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Something magical happens when parents turn into grandparents. My parents received their grandparent's status in my early twenties, about the same time my mother gifted her parents with their grandparent's gift..Me. I don't know how ready my parents were, but they were young, healthy, and up for this new role.

I spent time with both of my paternal and maternal grandparents growing up. They lived in Memphis and Mississippi, so my time was limited to short vacations. Watching my mother as a grandmother was something to see, and to take note of. She loved her grandsons so much and it showed until her transition to heaven.

Sometimes our grandmas and grandpas become grand-angels. I'm Blessed to have my maternal grandmother still with us at the age of 97 years old. Our Big Moma is a beautiful, loving, and caring woman. A Praying Grandmother. A mother of Twelve children and a host of grand, great-grand, and great greatgrandchildren. Yes, her legacy goes five generations deep. She has beautiful silver hair and a heart pure as gold. Distance and other circumstances keep me from seeing her as much as I wished I could but I try to make some type of connection whenever and however I can. No matter when I see or talk to her, Grandma always make me feel she had been waiting just for me. I know the love that is shared between my grandmother and I, but it's true what they say about, You never know the love of a grandparent until you become one.

There are no words to describe the happiness in holding your baby’s baby.

When a child is born, so are grandmothers. I now understand the actions from my mother, and her mother and other grandmothers about their grandchildren. The love that I feel for my grandchild will have me doing things that I didn't think I could or would be able to do. I pray we will have the bond and love we have forever.



A mother becomes a true grandmother the day she stops noticing the things her children do because she is so enchanted with the wonderful things her grandchildren do. I am so blessed to be able to add Grandmother or Nana to my Status.


It's been said that people in the Midwest celebrate many Hallmark holidays. Dates or Occasions that others may not recognize or even know exist. Well, I'm a True Midwestern when it comes to holidays. I will take Any excuse to Celebrate anything. Yes, I am always ready. This corona pandemic almost stopped me from spending time with my grandmother on Grandparents Day.


What is Grandparents Day: National Grandparents Day is a secular holiday celebrated in various countries, It is celebrated to show the bond between grandparents and grandchildren.


When is it: Congress passed the legislation, proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparent’s Day. On August 3, 1978, Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation, and the day was finally celebrated the following year.

Grandparents Day is always celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day, since 1979.


While we honor our grandparents every day, this is a day to take an extra moment to appreciate all the joy and wisdom that grandparents bring to our lives.


Marian McQuade was recognized nationally by the U.S. Senate and by President Jimmy Carter as the founder of National Grandparents Day. McQuade wanted to educate youth about the importance of seniors and the contributions they have made throughout history. She urged youth to learn more about the lives of our seniors, the challenges, and desires for the future.


I am so grateful for the safe trip I took to Memphis to spend some special time with my grandmother for Grandparents Day. It was truly a Blessing for us both.



I like a quote from Bryna Nelson Paston that says,

”Truth be told, being a grandma is as close as we ever get to perfection. The ultimate warm sticky bun with plump raisins and nuts. Clouds nine, ten, and eleven.”


A grandparent is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend.

If you’re fortunate enough to still have grandparents, or that grandparent figure in your life, visit them, cherish them and celebrate them while you can. Make and Cherish your time and memories.


Blessings,

MsTrish

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”We’re so thankful she was able to come and was so blessed by her visit. The Ark Encounter (and the Creation Museum) are unique in the world and truly give you a glimpse into biblical history you can’t find anywhere else.” Mr. Ken Ham from The Ark and Creation, also CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis.

https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2020/08/16/visiting-ark-encounter-came-very-close-to-jerusalem/?utm_campaign=blog20200816&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook-kh


I visit a lot of people and places, near and far, and people acknowledge my presence and time with them in different ways. I usually Talk and Write about My visits and Experiences. But this is my First time seeing a write up about MY visit. This Really Blessed me!! I had to share a Blogger Blogging about Me!


Proverbs 18:16 talks about...

“A person's gift opens doors for him, bringing him access to important people.”

I’m so Thankful and Blessed for this added Chapter of my Journey.


Grateful!


MsTrish

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Are you ready to get away to your next getaway? Ready to take all the information that has been provided to you, about road trips, and put it all into action? If you’re anything like Me, the travel bug is biting. Have no fear, Ms Trish is here. I was waiting for two things before I could think about an escape. One was clearance from my doctors on my illness and injury. I received the report that I needed to make travel plans. The other great news was seeing that some major attractions were reopening in different parts of the country. I was set, but where would I venture off to? I wanted a short, under seven hours, Road Trip. A place I hadn't traveled to before and a place that would be worth me traveling by car, during a pandemic. Safety was my top priority.

While strolling through Facebook, I saw a post that The Ark Encounter and Creation Museum had reopened after being closed for three months. Reading all the comments had me immediately thinking about how This could be the place for me. I had plans to travel there with our church before corona, but illness put my plans on delay. Delay, not Denial. I knew this was a place that I would have to experience for myself.

There is so much that I would like to tell you about this trip, and I will try to keep it short, but detailed enough for you to decide if this destination should make your bucket list. Go with me as I take a cautious, corona breather to two separate attractions. Buckle Up!


