BBTI Graduation 2019

Early morning on the 14th, we were awakened to the sound of seven alarms all going off at 2:30 A.M.! Within the hour we were headed to the Rochester airport to catch our 6:00 flight to Atlanta.

I got randomly chosen for TSA-precheck so I went through security much quicker! And I was able to pass out a Gospel tract while I waited for the others to come through. Can you find me in this picture?😂

On the way to Atlanta

After all, we did get up at 2:30 that morning…

We saw this interesting rock near Atlanta

Landed in Atlanta!

After our 3 hour layover we headed on to Dallas Fort-Worth, where Reese picked us up and we grabbed a bite to eat before going back to the airport and picking up Reese’s fiancée, her mom, and her brother. We got all the luggage and carryons fit into the church van we were borrowing, and then we went to the mall to drop off Stacy’s rings to be resized. We weren’t in there long and soon got back to the van… only to realize someone broke into the van and stole 7 backpacks and a briefcase!!!😲 (including 3 computers, an iPad, an iPhone, a flute, cash, clothes, and several Bibles) We finally got the police report filled out and could go on to Panda Express for supper.

We finally got to BBTI a couple hours later than planned and crashed at the duplex we were staying in.😴

The next day some of us sat in on Reese’s class and some of us played a game:

We went to the first night of a missions conference that evening and Reese was able to present his vision for the missions field and he and Stacy did a special. The church also served us a delicious meal!

The next day we had lunch at the Longhorn cafe before going to a thrift store where they let us replace things that had been stolen, for free! We were able to find some nice things that would take the place of some of the stolen items.

Then we went to the second night of the missions conference where we did another special, heard great preaching, and ate a fantastic meal!

The next day was graduation rehearsal:

Later in the afternoon we rode horses.

Notice in the following picture that Reese is the only one standing and the rest of us are on horses… he got a spirited horse that started going so fast he decided to jump off!!🐎🤠😂 Thankfully no injuries were involved.

That evening some of us went to the airport to pick up Mr. Coy. We stopped at the famous Braums and we won’t say what happened there!!!

The next day was graduation day!

Reese receiving his diploma.

Reese with his roommate and the director of BBTI

L-R; Mom, Jesse, Reese, Stacy, Mr. Coy, Karen, Mrs. Coy, Naomi, Annabelle

During the reception, Reese and “Pastor Joe” did their hilarious translation skit!

The Carpenters’ famous Jambalaya. If you’ve never tried it, it’s a must for your bucket list!

Later that evening back at the school we celebrated Mom’s, Miss Margie’s, and my birthdays!

This is just a small group of all of us who were there:

Can anyone read phonetics? The following says, “We’ll always remember you phonetics”

For dessert we had ice cream and Cocoa Cloud Pie!

The evening/night/morning was filled with food, fellowship, foursquare, pingpong, Catan, and Risk… the last of the group went to bed at 1:30!

The next day after church we took Brother Coy to the airport. On the way back to BBTI we stopped at the famous Bowie Knife for some pictures.

Sunday night Ticket To Ride!

The next morning, Reese, Stacy, Mrs. Coy and Jesse headed out early in the morning for Michigan. We went back to bed after seeing them off, of course!

We finally did get up that morning!

We had fun playing Catan that evening…

And of course we didn’t call it a night until we had played Ticket To Ride Europe!😉 (Excuse “Mr. Special,” who seems to be camera shy…)

The next day we loaded up and left BBTI a little before 5:00 A.M. The Schnells were very kind to get up so early and transport us to the Dallas airport! Our flight took off late because several planes had to be completely rerouted because of storms that morning, including ours. (Not to a different place, thankfully!😂😅) After our flight finally took off we arrived at Atlanta and prepared to spend the next four hours there.

First we had to take the train to another terminal:

Then we had to go up the looooooong escalator to the gate area.

Once we got to the gate and settled in for the next few hours, Annabelle and I went and filled up our water bottles.

Watching the tarmac doings, our favorite airport pastime!

After the long layover was over, we boarded and headed home to Rochester.

