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Welcome to my family blog. I have been married to Mike for over half of my life. I love my Savior, Jesus. I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to six terrific, interesting children. My 3 oldest were born to me in my younger years, while my 3 youngest were given to me by God in my older years. I am very blessed. ~Cheri


Virginia and Friends

Our family lives in one of the most historical states in our country.  If we study early American history, we study Virginia.  Just because I live here does not mean I take advantage of all that surrounds me.  So, when our friends came down for a visit, we visited a few of these neat places.  Warning there are a lot of pictures, most of which were taken by our friend and aspiring photographer, Leanna.

Just we girls visited a local site.  I had not been there in a while, but we enjoyed the scenery and pleasant weather.

 My Girls

Since Jack and I just wrapped up learning about the Civil War this month, Appomattox was a great place to visit.  It was incredible just to be in the same place, the same house, the same road, as all those soldiers, Lee, and Grant.  I stepped inside the McLean House where the surrender was signed and walked the same halls as they.  It was kind of surreal.  These were my Iphone photos, so the quality is a little less.

McLean House

This is the original sofa that was in this house during Lee's surrender.  I would think it has been recovered, though.

The grounds were breathtaking.  I could live there.  The big kids had fun exploring, and the little ones stayed close by.

On another day, the older kids headed out on a hike.  We did not take our girls, so Leanna took all of the following pictures.  As much as I would like to take credit for her creative work, I won't.

8 kind words:


Our elementary kiddos just started studying George Washington (in US history class). It's too bad we don't live in Virginia!

Beautiful photos!


You have a way of making all the pics look SO good on here! What a nice memory journal! I really love that picture of Dave and is a GREAT picture! Good job, ladies!


Virginia is absolutely one on the prettiest states in the US! The history their is amazing!

Adrian Roberta

You DO live in a beautiful State!

Darrell,Cindy,and Liberty

I'm just as guilty about not taking advantage of the history around us. My 7 year old is really into history too. Maybe I will look into that place for a field trip. It looks beautiful.


I just love Virginia!!!! Spending 3 years in Williamsburg just wasn't long enough. It's such a beautiful state and so rich with history. We'll definitely be field tripping back for that.

Learning Together at Home



Loved all the pics! I LOVE history and really need to visit VA! We have planned to vacation there for years and it has just not happened, YET!

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