Category Archives: Pictures of the Adventure

Photos of our travels and stops along the way

Flag Day and the answer

Happy Flag Day everyone!
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Have you been having a good week? Aside from an excursion to the cardiologist on Wednesday (tests went well – but no word yet.), I’ve been busy helping with the Big Bed Shuffle here at the conference center. Remember all those mattresses that were delivered a week or so ago?
UntitledWell, the new queens are going into the rooms in Lily Hill (the motel), and the newer doubles that had been in Lily Hill were moved to replaced some older doubles in Dreyer. Then all the twin beds were replaced with new. In other words, just about every room at the conference center got some type of new (or new to them!) beds. It was a good chance to do some behind the beds cleaning,
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and then ALL those beds had to be made! Ah, job security!
Gary, who has been on ‘light duty’ since this whole heart thing started, kept busy making all the bed frames for those new queen beds.
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Neither he or I were actually involved in the shuffling of all the mattresses (thank goodness!). Just the pre- and after-math of said shuffle!! All in all, it was a good and productive week!
This weekend we head to upstate NY for a weekend visit with our good SOWER friends, Joe & Kim. =) At the end of the weekend, Gary will head back by himself and I’ll hang around in NY until Kim and I pick-up our other dear friend Jenny at the airport on Tuesday for a much anticipated Girls’ Getaway!!
Watch out – here comes trouble!
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Oh – the Where in the World Wednesday location? I had a lot of good guess over on Facebook, and lots of them got it right away.

Mount St. Helens in Washington State.  The mountain missing it’s main peak since its 1980 eruption.
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Every Day in May – check!

So there you have it – a blog post a day in the month of May. It was a bit of a challenge for me (maybe it was for you too!), but all in all I think it was a good exercise! Even after all these years, I’m still trying to figure out just what kind of blog this is and what this taught me is that it is NOT an every day kind of blog! Maybe one of these days I’ll figure out just what kind of blog this is, but in the meanwhile we’ll just call it a “Life Journal” kind of blog. Part travelogue, part ministry, part family, and part mundane. But hopefully it has all been mixed in with a bit of inspiration.

June looks like it’s going to be crazy with all kinds of fun things (including a NE and Canada cruise with my sisters!!!) and I’m pretty sure my blogging will settle down to a more reasonable pace. In fact, the blog will be quiet for the weekend since today we are taking a little weekend road trip to see family AND see a specialist for Gary’s asthma, which has been particularly troublesome this spring.  Hopefully we’ll get some answers, but I know we’ll be getting some hugs!

Thanks for hanging in this month! And every month! And through the years!  I’d love to hear from you about what YOU’d like to see in this little corner of the internet, so feel free to comment. (NO personal data is collected, I promise!)

Have a good weekend, everyone!

 

 

Oh – Yesterday’s Where in the World? That was a picture from November 2008 when we were in the Chiricauha Mountains in AZ.

Just a little randomness

Did you have a good Memorial Day? We were busy here at the conference center. Not only was there a full house at the lower campus, but they hosted a community picnic and chicken BBQ up at the upper campus.  So the kitchen was super stretched on Monday, but as always, everything worked out well. I was taking a turn in the kitchen (I’ve been mostly helping out with housekeeping) and they even let me play at the griddle!
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Hotdog, anyone?

Today the busyness continued!! I was back on housekeeping (after all, it was a full house over the weekend so ALL the rooms needed attention) and we were mostly working on the the preliminary stripping, collecting trash and towels, since today was also the day that over 100 new mattresses were delivered!
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Oh yeah –
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Mattresses, mattresses, everywhere!!
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These are some of the old ones waiting to be hauled downstairs. Pretty sure it was time!
But while the rest of the guys were hauling new and old mattresses hither and yon, Gary was still working on leveling that foundation.
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I think the ‘jack up the building’ phase of this job is about done! Thank-goodness!

Oh, the random thing? Well, I got a video from my daughter this week that absolutely made my day. For the last several years, each spring I send each of the grands a new book to start off their summer reading. I enjoy reading reviews and trying to find just the right book for each of them. I know they always appreciate them (and I can only hope they actually read them!), but this video that Lara took right after Alexandra (age 3.5) opened her book is absolutely priceless –
Alexandra and her new book!
My heart is full!

Another blessing

I know I’ve mentioned previously some of the many perks – or blessings, as I prefer to call them – of our traveling lifestyle.  We get to see beautiful new-to-us areas of the country, we’ve met amazing people, and we’ve seen God in action from sea to shining sea.  But one of the other less mentioned blessings we’ve received is being able to hear some well-known Christian speakers and artists.  We’ve been blessed to sit under the teaching of  David Platt, Charles Stanley, Max Lucado, and David Jeremiah. Of course we’ve also been blessed to be able to hear the Word from many, many others not quite as well known. This past Thursday we were invited to participate in the 65th Anniversary celebration of WPEL, a local Christian radio station that is located here in Montrose. The guest speaker was Dr. Erwin Lutzer, Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church in Chicago.  Having now heard him speak, I’m embarrassed to say that I had never heard of him before.  Where have I been??!!
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He was excellent, and I will definitely be listening for his radio programs and hunting down his books!!

Along with being inspired by Dr. Lutzer, we were also blessed to hear a mini concert by Steve Green
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It was a great evening – the Gospel clearly presented both in word and song! How thankful we are to be able to participate in programs like this!
To God be all the Glory!