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Full arms, Full hearts

This past weekend we took a quick trip to Waco to greet our newest grandson, and love on the rest of our Waco clan!
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It was a super sweet couple of days, where we snuggled with the littles and hung out with the not so littles!
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It was a laid back couple of days
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and we thoroughly enjoyed our time with the kiddos. Little Deacon spent Saturday night back in the hospital, enjoying a ‘spa day’ under the lights (the dreaded bilirubin count was getting higher instead of lower), but by morning his ‘numbers’ were back in the right range, and he was home Sunday afternoon.  God is good!

We did have a opportunity to see some friends, make sure a couple of our favorite Waco eateries were still delicious, and even stopped at the Parrott Ave house and greet the new owners. (Yikes, I know that was risky, but we had a gate opener that we wanted to return so it seemed like a legitimate reason to stop. They were delighted to officially meet us, and remain totally thrilled with the house. I confess it did our hearts good to know that all was well!)

We left Waco knowing we wouldn’t see these darling kids until next summer, but oh so very thankful for Facetime and Skype and any of the other miracles of technology that allow us to watch ALL these babies grow!
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Today we had another addition to the family! This very day we welcomed this sweet ride into our family-
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Not as exciting as that little Deacon, but still a pretty big deal in our world!
Thanks for joining in our JOY!
Steph
PSSST – if you’d like to see a couple more photos of those cute grandboys – you can check them out HERE!

Cabin Chronicles, Reader’s Digest Edition

When I started writing about our time at The Cabin in my head, I had it organized in several categories. Like Cabin Mornings
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or Cabin Sunsets
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or Cabin Gardening
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or just fun Cabin shots –
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But now that two months have passed, it seems best that I just focus in on The Dock Project. (Because what would our end of the summer Cabin visit be without a Project!)
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As you can see, our dock has seen better days. I think we could go as far as to say that it’s seen better years!! At our annual meeting we discussed removing, replacing or rebuilding it. Since a ‘ready made’ dock was a little out of our budget, and the idea of No Dock was not well received, it was decided that Gary (with the help of our VT family) would work on rebuilding it at the end of the summer.
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Let’s just say that Gary really loves a challenge!
First there was the dismantling….
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Once all the top boards were off, he moved the frame (with a little help from the 4 wheeler and no documentation) to the shore and then up on a pair of sawhorses. (Happy to report I DID actually help with that!)
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Once all the rebuilding/reinforcement of the dock frame was done,
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we just waited until we had more willing bodies and then back into the pond it went. Again with a little help from that trusty ATV!
Dragging the Dock into position
And then the real fun began!
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To say this was a family affair is an understatement!
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To say it was lots of fun (and lots of hard work) is also an understatement!
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So it’s not quite ready for diving off of, but we had to save something for next spring’s project, right?
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It was a great family day, and we give a big shout out to Dewey, Sharon, Bethany, Mike, the little guys, Talon and Alaster, and the puppies, Amaya and Sunshine (along with Elna and Henry who were up at the cabin cleaning up after lunch!) who made Phase One of the Dock Project a reality!

We only had two weeks at the Cabin this year, but we made sure they were filled with friends and family and long naps and sleeping late and waking to the sound of a crackling fire and the sweet aroma of a fresh pot of coffee. (OK, so I was the only one sleeping late and waking to the sound of crackling fire and the sweet aroma of a fresh pot of coffee, but we were both involved in the naps and friends and family!) So although this update is just about two months late, it was a lovely reminder of that perfect end of the summer we so often enjoy!! (If you’d like to see more photos of our Cabin time, you can check them out HERE!)

In a real-time update, I’m delighted to report that we have welcomed our newest grandboy into the family!
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Deacon Wood Conrad entered the world on Oct 15, weighing in at a healthy 8#13oz. Momma and baby are doing great – and the big brothers seem to be quite enthralled with this newest Conrad.
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And I’m happy to report we’re just days away from holding all that new baby goodness!

Thanks for stopping by!
Steph

Things they are a’ changin’

Well, I guess it would be more accurate to say – things they are a ‘changin back.
Two years ago I shared how we had purchased this sweet house in Waco

It seemed weird, at the time, that even though we were in Pennsylvania we could buy a house in Texas. Ah, the magic of technology.
So today it didn’t seem quite so weird that even though we are (again!)in Pennsylvania we have been able to sell a house in Texas.

It was a bittersweet moment as we bid farewell (in a distant kind of way) to little bit of Waco, but I must confess that it was much nicer to see money arrive in our bank account rather than have it get sucked out. We wish the new owners much joy in the house, and pray they love it as much as we did!
But we’re not done with Waco. Not by a long shot. Even though the Parrott Ave (aka the PAZOO) Era is over, there is still lots to love about Waco. No, it’s not Chip and Joanna. It’s the friends we’ve made over the 10 years of our Waco connection and of course it’s these guys most of all –J&A&family
Yes, Waco – We’ll be baaaaack!!!

