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Mondays are for Memories – Mississippi!

Since we are heading to Mississippi and our November SOWER project at the end of the week I thought I’d look back to one of the first times we visited the state, fifteen years ago also in November. Here’s a little report from ‘early on’ in our Rving adventure –

Nov 11, 2005 –
I’ve been a little frustrated getting a good internet connection here in southern Mississippi. Even Starbucks let me down today! But we’re in Hattiesburg and someone directed me to a Kinkos/FedEx store where I could connect. Enough whining – just an FYI if you don’t hear from me very often!
I never mentioned our time in Vicksburg, did I? It really has something for everyone – Casinos, Outlet stores, History….. We just concentrated on the History – and after our visit to the Vicksburg National Park, we took a nice drive down through the town. We were glad we were just in the truck – those little city streets would have been a nightmare! Here is just one shot of the battlefield….
Vicksburg National Cemetery
There was so much information about the battle there – I get lost in all the details!

We’ve been busy this first week at Harvest Ministries. Previous to our getting here they removed 62 trees that were on the drive alone. Once the utilities were back they were able to house some of the evacuee, but now they are getting ready for some official “guests” this coming week. The men are busy with building repair, and we ladies are doing “housekeeping” – stuff we’ve all done before! Lots and lots of clean-up (inside and out) to do.
Here is a shot of the view from the dining hall where we meet for devotions each morning…
Morning at Harvest Ministry
I’ll try to get some shots of the damage that is being repaired, but that will have to wait until my next visit to a wireless connection!
Weather has been wonderful – cool nights and beautiful sunny 70 degree days.
And Diesel this morning was only $2.50 at Walmart.

Here’s a link to the original post!

Sabbath Rest – Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling

With so much “noise” coming at us, how hard it seems these days to hear the soft and tender voice of Jesus.  Yet He continues to call……

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling
Calling for you and for me
See, on your portals He’s waiting and watching
Watching for you and for me

Come home, come home
Ye who are weary come home
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling
Calling O sinner come home

Oh! For the wonderful love He has promised
Promised for you and for me
Tho’ we have sinned He has mercy and pardon
Pardon for you and for me

Come home, come home
Ye who are weary come home
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling
Calling O sinner come home

Gently He leads those who carry their young ones
Shepherd for you and for me
Surely His goodness and mercy will follow
Ever with you and with me

Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling
Calling O sinner come home
Calling O sinner come home

Original song adapted by Kristyn Getty; Ashokan Farewell written by Jay Unger
© Public Domain

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.
We weren’t looking for anything in particular, but still we managed to come home with some goodies –
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.
(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.
(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 –
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!


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.
[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!

Eventually, though, we braved the heat and went for a little walk around the conference center. We checked out the lake front
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 –
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!