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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Trip To Ave Maria Grotto

There's a place called Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman AL that we pass going to Birmingham every month and we had been wanting to go. It's an old monastery and a monk named Brother Joseph built miniature replicas of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, etc. We had heard it was beautiful and thought it would be a great thing for us to do as a family, especially since it's the Christmas season. Brad found a Groupon for like $11 for the family (yay Groupon!) so he jumped on that and we made plans to go. 

Korban's infusion was Friday December 6th, and we left on Thursday to drive up and spend the night at the Ronald McDonald house. The weather was supposed to be yucky with possible ice that weekend so I was extra thankful we were getting to go up Thursday. We planned to make our visit to the grotto on the way. It was actually unseasonably warm on Thursday, and since Ave Maria Grotto is outdoors that also worked in our favor. 

I'm so thankful we got to go. It truly is a beautiful place, and it was a good opportunity to talk to the kids about Jesus and what all he has done for us. 

(She was seriously trying to get to a frog she saw down in the fountain!)

Inexpensive AND meaningful family fun!  I'm grateful we got this opportunity to make sweet memories. :)

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