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Sunday, October 31, 2010

October 31: Halloween AND Reformation Day

I don't typically blog on Sundays but this one written by our pastor on Saturday  is excellent on Reformation Day which is the same day as Halloween.  If you are unfamiliar with this phrase and its meaning, here you go...

Tomorrow we observe Reformation Day at OGC.
Reformed churches of many types mark October 31 each year as the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in church history when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the Wittenburg door.
In the morning I will preach from Habakkuk 2:4b a message entitled The Verse That Launched the Protestant Reformation.
Then in the evening we will gather back at the SDA facility for a family celebration of Reformation Day for all ages.
We will assemble in the auditorium for an introduction and instructions. Then we will proceed to the fellowship hall for variety of kid-friendly activities in different booths designed to teach our children and families about various aspects of this most important event in church history. For example we will have a carpenter shop for nail hammering races, an alms booth with penny pitching, a Wittenburg door to dramatize the nailing of the 95 theses, just to name a few. Light refreshments will be served.

Then we will process back to the auditorium to conclude with among other things, songs and a special presentation by . . . oh well, just come and see and enjoy!
We owe much to the work of God in the 16th century that brought about the reforms that shape our church to this very day.
Let’s join together tomorrow in remembering and giving thanks!
Pastor Curt's blog is HERE

My Halloween blog from 2009 is HERE.

I'm the photographer for this event so I'll post photos later.   For those trick-or-treating tonight, have fun.  I'll be giving out candy but only until I leave for this event.

Habakkuk 2:4b
But the righteous will live by his faith.

Our pastor dressed as Martin Luther and explained the significance of the evening at the end.
Here he is "nailing" the 95 Theses to Castle Door.

German food

Singing the Doxology

If you are friends with me on Facebook I have an album with more photos from this event.  
It contains photos of families and children so there is no public access.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Birthday to Our 16-year-old

Another birthday in the family.  Today our younger son turns 16.  Our birthdays are one week apart. 

Two years after my older son was born I had an ectopic pregnancy with one fallopian tube removed.  Due to my "advanced maternal age" the doctors did not expect that I would be having any more children.   Daniel was born when I was 39 years old, so he is our "miracle" baby in more ways than one.  :)  He has always been a delight and I love being his mom.   He's so bright and energetic, and warms my heart with that big smile of his.       He loves the Lord for which I am so thankful.


You are a bright gift to our family.  I hope you know that you are truly a beloved son [The Way of the Wild Heart].   Happy Birthday.   

Mom :)  


Proverbs 23:25 
Let your father and your mother be glad, 
And let her rejoice who gave birth to you. 

Here are some of my favorite photos of him.

Friday, October 29, 2010

First Baptist Orlando ACTS OF LOVE SALE Saturday, October 30, 2010

I completely forgot about this and just saw it on my calendar. My son's birthday is tomorrow and I have to vote early so I won't be able to go to this, but YOU might be able to attend.  Proceeds go to help others in need.

First Baptist Church of Orlando
100% of the proceeds will be to their Benevolence Ministry
8 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 30, 2010

First Baptist Church of Orlando is located at 3000 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL 32805

More information at THIS LINK.

Galatians 6:10 
So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, 
and especially to those who are of the household of the faith. 

World Vision Experience: AIDS Tour / Northland Church October 30-November 5, 2010

This bears repeating since it begins this weekend:

Step into Africa" at the World Vision Experience:   Northland, A Church Distributed is sponsoring this event from October 30 to November 6. This interactive exhibit is a 2,500 square-foot replica of an African village featuring a gripping audio tour and engaging photography that will bring you out of your comfortable world and into the situation in Africa. You will be immersed into the story of a real child whose life has been tragically affected by AIDS. The Experience will give you a new, personal perspective on the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time. The educational World Vision Experience is ideal for school and Bible study groups, as well as individuals. 

More Info at THIS LINK.

Our family will be attending this event on Monday.