Naomi got exit row!

Homeward bound.

‘Til next time,

KarenJ.Parfitt

Last of the Texas trip!!!!

Hello all! Finally I found a free afternoon, and remembered that I never posted this last post of our trip to Texas! Please accept my sincere apologies! Seeing that we plan to visit Texas again next week, I figured I should finish posting about this trip first!😅

So to summarize it, I’ll just include some pictures of the last weekend we were there!

On Saturday with the Oliverios we went sight-seeing in downtown Oklahoma City.

We went to see statues of the Oklahoma Land Run. A man and his son made these one-and-a-half-life-sized statues of the land rush by hand. The attention to details was amazing!

Back at the O’s we ate a delicious late lunch.

We had a fabulous time catching on how to play Set. What a brain exercise!

Mom rested up for the 3-hour drive back to Texas.

I guess we all relaxed after all our walking around that day!

At last it was time to say goodbye to our fun friends and hit the road for Texas!

Sunday we worshiped at Immanuel Baptist Church in Decatur.

That morning we all ate breakfast and then had a devotional instead of their normal Sunday school. It was great to meet Reese’s acquaintances there!

Texas souvenir shopping at the Armadillo Grill!🤠😁

Four square with the Kilollays Sunday afternoon…

On Monday afternoon we went horse riding with the Schnells one last time. That morning we had been able to go to some thrift stores to pick up some cheaper souvenirs…including cowboy boots!

We rode out to the BBTI sign and back.

On Tuesday we were up bright and early– actually, before it was even bright– and left on Christmas Day for NY.

We hardly look awake!😴

“Breakfast”

Air borne for Baltimore!

Best Chinese food ever….Leean Chin! Only in Baltimore….maybe. Karen and I were still finishing that on the airplane to NY!😋😉

It’s our hobby to watch the activities of the tarmac. (We even waved to the pilots eating Chinese food in the cockpit, and they waved back!😄🤭)

They lit the plane in green and red for Christmas!😂


Trevor and Katie picked us up from the airport and we went to their house for supper. Katie made us delicious comfort food: lasagna! 🤗😋

So there you have it! Stay tuned for the next trip, but I’m not making any promises….🤣

~Naomi

Last of Longview..Back to Bowie!

Hello all! I hope to finish up the last of our fun stay in Texas shortly!

On Wednesday we had a relaxing morning. If you’ve never had east Texas kolaches, you are missing out! I never knew what I was missing all these years! 😂

We kids played games with Mrs. Morrill in the morning. And yes, of course, we taught her Ticket to Ride!

This is a wild game! (Note Karen’s playing hand!😂)

For church that evening, we went to a church that supports some missionary friends of ours. The Pastor said that both their piano player and their back-up piano player were not there. So I was asked to play for the service that night. We sang a few specials for the people there, as well. It was a blessing to go to a church that we had never been to, and knew no one there, but be able to be a blessing to our fellow Christians in Christ!

On Thursday we said goodbye to the Morrills. They were so hospitable and fed us so well while we were there!

Cleared for take-off…(clearing for take-off?)…and cross-checking!

We kids with Levi

Once again we were on the road. Outside Longview, we stopped at this sign for some pictures. Yes, it was Texas, but it was soo cold out there in the wind! 😰

Now we were heading back to Bowie. But first we stopped at the Big Sandy campus that is now A.L.E.R.T. Mom went to college there when it was still Ambassador College.

Daniel and Kathryn Staddon had us for lunch. It was so nice catching up with them again.😁

Group selfie

Then we piled into their mini van to take a tour of the Alert campus. It had changed so much since Mom went to college! Thank you, Daniel, for taking the time to show us around!

Shhhhh! Jason fell asleep!🤗😴

Shhhh! Reese fell asleep!👇😉

It was late afternoon when we got on the road back to Bowie. And even later when we arrived at Braums–another Texas stop sign, in my opinion! They are very famous for their ice cream and shakes, and will even let you swap a drink for a milk shake with your meal!😳😋

Mom enjoyed her food!