Family Blessings

When Gary was a youngun’ he was unofficially adopted by his Aunt Sis and Uncle Rich into their (already robust) family of seven. Those good Jesus-loving folks included him in vacations, had him over for weekends, and generally loved on him during a time when his family was pretty much falling apart. As I was introduced and well-welcomed into that family I could see how God used those dear people to model for Gary not only what an intact family looked like, but also what living for Jesus looked like in real life. Oh, there was lots and lots of teasing, but never without the underlying lots and lots of loving. Even when the family moved from the Philadelphia area up to Massachusetts, the connection stayed strong. When we set out on this journey, their house was the first place we visited. While I failed to get a photo of them at the time – here they are a couple of years later –
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Man, we love these folks! They have both been promoted to Heaven, but we still are in contact with those wild and crazy cousins. When we got an invitation to join their family reunion in MA, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to join in the fun. While we had little to no idea who went with who in the younger generations, it was still a marvelous day of seeing the Lake tribe in all of its glory and goodness. They might’ve been short a family or two, but it was still a perfectly wonderful day. Since we were so enjoying catching up with the gang, I didn’t take too many photos, but I couldn’t resist when all the littles were gathered together for a group shot.
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Even though they were definitely looking at a different camera, you can get a feel for the energy of the day! And for the moms that were busy trying to capture the moment.
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I did manage one sibling/cousin/spouse photo –
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We might not get to connect with these folks very often – but the love is always there!!

After our quick trip to Mass, we returned to work for a couple of days and then headed south to do some doctoring and other family visiting! Blood work, mammogram and annual check-ups all went well (thank you, Lord!), but the real highlight of our “Doctoring” time is our chance to visit with the Chambersburg Fitz’s and any other nearby family – Joie and Fitz came for the day to add more delight to our visit. Such a wonderful time of catching up with this sweet family! I totally failed in the picture taking department, but managed to get a shot of three of the four kiddos working on one of the three jigsaw puzzles that were in process during our visit!
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The time spent with that family more than made up for the two shots I got at the Doctors. And a quick stop at Trickling Springs Creamery also helped!
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All in all, it was an excellent week. A little work, a little road trip, a little business (those doctoring things!), a little ice cream and a LOT OF FAMILY!!! What could be better!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Steph
PS – If you’d like to see just a few more pictures of the trip, you can check them out here!

Catching up by phone

First of all I’d like to say “Thank you” for continuing to visit this little corner of the internet!! My posts seem to get farther and farther apart – somewhat because our life seems pretty mundane these days but mostly because it’s easier not to write a post than it is to write one! Just trying to keep it real here, friends! Since it’s been a couple of weeks since I last wrote, I thought I’d just look through my phone to see what I thought was interesting enough to document. And in that looking back I realized I’ve done a really poor job of photo-documenting some of the really important stuff!
So work – SOWER work that is!
We ladies have been largely working with housekeeping – making beds and getting rooms ready for guests. No pictures of that, but surely you can imagine the whole bed-making process. =) On the Fourth we were pulled into the kitchen, and that was super fun!
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Did you catch the whole red-white-and-blue theme of our attire?? Always working on getting in the spirit! It wasn’t all work, though and we did enjoy a yummy chicken BBQ
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and later in the day sported our matching (though you probably can’t see them) flag earrings!
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The guys have been busy working on that walk-in room.
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Framing approved and on to the insulation

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Insulation approved and on to the drywall….
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The drywall has passed inspection and hopefully sometime this week they will actually be able to start constructing the walk-in!! (I’m home alone this lovely Saturday morning, and I’m pretty sure that Gary is down tapin’ and muddin’ that drywall!)
So in a nutshell – this SOWER project has gone by in a flash, and with just one week to go, it will be sad to see our co-workers head off.
In Non-Work news, we took a little road trip last weekend up to the cabin (YIPPEE!!!!) for our annual Dwinell Cabin Association meeting. This is where I really fell down in photo-documenting it! No pictures of the cabin, no big group picture, no pictures of the friends we got to see along the way. Ugh. BUT – regardless of my sad photo taking, there were a couple of pictures on the phone from the weekend.
Like the produce at the Farmer’s Market in Ludlow, VT
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or the beautiful VT highway, with its lovely lack of traffic –
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or a candid shot from our meeting.
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What I failed to take pictures of are all the sweet moments we spent with friends and family. But maybe it’s just that I was too busy enjoying the time to get out the camera. Yep, I know that’s the case! Those wonderful memories are best stored in our hearts anyway, right?

Well, in the interest of getting something accomplished today, I’d best hit the ‘publish’ button on this.  I did just return from tracking down my sweet hubby, and sure enough –
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he’s been playing in the mud!

Thanks for stopping by!
Steph