Category Archives: Pictures of the Adventure

Photos of our travels and stops along the way

Saturday Errands

We had a pretty productive day today – how about you? We started the day with our co-workers Tom and Wendy who joined us for a bit of a walk about at the McKinney Third Monday Trade Days (which apparently is held on the weekend before the Third Monday of the month – go figure). It’s one of those gigantic flea market where you can purchase anything from Texas swag to fun decorative items to yard art to giant corndogs.
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We weren’t looking for anything in particular, but still we managed to come home with some goodies –
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Three scrubbies for Gary, a pair of earrings for me, and a Griswold cast iron frying pan for the kitchen. (Ok, it’s really for me….)
It was all I could do not to come right home and cook up some bacon!
I’m sure we missed some bargains, but I am happy to report that we made it down the puppy aisle without going home with one! There sure were some cuties, though!
Once we’d had our fill of Trade Days (and with our happy purchases in hand), we headed to In N’ Out for lunch.
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(Picture is from a previous visit – I wasn’t very good at taking pictures today!)
Once we leave this area we will be out of In N’ Out land until this time next year, so it felt good to get one last cheeseburger, protein style, animal style. (If you know, you know. If you don’t, I’m sorry!)
After our burgers we were off to find a Little Free Library, Gary’s favorite book swap venue. We found one just outside McKinney and Gary was able to ‘Take a Book and Return a Book’. Or six.
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(Hey, I saw those fun license plate letters at the Flea Market!)
After the book swap there was a quick stop at Lowes (we have a running Lowes list so when we see one, we stop) and then off to Costco. Lots of folks are surprised that we have a Costco membership since we obviously don’t have much room for buying things in bulk. For sure we don’t by paper towels and toilet paper there. But we do pick up our coffee, check out any bargains in the clothing department, maybe pick up a rotisserie chicken ($4.99!!) and see what else might tempt us. And we always, always pick up a couple cases of water (48-17oz bottles/$2.99!). Our list was short today, but another thing we really like about Costco is this –
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Yes, that’s $1.589/gallon. Love this!
Last was quick run into Walmart to pick up a prescription and a few incidentals, and then we were headed home. All in all a good productive day – and we were home in time for a lovely afternoon snooze!

The rest of the day was pretty lazy – but hey, it’s the weekend right? Hope your day was the perfect blend of productive and easy chair too!

Steph

Family Visit

Imagine our delight when our Waco kids came for a visit this past Sunday! Especially given that Waco isn’t exactly around the corner from Camp Lavon and good ol’ Dallas is smack dab in the middle of the route. But they were willing – and we were happy to have them come.   To simplify lunch (feeding 8 folks in our RV was not high on my “fun things to do” list) we met a nearby restaurant to start our visit.
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[Do you suppose it’s a proven fact that it’s impossible to get four little men to smile at the camera at the same time? I think Weston (front right) was working on his “how weird can I look” face, while Taran across the table was just over it. Man, I love those little boys!]
Although we’ve had some lovely cool-ish (for Texas anyway) days recently, Sunday climbed well into the 90’s so for much of the day we just hung around in the RV. It was a little crowded, but we set the boys up with the dominoes on the tile floor, and they kept pretty busy building towers or seeing how many they could line up to knock down! Every now and then one would wander up front and I caught this shot of little Anderson with the sun hitting him just  right!

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Eventually, though, we braved the heat and went for a little walk around the conference center. We checked out the lake front
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and then ended up at the camp’s swimming hole where one of the camp families (also with 4 young’uns) was playing in the water. The boys couldn’t resist, and although there were no pictures taken, joining them for a bit of splash time was the perfect end to a hot walk. Once everyone was back in dry clothes, they loaded the van and headed back to Waco (with a quick stop at the DWF airport to pick up a friend – didn’t that work out well!). I snapped one last shot of this little guy –
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who turns ONE tomorrow!! As the saying goes – #dontblink!