We got to Bowie late and crashed to bed.

We weren’t in Bowie for long. The next morning we packed up again, and hit the road around 11 A.M. We drove to Oklahoma City to visit the Oliverio family!!!😁

We got there around 1, just in time for a late lunch. The O’s are such a jolly bunch, and we had a blast!😄

In the afternoon we went over and saw the In the Gap buildings (school, chapel, dorms, etc.) and the house they are remodeling right down the street!

We girls made cookies that afternoon.

After supper it was volleyball in the gym!😄

We slept well after that! We were the first people to stay in the Oliverios’ new house that night.

Friday was some sight seeing…we’ll see those sights in the next post!

Always,

Naomi

Trip Back in Time

The Lord blessed us with sunny skies and pleasant weather on Sunday!😁

We attended Bible Baptist Church in Bowie.

Sunday school

Texas has some interesting road names.

The boys only had box-mix cookies which we mixed up after lunch. They actually weren’t too bad!

We headed to the school for more ping pong. We started before Mom (who took the car), but she still passed us.

More crazy ping pong

Observe the laughing Reese, gasping Naomi, and diving Philip and Kareni!

Score!

On Monday morning we finished packing up for a 4-day trip to Longview.

Karen and Snowball

Snowball and me

Philip took this picture for us before we left.

We said good-bye, and hit the road.

When we got to this stop sign, we were sure to stop to avoid a ticket…

After about 3 hours of driving we reached Longview. The significance of going to Longview was that Mom and Dad met in Longview and got married there. Dad went to Letourneau College while they lived in Longview.

Some scenes while driving…

We stayed at the house of some friends. (Mr. Morrill was Dad’s best man, and Dad was Mr. Morrill’s best man.)

On Tuesday we went to a Mexican restaurant that the Morrills really like.

How can you not like a restaurant that gives you free sopapillas and ice cream?!

Then we drove around Longview all afternoon seeing places Dad and Mom lived and worked.

Looking around the Letourneau museum

For dinner we went to a sweet couple’s house. Mr. Graff was one of Dad’s professors.

But first we had to stop at the store for a rotisserie chicken and BBQ sauce. Look at the Texas-size sauce shelf!

We finished our crazy game of City Monopoly.

We finally counted up our assets after 10 o’clock. Karen won as a multi-billionaire!🤭😧

Tune in later to hear more of our Longview excursion!

Until next time,

Pleasant Photography

Rainy Friday…Sunny Saturday

Welcome to BBTI–Baptist Bible Translators Institute!

Since it was winter when we got to BBTI, almost everything was brown, but I found some color on this bush outside.

When we awoke on Friday, it was raining and cold. Where’s all this hot, sunny weather I’ve heard Texas has? Well, let’s take a quick stroll through the school since it’s raining outside, anyway!

Main hallway

Nursery

MK (missionary kid) classroom

Kitchen

Library

Everyone at class had finals in the morning so we sat in for some of them.

There are lots of interesting pictures around the library. Also, there are pictures of each graduating class at BBTI. Comment below if you know any of these missionaries…or perhaps you are one?😄 Editor’s note: Reese graciously pointed out that the whole world can access these pictures and even read the names connected with them, so we have removed the pictures. 🙂

It was really fun getting to meet Reese’s classmates!😁

Once everyone was done with their finals, we went to Reese and Philip’s house for the morning.

First we made brine for the turkey. Then we broke out the Ticket to Ride and competition was in array. We first played the U.S. version. Not once, but twice. This game sure seemed to be a hit!😁👍

For lunch we went to a young married couple’s house.😊 We had a really nice time visiting there and playing with the littles.

In the afternoon it was more Ticket to Ride! This time we did the Europe version.

After supper we headed back over to the BBTI classroom for some ping pong and Pictionary.

What do you think Mom was drawing? Comment below for any guesses.😂🤐

We had a great time with that. Reese and Philip had papers that had idioms to draw…quite hilarious at times!😂

Next we started a game of ping pong to help burn off all the calories of our cookies n’ cream ice cream!

Service!

