Celebrating Us with Carnival Cruise + Eastern Caribbean

Hey sweet folk!

Three weeks ago my Darling Man and I flew south and embarked upon a glorious, fun 2nd anniversary trip (which isn’t actually until March 7th!). We just loved our seven day Carnival Cruise in the Eastern Caribbean. I only wish I had enjoyed it more! (And for you’re enjoyment click on the picture to see them up close.) 😉

We loved starting our trip by visiting wit Dalton’s aunt and uncle … they were so awesome and dropped us at the St. Louis airport at the crack of dawn (3 am!). We’re so thankful for you, Bob and Judee!

Oh, I also have to mention “Clubby,” the one-footed pigeon in the Fort Lauderdale airport; we loved being greeted by a tourist friendly bird. 😉

The ship was so beautiful. We sailed on the Conquest which housed … I think up to 2,000 visitors from all over the country. It was hard to choose what to do with the many pools and hot tubs, water slide, giant movie screen, live entertainment and music, and several restaurants.

We were so excited to get a suite — we decided that we were willing to pay to have a view! There were no regrets. Our room was beautiful and we really enjoyed our sweet room attendant, Aileen, who made our bed, turned down the sheets and always had our ice bucket filled up. I especially had fun squealing over her towel-animal creations; she was so talented! It was fun feeling like royals for a week! 😉

We sailed the first two days, and then visited one of the ports on Grand Turk (the capital of Turks & Caicos Islands). Such a lovely place! We went on an excursion where we snorkeled over a reef and then went to Gibbs Cay where sting rays were swimming around. I didn’t touch one but it was fun watching other’s squirm with them!

Before our trip was over we also spent a day at Amber Cove on the Dominican Republic and Nassau, Bahamas (which was my favorite).

What was our personal favorites on the ship? I know I enjoyed the coffee bar and since Dalton worked out at least 2-3 times a day I’d wager he enjoyed the gym. 😉

It was so special to spend my 26th birthday at on our cruise. Early in the morning we got a knock on our door where someone delivered Dalton’s surprise gift to me — a yummy chocolate cake and rose! He is SUCH a sweetheart! It was a lot of fun to spend the rest of the day docked in Nassau. We walked several blocks of the old, downtown area … I especially wanted to visit their library and my dear Dalton went to take me but we got lost among the old buildings!

This is where I have to stop and say how much more I wish I had enjoyed this trip. I had been feeling queasy most of our vacation (due to sea sickness, I think) but the day of my birthday ended with me spending several hours sick to my stomach. (What a waste of a perfect birthday cake!) 😉

Because of that I was a real party-pooper most of the trip. I’ve got to brag on my Man because all through the trip he continued to bless and encourage me despite my grumpiness. One of these vacations I’ll learn to take full advantage of it! 😉 Anyways, I have got one great man! Hearts!

IMG_4062I loved seeing D all dressed up for the elegant dinner on the 2nd day of sea. He’s such a stud!

I’m pretty sure all eyes were on us during the trip because of our (fairly) conservative appearance. More then once we were asked if we were Mennonite and which colony we came from! Haha!

I think that’s why I loved our “dressing up” night You can’t see it here but I had a beautiful, colorful hi-low skirt on paired with a black top and D looked super cute in his dress jeans, button up and black vest. We must have looked like very stylish Mennonites. 😉

p.s. I just have to ogle Dalton’s gorgeous beard! I love it when he can grow it out since work requires him clean shaven. Hahaha … oh, are you uncomfortable? But just look at how GORGOUS his manbeard is?! Okay, okay, I’ll stop. 😉 😀

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Overall, it was a splendid trip and I’m so glad we were able to go. Since we try to go on a big trip with each other every year I’m looking forward to next year’s anniversary itinerary. Next week I’ll have a packing list of what to bring on a cruise from my point of view.

Love, blessings and coffee!

Frannie

Oh, how I loved Wyoming!

Greetings! I hope this finds everyone well and growing in our Lord. Thank you all for your prayers concerning our trip to Wyoming last week. It was a blessing to have sweet sisters in Christ sharing their care. Thank you! As my title readily shouts, I LOVED Wyoming! It was such a beautiful place and one of my favorites. The clouds were always so dramatically posed and the weather cool, but mostly sunny. And the best part of being in Wyoming? We got to see Allie! That was my favorite part. 🙂 I just wanted to share a some of our pictures.