We don’t get many family visits when we’re on a SOWER project, so Sunday afternoon was a very precious time indeed!  Thanks for coming along for the visit!
Steph

Getting back in the groove

Sometimes it’s hard, isn’t it? Getting back into the groove I mean? This week I’ve gotten back into the groove of SOWER work, and it’s been going pretty well. One thing that has helped ease me back into “waking up to an alarm” is that the crew here at Lake Lavon doesn’t start work until 9 AM, following devotions at 8:30. Being a flexible sort of SOWER, we were happy to comply with their schedule. (Our SOWER workday usually starts at 8AM with devos at 7:30.) Our work has been productive too. Wendy and I are in painting mode and have worked out a pretty good routine as we tackle this loooonnnnggg hallway.
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Lots of nooks and crannies there, so I do mostly the brush work and she uses her skills with cutting in the ceiling and doing the high stuff!
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Of course, we both do the rolling, but again, she takes the high road and I take the low!
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(This photo is also to show you how close the new color is to the old color. I’m pretty sure when I take the “after” picture, it’s going to look pretty much like that “before” picture!)
It’s been going well, and we should be able to finish up next week. I hear there’s another room waiting for our rollers though, so we won’t be putting away our painting clothes anytime soon!
Meanwhile, the guys have been busy too!
Can you imagine how Gary’s pulse quickened when he saw this electrical panel that fed our RV sites?
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Oh.My.Goodness.
Even if he ended up doing it on his spare time, he knew he couldn’t leave it that way! By the end of the week –
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his blood pressure had returned to normal! Phew!
Tom was busy too – moving an A/C unit and getting it hooked up at its new home. Sadly, no pictures were taken of said work! Sorry, Tom!  I try to do better next week!

All in all it was a good week of getting back into the SOWER work groove. We got to sleep in a wee bit (OK, I slept in a wee bit longer – Gary is  still up before dawn!), we got a fair bit of work accomplished here at Lake Lavon, and we got to serve alongside some great folks (both the staff here and our fellow SOWERS!). Thank you, Lord, for these blessings.

Now if I could just get back into the groove of this blogging thing……

Steph

Waco Days

There are lots of things to love about our time outside of Waco earlier last month, when we spent a bit over a week with our youngest son and his beautiful family! Here are just a few of them –
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We got to park in their driveway!! We had good power (no official hook-up just yet, but we had a more than adequate temporary hook-up), the slides were out, and almost every morning there was a little knock at our door by a couple of fair headed little boys wanting to come into the RV! Now in my book, our home is very utilitarian and there is not much for little ones to do. But that didn’t seem to matter. From the swivel chairs to the road atlas to the grapefruit spoons in the silverware drawer, there seemed to be no end of adventures in Lizzie.
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We loved having them stop by each morning!

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We got to teach them a new game – Pegs and Jokers (very similar to SORRY). It combined cards and fun ‘pegs’ and a bit of strategy, and many a game was played during our visit.
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We left it with them and I hope they continue to enjoy it!

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We (ok, it was mostly Gary) got to work on a couple of projects. Can you guess what he’s building?
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Yep, a loft bed!
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Weston was pretty stoked about that!
And then there was some outdoor work –
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Helping out with some new fencing. Nothing fancy, just enough to keep the dogs home and the chickens (yes, there are chicks on order!) in the yard!
Of course, there was the Christmas Trampoline –
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Now that was a fun project, and even more fun watching the kids get acquainted with this new backyard delight!
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But regardless of the games that were played and the projects that were accomplished, the best part of our Waco Days was being able to spend time with these guys!
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It was exciting to see them settling into their new (to them) home outside of Waco, and to hear them share their plans for the days to come! It was hard to say good-bye, but there’s a pretty good chance they’ll come to see us here at Lake Lavon since we’re not all that far away (in the overall scheme of things!).
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Yes, our Waco Days are filled with wonderful memories!

 

Our New Spot

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We’ve arrived at our “October home” – Lake Lavon Camp, just outside of Princeton, TX.
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This is a great location, with lots of lake frontage, and it might look like we’re really in the middle of nowhere. However, if I pan out with my Google Maps, you can see
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we’re really just outside of the greater Dallas/Ft. Worth area! In fact, we’ve already gotten a Costco fix – it’s only 30 minutes away! Whoohoo!
While this camp is well established (founded in 1951), it’s new to the SOWER family. We’ll be working with another couple and are already looking forward to getting back to work – even though we haven’t a clue what that actual work will be! But after all, that’s the beauty of our ministry – every month is different!
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Happy October, everyone! (And Happy Birthday to our Reis, who turned SEVEN today!
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These kiddos are growing up Way.Too.Fast.)