My initial plans were for a family trip, with my two sons and my grandson, but I had to make some quick plans for only my BabyBoy, Preston, to travel with me on this adventure. I contacted The Ark customer service so I could get details on corona safety, the best days and times to visit, and any details that would help make this a successful experience for us. I wanted to see both attractions, The Creation Museum and The Ark Encounter.

First - Customer Service Assistance was awesome, Fast, and Friendly. All my questions and concerns, Everything was addressed. I felt like our visit was just as important to them as it was to us.


I explained to my son that I had never been here before, and we would take our time and experience this together. We decided on a midweek trip, Tuesday-Thursday/Friday. Our Map App showed that the Creation was about 6 1/2 hours, 430 miles from our Wisconsin location. The Ark is about 40 minutes from the Creation. We left early and had a nice trip.

Note: - There is a time zone difference in Kentucky (Eastern).

I had read and been told that if you plan on seeing both attractions, you would want to plan for about 4-5 hours at both places. We planned to split it up in two days. We rested at a Marriott on our arrival day and decided to see how things would work out for the next couple of days.


First Stop - The Creation Museum -

https://creationmuseum.org/about/

Our day started early and once you walk through the Scenic garden and landscape, you walk inside this Beautiful Museum. I didn’t get a chance to see as much as I would have liked to outside because it was raining a little. I could have walked the Beautiful Botanical Gardens for hours alone. We picked the perfect time because there wasn't a lot of people. Guest associates were very friendly and helpful. Employees and Guests were All in masks.


What is the Creation Museum? Do you remember reading and studying the Bible stories about Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the Ark? The events that happen the first seven days when God created this wonderful world for us. Then there's the Seven C’s, from the Creation to the Consummation. Well, the inventors and masterminds at The Creation Museum have brought those stories to life. Even though you know that all this is just statues and man-made artifacts placed out so we could use our imagination to journey back in time, if you know and Believe what you have learned for years, this is an amazing little walk through some of the Bible. Someone really thought all this out and I would suggest to you to....Prepare to Believe!

This 75,000 square foot facility has so much to enjoy; planetarium, special effects movie theater, exhibits, cafeteria and so much more.


With ALL the pictures and writing that I could give you, I still can’t come close to showing just how amazing this was to me. We got a chance to take a good view of almost Everything, that weather permitted. We finished at a good time and I was excited to see more. Time and Circumstances had been in our favor thus far. So we carefully rushed

over to explore more. The Ark could not wait for another day.

The Ark Encounter

https://arkencounter.com

The Sister Attraction to the Creation is the Ark Encounter, again, it is located about 40 minutes from The Creation. If you plan on seeing them both, I would suggest the Creation first.

What is The Ark Encounter? Please do not confuse this Ark with one of Wisconsin Attractions, Noah Ark Water park.

Think about the story of Noah, his family, his Faith, the animals, and the Ark. If you don't remember it too well, read about it in Genesis. Now, Imagine everything. This Encounter is...

Bigger Than Your Imagination!




We made our way to the Ark, and I was so excited to see this that I didn't want to pause to eat lunch. I wasn't concerned about eating or the heavy rain that was now surrounding us. Besides, What better weather to have for our adventure. How can you really Imagine the Ark without Imaging the rain? We were told they ordered the special effects of rain just for us. I told you, awesome customer service. They took care of every detail. For health and safety reasons, I had a motorized wheelchair, so I was Ready!

I finally had my eyes on this realistic replica of Noah's Ark and even in the rain, this was AMAZING to Me!!!

This full-size Noah’s Ark was built 5 years ago in 2014-2016 and opened in 2016. A much shorter time than Noah and his crew's project. It was built according to the dimensions given in the Bible and it was Huge! The Ark stretches one-and-a-half football fields long and rises as high as a seven-story building. The creator, Mr. Ken Ham, said in one of his interviews, ”The reason for building the ark was not as an entertainment center. It's not like a Disney or Universal, just for anyone to go and have fun. It’s a religious purpose. It’s because we’re Christians and we want to get the Christian message out.” In my opinion, Mission accomplished.

Just like our visit to the Creation, we were here on a perfect day. There was no massive crowd so we could comfortably move through this encounter. The Ark houses three levels of exhibits with stories and animals and video presentations. There are snacks and plenty of restrooms available. We had a delicious buffet meal right across from the Ark, at the Emzara’s Kitchen.

In my travels, I have been a lot of places and seen a lot of faces, but I was so grateful for being in this place. I traveled to Jerusalem for my birthday one year. I got baptized in the Jordan River, my Holy Land experience was my Best trip. You can read about it in my Blog. I really thought there would not be anything, anywhere that would top that trip. But, the Creation Museum and The Ark Encounter came very close. It allowed me to bring the words from the Bible and all the teaching I have had since as far back as I can remember, to life.

Thanks for Opening the Door to more understanding.

Thank you, Mr. Ken Ham and all your Supporters and Staff for bringing this vision to us. Special Thanks to Mark, Sam, and Leann. As Arnold Schwarzenegger said, ”I'll be back!” with all my family.

Your Ark adventure starts and ends at their Answers Center. My son and I were the last two guests to leave. We took it all in. The bus took us back to our car and for miles and days, I talked about this trip. If I was going to take a chance on leaving during a pandemic, this was worth every mile.

Safe Travels & Blessings,

MsTrish

Your Visual Storyteller Blogger




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