Thursday, July 22, 2010

And then there was Liberty

Prayer Chapel

We traveled to Lynchburg, VA for Aaron to take 2 of his 3 intensives included in his program.  His program is all online except for 3 1-week intensives.  We stayed at an Extended Stay America hotel across the street from the college.  It was such a great hotel because of the price and that we were able to buy groceries since we had a kitchen in our hotel room (fridge, microwave, sink, stovetop, sadly no oven though).

749 piece puzzle, missing a piece of the right side
Aaron was in class from 8-3:30 or 4:30 every Monday through Friday which meant I had a lot of free time.  I had a mini photoshoot of myself, because I was bored.  We both got haircuts while there one night.  I built a 749 piece puzzle, read 3 books (the Ted Dekker Circle Trilogy, you should read it, it's AMAZING), practiced guitar (sorta), and watched some TLC.

Building with a computer lab that Aaron and I spent a
few nights in as he worked on his papers
The weekend in between his two classes we went to Appomattox Court House which was AMAZING.  They had some reenactors, who were stellar.  They acted as if it was today's date in 1865.  Which was awesome.  We went down after the war was over. . . well back up, Appomattox Court House is where General Lee (Confederate Army) surrendered to General Grant (Union Army) marking the end of the Civil War (although not everyone knew the War was over since it took a long time for word to get around).  We listened to the reenactors tell about their time in the war and they asked us things like where we're from (if your state didn't exist you had to think of the territory it would have been at that time). One reenactor was a Confederate Soldier, Tommy Tibbs, and the other was a Union soldier who was now a provost guard there. We also got to see the house where Lee surrendered, got to see the courthouse in the town of Appomattox Court House, we watched 2 films on the war, there was a really cool walk-through museum type thing in the second story of the visitors center, we also went to the general store and saw the printing press where the Confederate parole passes were printed (they needed these as a ticket home essentially so that they weren't looked on as deserters).  I unfortunately forgot to take my camera with me that day, but that's ok, it just means I'll have to visit again some day!
Part of Aaron's photoshoot

That same day we also went to the National D-Day memorial, which was very neat, but not quite as good as Appomattox Court House.  All of the memorial was outside (it was over 90 degrees that day and BRIGHT sunshine, even at 4 pm).  So I started to get sick from the heat/sun.  We still managed to spend about an hour there.  I would suggest going there even still because it was awesome to see the memorial and remember what those brave soldiers did for us.  Also, if you do get to go there, we missed the walking tour by like 10 minutes, but if you can take a walking tour, I'm sure it will be better.

Aaron spent quite a bit of time in the evenings working on homework but we did manage to watch some discovery channel together which was fun.  We watched Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, Duel Survival, and Mythbusters, all rather awesome shows.  We also managed one Friday to hang out with Aaron's classmate, Franklin who is an AWESOME man of God.  It was such a blessing to get to spend some time with him.  He had apparently felt rather lonely since his wife couldn't accompany him to VA.  It was great to eat lunch with him and then we hung out for a few hours, prayed together and took him to the airport.  It was great though to see how God works through different people and how He shapes our faith.
The train tracks behind the campus

We also managed to go to Cold-Stone Creamery a few times.  YUM YUM.  I love me some icecream.  It's probably HORRIBLE for you but I loved it anyway.  So tasty.

On our last night there, Aaron and I walked around the campus.  We bought a few things at the bookstore, walked around taking pictures, and ventured in the prayer chapel.  That part of campus was so amazing.  You could just feel the Spirit moving there.  It was quite awesome.
Baseball field

Inside the prayer chapel this was found.  Pretty amazing
Dr. Falwell Memorial (Founder of the college)
Snowflex, which we plan on visiting in Dec
when Aaron has to take his last intensive
Adding on to the football stadium
Prayer Garden

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