Filled With Wonder

It’s deer season in our neck of the woods. Normally around here that means stores have Christmas open houses so wives can shop while husbands hunt.

My husband loves the smell of fall, going to the cabin, and spending the days milling about the trees and hills. While he’s gone, Little Bit and get some play time.

To kick it off, we went to the Wonders of Wildlife Museum a few towns over.

What a glorious place! On the outside it just looks like an ordinary building. Inside, it’s where ocean meets land, and everything in between. Extraordinary is the only thought that comes to mind to describe it. It’s part aquarium, part history museum.

You wouldn’t believe all the animals are in there. We saw tropical fish, seahorses, beavers, alligators, an octopus, sharks, fresh water fish, owls, and more.

It is absolutely breathtaking and amazing. There are jellyfish, sea rays, and grouper 4 feet long. We learned that iguana eat bananas. We had so much fun.

Day turned to evening and after we stopped and ate supper, we went home to play our new Shark Monopoly game we got at the gift shop.

What an awesome day. I am so thankful for the memories we made and the simple reminder that life really is filled with wonder.

41 thoughts on “Filled With Wonder

    • Jessica November 11, 2017 / 1:09 pm

      Hi. Thank you. Oh my, you’d LOVE this place. It’s almost unreal it’s so amazing. Thank you so much for your comments.

  1. Traveling Shana November 11, 2017 / 11:46 am

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    • Jessica November 12, 2017 / 5:13 am

      Hi there. Super! Thank you so much!

  2. thechickengrandma November 11, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    Where in the world is that Jessica? That place is so cool.

        • Jessica November 11, 2017 / 7:26 pm

          It just reopened after sitting closed for years. It was great before, but now it’s spectacular.

          • thechickengrandma November 11, 2017 / 8:26 pm

            Do they still have the big stuffed shark?

          • Jessica November 12, 2017 / 5:10 am

            I’m not sure. I’ll look next time. :)

            Remember how they used to that one room with the giant tank in it with the shark? It now has multiple tanks. A couple are two stories high now. Sooooooo cool.

            See the picture here where all those fish are swirled together? The worker said that they are herring and there are 12,000 in there!! And, the reason they’re swimming like that is because there are 2 sharks in the tank! I wondered why they did that in the wild.

          • thechickengrandma November 12, 2017 / 11:58 am

            That is when we went…when it was in one huge room.

    • Jessica November 11, 2017 / 6:37 pm

      Hi. It is Amazing beyond words. I guess lots of movie stars came to the grand opening in September. You wouldn’t even believe how beautiful it is in there. There are touch-tanks and you can touch starfish, horseshoe crabs, tiny sharks, and rays.

  3. Anne Mehrling November 11, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    Fantastic! Your photos are marvelous, and your words enhance them.

    • Jessica November 11, 2017 / 7:27 pm

      Wow, how kind! Thank you so much! That’s very nice. :)

  4. rabbitpatchdiary.com November 12, 2017 / 7:54 am

    what a lovely outing-your son is very blessed that you enrich his life this way-You are giving him the most wonderful childhood-God bless you my sweet friend!

    • Jessica November 15, 2017 / 8:58 am

      Oh my goodness. You are so wonderful to me. ❤️

  5. randombitsoftrialanderror November 13, 2017 / 6:31 am

    This post made me so happy! My daughter works there and has trained the sting rays so they can be touched and fed by the public (I did a recent post athttps://randombitsoftrialanderror.com/2017/09/29/wonders-of-wildlife-national-museum-and-aquarium-springfield-mo-full-time-rv-life/ ). There are so many wonderful marine biologists and aquarists who have worked so hard to make it a magical place. I haven’t been able to visit, but I’ve heard it’s beautiful (as your photos suggest). I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Dawn

    • Jessica November 15, 2017 / 8:57 am

      Oh my gosh! Your daughter WORKS there??? Small world!! I love that sooooo much. Oh man, you’ve got to come see it sometime! There are no words for how amazing it really is.

      • randombitsoftrialanderror November 15, 2017 / 11:04 am

        I’m hoping to make it there as soon early spring next year. I can’t wait to see it (and her, of course!).

        • Jessica November 16, 2017 / 1:31 pm

          Ooooo if you come, please let me know! I’d love to meet you. (Just meet you, not necessarily there.)

    • Jessica November 15, 2017 / 8:57 am

      Can’t wait to read your article!

  6. thecobweboriumemporium November 13, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful, awesome photographs Jessica. Each one was a show stopper.
    Your son is a very lucky young man to have a mum who seeks out such fabulous places to visit and explore.
    Sending squidges~ Cobs. xxx

    • Jessica November 15, 2017 / 8:55 am

      Aw! Thank you so much. I think I’m the lucky one! ❤️

    • Jessica November 15, 2017 / 8:54 am

      Hi! Thank you so very much. 🦋❤️🦋 How are you? How are those sweet babies?

        • Jessica November 16, 2017 / 1:40 pm

          Oh good. We are doing great. Can’t believe Thanksgiving is in a week. And, in 22 days we are going to the beach for our birthday! 11 hour drive. Got a condo with an outdoor pool that is 86 degrees water temperature in December!! Happy Birthday to me! Ha ha.

          • The Snow Melts Somewhere November 16, 2017 / 1:53 pm

            Hahah! Sounds excellent! Happy birthday! I wouldn’t mind a little beach break either! Here, rain and more rain… Luckily the boys are sunny ☀️

          • Jessica November 19, 2017 / 2:17 pm

            Gotta love sunny babies! ❤️

          • Jessica November 19, 2017 / 2:17 pm

            Thank you. We get to travel on THE day, then get to celebrate it for a week! 🎉🎉

  7. Miriam November 20, 2017 / 3:46 am

    What a wonderful day out you both shared. Such special memories you’re creating Jessica. ❤️

    • Jessica November 22, 2017 / 7:28 pm

      Hi Miri. Thank you so much. We had so much fun!

  8. watchingthedaisies November 25, 2017 / 3:01 am

    What a beautiful place to visit. The aquariums look quite hypnotic and I love the quote above the door. How are you keeping?

    • Jessica November 27, 2017 / 7:52 am

      Thank you. We are pretty much in love with that aquarium. I’m doing really great. Had a nice Thanksgiving. Getting ready to go to the beach for a week for Little Bit’s and my birthday. How are you?

      • watchingthedaisies November 27, 2017 / 8:05 am

        Fabulous. Have a wonderful pair of birthdays. I am doing good but in need of a break. Taking time out for a couple of weeks over Christmas. X

        • Jessica December 8, 2017 / 5:14 am

          Thank you. ❤️ We leave in a few hours. Hope you have a nice break over Christmas. ☃️💗

  9. Debra Farmer November 25, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    Oh, I can’t wait to go!!! I was at Bass Pro last month when I was visiting my Grands and I bought them a year family pass to both the Wildlife and Aquarium. The first time they went, my son was called out for work and they had to cut their trip short. They said that what they saw was AMAZING.
    We have some catching up to do!!!! I pray all is well with you and yours.
    Happy belated Thanksgiving
    ❤fromKS

    • Jessica November 27, 2017 / 7:54 am

      Wow!! You got them a pass??? That is amazing. They will LOVE it and so will you! We sure do need to catch up. I’ve been wondering where you’ve been. ❤️

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