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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!

The Family Doctor

Before we actually left the project last week (was it only last week???) we made a quick overnight trip to our Family Doctor.
Dr MikeLet’s face it. “Doctoring” is one of those life necessities that does not fit well with our mobile lifestyle.  Sure, there are Urgent Care facilities and Emergency Rooms just about everywhere for those urgent and emergency type events, but for your standard check-ups, routine tests and just plain having a primary care doctor that has some history with you, that has been a little tricky. Several years ago we approached my nephew (the doctor) about us becoming patients at his group practice.  You know, those once-a-year kind that occasionally will call with a question so you can tell them sternly to GO FIND A DOCTOR.  He agreed! Fortunately for us, he also has a lovely wife and four great kids that we totally enjoy visiting, so our annual Family Doctor visit often turns into a beautiful family affair. This year was no different. In fact, this year was quite spectacular! Not only did we fit in all the necessary check-ups, blood work and mammogram (all came back with good reports, thank you, LORD!) but Gary was able to do a follow-up with a pulmonary specialist to make sure he was doing all he could to control his asthma.  All good on that front too! But of course the best part was not only did we get to see the good doctor’s beautiful family, but his sister Abby came over with her 5 littles (not so little, most of them, but a new addition we hadn’t met yet!), AND my sister and hubby also showed up for the afternoon.  We laughed and played games and with so many cousins around (and a trampoline in the backyard) we even had a couple of minutes for adult conversations!! What we didn’t do was take any pictures of all the fun! Finally, as the Maryland cousins were getting ready to head home and everyone seemed to be clustered in the hallway, Abby pulled out her phone and documented the day!
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That’s not all of us, but it’s a good representative crew!
Good doctor reports blended in with good family visits. Ah, the beauty of it all!

PS – About the header photo – so few pictures were taken,  I had to grab one from our visit there back in 2018! We did not have Lizzie the RV with us this trip – she stayed put back at Potomac Park!

Before we move…

I figured I’d better do a bit of catchin’ up!
First the SOWER work
We lit up the dining room
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and painted bunk beds until we ran out of paint.
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(Just an FYI – 4 pints of that paint did 4 complete sets and 3 “one side only” sets.)
Then Gary did some roofing
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I was the ladder holding, tool passing assistant until he moved to using the lift!
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And thankfully he had some additional roof-walking help
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and the two of them continued on until they ran out of tin!
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So close!

Family and Friends
I’ve already shared the lovely weekend we spent with my sister Joie and her dear hubby, but we’ve also had the opportunity to spend some time with my nephew and his family who live only about a half hour away. They are so close that twice Robyn and a selection of kiddos came over to enjoy the camp’s Slippery Slopes!
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We’ve loved having family close by! We are headed their way tomorrow for a quick overnight while we take care of some annual doctoring in their area before we pull out on Wednesday. This makes my heart happy!
This past Friday I was blessed to be able to connect with my college roommate for the day. It has always struck me as one of God’s great kindnesses that way back in 1969 the student housing system at Shippensburg College (now University) put two freshman together alphabetically (Drawbaugh/Dwinell) who would become fast friends! Somehow we’ve managed to stay connected (even before the days of email, Facebook, and unlimited long distance) over the years and time just seems to melt away when we are able to connect. Friday was no exception! We took a leisurely walk along the C&O Canal in Williamsport, checked out the college town of Shepardstown and ended up with a drive-through of Harper’s Ferry. It was a lovely day of catching up and marveling at God’s goodness to us!
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We also avoided stepping on this monster caterpillar on our walk –
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Hopefully it made it across the walk way and will soon be turning into an Imperial Moth (per Google Lens) with a wingspan of 3 to 6 inches! Yikes!

Gary & I even did a bit of touristing in the area, but I think I’ll save that for another day!
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Thanks for coming along for the wrap-up! It has really been a lovely month filled with family and friends and good work.  And for that we are so very thankful!

Steph