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

The First Time

I suppose there is a first time for just about everything. Well, yesterday was the first time I submitted a story to a publisher to be included in a book. These books (Chicken Soup for the Soul) get lots of submission, so while I’m hopeful my story will be chose, I’m in no way counting on it. But I have to tell you it felt like a very big step for me to have the confidence (with the expert copy editing from two wonderful friends) to actually hit that “Submit” button. While I don’t think I should share the actual story that I submitted, I can share with you my original blog post that inspired my story. It happened while we were volunteering at Teen Challenge Boys Ranch in May of 2008 –
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One A Day

We’ve been at The Cabin over a week, and (needless to say) it’s been wonderful. The days have been, for the most part, perfect Vermont days, the nights cool and the mornings have been starting with the aroma of fresh brewed coffee and the crackle of a fire. (OK, so the fact that those things tend to happen around 5:30AM are a bit disconcerting, but I have found that drifting back to sleep for a bit is a very doable thing!)  Instead of trying to write at length about what all we’ve been doing,  I thought I would just try to find one picture per day to share the essence of that time. (Of course, at the end I’ll have links to more pictures, if you feel so inclined!).  Here we go –
Thursday – Arrival!
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It felt so good to be opening the gate – we knew beautiful days were ahead of us!
Friday – Rain, Rain, stay and keep up quiet!
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Saturday – The sun returned, and we did some tramping about to see some of the changes in the landscape in year we missed coming.
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Sunday – Sweet worship at our home-away-from-home church, and then the SPLASH party in the afternoon!
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Monday – We missed the eclipse, but we had a wonderful visit with Continue reading One A Day

Seeing the country……Serving our Lord!