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Some Saturday Links for You

This past week has been a very contemplative one for me. Several things really striking me as I’ve been overwhelmed by God’s grace and tried to refocus. Thought I would share these with you here.

This Conversation with God post from Billy Coffey really made me think about how God never asks us for happiness, but just our trust.

I’m reminded by An Idol Heart about The Space Between that even while God is asking us to be still and wait he is using that time, that space between, to change us.

And this song keeps reminding me that even though God sees the deepest parts of me he doesn’t see “…who I used to be.”

Project Life: August 2 – 8, 2010

Thanks for stopping by for another week of my Project Life. Be sure and click the link to the right to check out Jessica Turner's and other scrappers' posts for the week.

Monday, August 2, 2010 – We arrived safely home from my parents. Squirt sat playing his PSP and looking out the window watching the brief rain shower.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 – I went down to check out a location for a photo session I had later in the week and as I was walking around a heron landed on the dock. Thankfuly I had my little camera with me.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 – Watching the rain drops dance on the concrete. Does anyone else think that rain hitting concrete or a body of water looks like ballroom dancers?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - Squirt sitting with his cat on the porch and watching the rain come down.

Thursday, August 5, 2010 – Squirt decided to have a little fun while unloading the dishwasher and made a pyramid with the glasses.

Saturday, August 7, 2010 – Another trip to the vet for this cat. This time for an abcess on his skin. Not a pretty site to look at. Be thankful I spared you a photo of it.

Sunday, August 8, 2010 – Squirt bought a box of cookie mix a few weeks ago and asked if he could make them himself. He did a great job measuring everything out and mixing it together. He would have done wonderfully if he had cleaned up his mess.

Sunday, August 8, 2010 – On my way home from Auburn after a photo session I topped a hill about 15 minutes from home and the sun took my breath away. You know I had to pull over to get a photo.

For the Love of Trains

I love trains. I’m not sure why. Trains seem to bring an almost magical feeling. The dream of taking you away while always bringing you home. And having a son we seem to be drawn to trains and model train exhibits a lot. I love living in a town where the trains run through the middle of town.


I’m always on the look out for model train exhibits and museums. In the past we’ve visited the model train exhibit at the McWane Center, but I’m unsure if it is a permanent exhibit there. I’m not sure if the one shown at the McWane Center is shown by the Magic City Railroad Club or not.

We’ve also visited the  Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum in Calera, Alabama. I could wander around amidst the old trains for hours I think.


Recently on a trip back home to Northeast Alabama my parents mentioned an article in the paper about a model train exhibit in Gadsden, Alabama. Located in the Cultural Arts Center, this 72 foot long model railroad is operated by the Coosa Valley Model Railroad Association. A replica of Gadsden in the 1940s, the exhibit houses models of the Goodyear plant, downtown Gadsden, the Coosa River and much more. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for children 3 – 12 years of age. Tuesdays are free between 12 and 5 p.m.

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So are there model railroad exhibits or train museums in your part of Alabama? If so please share in the comments. We’d love to visit them.

Anniston Museum of Natural History & The Bermann Museum

The Anniston Museum of Natural History and The Berman Museum of World History make for a great educational trip if you live in the eastern part of the state near the Calhoun County area or if you are visiting the area. Not to mention a great cool activity for the kids on a hot summer day.

The museums are located just off AL Hwy 21 in Anniston. Located right next to each other the admission is very affordable with a pass to both museums costing only $18 for one child and one adult.


In the Museum of Natural History you can explore the various exhibit halls. From the wildlife of North America  in one hall to the savannahs of Africa in another to the mummies of Ancient Egypt and more there is enough to keep an inquisitive child like mine busy.

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I wouldn’t recommend the museums for younger children. I think children 1st grade and up would do fine in the museum, but there are parts that might frighten younger children. The stuffed animals could spook a child and the live snakes (the only live animals in the museum) in the glass cased walls had me almost hyperventilating. (I have a phobia of snakes, but we’ll save that for another day.)

The Berman Museum of World History located just next door to The Museum of Natural History filled my son’s love of history and wars to the brim.  You can journey through the collections of the American West, The Art of Asia to the weaponery of World Wars I and II among others.  The museum is made up of the collections of Farley and Germaine Bermann. The Bermann’s bequethed the collections to Farley’s hometown of Anniston in 1992 and the museum opened in 1996.

While the majority of each of these museums are just look and read, but don’t touch they do have a few interactive areas for the children who visit.

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This photo below is of a grooming set of Napolean. Squirt and I kept wondering why on earth he would need THAT many brushes.


So if you’re in the area and have children who aren’t too young stop by and visit the two museums of the Anniston area.

Magic Moments of Alabama

Logonav Have you heard of Magic Moments? I was first introduced to Magic Moments several years ago when a civic organization I was a part of helped serve meals to the families attending the Magic Moments Family Camp.

Magic Moments is an extraordinary organization here in Alabama that grants wishes to Alabama children with life threatening or life altering illnesses that limit one or more major life activities.

Life changing illness and injuries can take the magic out of childhood. The Magic Moments organization gives a child "back their childhood-if only for a moment – and create smiles and memories that last a lifetime."

They also offer an annual Family Camp for the families allowing these families to connect with other families also effected by terminal or life altering illnesses and injuries.

Magic Moments is a non-profit organization and is not a United Way organization and relies solely on the support from civic groups, foundations, individuals and fund raising events.  

To learn more about Magic Moments and their events or how to donate you can visit their website. To learn how you can volunteer your time please visit here.