Friday Finds and Favorites #60 TN Travels

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Hello Friends!

It’s time for another Friday Finds and Favorites! Can you believe this is BIG number 60 for us?! Crazy, I know! So today, I’m sharing pics from our Tennessee vacation, a new feature-my Podcast Play List, and Friday Fill-in another fun hop you can add your links. πŸ˜‰

These are not in order, so I’m not going chronologically. This is from our day date. We went to the Blue Moose in Pigeon Forge.

D standing at the waterfall in front of Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo.

We stopped by this cozy and child-friendly coffee house in Cherokee, NC.

Our goodies from inside the coffee shop. (Surprise! This was actually in order.)

D loved the petting zoo.

This bear amazed me with how long his tongue is! It makes sense, for collecting honey and other food, but wow!

He looks like he has a swimsuit on or something. πŸ˜‰


Beautiful, Brooklyn Naomi, I can’t believe she will be one in a few months!

We had an Easter egg hunt for all the cousins while staying at the cabin.

Karson collecting eggs with his parents. (Jess and Tyler)

It was another wonderful trip for the books! It was great enjoying the cabin again, the kids especially loved playing in the creek. I think they could’ve thrown rocks all day there and been perfectly content. We had wonderful food to stuff us and spoil us. πŸ˜‰ We are already looking forward to next year. πŸ˜‰


Podcast Play List

I mentioned recently, (on fb) that I wanted to share my daily podcasts with all of my followers, and then *LIGHTBULB* The blog would be the perfect platform to share my posts. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner! So I’ll get this kicked off by sharing 5 podcasts that really stuck with me this week. Please understand that I am behind on podcasts so the dates on these are old. My plan is to not share anything that no longer has relevance because of date especially!

1, 2, 3) Embedded,Β Police Videos: Charlotte, Flagstaff, and Cincinnati

The first podcast selection is three separate episodes of Embedded. Embedded is a podcast that takes stories from the news and goes deeper into the specifics on a variety of cases and stories.

Charlotte:Β This episode explores the case of Jonathan Ferrell, who was shot and killed by Police Officer, Wes “Kerrick” in Charlotte, NC. More specifically the episode highlights the fact that a key piece of evidence in cases like this one, are body cams. Perception is a big element with reviewing footage and this episode goes deeper.

Flagstaff: Robert “Bobby” Smith shot Police Officer Tyler Stewart and himself in Flagstaff, Arizona. This video footage is now used to discuss the dangers police officers face every day. BUT how does this effect the families involved?

Cincinnati: Police Officer Jesse Kidder encountered Micheal Wilcox in a suburb outside of Cincinnati. The details of what happened next are a source of discussion for many. This episode explores the incident and how watching police videos like this one has changed us as a society.

All three of these episodes shines a light on police related shooting in our country. They are all from varying perspectives. It was a very interesting and enlightening listen. I would definitely recommend!

4) Stuff You Missed in History Class, Mongolian Princess Khutulun

I’m always fascinated with fierce women in history, so it’s no surprise that this podcast episode made the list. This Mongolian Princess has a very interesting story and since most of her story is told by outsiders we can only speculate on what information is true.

5) God Centered Mom Podcast, Building the Family You Never Had

This episode is excellent for those who have come from a broken family and/or dysfunctional family. Mary DeMuth is the guest and her message is so encouraging. I don’t want to give too much away, but here is an awesome quote from the episode:

β€œEach of your kids will have their own story and re-story. To have joy today, you have to look realistically at today. Surrender where you are today. Surrender the outcomes to God today.”

So I hope you give these podcasts a whirl. Do you listen to podcasts? What are you listening to this week? When do you typically listen? I find listening during chores helps the chores to be less tedious. πŸ˜‰

Hopefully, next week’s post won’t be so lengthy. I’m ending today’s post with my first ever Friendly Fill-in! I found out about this hop via Claudia (our newest co-host.) So I thought it would be fun to give it a try! πŸ™‚

1.We do not have landline. The last time I had landline was back when I was in high school at my mom’s.

2. My most treasured piece of jewelry is my wedding ring and band. I was heartbroken when D lost my wedding band and so relieved that he found it several months later. I am now looking into those rubber rings to wear when going outdoors and I think it will be beneficial to John since he can’t wear his band due to allergies.

3. This year I have learned that I am stronger than I ever thought possible and what little strength I do have is made perfect in His strength. I got this!

4. I would like to finish organizing and decluttering my entire house by the end of the year. I’m so sick of stuff!

Bless you if you actually read all of this. πŸ˜‰ Now it’s your turn! Grab a button below (optional!) and link up your Finds and Favorites. Also check out the Fill-in hop as well. It’s super fun! We are still looking for one more blogger to join our team. Will it be you? Contact one of the hosts for more info! <3



Wishing you all a safe and wonderful weekend!

<3 Anna

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12 Responses to Friday Finds and Favorites #60 TN Travels

  1. oh my, I love your answers! Funny, I wrote about podcasting this week as well, right before I checked out your blog post. I will listen to them as soon as possible, got a little bit of a crazy schedule here today – lots of prepping for next week’s blogging, and I am in the middle of cleaning the dishwasher – can you feel the excitement in my words for the last one, lol?
    I love petting zoos!

    Happy and blessed weekend!

  2. Ellen Pilch says:

    Thank you for participating in the fill-ins , great answers. Your little boy is adorable. I also want to declutter and organize in addition to painting some rooms- it never ends. Have a great weekend!

    • Anna says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Ellen.

      You are so right about that! Especially with a four year old behind you making messes. πŸ˜‰

  3. Welcome to the Friendly Fill-Ins. I hope you enjoyed it and will continue to join in the fun on Fridays.

    I agree with Ellen. Your little one is adorable.

    Wow, that bear has an incredibly long tongue! I think that is a great photo capture. πŸ™‚

    Have a blessed weekend!
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  4. We are working on getting organized and decluttered since we now have a semi empty nest.

  5. #3 is a valuable lesson. I learned that very early in life and have been reminded repeatedly throughout my life. The Nietzsche quote is my mantra: That which does not kill me makes me stronger. My faith has never been a problem. Hugs.
    Annie at ~McGuffy’s Reader~
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    • Anna says:

      That’s very true! I hope you didn’t misunderstand me, I don’t believe that a certain amount of faith in a higher power determines whether or not I will be healed from the mental and chronic illnesses in my life. I definitely know that this is not the case. I think people discover what their belief system is and that shapes them and helps them to find ways to cope. Some people call it prayer, others call it meditation, etc. #justkeepswimming

      • Anna, I think I understood. I think you said it perfectly. God does not give us more than we can handle. We need to believe in Him and in ourselves. I also think you have a great attitude. Everything happens for a reason. I have had chronic illness for many years, but I never give up. As I said, it has made me stronger. It is okay: I am supposed to learn something here, so I focus on that. I trust God. I trust that He knows. And, He trusts me. We’ve got this. HUGS!
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