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July 27, 2011

I just can’t get enough of this guy! He loves exploring the back yard and posing for pictures. He really is a goofy puppy but he looks so serious in all his pictures!


A Day at the River

July 26, 2011

This post is a little overdue but had to share about having my parents in town for the 4th of July! I hadn’t seen them since early December so it was a very welcome visit. Our main goal was to beat the Florida heat so we headed down to Rainbow River to do a little kayaking. We had a great time swimming and exploring the river.

Don’t mom and dad look like champs?

And we even saw this little guy.

A perfect day!



Meet Max!

July 21, 2011

I’d like to introduce you to the newest addition to the Chiarelli family- a Vizsla puppy named Max!

Max was an early birthday present from Elio. Our good friends, Bobby and Sherri’s dog had a litter of pups about nine weeks ago. We had gone over a couple of times and played with them and just loved them. We talked a lot about getting one and Elio had me convinced that it wasn’t the best time for one so I was pretty disappointed. But on Monday night, I walked in from work and Elio was already at home and said “guess who’s here?” and this adorable puppy comes sliding around the kitchen corner. I was literally speechless. I just sat there with my mouth wide open.

The first night was pretty rough. He cried most of the night and finally I put him in bed with us about 1:00 am. As soon as his head hit the pillow, he was out until about 2:30 when he got the hiccups and couldn’t quit hiccuping. So we were all pretty tired on Tuesday. But last night, he slept in his bed beside our bed all night without a peep. So we are crossing our fingers for another night like that tonight!

We are thrilled with him and hopefully he turns out to be a good hunter as well. But if the hunting gig doesn’t work out for him, he’ll still be a great snuggler!



Forestry “Camp”

July 16, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go on the Florida Forestry Teachers’ Tour. One of the things I do in my job is learn about different agricultural commodity groups and help them communicate better with their target audiences. The Florida forestry industry does a great job reaching out to teachers in the state so I got to tag along on this tour to learn from them.

Being out in the woods for 3 days in the Florida forest in the middle of June is a memory that I will not soon forget. The forestry guys really treated us like kings and queens. They definitely made the heat and the chiggers worth it by all the cool stuff they showed us. One night we went to the Ribault club that was built in like the 1920s and had a fabulous dinner.

I also got to see most aspects of the forestry industry from trees being cut down to paper being made.

One of my favorite evenings was spent at the Dee Dot Ranch, an incredible piece of land used for timber and wildlife right on the outskirts of Jacksonville. This ranch was filled with some pretty amazing sites.

So this girl now has a whole new appreciation for the forestry industry and the sweet folks who work in it. One takeaway I got was now I ask the grocery store kids to bag my groceries in paper because the more paper we use, the more trees we grow, the more forests can be managed in a healthy manner and the more money the forestry industry makes!



Bits and Pieces

June 27, 2011

It’s been forever since I’ve blogged! Summer travel with work has been crazy busy and pair that up with a pretty active social schedule and there is literally not enough time in the day. So while Elio is working out and clothes are washing and before supper is cooked- I thought I would sit down and share some pictures.

Lately, we’ve been to Alaska! I took Elio on a surprise Alaskan Adventure for his big 30th birthday. I had been planning it since October 2010 and didn’t tell him about it until May 23, 2011 (our 2 year anniversary). It was the best surprise I’ve ever revealed. I have a video of me telling him–but he would kill me if I posted it so I guess it’s better to leave some things private 🙂

This is in British Columbia after we rode the Yukon Railroad up the original 1898 gold rush trail. The wind was so cold!

Cruising in Tracy Arm Fjord!

Postcard Perfect

Yukon Railroad


Lovin' Life

I’ve also helped out at Middle School Bootcamp at church recently and had a blast! It’s so much fun hanging out with the pre-teens/teenagers. Here are some of my favorites snap shots from that week.

Don't Drop Him!

Yo Ho Holy!


I really need to blog more– looking back at all these pictures makes me feel like I live a pretty blessed life.



Sneak Peek

March 18, 2011

Working on editing pictures from Columbia—here are a few to give you a glimpse at what we saw!


The Farm

March 12, 2011

Today we spent the morning helping set up a printer while Edgar went to have the car checked out to make sure she was ready for “the farm”. When he got back, we loaded up and began the hour or So drive. We passed a military base that is right in the front of the community. About 200 soldiers live there

The farm is literally a jungle that is being cleared by men with machetes and then by burning it. It’s incredible to see. We spent about three hours taking pictures and shooting video to help share the vision of the farm with others.

Tonight we met with another small group that was really awesome. There is something so sweet listening to worship songs in another language–it just helps me to see the how God loves all the people of the world and I feel blessed to have been able to worship with them.

Tonight we talked about the prodigal son and his return to his father. I’d never thought about it before…but as soon as the father sees his son, he runs to him and kisses him on the cheek. Have you ever thought about that this welcome and love happened before the son asked for forgiveness? that struck a cord with me. Here’s this son who has royally screwed up coming home with a rehearsed speech to give his dad and before he’s able to say the first word…he’s overcome with the love of his father.

How awesome to know that no matter where we are in life or in our walk with Christ that we can run back to him and be immediately embraced. What a good God.

Sorry I would love to type
More about our day but I’m super tired and can’t type with
My fingers on the phone very well!