Tonya Travelstead: Pianist / Accompanist / Music Teacher

My  younger son turns 16 tomorrow (11th grade) so it's about time to start building my music business back up again (semi-empty nest).  I tried something new this week--a Facebook promotional page.  Several of my younger friends in Titus 2 Moms have them for their home crafts and businesses, so I am giving it a go.  Check it out by clicking on the tab above or HERE.

In addition, if you or your child has been a piano student of mine, if I have played at your wedding or other family event, or accompanied you musically, or if you are a worship leader with whom I have worked, please consider writing a REVIEW by clicking on the appropriate tab. Be sure to LIKE  the page as well.  :)  Thank you so much.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Sound of Music TONIGHT October 28, 2010 on Oprah

A friend sent me this today.  Thanks, Susan!  

A one-time only Oprah Show event: 
The Oprah Winfrey Show reunites the cast of The Sound of Music 
on October 28, 2010

I missed this program on Channels 9 and HD 1090 at 4 p.m. but looked it up.  It comes on again tonight at 9:00 p.m. on Channel 27 and HD 1027.    You can also see a clip of it on Hulu at THIS LINK.  Set your DVRs to record this.  I'll have mine on! The Sound of Music is my all-time favorite musical.   I think I know it by heart.  :)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

CHICAGO, IL — For the first time in 45 years, the entire cast of The Sound of Music will gather for a once-in-a-lifetime reunion on the Oprah Show stage on Friday, October 29, 2010. Stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, along with fellow cast members Charmian Carr (Liesl), Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich), Heather Menzies-Urich (Louisa), Duane Chase (Kurt), Angela Cartwright (Brigitta), Debbie Turner (Marta) and Kym Karath (Gretl), will reunite and reveal the stories behind one of the world's most beloved movie musicals. Together for the first time in nearly half a century, the cast shares secrets from the set, reminiscences about their time together and what their lives have been like in the years since the movie was released. Finally, the Von Trapp Children—a singing group featuring members of the real Von Trapp family—pay their own special tribute to the film that made their family name known throughout the world... 


Happy Birthday Continues...Trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Since I don't scrapbook, sometimes I use this blog as a photo journal.  This is one of those days.

My two sweet sons surprised me with a trip to Universal Studios / Islands of Adventure (focus on Harry Potter) this week for my birthday gift.  They and my husband had all been previously but this was my first time.  Needless to say, I had a fully charged camera battery for this outing. :)  The three of us have enjoyed all the HP movies; my younger son and I had fun reading all the books (I finally read them all this past summer); my husband was really interested in just seeing the park since he had been only once.  This was going to be fun for everyone.  Come along and re-enjoy it with us. There are some videos from YouTube embedded in some of the links.

NOTE: If you're planning a trip to this theme park, take some cash. Parking is $15.00 but it is covered garage parking. Some meals are less expensive than others and portions are large enough to share in some cases.  Expect to spend $10+  for souvenirs if you want any.  

We started out with the Spiderman ride (similar in feel to Star Tours at Disney) and walked through Jurassic Park.  The theme for each movie you pass through is playing throughout the park.

The cartoon Cathy by Cathy Guisewite is one of my favorites.  I wasn't expecting to see her here.  

I thought that just walking through the big gate in Jurassic Park was pretty neat.

The new Wizarding World of Harry Potter (WWofHP) section of the park was the main attraction for us and where we spent the most time.  My husband took the day off from work (he could only stay 1/2 the day though), my younger son worked ahead in his schoolwork and my older one skipped one college class so we could all go on a Tuesday rather than the weekend.   What a wonderful, fun-filled day we had.

I took about 300 photos, so here are some of the highlights:

WWofHP  is divided into two sections...

Here we are in a not-too-long line waiting to get into the thrill ride at Hogswarts. You can also skip the ride and just walk through this which I did the 2nd time around after my husband had to head home.  Being a Tuesday, we literally walked right in the 2nd time.  I was then able to go very slowly and take flash photos.

There's so much to see inside the school but it's pretty dark.  Here's the talking Sorting Hat...

 And a few familiar faces talk to you as well...Dumbledore...

...Harry, Ron and Hermione.

...the fat lady at the entrance to Griffyndor dorm.

