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Friday, October 26, 2012

Accidentally Amish by Olivia Newport

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Accidentally Amish
Barbour Books (October 1, 2012)
by
Olivia Newport


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A Word From The Author:

I’m imagining you. You walk past as I water my front flowerbeds and we wave. You check the time as we both stand in a long line at the grocery store. You sit in front of me in church. I’m at my table in the coffee shop and you’re at yours.

We may smile politely and move on with our separate lives. Or one of us may speak, a simple invitation to conversation, and the words flow between us.

Here the adventure begins. When we meet someone new, we never know where it might lead.

I’ve been married for over thirty years and have two twenty-something kids. We live in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where the day lilies in my back yard grow as tall as I am. (No short jokes, please.)

Not every piece of my life is pretty, though. Some days I want to throw out whole chunks. But I am living each day looking for the grace of God to me, in me, and through me. Having your companionship along the way will help uncover a lot of great stories.

Thanks for stopping by my site, where conversations and adventures begin with a click. I hope we’ll run into each other often.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Escape the helter-skelter of the modern culture and join software creator Annie Friesen, hiding at the home of an Amishman. With her high-tech career in jeopardy, Annie runs from fast-paced Colorado Springs—and straight into the hospitality of San Luis Valley’s Amish community. There she meets cabinetmaker Rufus Beiler, and the more time she spends with him, the more attracted she becomes. When Annie finds she shares a common ancestor with Rufus, she feels both cultures colliding within her. But is her love for Rufus strong enough for her to give up the only life she’s ever known?



If you would like to read the first chapter of Accidentally Amish, go HERE.

My Thoughts on this Book:
I loved the way the author brought the storyline from present to the past, intertwining it perfectly. Following the hardship of Annie as she meets Rufus and how she brings these two together in the story and getting a glimpse of these same families from over 200 years in the past.. Great story, loved it!



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Kitt Peak Observatory-Arizona

While on our trip in Arizona on the first weekend we were there we went to see Kitt Peak Observatory which is west of Tucson Arizona.

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We were so happy when we arrived to find out if you do the self guided tour it was free.. Score!! Also we were really happy to hear they were doing a solar viewing.. We've never seen the sun through a telescope so knew this was going to be awesome. DS10 is doing a study on Astronomy so going to this was a huge thrill for him and for the rest of us. I also love astronomy so was tickled pink to be able to come here.

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My daughter looking through the solar telescope

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Here we all are looking through the Solar Telescope. We were able to see through two of them. One showed us the sunspots and the other showed us the solar flares.

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Hubby took this photo through the telescope. You can see the solar flares on the left side and also on the right side but smaller.. This was the highlight of our day...

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We were able to go down inside the BIG solar telescope. DS10 here wanted a picture in front of all the planets..

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Part of the interior of the solar telescope

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Lense of the solar telescope

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Hubby with DS13 admiring the view. We were up at 7500 feet..

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View of the Solar Telescope from a distance..

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Here is another telescope we were able to go inside to take a look at above..

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Here is inside the building..


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Diagram showing the telescope

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View of some of the other telescopes..

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This was the largest telescope outside the solar telescope up here at Kitt Peak. 14 inch..

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View of three other telescopes

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Me in front of the largest telescope that we were able to go inside of

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Below are some fun photos we took with the largest telescope.. Love optical illusions..

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I took this one of my daughter

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Hubby took this one of DS10

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I took this one of hubby..
 
These above were fun to do.. None of them above were physically touching the telescope and were actually quite a distance away...
 
DD17 is holding up the telescope..
DS10 is trying to keep it from falling over..
Hubby is hanging on for dear life...

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The kids found a baby lizard while we were walking back to our car.

This was a fantastic day.. Learned a ton about the solar system, the sun and what they observe up at this observatory. Even spoke with a scientist from Rhode Island who was staying there for 3 days looking at a galaxy.. If you are ever in the Tuscon Arizona area you've got to come check this out.. AND IT'S FREE!!!

Tombstone, AZ

We just finished our vacation in Arizona last Wednesday and wanted to post about our 18 days of adventures. During the first weekend of our trip we took a drive to see Tombstone. I was really shocked at how much of a tourist trap this place is. It's sad. Every building full of history costs lots of $$$$. We decided to just enjoy what we could for free. Not long ago we watched the movie Tombstone so we got a good deal of info on the history of the area and the people they were promoting so it wasn't like we were walking away without knowledge. It was neat to see the cemetary where some of the people we heard of were buried. Boothill Cemetery was free to see!

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The O.K. Corral cost money to go in to see where the famous gun fight took place. My hubby saw this when he was here for work last year and told me it wasn't worth the amount of money they were wanting $10.00 a person to see..

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The Bird Cage Theater was free just inside the door and we stayed for a few minutes to hear the history of the building and I took a few photos which are below. Then they wanted $28.00 for our family of 5 to tour the building. Since this was used as a bordello we decided not to go in and have to explain that to a 10 yr old..

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This bar is in the Bird Cage Theater. It's sitting in the original place.

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A bullet hole from back in the late 1800's on the front of the bar.


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A cool photo of the stage coach driving by. We wanted to take the stage coach tour but again.. Lots of $$$$$....

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These were the 'fake' coffins of the three men killed at the OK Corral gunfight..

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Here are my children being silly....

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Thought this sign above was very fitting with what is going on the upcoming election.. (Sorry for the little potty mouth on it. I tried to crop it out but couldn't get it done)

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Thought this was another cool photo with the stage coach and the saloon in the background..

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Hanging with my daughter, getting out of the heated sun for a few minutes..

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Here is my hubby at the front door of the gift shop for Boothill Cemetery.. I think he's sad that he can't bring guns here.. hee hee.....

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The three men killed at the OK Corral above...

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We forgot to see the old church so I'm bummed that we didn't get to see it. All and all we enjoyed walking the town and seeing the cemetery.