Sabbath Rest – How Great Thou Art!

Today we head to our little cabin in Vermont. It’s early yet, the nights will be cold and the days just a smidgen warmer. But it is there at the Cabin that I can see so clearly what a Great God we worship. And what a Great God loves us so.

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Refrain

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

Refrain

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And there proclaim, “My God, how great Thou art!”

Words by Carl Boberg – 1886
Music – Swedish Folk Melody
Performed by Chris Rice
Video by WorshipSingAlong

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Still waiting

Sadly, the excavator has not arrived this week as expected. The view of the motel remained like this –
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Sigh.
So our week was a little less productive than we’d hope. Gary took care of a couple of small jobs, but was reluctant to start anything too big just in case that excavator showed up. But over in my world, the week started off with a bang –
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. #lotsawhite #sowerjobs
A full compliment of guests over the weekend = lots and lots of sheets and towels to wash and fold. With a little help from the housekeeping girls, by lunch time Tuesday it was all under control.
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Well, until next Monday when it will start all over again! (I bet it’s the same at your house, only the pile might not be quite as high or as overwhelmingly white!)
The rest of the week was pretty quiet. We did wake up to the startling sight of snow this morning
Good morning, Montrose! #springinNEPA #saywhat?
and it continued to snow (quite vigorously at times) throughout the day. Pretty crazy. Since I’m putting in some extra SOWER hours over the weekend (helping out with meals), I spent this unexpected snow(y) day (it is April, right?) cutting out my next quilt project –
Snowy spring day at Montrose = great day to cut out a quilt. #noahsquilt #cantwaittostart
And while I’m anxious to get sewing on it, that won’t happen right away. The next couple of weeks are already pretty full. Even though this week was kind of a bust (walk-way wise), we are still heading to the Cabin on Sunday to open her up for the season.
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We love being up there in the early spring (this picture was taken two years ago, just about this same time of year) and are hopeful that it will be warm enough to get the water up and running.  I know that Gary has some outdoor chores planned, but I also think he’s packing some books, so I’m hopeful that there will be at least a bit of down time.

And after that? Well, Gary will return to Montrose to (hopefully) find that walkway demolished and ready for him to get started, while I’ll be joining my sisters for our annual Girls Week.

Oh, yes – grand days ahead, indeed!

 

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Mondays are for Memories – Geocaching

We haven’t been Geocaching for a while, but it certainly was a fun way to explore a new area! Here’s a little walk down memory lane from one of our first times in Texas!
October 5, 2008 – Four Cemeteries, three local parks, two lookouts, a post office and a mystery house.
And that means we spent Saturday geocaching! Of the roughly 46 geocaches within a 10 mile radius of town, we managed to hunt down about a dozen. I know I have said before that this hobby helps us really explore an area – and I can guarantee you that we never would have found some of these roads (and interesting sights) if we hadn’t been on this treasure hunt.
So , from the top –
Cemetery One –
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This was our first cache in while, and for a bit we were afraid we would have to log a DNF (did not find). However, we took one final look at the tree that we felt sure held the treasure – and there it was!
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(And since it is there in this picture, I’m sure you can feel our pain!)
Two more cemeteries right in a row –
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And one very interesting hiding place –


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From the cemetery bonanza we headed to the town square to locate an historic log post office and a dinosaur footprint (apparently this area has all kinds of dinosaur footprints and fossils!). This was a “virtual” geocache so we had to gather information and then send it in. It was a pretty interesting building, and right next door was the town museum, so we took a break and checked out the local “stuff”.
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After our little town square adventure we followed the GPS to Heritage Park. It was a great little park on the Paluxy River where several historic buildings had been relocated.
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This was a “multi” cache, so we had to follow clues through the park to find the final treasure. And even though we followed all the clues and all the directions, we never did find the final stage. But then again, it was a 35 mm film canister hidden somewhere in this wall –
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Yep, a DNF – but according to the log, the last 5 visitors were also DNF. Misery does love company!
On to another great local park – Big Rocks Park.
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Gary worked on this one since it was way back in the woods while I stayed back and took close ups of the local flora –
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But I digress……
Back on the track to a local Soccer field – and another walk into the woods.
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Here’s a geocaching tip – always check under the rock in the tree!
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From there we found one under a rock on an overlook, checked out a small local rest area and found one under a bench, and found one on an abandoned property. There was this VERY interesting building along the road near one of the caches –
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What do you suppose it was? The front part looks like it might have been a (drive through?) porch of some kind, and there were places for lights over the arches. And the construction was amazing – stone, quartz, petrified wood, mortar and brick.
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There are other building in the town with that interesting brick work combined with stone, but I have never seen anything quite like this. Guess I’ll have to ask around!