After a while it got so crazy that we had two balls going and Reese, Philip, Karen, and I just played with our hands and no paddles. The rules were basically keep the ball going!😂😉 We played until midnight. Then we rewarded ourselves with more ice cream and finally got to bed after 1 in the morning!

On Saturday it was sunny! Praise the Lord! We spent the morning at Reese and Philip’s house.

We first made carrot salad and made marinade for the chicken. Then guess what we played? Our favorite past time…Ticket to Ride Europe!🙄☺️

After an amazing lunch of grilled chicken (yes, it’s grilling weather there!) and mashed potatoes, it was time to ride horses!

The Schnells let us borrow boots for the occasion. They saddled up horses for us all and away we went.

We finally got all the horses lined up and standing still long enough for Nathanael to take the picture.😅

Mom and Punkin😊

After some more Ticket to Ride in the afternoon, we headed over to the Schnells’ house for supper. Besides the turkey and carrot salad, Mrs. Schnell had worked hard to prepare quite a feast! We didn’t even have room for dessert when we were done, so the guys went to help a church unload pews, and we girls and Mom went to play music for a couple there. When we got back to the Schnells’ house for dessert, we played Settlers of Catan. Lots of competition involved!

After finishing our Ticket to Ride game at Reese’s house, we got to bed!😴

Texas Trip-Expect the Unexpected

Well, here we are, sitting on flight 969 to DFW. On the tarmac. Still. First we were informed by the flight attendants that they had over-fueled the plane; which they said wasn’t a problem, except that our weight is so heavy that Dallas wouldn’t allow us to land. So they had to de-fuel some of it.  

Now we just had another announcement. “We have good news and bad news: the good news is that they have finished fueling the plane that they were fueling, and they have started to de-fuel our plane and that should only take another 10 minutes. (They had been saying that all along!)  But the bad news is that there seems to be a hole developing in the runway, right between both runways.” They have issued a ground stop, which means that all arrivals and departures are shut down out of this airport! 

Out my right window are several vehicles on the runway, including 4 or more yellow trucks with flashing lights. Hmmmm. Fixing the problem? I hope so! They are estimating that we won’t take off for another hour…

So this morning we drove to Trevor and Katie’s house. They took us to the Buffalo airport where we checked in and said good-bye.

 We grabbed a quick breakfast at Checkers… we had never heard of it before.

Next we got on a plane and flew to Baltimore, Maryland. 

Annabelle, Mom, and Karen

I love flying!!!


Upon arrival, we hurried to our next gate to get in Zone B for boarding. Mom got two milkshakes to help liven us up and cool us down!😋

Before long, we were invited aboard, and we found seats.

That is when the fuel problem and runway issue came up. Since we were told that we had an hour to wait, I decided to get working on the blog post. 

DSLR selfie…

Shortly after our fuel truck arrived, one of the flight attendants announced that we were all to exit the aircraft because of the hold. So we gathered up all our things once again and exited. Who knows how long until we leave? The gate area was filling up with people and then they shut all the gate doors. What now? 

We found some tables to sit at and decided to get a little food since we hadn’t really had any lunch. To our surprise, we located a Chick-fil-A! Who would pass up the chance to support a Christian business and get some classic waffle fries and Chick-fil-A sauce at the same time?! Another plus was that we were able to give out some more Gospel tracts! Who knows; maybe God had that come up so that some people would receive the Gospel!

It seemed that more yellow trucks and other airport vehicles were arriving at the scene on the runway. There was even a helicopter hovering over the runway, and the incident was on the news. We sat and waited. Were we ever going to get to Texas?! More waffle fries (to finish the Chick-fil-A sauce…😉🤥) At last all the vehicles were gone, and the flight attendants began opening the doors to the jetways. 

It was quite funny how as soon as they announced the lift of the ground hold, flights were called one right after another! 

“Flight 177, with service to Orlando, please prepare for boarding. If you have left the gate area, please make your way to gate B47 as soon as possible. That’s Bravo 47.”

“Flight 327, departing to Los Angelas, please line up in numerical order. We will begin the boarding process shortly.”