Can you see the rainbow?
“I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.” Genesis 9: 13-16
I thought this picture was neat.
Feet! 🙂
The Teton Mountains
Buffalo, or as we Halbert’s so energetically call them, “Tatonkas!”
Jeremiah and I
Horses from Turpin Meadow Ranch, the dude ranch Allie worked at.
The beautiful view from her breakfast window.
“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” Psalms 8:3,4

 

And here we are, leaving for our long, but enjoyable trip home.
 Don’t forget to look at my side bar and guess what the picture could be! 🙂
Have a blessed day,

Off I Go! :)

Hello dear sisters! I hope this finds you all walking in the grace of our Lord and trusting Him.

I just wanted to say that “I’m off!” I’ll be packing my bag soon and flying up toward my home state, Alaska. I am really looking forward to this trip and am so thankful to my Daddy and Momma and the Lord for giving me the chance to go. I’ll try to take some pictures for you! Jeremiah and I will be leaving tomorrow and we are excited to see our dear Momma! (Allie, I wish you could come! We love and miss you and have a blessed day sister!)

 Alaska is such a beautiful state. This spring time/summer season is very lovely with long sunlight hours and flowers blooming. I lived in North Pole, Alaska for about 16 years or so, so I even know its smell! 🙂 I can manuver its streets (I still get lost) with confidence, and I can promptly stop at any store. (These are all sillly, seemingly worthless things one does not experience in a new town).

Birch Lake, a lake which was about 2 hours away from my town. Our church has a Family Camp out there every year, a blessed and fun time. After I became a Christian, I was baptized in this lake! Isn’t it lovely?
Anyways, I’m just letting you know that that’s where I am! Have a blessed day sisters and also, THANK YOU for entering the give-away. I’m so blessed by the responce and am looking forward to it!
By Christ’s love,

Our Pennsylvannia Trip and Photos!

Greetings Friends! I hope you all are having a blessed Easter Day. I have a few things I wanted to write on so I’ll get started!
~Today is Easter Sunday and the day we celebrate Christ’s resurrection. Is it not amazing to think that because Jesus loves us he died and then rose again? Truly we serve an amazing God. I feel my heart becoming more in tune with His, yet growing in the Lord is so painful some times. Isn’t it amazing that the God who died for us is willing to help us? “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
~Last week I was priviledged (and blessed) to go with most of my family (Daddy had to work!) to Pennsylvannia. We spent five days near the Poconos where Allie and Jeremiah snowboarded at seventy-one degrees! (Since we’ve spent most of our lives in Alaska I’m sure you can imagine the fun and heat-related-exhaustion they experienced :). While at the Poconos we spent good time resting, visiting with each other, sight-seeing and town-seeing, and shopping. We enjoyed eating at authentic Chinese, Indian, and Bulgarian resturaunts. Near the end of the week we left for New York City and that was an experience! We had alot of fun walking on Time Square, eating a hotdog from a hotdog stand (isn’t that what New Yorkers do?), looking at the Statue of Liberty from the shoreline, walking little Chinatown, cruising through Macy’s, and riding double-decker buses. There are so many people it all seemed a little chaotic, but I enjoyed it and am thankful for the time Momma spent in taking us. : )   

A tremendous waterfall at Shawnee-on-Delaware.
Doesn’t Momma remind you of Maria from Sound of Music?
Indeed, New York is a big place. It is sad to think though, that many of the people are not saved.
It was a fun and relaxing trip and I haven’t even finished yet!
~Saturday morning we left for a wedding in Ephrata, PA (our main purpose for our trip). It was such a blessing to see two godly young people marry. I don’t think I’ve been to a wedding whose obvious and sole purpose was to glorify God (while marrying two who love each other). I was/am so blessed. This couple hadn’t even held hands until their wedding day and were marrying each other in complete purity. What a blessing. Let’s take encouragement, my fellow sisters in Christ–if we will submit ourselves to Christ He can make any relationship pure, holy, and blameless. I have not had many godly examples of courtship and boy/girl relationships, but because of this wedding I am striving foward to become the woman God desires me to be–married or single!  
~On our way home we were able to stop and see my momma’s younger sister and her family. You all are  such a blessing to us and it was alot of fun (and giggles) to be with family. We love you guys!
One extra blessing was that we were able to stop in at my dear friend Diane’s house. What a sweet blessing and encouragement to visit a friend’s home! Thank you Diane and your sweet family for your time, puppies :), coffee, and brownies! We loved seeing you all!  
This trip was a real blessing and time of refreshment (even though we missed you Daddy!) thank you Mommy and Daddy! We loved it! Have a blessed Easter Sunday my sisters and let’s keep pressing on to the Lord!
By His grace,