The Rest of the Story….

Several of you have asked why we made the ‘move’ to Texas. How come? Why now? So before I get into the full explanation, let’s talk for a moment about “Domicile”.
For those of you living in a house or an apartment, domicile is easy. It’s simply where you live. For those of us who move every three weeks or so, it’s a bit more complicated. Not only is there the ‘where do you get mail?’ problem, but the state and federal governments really, really, really want to know where you ‘domicile’. There’s this thing called Taxes that they seem pretty particular about.
The tricky part is that most states want you to actually LIVE there before they will give you a driver’s license and tags for your vehicles. When we first left home (outside of Philadelphia), the house was still on the market, so we just got a PO Box and asked good friends to pick up the mail and send it to us periodically. Continue reading The Rest of the Story….

Wacotown Days

Waco these days is a happenin’ little town. We ‘discovered’ Waco about 9 years ago when our daughter took a job at Baylor University. We found it to have lots to offer – from it’s very own lake (Lake Waco) to several wonderful museums to a lovely zoo to lots of park space to a beautiful riverfront area. Lately it’s become more well known as the home to Chip and Joanna Gaines and their HGTV show, Fixer Upper. Ah, the shiplap that is yet to be discovered in this sweet little city! But what we really love to Waco are the people we’ve connected with. When the daughter said she was moving to Ohio, we were sad to loose that connection with folks we had come to love. Needless to say, when one of the sons said he wanted to move to Waco – well, that was just fine with us! Continue reading Wacotown Days

Catchin’ Up….Again!

It’s times like this that I think I should just have a category called Catchin Up since it seems like I do an awful lot of that these days!There’s no point in apologizing for my 2 and a half weeks of silence, so I guess I’d better just get started – you know – catchin’ up.

The Ohio Family!
Our first stop in our drive west and south was Ohio, where two thirds of our family live. =)
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We dropped the house off at a repair shop near Dayton to get some shiny new brakes, and headed to the kids with our suitcases and the truck. Since we were going to be house guests (and given our schedule) our visits were short but sweet(following the house guests and fish rule). But we managed to pack our days full of lots of fun, nonetheless!
First stop was with our Marysville clan –
There were countless games of Rummikub-
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A couple Corn Hole tournaments –
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A seven-year old’s birthday at the local crossfit gym-
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Some birdhouse building
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And even some felt crafting
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Oh – and lest I forget – a fine display of gymnastics!
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and Noah! They sure get good use out that blue gym mat!
Stories were read, snuggles were garnered, and saxophones were played.
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It was a great visit all around!
By Monday we were off to Gahanna to see the rest of our Ohio family!
Since this visit happened mid-week, and folks were either working or in nursery school, we had a little more time to help out with some chores. There was a fence to fix (thanks to the neighbor’s tree falling on it over the summer)
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and Gary decided he wanted to put a floor in the playhouse area of the swing set (our spring project!).
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But even though we had our days mostly to ourselves, we still had some sweet visits with the kids and Mom and Dad. Pops pulled out the birdhouse project and everyone seemed to enjoy that little activity!
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Before we knew it – it was time to pack up and head down the road.  Next time we need to ignore the 3 Day House-Guests and Fish rule!!
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But Texas and Gary’s first SOWER Board meeting was calling!
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It was a mostly uneventful trip – just a bit to much construction and way too many trucks!!!
This last week we’ve been parked at the SOWER office while Gary went to 3 days of Trustee meetings while I stayed back at the rig (mostly) and caught up with life.
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It was a good meeting and we thoroughly enjoyed reconnecting with friends from when I took a turn on the board!
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We finished off the week visiting several SOWER projects and then spent today wrapping up chores here (you should see how sparkling our ceiling fan is!!). Tomorrow we head to Waco, where the other 1/3 of our family live!!

So now I’m officially caught up – until I get totally absorbed in playing with the grandboys and catching up with friends in Waco. Oh well – you know I’ll be back eventually, right?

Thanks for coming along for the ride!

Dear Joie & Fitz

Hello! And greetings from Montrose! We’ve made it back to our little house on wheels, but wanted to give you the low-down on our wonderful three weeks at The Cabin.
But you knew it’d be grand, didn’t you? We had enough picture perfect Vermont days to cancel out the cool and rainy ones, and most of the other days , while maybe not crystal clear, but were winners nonetheless! We were blessed with lots of company – a sweet youngster (21!) that we met on a SOWER project , my college roommate & hubby, friends from when our kids were small who now live in VT (who we even put to work), cousins from Gary’s side, SOWER friends who came for a mid-week weekend, and a wonderful day with all of our Vermont family.
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But all of our wonderful company aside, I bet you’re wondering what Gary was up to. Right? Well, as usual, he kept himself plenty busy! Continue reading Dear Joie & Fitz

Seeing the country……Serving our Lord!