“All passengers on flight 687, with nonstop service to to Chicago, please make your way to gate A16, that’s Alpha 16.”

“Flight 969, if you have wandered away from the gate, please return immediately. Zone A, prepare to board.”

969 was our flight! At last we were in line. A lady in the end of the jetway near the airplane said, “One more done; 30 left to go!” She still had thousands of passengers waiting to come to Baltimore, who had been rerouted other places!

That was the longest 3-hour flight I had ever been on. Long flights (like 14 hours long) are my favorite, but due to a bad headache, I was ready to be done flying for the day!

At last the captain announced the weather and time in Dallas and said we should be on the ground in 15 minutes. It was raining when we arrived. After docking at our gate, the flight attendants de-armed the doors and cross checked. Soon we exited the plane and gave the pilots tracts.

We met Reese who was waiting at the waiting area. We recognized him by his big cowboy hat and a silly smile on the mustached face!☺️

Dallas is so huge! After we were out of that metroplex, we ate at Panda Express in Decatur. They heap on the food until they can barely close the box! That was the best Chinese food I’ve ever had.

We finally rolled over the cattle grid at BBTI around 11 P.M. After taking the groceries to Reese’s house that he had gotten, we headed to the guest rooms and crashed! 

More later…

~Naomi 

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A Run to PA…..and Back!

On Thursday morning, Mom asked if we would like to go down and visit Trevor and Katie. (They were in Pennsylvania, helping the company Trevor worked for get their new shop up and running that they had moved from New York down to PA a few weeks ago.) Of course we liked the idea, so Mom called them to see if it was all right still.(They had talked about the possibility of it before, but weren’t sure which days it would work out.) He said it was fine, and, in fact, he had work for us to do! Having worked in the print shop while it was in NY, we had an idea of how the machines ran and how to use them. So we packed some stuff for an overnight trip and headed off on our impromptu 4-hour road trip to Greenville, PA!

Thankfully, the roads weren’t too bad:

At the rest stop we stopped at, we had to walk through a long hallway with windows all the way down it. The neat part was, it was right over the highway. It makes you kind of dizzy 😵 when all those cars go whooshing underneath you, but really, they’re just going the regular speed and it just looks faster than it actually is.

View from the window:

We got to Ridgeway Books and Publishing at about 5:15. The new building was at least twice as big as the other one and very open with lots of bright lights and a huge upstairs break room.

Mom and Annabelle got the meatloaf into the oven upstairs, and then we helped Trevor a bit before the food was ready. The first thing I did was break paper. Now this paper is not your standard piece of printer paper! It is about 4 times as big as that, plus edging. So, it’s pretty big! To break paper you get a stack of it, fold the two ends in, and then quickly fold it back out and under, causing air to go between the pages and separate them so they don’t stick together. After you do a three-foot stack of these huge papers you become two things–experienced, and sore! But it’s fun.😃 (The reason I say sore is because you’re bending down to get the paper, standing up and turning to the machine, bending down and putting it in the machine, standing up and turning back, bending down for more paper, etc., etc., etc.! After a while it kind of gets to your legs and back!)

(Notice the air between the pages in the third picture.)

After supper we cleaned up the machines…

Sometimes cameras catch strange moments…

The picture below makes me look very short compared to Trevor because of the angle it was taken. In reality, I’m just standing right behind him, reading over his shoulder. Just so nobody jumps to the conclusion that I’ve shrunk! 😂

When all the machines were cleaned up we drove to the nice motel Trevor and Katie stay at.

The next morning Trevor left for the shop little earlier than the rest of us, and we came later with Katie once we ate breakfast and stopped at the store for lunch supplies.

Since they have just moved, the Amish family that owns the shop don’t have their house quite finished yet. So while the mom of the family was painting inside their house down the road, we watched their youngest daughter, Alannah, who is 3. She’s so cute and so much fun to play with!!😘

Naomi and Annabelle worked at the folder. Those papers I “broke” all got signatures printed on them, and then they got folded into quarters in the folding machine. While they did that, Mom helped Trevor set up the saddle stitcher, which puts the booklets together, puts staples in them, and cuts the edges off of them.

