that our Creator has provided for us.

    Please leave me a comment on my blog if you wish for kielbasa sausage(or regular hotdogs)baked beans, fruit salad(of melons of some sort) homemade lemonade, and veggie snacks...and a memorable visit to The White Sands.

    Jennifer

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  25. Happy Birthday, Zsuzsanna!

    That being said, you're a brave woman, I don't know how I'd get five children and a nursing baby to the Atlantic without pharmaceuticals!

    How fun to get the vegemite...I could never stomach it, but to each her own--do let us know what the children think!

    Mindy

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  26. Hi Zsuzsanna, whishing you a great trip with the kids.

    I watched a video on youtube yesterday which might be of interest for pastor Anderson, since he also likes to research about the New World Order. The video (4 parts altogether) is from the UK, about a very strange incident that happened with 2 women and the police. I was actually shocked after watching it, but I think things like that will soon happen in the US and Germany too, if they did not already happen and have been hushed up.

    Therefore, as a bit of preperation for things to come, your husband might want to watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AM_iSTPkAE0

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  27. Hello, my hubby and I found your husband's channel on youtube. We were shocked! To actually find a preacher that tells the truth is such a rare find. We have pulled ourselves out of so many churches do to them preaching false doctrines and not the word of God. Your hubby's channel is such a blessing to us =) I was checking out your blog and I really like it too! What a great find for me. I am a mother of four and my hubby is military so we move a lot! We actually use to live in AZ back in 2004. I really wish we could have found your church before we left. Well I just wanted to say what a blessing you both have been to us, and we are so happy to have found real christians who live God's word. Thank you Breonna

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  28. Taryn: Don't worry, I've played the game many times and it has no real religious setting one way or another. You build cities and collect resources. It's educational (helps you understand that you need resources to build a town, the way inter-city trade works, etc) and really fun. The hexagons are just a coincidence, it's an easy way to set up the board. I'd say it's perfect for ages 9/10 and up, or a younger kid who's fairly mature. There's nothing inappropriate whatsoever (except for a couple of mentions of armies, but they're never actually mentioned fighting anything).


    Oh, and happy birthday Zsuzsanna. Forgot to say so last time.

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  29. Speaking of board games, I think your kids might LOVE to play "10 Days in the USA". We have been playing it here (we are studying US History as well this year in our homeschool) and it's lots of fun. We have also enjoyed "Great States".

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  30. And oh...IM BLOGGING AGAIN :) Hope to hear from you soon on my blog !
    Nicole

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  31. Do you really think it's safe to sleep at a strangers house with your kids? Anyone can lie over the phone. If you are not comfortable leaving them with sitters, how can you be OK with this?

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  32. Forget the east coast, you should go to Yellowstone National Park. :) SO much cooler.

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  33. Taryn,

    WHAT PART OF GOD MADE BEEHIVES DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND??? MAYBE YOU SHOULDN'T SPEND SO MUCH TIME STUDYING THE OCCULT.

    R.S.

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  34. and I agree with the anonymous comment made at 4:33 PM!

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  35. Thank you to all who offered to put me and the kids up on our trip. As I wrote in the next blog post, our plans fell through. :( But it was nice to get to see family even just for the one day, and for the cousins to get to play together. Maybe some other time!

    I apologize that I will not be able to respond to all the comments individually. I love hearing from you all, especially when you write to say that you enjoy my husband's sermons (and my blog - HA!). :)

    Thank you also for the birthday wishes. Turns out, the board game was sent from my older brother in Germany.

    As far as the game being appropriate or not, I must agree with the anonymous commenter that saying a hexagonal shape is of the occult is ludicrous. By that philosophy, everything we encounter all day long may have some form of occult attached to it. Every single day of the week is names after various false gods and planets, but we still use those names. I am sure that someone somewhere thought of inappropriate uses for every shape and figure available, but that does not make them bad - it makes the person worshipping false gods bad.

    I also agree that people should spent NO TIME studying the occult, or false religions, as the Bible tells us not to. If the Bible does not say that something is wrong, it is not wrong, period.

    As far as Moody videos, our children have the entire set that they released in the 50s. They have watched them all again and again, and we have NEVER found anything wrong in them AT ALL. In fact, we LOVE the series, and have nothing but praise for it. They use KJB throughout, and the scientist presenting the information preaches a little sermon at the end applying the scientific truths to our spiritual life. There is no human breastfeeding a monkey. I doubt any conservative would ever even show a human breastfeeding another human, since that is considered a cardinal sin by many.

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  36. Zsuzsanna,I spoke to my adult children and we were sure it was the Moody videos but we don't remember a sermon at the end. I have been homeschooling since 1985 and this was many years ago but I'll look into it. I did write a letter to the company back then. The point they were making was that civilizations were more advanced years ago and that man has regressed. The woman was Central or South American and the topic was the Mayans,Incas,etc. I agree that we shouldn't study the occult,etc. but we do have a book by Cathy Burns-a Christian-on symbols-peace symbols,pyramids,obelisks,etc. We don't buy clothing,etc. with these symbols on them.

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  37. Sarah, thank you so much for the Tim Tams. Yes, they did make it through customs, but they did not make it into the photo because they got gobbled up so quickly!! :) Yum! Thank you again for your package. We have yet to try the vegemite because when we do, I want to catch it on film and blog about it for you and other Aussies to enjoy. Maybe for dinner tonight! Is it better on toast or plain bread?

    Taryn, that is odd. I know for sure that it is not on any of the DVDs in the set we have (it has 19 DVDs total, I think). Very strange.

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  38. Zsuzsanna- I wrote a note to Timberdoodle thinking that was where we bought the video. They e-mailed me that they have sold Moody videos but are unable to access my past ordering information due to changes in ordering software.

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  39. I cannot wait to hear your review of Settlers of Catan; I have been interested in that game for quite a while.I hope you had a blessed birthday!

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  40. I just received Timberdoodle's new catalog in the mail and they are selling the game Catan- Settlers of America. They mention the hex-tile grid. I just think the words Catan,hex and hexes are something to get comfortable with because at first glance reading the reviews it made me uncomfortable.

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