The Forbidden Journey ride is quite turbulent but really thrilling.  To go on the ride, they require you to put all loose items that won't fit into your pockets into a locker (free during the ride).  I had never seen a locker system like this. It locks and reopens using your fingerprint.  It would be an easy way for Homeland Security to see who's in the park.   My back cracked 3x on this ride but felt great the whole day!   Be aware if you are sensitive to this sort of thing. You don't completely turn upside down, but almost... let's just say I was glad to NOT know this before riding it and VERY glad  to be in a harness rather than just a seatbelt.  

We walked all through Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley, got our Butterbeer and went into the gift shops.  Butterbeer really IS delicious.  $3.50 a cup; $4.50 if you get the frozen; $10.00 if you buy the souvenir mug.  I kept our plastic cups. :)  I found this recipe for butterbeer online and we are definitely going to try it soon.  If you google butterbeer recipe there are many others as well.

The only thing missing in the candy shop was that little old lady with the rolling cart asking Do you want some sweets, dearie?  :)

As with all gift shops, souvenirs are quite pricey.  Wands are about $30.00 and there are about 12 to choose from named after each main HP character.  My younger son was telling us whose wand was whose and we were quite impressed until we realized he was reading the labels which we could not see at the time.  :)  These colorful scarves were about $35.00.  I couldn't believe I saw a man buy a $100 Hogwarts student robe for his son for Halloween!

Just before lunch we went back to Jurassic Park and rode the River Adventure ride. There is a very high drop and a BIG splash. My husband lost his favorite autographed   cap in the water.  :(   It had been signed by Rubens Barrichello (if you know who that is). He had had lunch with him at Disney last year and had gotten this hat at that time.  He took it pretty well that his special cap was lost "forever"...

We had lunch and then about an hour later went back to look one more time for the cap.  We even prayed about this and what do you know?  He found the cap floating in the water!  An employee spent about 20 minutes and got very wet while he retrieved it out of the water for us.  :)  I contacted Universal after we got home  to let them know what he did that day.

My husband had to leave after lunch so my sons and I went back to the WWofHP.  I walked through the ride while my sons rode it again and was able to get some good flash photos of the darkened rooms.  It's a shame they don't have a bit more light in these rooms because there is so much detail that you miss walking through.  Most of the pictures on the wall talk to you.

I'm pretty much a wimp about heights, drops, going too fast but got talked into going on a  roller coaster with my sons--Flight of the Hippogriff--it was not too bad.  High, but over in a few minutes.  I would have missed seeing Buckbeak if I hadn't gone on it.

Once we got to this height I put my camera down, held on and screamed.

Our sons had already gone on the Dueling Dragons roller coaster with their dad but wanted to go again.  No way was I getting on that one, so I took photos of them riding it.  

We stopped at Dervish and Banges and had only about a 3-minute wait to get inside.  The line for Olivander's Wandmaker Shop was around the building.  People don't realize that the stores are CONNECTED, so if you go to Olivander's and the line is long, take the back entrance.

One more butterbeer and a few photos and that was our outing at the WWofHP.  

I found an affordable souvenir at Dervish and Banges--this Hogwarts pin, about $9.00.  I'm wearing it to the HP7 premiere with my younger son in a couple of weeks!  :)

Since this was my first trip to this theme park, my sons wanted to show me the other side so we walked through Universal Studios, went on the Jaws water ride and did the Men in  Black shooting ride. Very fun  and similar to the Buzz Lightyear shooting ride in the Magic Kingdom.  In this one you shoot different aliens rather than Zorg and your score tallies up throughout the ride.

What's nice when your kids get older, is that THEY drive you home and YOU can sleep in the back seat.  :)  All in all, a very memorable birthday gift for me and an outpouring of love and generosity from my two sons (and my husband).    My older son worked out a barter for our tickets and they shared the costs of food, parking, etc.  I think I have the most thoughtful sons in the world.  We had talked about doing this over the last few months and they remembered that I wanted to go and made it happen.  :)   I so enjoy family events  and time shared together even moreso than the boxed gifts  (although I still do like presents  :) :) :)    

Truly a day I won't forget. 

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