It was kind of dirty work…(putting the machine together, not folding signatures!)

Katie helped Trevor and Mom or Annabelle and Naomi, whoever needed the most help at the moment. And what did I do? I watched Alannah! (by the way, that is pronounced just like Alaina or however people decide to spell it!😄)

After lunch in the break room, we looked at a puzzle book and tried to find the difference in pictures.

After lunch Alannah took her nap, and I had instructions from her mom to check on her in their trailer every once in a while. So between checking on her I helped Trevor finish setting up the saddle stitcher. But she woke up in an hour, and my role as baby-sitter resumed! (I actually enjoy babysitting over working with the machines, even though working with the machines is also very fun!😃)

Babysitting Alannah was so fun!! Since they were going to be busy on that side of the wall once they started making the booklets, Trevor had me keep her on the other side of the wall. I flew paper airplanes with her, gave her rides on the paper cart, hid (in plain sight😉) for her to find me, spun her “not so hard” or “harder” (instead of not so fast or faster😅), blew up a glove “balloon” for her, and played squinting eyes with her. She got so excited when I taught her how to shoot a ponytail holder and watch it go sailing across the room. We had fun conversations in Pennsylvania Dutch. She would ask me, “Va bish un dua?” and I would say, “Nix.” Then we would go back and forth, saying “Va bish un dua?” and “Nix!” to each other. She thought it was the most hilarious thing! She would ride her trike around the room, and if she didn’t see me she would get scared and yell, “Karen, Karen, Karen!” at the top of her lungs until she saw me!👧

Alannah and me😘

While I entertained her, the others were also busy:Annabelle keeping racks of signatures full as the machines took them and made them into booklets.

the saddle stitcher running

As the day rounded up, Mom and Annabelle went to the store and got some things for making supper while the rest of the others finished up the booklet making. When they got back I had to say goodbye to Alannah because her parents were done working and it was time for them to eat supper.🙁 We made our taco supper and ate it quickly so that we could get on the road before too long!

We gathered up all our stuff, and then went to buy a few books before leaving! With our books purchased, we said goodbye to Alannah’s sister and the other Amish girls that were working there and headed out to our vehicles for the long trek home. At least we had some new books to read!📚👍😉 We arrived home about four hours and two-and-a-half books later, at 11p.m.!

Until next time,

Writing for the Parfitt Family,

This is Karen Joy Parfitt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia FEW Conference 2018

Hello All!

Here we are in the van, nearly to New York! Annabelle’s at the wheel while Mom gets some rest. To cut the boredom, Skit (Karen) and Omi (Naomi) are attempting to write a report of this weekend’s trip!👩‍💻💻

So…this weekend was Family Encouragement Weekend in Virginia! 😄

Early Friday morning we girls and Mom finished packing the van and headed out!

A quick stop for chocolate milk and gasoline. Wait…those don’t go together very well!!! 😝

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Arkansas Trip, Days 3-7

Now, I know that everyone will simply be bored to tears if I write a separate post for each day… even me! So, I will write a bit about what we did each day that we were there, and put in some pictures.

 

The day after we got there, Monday, we went to Mom’s Aunt Betty’s house with my cousin’s wife, Ally, and Grandma. On the way there, we thought we saw Aunt Betty’s place, so we  pulled up to “her” house. We were not sure if it was the right one, so Mom got out and knocked on the door while the rest of us waited in the car. A lady that we did not know came to the door, and Mom told her that she must have come to the wrong place. So she bid her goodbye and came back to the car. It was embarrassing but really funny at the same time. We eventually found Aunt Betty’s house, thankfully. We went with her into her sun room and looked through a bunch of boxes that were full of pictures of people that were relatives. It was not my favorite thing to do, but it was not too bad. The food was the best part…😋 And at the end before we left we even got to see an all-hand-stitched quilt made right after World War 2, by my great-great-grandma!

