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I am happily married to an amazing military man who spent 9 years enlisted and is now an Officer in the US Army. We have two amazing boys who are not so little any more! They still infuse every moment of every day with creativity and energy, and make my life an adventure.  I was educated at home, and am now teaching our children - second generation homeschoolers! I try every day to become more like Jesus Christ, and to love like HE does. If you want you can try and catch me at bethylovesandy@yahoo.com

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"For the Lord gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:6 NKJV 
The Message translation puts it this way "God gives out Wisdom free, is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding."

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

The 8th Birthday Preview

 Canaan will be 8 on Sunday, but he already received his big surprise.

 This was his face when we first pulled in - he was very curious? Why are we here?
 This was  his expression when he realized that he was really going to do what he thought he was going to do. 
 Any guesses? See behind him? 

 Need another hint?

Uncle Travis is a flight instructor at Tillman Aviation University.
He took us up for an incredible flight around town.

 Canaan got to help with the pre-flight inspection.
Checking the fuel tanks for contamination. 
Uncle Travis showed him what fuel contaminated by water would look like. 

 Zion was very excited too. I was afraid his fear of heights would keep him from going up, but apparently airplanes don't count. He was perfectly fine. He freaks out on top of Daddy's shoulders, but was thrilled to be in the plane! 
 The boys got to ride by themselves while the planes was towed out of the hanger.
Time for a last check of the instrument panel, a chat with the tower, and... we're off!
 We flew over Nani and Papaw's, 
 Allatoona Dam,
 and the mountain we climbed last December. 
 Then, it was time for Canaan to take the controls.
You can't tell me that's not cool.
At first Zion was content to sit in the back with me... 
 but then he wanted to get closer to the action up front.
 Eventually Uncle Travis took over the controls again and we flew over Grammy and Poppy's. 
It was really sad to see the trees knocked down from the big storm a few weeks ago. Thank goodness it was just trees though! 
 Later we buckled in tight and had a roller coaster ride, 
 then it was time for our final approach.
 Doesn't he look like he belongs in that pilot's seat?
We were blessed by both Mr. Tillman and Uncle Travis. 
This is a birthday Canaan will never forget! 
(and it's not even over yet!)



Carrie said...

That is awesome! It really does look fun even though I would never do it myself!!!! ha ha. What a great idea and yes, a wonderful blessing from Mr. Tillman and Uncle Travis!

Tricia said...

Wow! That is awesome! Happy Birthday, Canaan!

Karen said...

This was way more than cool...great memories you are making with your kids....

Kristina said...

What an AWESOME birthday surprise!!! You are welcome to surprise me ANYTIME for my birthday!! :)

Nikowa said...

What an incrediblely cool birthday trip!!!! Sorry I haven't posted in a while, been busy (as I'm sure you know) You can text me sometime.

EmileeHope said...

Thanks for posting such wonderful pictures of Canaan's special birthday "present" What a lucky little guy he is!! I hope he had a great day today on his actual birthday.

Angelia Sims Hardy said...

That is like - the coolest thing EVER!

What a great birthday present. He is just lit up. I think he will be a very, very good pilot one day.

Awesome stuff! Great pics. :-)