We finished the day with one more cemetery (there are actually 30 cemeteries in this county!), another overlook and then a quick trip to Granbury for the weekly Home Depot/Lowes/Wal-Mart run.

All in all – a very good day! Only 1 DNF – and even that took us to a lovely park with lots of interesting buildings and local information. If this has been WAY too much geocaching info – sorry! And if it has whetted your appetite for this crazy hobby – check out www.geocaching.com and see what all the fun is about!
And I quote Gary’s favorite T-shirt (thank-you, Lara) –

I use billion-dollar satellites to find Tupperware in the woods.
What’s your hobby?
P.S. – the whole set of Glen Rose Geocaching pictures is HERE if you’d like to see those overlooks (remember, we’re in Texas), that other cemetery and a couple of other miscellaneous pictures!

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A Good Excuse

If you stopped by expecting to see a Sabbath Rest post (along with a beautiful hymn), I must apologize. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed spending some time on YouTube researching arrangements of favorite hymns, or exploring new favorite hymn writers. But this weekend I was heavily (and heavenly) distracted.
Taran lovin'. #grands #bestillmyheart
We finally got to meet this sweet little boy, our newest grandson.
And spend some time with this little fellow –
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There was certainly more snuggling and squeezing going on than picture taking, but here are a few of my favs from the weekend.
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Pop and Weston with the Ultimate Construction Site Book. So many Mighty Machines!
Train time! #grands #fatherandson
Weston & Josiah intrigued at the Toy Train Museum

Taran doing what 2 month old babies do best!
Heading home, but heart is full!💞 #grands #happytobehere
Grams and the Boys (and the Ultimate Construction Site Book!)
And one final one of Taran-

with is handsome father, but wishing he was with his beautiful mama!

Oh, my, we had a sweet weekend. The weather was beautiful, and people we were visiting were outstanding.
Even if a certain little 3 and 3/4 year old boy was hard to get a good picture of!
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If you’d like to see some additional Lancaster photos – check them out HERE!

Thanks for stopping by! And if you’d like a bit of Sabbath Rest, feel free to hum along –

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

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While we wait

Gary and I are here at Montrose Bible Conference as SOAs – SOWERS On Assignment. Which means that we’ll be here for several months (instead of just one) and that we have a specific job to accomplish. This year our task is to redo the walkway on this side of the motel
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to match the walkway that we (you know I really mean Gary, right?) completed last year.

One thing we learned last year was that it makes much more sense to have an excavator remove the existing walkway than for Gary to tackle it with the jackhammer.
AND, since that ol’ excavator won’t be here until Friday, we’ve been trying to fill in the time productively. Gary’s been building as much of the framework for the landings as possible.


And then he set out to get as many other components ready so when the excavator arrived, it would be a quick and simple job. He did actually do a bit of jackhammering in an area that had too many utilities to do with the big equipment

and then he worked with a couple of other dudes to move that vending machine out of the way.

(Let me tell you, that vending machine was uber heavy. And they even took out the soda, honest!)
Meanwhile, aside from helping Gary with an extra set of hands when he needed it, I helped out in the laundry (always busy after a full-house weekend) and then today tackled the back flower bed.

Nothing like the post-snow sadness of a perennial garden! But I was pretty certain that underneath all the rubble was spring, just ready to be sprung!

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See? I was right!
I wasn’t quite so happy to see this little guy growing out of the wall:
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But I guess I can give it points for persistence! (I pulled it out anyway!)
Even though we’re waiting, I guess you could say we’re busy waiting.
And that’s a good thing.

Thanks for stopping by ~
Steph

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