The above picture is of us sleeping in the RV. Those feet sticking out in the front of the pictures are Reese’s, I am on the floor in the middle of the pic, Naomi is on the couch to the right, and Annabelle to the left.

Annabelle crocheting

Reese and Jacob doing some furniture moving…

The next day was Tuesday and we went to visit another one of Mom’s aunts in a nursing home. We took the bus with us since Grandma came along. We drove it to Mom’s cousin’s house and parked in the church parking lot across from the house. We then went with Mom’s cousin’s wife and daughter and her daughter’s friend in two separate cars. It was a lot of fun traveling with our second cousin Hannah and her friend Jessica. We laughed a lot and made some interesting inside jokes… After visiting Aunt Audrey we went to a nice diner for lunch–

When we got back home around suppertime we went to ANOTHER restaurant, because there is a specific one that we always go to down there and there was not going to be an opportunity any other time during the trip.

The next day, Wednesday, we baked pies and made filled eggs for the next day.

pumpkin pie

apple pie

Naomi making filled eggs

Uncle Carl and Aunt Angela came from Tennessee that day as well. For supper we made some really yummy Indian food and after supper we played Phase Ten with Uncle Carl.

 

The next day was Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. We watched the Livestreamed service from the night before, since we had not been able to that day. We whipped up cream and flavored it and packaged up the pies, cream, and eggs. We then drove over to cousin Joe and his wife Ally’s house. We set up the food and enjoyed our dinner of turkey, green bean casserole, filled eggs, veggies and dip, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. Later in the afternoon we had the pie and whipped cream.

Reese with one of Joe and Ally’s sons

Before leaving that evening, we played a game of Scrabble…

 

The next day Mom, Reese, and Uncle Paul went to the farm, Jacob went to work, and Uncle Carl and Aunt Angela left for their home in Tennessee, leaving us three girls and Grandma at the house for the morning. We girls cleaned out some shelves for Grandma and walked across the street to a store with her.

Uncle Paul’s cat, called Baby Kitty

She enjoyed the attention received while we were there!

 

But she found some random places to sit…

Reese fixed the RV door when they got back.

Then we went to the park with Jacob. When we got home, the others were ready to go back over to Joe and Ally’s for Thanksgiving Dinner leftovers…and another round of Scrabble. After a yummy supper and a nice game of Scrabble, we said goodbye to Joe, Ally, and their little boys and went back to Grandma’s place. We played some Othello, and then decided to hit the hay so that we could get up early the next day to leave.

So that ends our little visit. Up next is our trip home!! See you then!!!😉

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Total Solar Eclipse Trip–Day 4

Day 4, August 21

NOTE: To view the pictures full size in full quality, click on each picture to enlarge. They are now linked to the original files. Some are phone pictures, so of course they aren’t top quality anyway! Also, you can scroll through them this way!😁

When my alarm woke me, the first thing I thought was, “Today is the day of the total solar eclipse!” We had been planning and preparing for it for months, and today was the day! We ate a good breakfast and some people left to go pass out tracts in town where the crowds were. James, Jessica, and I went out on the Neelys’ front lawn and James helped us go over the settings and everything we needed to know for photographing the sun and the eclipse. It was so hot!😅 I used our Canon 80D with a 112-480mm lens.

 

It was hard to imagine that the great big, hot sun up there was going to get covered up in a few hours! Amazing! Do we look hot or what!!??

Here’s the sun as I found it on that fine August day…notice 5 or 6 sunspots.

A cloud in front of the sun

We helped gather up food and got our gear ready. Then we hiked up the road to an area behind the Neelys’ house where we would view the eclipse.  Neighbors of the Neelys started arriving and the team that had been out tracting got back. Soon they were grilling and getting the food ready.

James explaining the solar filter.

Mrs. Neely and some others made fancy little plate holders for the eye protectors we had to wear to look at the sun. They cut out two holes for the eye part of the glasses to match up to, and a triangle for your nose to stick out. You just glue the glasses to the plate and you’re good to go! They were pretty creative!

I had my tripod and camera set up with Jessica’s and James’s.

