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I have been married to my childhood sweetheart for 42 wonderful years. I have been blessed with one daughter who is grown and gone! She and her hubby have blessed us with a precious grandchild, Darbee Rae. She is eight years old and the sunshine in our days. I have always been a stay at home maid, cook, doctor, babysitter, taxi, wife, mother, and grandmother. I enjoy crafting. My interests include primitives, vintage and colonial styles. I love decorating my home. I enjoy traveling with my hubby and friends, reading, and trying different recipes. I am a Christian and enjoy activities within my church. I hope you enjoy reading about my daily adventures in crafting, shopping, and enjoying life thru the eyes of my darling grand daughter.

Friday, June 17, 2011

A Great Day

Hi all my friends.  Just have to say God always knows what you need.  Our Womens Mission Group has had an outing planned for quite some time to a local garden here in town that has been restored and on the National Registar of Historic Places.  I had debated whether to go or not with the situation with Mother but chose to go anyway.  After checking in at the Nursing Home this morning, we met for a personal tour of the gardens.  Being with such a sweet , caring group of Christian ladies was just what I needed.  We toured the gardens, saw so many beautiful sites , and the history was amazing.  I have pictures taken there when Mother had visited in the 1940's and 50's but sorry to say it went into a state of disrepair for many years.  To read the history of the gardens you can visit http://www.dunawaygardens.com/

I am not so good with a camera but thought I would share with you the few pictures I took today.  It was so much more beautiful than my cheap camera could capture.

We all piled in the golf carts and were on our way.  Took 3 golf carts for all of our group.
This area was one of the first we saw upon entering the gardens.  It was called Arrowhead  Pools.  There were actually 4 different pools all in the shape of arrowheads surrounding the 45ft.stone obelish.  On the very top was a bald eagle.
A shot of Darbee Rae at the base of the stone obelisk.
The flowers were beautiful.  Don't ask what the names were, very few did I recognize.  You know me and I am not a garden person.  Love the flowers, but only when Mr. P. brings them in to me.  I do know there were gardenias (sp) everywhere.  The smell was wonderful.
I really liked this plant because it was so different. Even the leaves were so pretty.

This was one of the many rock paths we got to walk down.  All the railings like the one on the left was made from old railroad tracks. Thought that was neat.
This picture was hard for me to figure out.  It is of one of the many ponds.  The trees are the reflection in the water.  See all the goldfish at the top of the picture?  That is what I was trying to capture.  Told you I wasn't too good with a camera.
Water was everywhere.  Some beautiful water falls but all were too shady for me to get a good photo
This was a very large area of solid granite rock.  The stories from years past was the owners believed this section of the garden was sacred.  The rock was called a healing rock and it would cure you of your illness.
Wouldn't that be great if that had been true?

Darbee Rae taking a break on one of the many park benches throughout the garden. After the tour, we had a catered lunch from a local eatery.
It was so pretty in the area where our tables were set up and waiting for us.  We enjoyed a wonderful lunch and a few hours of fellowship.  Such a great time with such sweet friends.

Afterward, I went to spend time with Mother.  They had her dressed today and that alone made her look more like herself.  Met with all members of hospice that I should be coming in contact with.  I am well pleased.

So, there you have it.  This is what I did today.  I feel  less stressed tonight, and I got to smile today.  For that I am so thankful. Hoping you all have a beautiful weekend.  Hugs.


  1. So very glad you got out and about today Angela! And what a wonderful and beautiful place to be out and about at!! Would have loved to been there with you...There is no place closer to God than in a garden I do believe...Have a wonderful weekend! Smile & Hugs ~ Robin

  2. That sounds like an interesting, peaceful way to spend the day. Darbee looks so cute.
    It does sound like good reason to fell less stressed. I'm happy to hear your Mom was up and dressed. A good sign...

  3. Looks like a lovely place. I love how natural everything looks,very peaceful. I love those kinds of tours and lunch outside. What a nice way to spend the day.
    Have a nice day
    Country at heart

  4. How nice to be a part of such a wonderful group of Christian women & get to do things together. I agree with Robin ... one always feels closer to God in a garden. Looks like Darbee enjoyed herself as well : ) I'm glad to hear that your mother was doing so well yesterday. God is good : ) Blessings, Shirlee

  5. Looks like you had a nice trip...it is beautiful. I see you are right...I wish we had something different in common...this has consumed my life. My mother, my best friend, is slipping away and there is no escape. I can not imagine being left behind for a season.
    I try not to show my children just how consumed I am, I try to maintain what I can of a normal life but often the tears slip in as a reminder that things are changing. i wish I could say that I have given my Mother to Jesus but really I have not.
    We have not called Hospice but we do work with a Home Health Care and she has been wonderful. Dad has hired a full time person starting in another week but sometimes I don't know if she will be here that long.
    She is saved, she is calm, but I try to spend as much time with her as I can...I miss her already...I am too old to act like a child but sometimes I do anyways.
    You are right...age has nothing to do with losing your Mother. God gave us 2 fathers but only one Mother..and I am finding this almost unbearable. Of course God will give me the strength when I need it...and I will need a lot. Thanks for visiting my blog...Blessings to you. Dianntha

  6. Looks like a wonderful time was had by all. Thanks for sharing! Take care, Janice (primbythewater)

  7. Good for you! That is what we need sometimes is just to do something for ourselves. That little Darbee Rae is a little princess! So glad you got to go. Please know that we are praying for you and your Mother!

  8. Sounds like you had a very good day in the garden friend. :)
    Darbee Rae is the pretties flower of all.
    Hugs Trace