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And anyone else who happens by!
First of all I’d like to welcome my new subscribers and say thank you for having enough interest in this little corner of the internet to want to receive notifications of posts. I truly appreciate each and every one of you and hope you enjoy your visits! You may have noticed that I am already into day 12 of a “Post Every Day in November” attempt. Hopefully it hasn’t been too much of a burden in your inbox! While generally speaking one or two posts a week is a good target for me, every now and again I go on a blogging blitz and I seem to be in one now! While I try to figure out how to fill up the next 17 days in November, if there’s anything in particular you’d like me cover, please let me know. I’m so thankful for each of you – whether you’ve been coming along on this journey since 2004, or whether you’ve just joined the party!

Since I rarely have a post without at least ONE photo, I thought I’d do a quick “thankful” search on my Flickr account to see just what photos came up. Lots of memories there, but I picked this one to remind us of what it was like to smoosh altogether to take a group selfie.
So thankful for a final supper shared at the cabin with these wonderful folks. Honored to call them family and amazed that they put up with having this crazy photo taken. #thankfulphotos #familypictures

Ah, those were the (pre-COVID) days!

Thanks again for stopping by, and don’t forget to leave a comment if you have any suggestions for topics for the days ahead!!

Steph

Birthdays

Birthdays. They come every year. Until they don’t. So I’m thankful for each one that I am granted! Today was one that was especially lovely!
It started with me back in the closet, painting beige on beige. (It might be my birthday, but it’s still a work day!) But by the end of the day, I had sweet Facetime chats with my all kids (and most of the grands!)

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I had a wonderful Zoom call with my two birthday buddies from ‘back home’ that fed my soul in more ways that I can count! I didn’t manage to get a good picture of us trying to catch up with each other, but maybe I’ll have better luck next time. Because there will be a next time!

I was overwhelmed with birthday greetings on Facebook, had lovely calls from my sisters (more Zooming with them later this week!),  texts and phone calls from friends and even received birthday cards in the mail (no mean feat when you keep moving!).
Of course, a birthday isn’t really a birthday if you have to cook dinner, so we had a lovely early dinner out at the Lake Tiak-O’Khata Resort in Louisville. (Remember, that’s pronounced Louis-ville, not Louie-ville =) )
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(Full disclosure – that wasn’t our table, we opted to eat inside! But it was a lovely spot!)

And so I enter the last year of this particular (age) decade. Days like today make me so thankful for my family, my beautiful friends, both old and new, and for the delight of anticipation of what tomorrow will bring! (OK, I’m pretty sure tomorrow will bring more closets to paint….but you know what I mean, right?)

Thanks for all the love today, friends!

 

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

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!

 

Merry Christmas!

I know, I know – we haven’t even made it to October yet so what on earth is this Merry Christmas stuff! Well, in our world it always pays to plan ahead (as much as you can in this crazy year of 2020!). Since we’d decided to change up Christmas this year and stay south, I wanted to try and ‘deliver Christmas’ to the kiddos when we visited each family in September.  And as timing would have it – this was the Christmas Stocking Year.
Toby’s family already a good supply of GramMade Christmas stockings –
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But the addition of Everly in June necessitated a new one. For once I was thankful I had kept the leftovers from that project years ago, and was able to complete the set!
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It’s up to Toby to make a bigger hanging board!

Down in Waco, I’d also been staying on top of the Stocking situation. Josiah and Abigail had been gifted Christmas stockings as wedding gifts, so as each little boy was added, I was able to follow the style, even if the fabric choices were a bit different.
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The green one was one of the original wedding gifts, the two red ones belong to Weston and Taran. (Although I can’t find a picture of Anderson’s I’m pretty sure it does exist!) This year I made one for Deacon (who unbelievably turns ONE next month) and also one for Georgeanne ( Abigail’s mom – aka MeeMah – who lives with them!)
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To help tell them apart, I put a fancy ‘grown-up’ lining in MeeMahs!
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I think (so they tell me) that completes the sets for that gang!

Meanwhile, in Gahanna, there were NO GramMade stockings at all!
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Since I was starting from scratch with that household, it was fun make to each one a little different while keeping the basic style the same!
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(They really are all the same size – it’s just a weird perspective!)

To complete my Christmas sewing, I even made a little Christmas Tree for us –
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Now I just need to get it quilted and bound before December!

This year we also went with the Family Christmas Gift concept- and did our best to have them arrive while we were visiting.
Trampolines!!
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The one in M-ville arrived after we left, but it looks like it will be put to good use.
We were able to work together to construct the one in Waco
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and it’s been a great hit down there too!
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In fact, according to a text I received yesterday, this is happening….
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“All day, every day!”

I’m feeling all kinds of Christmas love!