We’ve arrived at our “October home” – Lake Lavon Camp, just outside of Princeton, TX.
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
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!
Our long weekend in Ohio wasn’t just about getting that basement ‘suite’ finished off. It was about getting to see our family, of course! After that oh-so-brief meet and greet with little Everly when she was all of two days old, it was wonderful to get more acquainted with her.
With so many willing arms to hold her, I was glad to get any opportunity to cuddle with that little cutie. For me, one of the high points was getting all of our Ohio family together for a Sunday afternoon picnic at a local park. There was a great obstacle course that all the kids really enjoyed while we older folks just moseyed along to watch.
Yikes – that was pretty high, brave little one!
Everyone safely maneuvered the course and we even got a chance for a group picture –
Of course, the two girls on the left go with the adults on the right and vice versa, but you can see we were quite the crowd. (Even a few over the ‘no group larger than 10’ COVID restrictions. Shhhhhhh)
At the end of our picnic time the girls began a quick game of “Get the Hat on the Baby” –
Oh the joys (or dangers) of being the sixth child! With both Mom and Dad supervising the game, I think little Everly rather enjoyed the attention.
It was great to spend time with the kids as they were all getting back into their fall schedule. School is looking different this year for both families, but everyone seems to be making the best of it. With everyone growing up so fast it makes me ever so thankful for Zoom and FaceTime and texts with pictures and phone calls. (Yes, dear children, that was a not so subtle hint to CALL YOUR MOTHER!)
Precious days indeed!
Our time “In Transit” for the last two (plus) weeks has been busy and full. Full of hugs and love and friends and kids and grands. There are more stories to tell (starting with Ohio Days – Part Two), but for now we are just happy to be still. After day’s delay, this morning we hit the road for Lindale.
(No, we were not doing the speed limit. Yikes!)
We arrived after a perfectly boring 3 hour drive, and got settled nicely in the quiet (for now) SOWER RV parking spot behind the office. For the next two weeks Gary will be preparing for the SOWER Board meeting at the end of the month along with doing some house projects, and I’ll be working on some sewing projects, some photo organization, some file purging, some nap taking and some late sleeping. Maybe even some book reading! An extra bonus is that we have lots of friends in the neighborhood, so I’m sure there will also be some SOWER socializing! All in all, I’m thinking it’ll be a good couple of weeks.
I don’t think I ever recapped our short but sweet visit with our Ohio kiddos (2 families, and a total of 8 grandkids!). Although we were only there for a long weekend, we managed to cram a lot in. First the was the completion of the Great Bedroom Shuffle. Or at least our part in it!
The project started last Christmas, as the basement was being rearranged and renovated to include a bedroom and a bathroom in anticipation of the arrival of their new baby in June.
By the time we left after Christmas, the framing was (almost) complete!
Then during the winter and early spring (when everyone’s schedule was freed up by the pandemic) Toby continued to work on the egress window and moving the plumbing to facilitate the bathroom.
Since we also had a rearranged schedule this spring, we were able to get back in late May and help get the drywall up!
By the time we left, the drywall was up and ‘mudded’ and ready for paint.
We left right after little Everly was welcomed into the family, and even with that sweet distraction, the finishing touches continued –
Finally, just before we arrived at the end of August, the carpeting was installed!!!
The common room and stairs also a nice makeover!
I think the carpet was a big hit with everyone!
Finally after the last bit of window trim was done, the furniture was moved, and the girls got to decorating!
The bathroom still needs a bit of pizzazz
but let me tell you, these teenage girls are pretty excited to have their OWN BATHROOM!!
The upstairs bedrooms got shuffled around too, but I totally failed to document that! I can say that everyone was pretty darned pleased with their new ‘digs’!
It was beautiful like New Hampshire, and is a kissing cousin to the Blue Ridge Parkway, but the pictures were from the Skyline Drive in Virginia. Here’s the original post –
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly October 23, 2006
The Good –The Skyline Drive is breathtaking! The weather was less than perfect, but the drive up to the Skyland Lodge – the highest point of the Skyline Drive at 3680 ft was spectacular. A camera cannot begin to take in the splendor of the mountains decked out in their fall color, but here are a couple of shots – but if you want more, go here!
The Bad –
When we started up Lizzie after our stop at Skyland, the gauges were all wacko. The gas gauge was at E, and the low coolant light was on. We had filled up just before we got on the Parkway so unless we somehow sprung a leak (and there wasn’t any evidence of that) we had to figure that was just a gauge glitch. But the puddle of coolant under the engine told us the “low coolant” light must be telling the truth. Gary checked for leaking hoses but everything looked intact. We filled up with water (it continued to leak out) and we headed back down the mountain. We got off at the first opportunity and called our Emergency Road Service guys. We limped to a Walmart and were then rescued by a BIG Tow Truck. Right now we’re in Broadway, VA waiting for the shop to open up tomorrow to diagnose (and correct!) the problem. Gary thinks there’s a hole in the radiator and it will probably need to be replaced. Yikes!
Here’s Lizzie taking a ride…… 🙁
There’s a 30% chance of SNOW tomorrow. What’s up with that!!!!!