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We have twelve beautiful grandchildren, ages 1 through 18. Between the large number of kiddos and the fact that we travel full time, it’s been hard to develop close relationships with each grand. Which is why we have made it a practice to take them one at a time the summer that they’re ten (10) for a little adventure with Grams and Pops! While most of the time these adventures are spaced out by a couple of years, this summer we had a two-fer! You might remember Noah’s Delawarean Adventure back in early August. Last month we took one of our Waco boys on his great adventure to Galveston, TX!
What a grand time we had! We spent lots of time just enjoying the campground (Jamaica Beach RV Resort),
but also explored the Space Center in Houston
took a Duck Boat Tour (a first for all of us!)
checked out Moody Gardens
and learned about off-shore drilling at a museum at on the Gulf.
(Full disclosure – that probably wasn’t his favorite activity, but we enjoyed it and I think he learned something along the way!)
Mini golf, ferry rides, and ice cream!

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So much goodness and so many memories. It was a wonderful week and we’re so thankful for the one-on-one time we had with Weston (and all his cousins before him!).

You know I took a couple more pictures, right? Check them out HERE if you’d like!

Look back – and give thanks

One of our favorite quotes these days is very simple –

As I look back on even just the last month, I can find so many things to give thanks for.


For the work that God has given us.
Everything from re-siding a building –
to installing a snackshop window.
to painting
to sorting and packing clothes
to painting lambs
we were thankful to be able contribute as we were able. Continue reading Look back – and give thanks

Rough Day

It all started out with such promise. Since it was our last day in Hitchcock before we moved to our next project (just 20 miles or so up the road), we decided to take one last trip to Galveston. The sun was shining, the projected temperature was close to 80, and we figured folks were too busy shopping to be doing lots of touristy things. Perfect, right?

We took the fact that we were held up for about 15 minutes at a train crossing in stride. We were in no hurry since we had left plenty of time to see some sights.
We didn’t even mind to much when above mentioned train blocked the way to our destination.

It was just the excuse we needed to enjoy an expensive cup of coffee and watch the traffic go by.
When the train finally moved down the tracks (or maybe it moved up the tracks – whatever), we moved the truck from the free Starbucks parking spot and parked it in an all-day parking spot. After we paid our $12.00, Gary went back to put the stub on the dashboard. That was when he realized he’d locked the keys in the truck. UGH.
Oh well, that’s what you have roadside assistance for, right? Made the call, confirmed it would be about an hour and decided to check out “the Strand” – the historic shopping district that happened to be just a block away.
Great walk, lovely architecture and a sweet way to spend an hour.
We wandered back to the parking lot and checked in with our Roadside Assistance folks. Yep, looks like it was going to be another 45 minutes or so.
That’s OK, we just hung around the Jimmy John’s that was adjoining the parking lot and continued to wait.
Hey – I wonder what those guys are doing up on that mast. Sure would be fun to check it out. AFTER the lock-out service guy gets here.
Finally, after a two hour wait (but that’s okay, we still had time to do stuff), the rescuer arrived. In a giant tow truck.
Seemed a bit of overkill for a mere lockout, but whatever.
At last! The keys had been retrieved and we were on our way!
We weren’t deterred when a train ONCE AGAIN blocked our way to the pier
but the wait was short, and with keys in hand we headed to the Pier 21 Theater to see “The Great Storm” about the hurricane that hit Galveston in 1900 and claimed at least 6000 lives. Imagine our dismay when we discovered that the theater is closed on Tuesdays. (Honest, we had researched this theater – OPEN DAILY was plainly displayed on all the advertising.) We were disappointed, but pressed on to our next destination – the Ocean Star Oil Rig Museum. We had heard how interesting it was and it was the main destination of our excursion.
I’d love to share pictures of the tour and museum, but alas, it was when we went to purchase the tickets that we realized that Gary no longer had his wallet. And that was the real show stopper for the day. We carefully retraced our steps, thoroughly checked the area where we had been waiting for the lockout guy, looked everywhere in and around the truck and finally accepted that it was gone. Last known sighting was at the Jimmy Johns outdoor eating area, and if we somehow left it behind it was almost an hour before we got back to look for it. Plenty of time for it to walk away. In someone’s pocket. We left our name at the sandwich shop (hope springs eternal!), stopped at the police department (they don’t actually do ‘lost article’ incidents?), and began a very quiet drive home. So far we’ve cancelled the credit cards, requested replacements on other cards (Medicare, etc.) and put a temporary fraud alert on the major credit reporting websites. Tomorrow we’ll head to the DMV for a drivers licence replacement. We’re very thankful that we never carry all our credit cards, and that new cards will be in our hands tomorrow and in the days following.
We know that even THIS horrible-terrible-bad-day (in our perspective) is not outside of God’s plan for us. So while we’re praying that that lil’ol wallet may still be returned, we’re content in knowing that all is well. We’re healthy, and fed, and loved. Guess a little inconvenience is just part of the plan. I hope we’ve learned whatever lesson it is He’s trying to teach us. =)

Thanks for listening!

Reflection and Anticipation

This past week has been crazy wonderful. Or maybe I should say it’s been crazy AND wonderful! We started off the week with the 2017 SOWER Ministry Texas Round-up.  With the campground full (30 rigs), and the fire pit going all the time, it was a wonderful three days of fellowship. Since I haven’t even begun to sort through the pictures (and hilarious videos) from that, the ‘Round-up reflection’ will have to wait. Because pretty much from the moment we waved good-bye to last RV pulling out on Wednesday, we (ok, mostly ME) have been in GET READY FOR THE CRUISE mode. While our traveling companions are more seasoned Cruisers, this is an absolute first for us. (I’m pretty sure taking that ferry across Lake Champlain doesn’t count.) Here is just a partial list of our cruise preparations this week-
Collecting seasick remedy/preventions and sunscreens
Better safe than sorry, right?
Getting a hair cut –
Yes, I am getting a “Flo-bee” haircut by Jenny. Quite the experience, let me tell you!
(Gary got a hair cut too – just no documentation!)
Getting a pedicure
Seven of us ‘left-overs’ from the Round-up descended on a local nail salon to get the full treatment.
We had such a blast as those two hard-working manicurists worked their way through our toes!
That shop may never be the same.
Last minute shopping – We made sure we had swimming shoes (we’re going snorkeling at one of our stops) and floppy hats for the sun.
Fashion Consultation
We girls had several fashion consults with each other to make sure we were taking the right clothes. I’m sure the Cruise Fashion Patrol has long since retired, but it sure was fun putting together outfits and coming up with our “Dinner Wear”.
(The guys, of course, threw 3 pairs of shorts, a jacket and 4 shirts in their suitcase and they were good to go.)

Tonight we’re gathering for a Clean Out the Refrigerator dinner, one final check to make sure we have all our ducks in a row, and then tomorrow morning we head to Galveston. To say we are super excited (and maybe a little nervous, it being the first time and all) is a bit of an understatement. We’ve decided to go completely unplugged for the week so don’t be expecting any daily updates. My iPhone will only be used for picture-taking, and my tablet for devotions and reading. The computer is staying home. And this little corner of the internet will be oh-so-quiet for the next week-plus – since we return and then hit the road right away the following morning!.
Thanks for stopping by – and we’ll ‘talk’ again soon!