We popped our solar filters on and soon we were ready! I ran back to the house for something and soon I heard someone exclaim, “It’s starting!” Susannah and I ran up the hill as fast as we could and I started getting pictures. It took a long time for the sun to get covered! After the initial excitement was over, people started eating. I got food, but I was so busy monitoring my camera that I really didn’t eat anything until after the eclipse was done! 

Notice the plates of food by our tripods!😅

Mom was videoing, too. She also held an umbrella to help keep me from getting burned.

Mom, Jessica, and me

Every few minutes I would snap a picture. James and Jessica were also getting pictures, and Mr. Neely and Jonathan had their drones going.

The more the sun got covered, the cooler it got. And soon the lighting was so strange. It wasn’t like a sunset at all, in that the sun was still over head the whole time, and the shadows and rays were like normal afternoon rays.

Here are a few pictures of the progress…

Are you sure that isn’t just the moon?! Oh, wait! The moon has craters, not sunspots!

 

As it got closer to the time of totality everyone sort of gathered around the cameras. All of a sudden it got eerily dark and I heard exclamations of, “Wow!!” “Look at that!” “It’s all black!” Soon I heard James say, “Filters off, F/22, and bracket!” I quickly slid off my filter and soon I was snapping away.

TOTALITY!!! If you look carefully, you can see a planet about an inch or so from the sun!

Then I looked up. I had almost forgotten to look at it in person! Wow!  What do you say to describe the feeling? There is no sun; just what looks like a black hole in the sky with light surrounding it.

It wasn’t totally dark; there was light along the horizon. And there was a strange glow in the air like I’ve never experienced before!!! Red flame curled away from the sun as solar flares came off of it.This picture is underexposed, but you can see flames coming from the sun!!!

 

At one point I accidentally did a 30-second exposure and this is what I got!!!😂 Unique you could say? And the planet is a line, now!

All too soon James said, “Filters back on! F/22,” I got my filter back on after a little trouble and I barely got to capture the diamond ring after re-focusing. It was just completely amazing!

It got light again so quickly and the moon moved away again. From there it was just like the beginning of a solar eclipse backwards! 😀 And it got hotter, too. I continued to take pictures until the end, and then I shut off the camera, and went to eat and join a game of Signals in the shade. 

I think I felt a little more disappointed than I cared to admit that I didn’t think my diamond ring pictures didn’t come out right. I wouldn’t know for sure until I saw them on computer. I was afraid they were all blurry. I was thankful that they weren’t as bad as I thought in the beginning. I was able to use only one battery for the entire eclipse. I even had wifi on in my camera the whole time, and that drinks battery like nothing else! The reason I had wifi on, was because I had it hooked up to my mom’s iPhone in the Canon app. From her phone I could adjust all my settings and snap each shot from the phone itself, cutting down on tons of camera shake!  That was really a blessing. I don’t think that I would have done half as good a job if I hadn’t been able to quickly and smoothly change my settings for bracketing each shot. And I’m really thankful that Mom let me use her expensive equipment; camera, lens, phone, solar filter, and phone! 😊 And I would have never turned out with the pictures that I did, had it not been for James helping Jessica and me  know exactly what settings we should bracket off of, and all the white balance and everything! That was a real blessing! 

Some of the guys were overviewing some pictures or videos I think, which produced some very hilarious faces!🤣 Notice the plate with solar glasses that Daniel is holding. That is what the finished product looks like.

We all helped clean up and all the neighbors and friends left. We all were hot and tired and we kind of drooped back at the house. 😞

Poor Mom was so hot!

Some people took naps, and I think I watched James edit pictures on his computer to see if I could learn some more about photography! We played a few games and we had supper. What a great time we had singing around the table and sharing our favorite part of the day. Mom, Reese, Annabelle, Karen, and I went out and got the van travel-ready. Finally everything was neatly in the back once more, and we went in. I got to play the pedal harp one last time. 😊 We girls played Skip-Bo in the living room until about 1:00 in the morning! So we resigned and went to bed.

~Naomi

by Pleasant Photography