My excuse – a WWW

I was doing pretty good with my self-imposed Post-A-Day goal for February (I had only missed Valentine’s Day and I actually had one ready – just forgot to hit the “Publish” button!) until this past weekend. Truthfully, some things are just more important than trying to figure out what to write on a blog.
Like this fellow –
and this little guy –
Among the highlights of our weekend –

  • A visit to the Waco Mammoth National Monument with our newest Junior Ranger.
    We learned a lot – especially just how really, really big those guys were!
    This location is a very recent (July 2015) addition to our National Park system, and we were very glad we got to check it out!
  • A haircut for me (and W also if you compare the first picture with the Junior Ranger picture)
    One of my biggest short hair “fears” is the need to get a cut every 6-8 weeks and always having to find a new stylist. It was great to go to the same sweetie that did the first cut, and we went super short (for me) to try and delay the next trim. We’ll see how that goes!
  • A trip to the Verizon Store. That was such an adventure, that I’m saving it for another post.
  • We brought Mr. Stanley along, but he didn’t get out too much. I’m pretty sure he still had a good time, though!
    Taran with Flat Stanley

Yes, indeed – we had a Wonderful Waco Weekend with our Texas kiddos! It’s probably the last one for a season, so we truly relished each moment.
And had exactly Zero Moments to worry about blogging! Sorry – but it’s really how it should be!!
Thanks for stopping by!

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And this, my friends, is what 250 +/- TONS of Caliche look like.
Soon it will become the base of the new RV sites.
And I have to be truthful, Gary is not at all sad that he’s going to miss being a part of that.


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Twin Oaks Ranch – a bit of a walk about

One of the best parts of being in the SOWER Ministry is the diversity of locations each month. Although last month we were also in the Austin (TX) area, we were pretty remote and had a 15 minute drive to even hit a main road. And then it was another 15-20 minutes (either way) to the grocery store or the beloved Lowes. Here at Twin Oaks we are just 10 minutes from the Interstate and all kinds of civilization. But the really sweet part of this camp is that it still feels like you’re out in sticks.
It’s a relatively small campus and is geared more towards retreats than full-blown wild and crazy summer camp. But that doesn’t mean it’s not packed full of good things to do. Pool, zip lines, GaGa Ball courts, archery, obstacle course, massive fire pit –
You know, all that good stuff. And they also have a lovely waterfront along the Onion Creek.
Canoeing, kayaking, fishing, rope swing – and did you see the hammock!! Like I said, all the good stuff.
There’s a beautiful chapel
overlooking the waterfront –
Isn’t it lovely?
You can see in this Google map screen shot that there is a neighborhood on north side of the campus. (The blue dot is actually where we are parked, and yes – we do look out the front to a housing development.
But the neighbors on the other side (down by the creek) are pretty interesting –
Yep, it’s an emu. Go figure!

So this is a very sweet camp. One of its distinctive is that it a “perfect space for you and your group to spend time together with God and each other.” And it’s less than 30 minutes from Austin! Pretty much a win-win!
And did I mention the sunsets?

A very sweet camp, indeed!!

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Last Week

Man, this month has gone by fast! We’re in our last week of work here at Twin Oaks, and this week has turned out a bit differently than we expected. Oh, it’s still all good – just different.
Last week Gary worked on installing a new air conditioner in the director’s residence (part of the camp).
Since the office (where I was busy scanning and organizing receipts) is connected to the house, it was kinda nice having him nearby. And I even got to help a bit when he needed another set of hands – or someone to open the door! Just call me Hannah Helpful!
This week, with the A/C good to go, the director decided it was time to add three new RV sites. And while that is pretty easy to say, accomplishing it is another story. It involves a backhoe, a new electrical panel, sewer pipe, hundreds of feet of electrical wire, lots of conduit, and fair bit of playing in the dirt.
Gary was concentrating on the new electric panel and let the other guys do most of the dirt work. (For all of Gary’s skills, running big equipment is not one of them. And he was pretty happy he wasn’t in the driver’s seat when the first scoop of dirt broke the sewer line. Yep, he as happy as a clam playing with wires!)
He let me help a bit
when he needed someone to test the outlets and yell when the thingamabob started beeping. He really does need me!
Meanwhile, back in the office I was learning the ins and outs of Google Calendar, printing brochures and posters for an upcoming men’s retreat, and continuing on with the scanning/organizing. For me, it’s been a good month all around!
Oh – even F. Stanley stopped by to see what Gary was doing…..
Two more days – I can hardly believe it!

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Monday’s are for Memories – February 20, 2008

Looking back nine years from today – we were in the Florida Panhandle, working at Teen Challenge Boys Ranch in Bonifay. This was our second winter there, and it seems like we were pretty anxious for some spring weather.

Spring is coming, right? Feb 20, 2008
Ok, even though we’re here in Florida if you’ve been reading along this winter, you know we’ve had some pretty darn cold weather. So I am happy to report that there are definate signs of spring appearing. I noticed leaf buds on some of the shrubs this morning, and just outside the rig I saw these lovely spring flowers….
And if it’s starting here, I’m sure it will be coming to a neighborhood near you soon! 🙂

Tammy 2And now a Happy Birthday shout out to our daughter-in-law Tammy She’s been part of our family for the last 7 (or so) years, and we have been blessed to call her our daughter. She loves the Lord, she loves our son, and she’s a wonderful mother to our three granddaughters. We love you, Tammy – Happy, Happy Birthday!

Real time update – It’s Tammy’s birthday again (of course!), but some of her ‘stat’s have changed. She’s been part of our family for the last 15+ years and we continue to be blessed to call her daughter! She still loves the Lord, she love our son, and she’s a wonderful mother to FIVE of our beautiful grandchildren! We love you to the moon and back, Tammy – Happy, Happy Birthday Again!

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