After a great experience yesterday, we decided to forgo any tourist attractions today and spend the entire day serving at GAIN warehouse. I will be honest before this week I was worried about Claire actually working at all let alone an entire day without whining and driving me crazy. I am proud to say she did great both days. I expected Cobey would do great and he did not disappointment me. They were eager to serve. Claire even told another girl that she should be working even if she was tired. Claire did say she understood her not working because she was little.

We spent the morning packing seeds again and then after lunch we made Gospel bracelets. The bracelets were fun to make but lots of knots for me. After the afternoon break we helped for a little while with clothes which the kids said was their least favorite thing to do. I think they were getting tired.  They also have a meal packing station, sewing gospel aprons, making blankets and more. There is something for everyone no matter the age. This is a great way to introduce your family to missions and I encourage everyone to give it a try.

We took with us a kit to make 1000 bracelets so I hope some American Heritage Girls are ready to get to work. Cobey pointed out that we would be tying 4000 knots.

After we left, we ate at Bube’s Brewery in Mt Joy. I had the special which was beef kabobs and grilled veggies and the kids had chicken fingers. The service was great and food was delicious. The kids loved the atmosphere because it is a very historical building with lots of  interesting displays. We had a great time and would return.

The restaurant was recommended by the Innkeeper’s of where we stayed. Bruce and Jan Garrabrandt know where to eat in Lancaster County and make the best recommendations. They also have the best place to stay in the county.  Bruce (my Bruce) and I have stayed in the house several times over the years. Sometimes we make up reasons to go. The breakfast Jan serves is reason enough to make the long drive from NC. The house is nicely decorated and has great charm. Kids can not stay in the house which by the way I LOVE  so this time we stayed at the Carriage House next door. Cobey said it was much better than a hotel. It was nice to have a full kitchen and lots of room. It has three bedrooms and two baths. I even made Cobey eggs for breakfast. He said it was the first time I had cooked him breakfast. The sad thing is, he is probably right. The only drawback of the Carriage House is not getting Jan’s breakfast. I guess that means I need to go back soon. You should make plans to visit also. You can check out more about them at

I almost forgot, Bruce (Jan’s Bruce not mine) is a wonderful artist. I have several of his pieces at my house, the lake and my brother’s house. If you love art and have a sense of humor then check out his art while you are at it.



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Yesterday, was a perfect example of things not always going as planned. My original plan was to take two days and go to four revolutionary war national parks in South Carolina- two each day. The night before I decided we could do three in a day, leave one site off and save a hotel night’s stay. We were going to the beach afterward to stay with my brother therfore the kids were agreeable to cut our trip short. I decided we would go to King’s Mountain, Cowpens and Camden.

We stayed in Shelby, NC and had a short drive to King’s Mountain. When we arrived, we discovered there had been a bad storm the night before. The trail was closed and the power was out. The kids were very disappointed because it is the one they most wanted to go to.

We then headed for Cowpens about a half hour away. It was raining when we arrived, so we were glad it had a small visitor center. We watched a movie about the battle that was well done. The kids enjoyed learning about how Daniel Morgan laid a trap for the Loyalist to win the battle.  Cobey then watched a fiber optics show about the battle while Claire and I worked on her Junior Ranger badge. After the program, Cobey enjoyed lining up the toy soldiers into the battle formation. The park ranger had extensive knowledge about the revolutionary war and shared some information with us. I asked which park he suggested us going to Ninety-Six or Camden. He suggested Nintey-Six.

Ninety-Six was out of the way for where we wanted to end up but I decided to go with his suggestion. It was an hour and half drive and we ate lunch on the way. When we arrived, we started again with the movie. The movie gave us a good overview of the longest siege of the Revolutionary War. The strategy  for this battle was very interesting. We then went to a small room with artifacts to answer the questions in the Junior Ranger book. It was a small but it did have some nice artifacts and packed with information.  We would not have gotten as much out of it without the Junior Ranger Program.

We then ventured outside to finish the booklet. We started to hear thunder before we reached the earthworks. This made Cobey very nervous which in turn made Claire nervous. The photo is of Cobey praying that it would not storm. His prayer was answered and it did not storm till we were many hours on the road. But we rushed thru the outside exhibits. There is some nice earthworks remaining (they claim to have the best of the Revolutionary War) and markers showing where the different areas were. There is one fortification to see and a log cabin. It is a nice park and I wish we had better weather to enjoy it.

We left this park and headed for Ocean Isle Beach. It was a LONG day and the weather could have been better but we made the best of it and learned a lot. The day gave us a perspective of how the Patriots kept the southern colonies from British control which helped set up the victory at Yorktown.

Today, we went to Moore’s Creek National Park and I will try to post tomorrow about that visit. Other post coming soon will be our trip in April to Virginia and a travel tips post that will include money saving tips and how to make trips more meaningful to your kids.

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