Since parts of the movie "Sweet Home Alabama" were filmed there, we enjoyed recognizing spots from the movie. The gardens were being renovated, but they were beautiful even in their current sparse condition. Our tour guide was very personable and made each part of her explanation meaningful to the children. The little play house where Martha Berry started her school by informally teaching Bible stories was especially interesting. We wished we had more time to walk the "Walkway of Life." Large engraved stones were placed at intervals along the wooded pathway. Each stone told something of importance about Ms Berry. The first one was "Prayer Changes Things", her lifelong motto. The second one read "Not to be ministered unto, but to minister." We were out of time for any further walking. After we left there, we had a Mexican lunch and then went bowling.
4. for our last scheduled activity of the day, we gave the three children a gift-shopping challenge. We went into Kmart, gave each child only $5, and told them to come to the cash registers within 15 minutes. During that fifteen minutes, without consulting with the gift recipient, Doc was to buy a gift for Aggie, Aggie was to buy a gift for Raye, and Raye was to buy a gift for Doc. They were to try to have some money left over which we would pool and buy something for their parents. As it turned out, they had $5 left between them at the end of the fifteen minutes, but we were out of time and didn't get to shop for their parents. They splint the "remnants" equally.
5. All three of these children (who often bicker and pick at each other like most siblings do) accepted their gifts with genuine appreciation, and each one seemed to enjoy buying something for the brother or sister. Raye even donated a $1 of her money at the cash register to the Children's Miracle Network. Doc bought Aggie a kit to make a doorhanger for her room; Raye bought Doc a tube of tennis balls; and Aggie bought Raye a poster making kit and a large pack of her favorite gum. I thought that they made some good choices.