Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Holiday....and a lesson

I hope you had a wonderful Easter holiday. Ours culminated in a candy mine field....

just as it should. ;-)

And before the candy...was the road trip. The boys are getting old enough to enjoy our crazy excursions and we decided to head out on Friday...destination unknown. In our pre-children era we would often jump in the car and where exactly? We didn't know. But we ALWAYS found something neat...on a back highway, down a mud road, up a farm lane...we were adventurers ;-)

Now we have two extra special adventurers-in-training. They are cool, and silly, and say the funniest things that make us laugh all the way down the road.

Our adventure took us the land of covered bridges. AKA Madison County. They are beautiful, if you've never seen one. The craftsmanship, the presence...beautiful.

What good adventure is complete without a castle? We found one. WAY WAY WAY back in a park....we probably hiked a hundred miles to find it.....okay, maybe only ninety nine.

Look at the Iowa countryside behind that adorable adventurer-in-training.
Amazing...even without leaves.

Lastly, we were left with a poignant lesson from George Washington Carver, who unbeknownce to us, had found his way to Winterset, Iowa, before his scientific breakthroughs and fame. He found his way there, dejected and downtrodden, but was lifted up by the fine people of that community and shown the way.

The quote on the monument says the following:

"It is not the style of clothes one wears, neither the kind of automobile one drives, nor the amount of money one has in the bank, that counts. These mean nothing. It is simply service that measures success." --George Washington Carver

Service. It is simply service that measures success. I love that. What a wonderful sentiment...if only everyone believed that, what a wonderful place the world could be. Money does not equate success and success can be had without money.

Have a great week.


  1. Thanks for stopping by and the sweet comment about my mantle. Looks like you had a wonderful day yesterday. Making memories is always great. Stop by anytime. Blessings, Debbie

  2. What a great road trip to take your kids on! Love your post!

  3. Oh, love that quote! Been a big believer in service for a long time!
    Great trip with your family too, that's important.:)

  4. This will be me in a few years...hanging out with the boys. See mom's of girls are out getting pedicures together NOT hiking!

  5. It looks like you all had alot of fun and memories made galore.

  6. Love the covered bridges. Looks like good weather, too.

  7. I actually live in Winterset, and LOVE your blog. So glad you enjoyed your visit. I moved to Winterset (where my hubby was born and raised) in high school. It's an amazing place to raise kids, and a very supportive community. My kids and I try to hike to the tower once a week (it's one mile each way, but DOES feel like 100!!) Keep blogging, I love it!


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