You may have wondered why we were kind of quiet for a few days this past week…the following pictures explain why πŸ˜€

You may remember when Scott and Kelley came to our house this past December and February, well this week we got to visit them AND meet Kelley’s family for the first time πŸ˜€Β  You wouldn’t have known that we had never met them…we just walked in and everyone just started talking and laughing and hugging…it was wonderful!Β  There were 20 people in that house and pretty much the only time we weren’t talking was when we were sleeping πŸ˜€Β  When Scott and Kelley came, we said we had gained another brother and sister…now we’ve just gained several more!

Scott and Kelley πŸ˜€

This is a small idea of what our whole time was there…we’re all laughing!

The boys…they got along great!Β  Isaiah and Joseph especially!

The “Three Musketeers” having a tea party πŸ˜€

And we cannot forget little Andrew, Kelley’s new baby! He had 4 aunts, 2 uncles and 7 other girls all fighting over who wouldΒ  hold him next!Β  He is such a sweetie!

There is SO much more we could post about staying with our new friends, but we have so little time to post right now!Β  It was SO much fun and we all agreed that they needed to come to Indiana sometime very soon! We miss you guys!

In Philadelphia, we really enjoyed getting to see the Liberty Bell and touring Independence Hall πŸ™‚

Bekah was a little disappointed at how small the Bell was, but it was okay…we got over it πŸ˜€Β  If any of you have seen Dave Stotts Drive Thru History you’ll know that we just copied him a little bit!Β  We like to get a new Christmas tree ornament every year for our tree that kind of has something to do with what happened that year, so this was perfect!

We all wanted our picture with the Liberty Bell, and several other people were doing the same, so we waited until some people had taken their turns, and then when we all sat in front of the Bell, all the sudden no one else was getting their picture taken…they were taking pictures of us! :OΒ  πŸ˜€

We got to see THE chair that George Washington actually sat in…

And the Pennsylvania State Seal…the bird on top is supposed to be a bald eagle, but the artist had never seen one, so this is what he came up with!!!

We also tried our first ever Philly Cheese Steak!Β  We loved it! We each got our own hot dogs, and then Daddy bought one cheese steak for us all to try since the price was considerably higher!

Sitting on a wall getting ready to eat our lunch

In Gettysburg we were trying to get our bearings and before we walked into the museum, a lady came over and said, “We love your blog!”Β  πŸ˜€Β  We found out that she had accidentally found our blog and had been watching progress on our trip, and we just happened to be at Gettysburg at the same time!!!Β  That was so much fun πŸ˜€Β  We’ve never had that happen before πŸ˜€Β  Unfortunately, we didn’t even think to ask her name, but if you’re reading this, we all say hello!!!

Abe was very kind to let us all have our picture taken with him!Β  He even let Isaiah sit on his lap πŸ˜€ Again, we noticed that strangers were taking our picture πŸ˜€

One of us doesn’t like Abe (not sure why), and he is someone else’s favorite president…can you tell who?!

It was sobering to see all the graves of those Civil War soldiers, so many that were unknown.

One grave said:


1841 – 1914

CO. K 1st, P.R.C.

Wounded at Gettysburg July 2, 1863

It never struck us before that Civil War veterans could have been so close to seeing, or have seen the start of World War 1.

So all in all, we had a wonderfully rich history lesson, and have been having tons of fun!

And now we are off to our next adventure!

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Friends, Philly, and Gettysburg…

23 thoughts on “Friends, Philly, and Gettysburg…

  • October 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Personally Cassia, I don’t like Abe very strongly! πŸ™‚ I am a Southerner, even if I do love some Yankee history! πŸ˜€ No offense to the rest of you, of course!!!!
    Boy, are y’all spoiled with all your historical stops! I’ve never seen a monument in my life! πŸ™

  • October 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Wow! How awesome! I am glad to see your trip is going so well!

    Anxiously awaiting details of the next leg of your trip,
    ~ Kristal ~

  • October 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    WOW!!! you guys much be having so much fun!!! I can’t wait to hear all about it!!!

  • October 3, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    WOW WOW and WOW again :) looks like you all have had lots of fun! yes I already know who doesn’t like Abe Lincoln :P. well I can’t wait to see you all!
    P.S. thanks for the update πŸ™‚

  • October 3, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    It was so great having you all here!!!!!! I’m glad you are enjoying your trip!!!! Hopefully we’ll take one to Indiana, sooner rather than later! πŸ™‚


  • October 3, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    It was incredible when you all pulled in and we just started hugging, talking, and laughing…like dear close friends already that we hadn’t seen in a long time. Or, dear cousins that we had missed! I hope that lady leaves a comment on your blog so you can find out her name! That was incredible!! Have fun–Dear Family!

  • October 3, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Yeah!! I love your travel posts because that means you are getting closer and closer! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  • October 3, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Wow, I am just so enjoying each of your posts about this trip. Quite comical that other people were trying to take your picture… lol! And that must have been a neat experience about the lady who “read your blog”…
    Okay girls, I can’t wait for your next post!

  • October 4, 2010 at 11:56 am

    What a wonderful update! Glad you are learning so much and having so much fun! A trip you will never forget, I’m sure:)

  • October 4, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Ohhh…philly cheese steaks! I grew up by Philly but now we live like an hour from there and we all miss them!!I’m glad ya’ll are enjoying yourselves!

  • October 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Just a quich question … did you all get my mother’s email? when will you be here? Tomorrow? I am getting way too excited πŸ™‚
    That is hilarious about the “bald” eagle. Yup, That eagle is REALLY bald πŸ™‚

  • October 4, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Hi! Looks like you’re all having an awesome time! Keep enjoying it for me:):):)
    The weather and colors are beautiful here in Indiana too:) We’ll see you when you get home, I’ll be praying for safe travels for you!
    Be blessed,
    Kelsey V.

    • October 6, 2010 at 8:06 pm

      Thank you for your prayers, Kelsey! We muchly appreciate them πŸ˜€ I am very much enjoying this trip, but nothing compares to home sweet home!!!


  • October 5, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    YOU’ALL were in Gettysburg!!! If I had know when you’re going I would have been there just like the lady was. I’ve been following you blog an trip East here and was going to ask when you were stopping at Gettysburg. Being so close to home.
    Thank you for your examples of a stay at home daughters and glorify God it what has been written. Are you stopping by Harpers Ferry, or Washington, D.C.?

    • October 6, 2010 at 8:05 pm

      Oh! That is too bad we missed getting to meet you! πŸ˜€ We drove through a part of D.C., but not on purpose! Just like Manhattan, we girls were happy to be able to say we had been there, though we didn’t actually get out and look around much πŸ˜€ It was neat to see the monuments and the Capitol building!

  • October 6, 2010 at 7:21 am

    That’s wonderful gals!
    I am so happy you are getting to see some of these places – it’s like a homeschooling dream! * or at least, this homeschooler’s dream!!*
    Take care and have fun,
    God bless,

  • October 6, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    There is actually 1 Southerner buried at the Gettysburg National Cemetary. when the “officials” found out he was Southern they decided to let him “rest in peace” instead of moving his grave.

  • October 6, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Hello from the gladheart girls!!!
    Some of my sisters and I just got down looking at this post…looks like you are having tons and tons of fun:):)

    Blessings from AK,

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