Southern Gospel Picnic at Silver Dollary City ~ Labor Day Weekend 2012

One of the gifts we have been blessed with while here in Branson are passes to Silver Dollar City.  Each night after the park closes they host some type of concert or show.  The end of August is there Southern Gospel Picnic and we were able to go to two shows:  Jeff & Sherry Easter & the Hopper Family.
First up were the Hoppers. What a great concert.  It was standing room only which means there were over 5,000 people in attendance.
 It was amazing to hear so many great gospel songs and to be singing in a choir of over 5000 people.  Here are some pics of the show ~ hope you enjoy them.
These two pictures were taken with about 30 minutes to go till show time.  The seats were filling up quickly.  By the time the concert actually started there were people lined up along that upper railing on both sides of the amphitheater.

Below is the show from God for the evening; his handiwork is amazing!

And then we attended Jeff & Sherry Easter’s concert.
One of the many beautiful flowering plants at Silver Dollar City. 
The line waiting to get in to see the Easter’s – the line to get in went from Echo Hollow almost back to the main entrance.
The Easter’s performing a great gospel song.
The # in attendance was more than what had been there for the Hoppers.  Almost 5500 people.  There are people on the big wrap around porch of the big yellow house looking down onto the stage.

Hope you enjoyed these shows right along with us.

Neal McCoy ~ August 25, 2012

We received free tickets to see Neal McCoy.  He was playing at the Oak Ridge Boy’s Theater.  
What a fun show and great entertainer.  Boy can he sing and dance!!  And interacts with so many of the guests including Wynona who was sitting right in front of us 🙂
This is the curtain to the stage…we really enjoyed the artwork.

Wynona in front of us.  She was busy taking pictures right along with the rest of us.

Hope you have enjoyed this show!

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View of Fire in Branson ~ August 22, 2012

On August 22, 2012 one of our guests came to the rig shortly after 5 p.m. to tell us they could see smoke billowing down in Branson.  This is what we saw standing on the road in the campground by our overlooks. It was quite amazing.

And in 35 minutes the fire was out and all that was left was smoke billowing into the air.
Later we were able to find out it was the Queen Anne II just of the strip in Branson.  The next day we drove down to see what it looked like and it was amazing to see the siding on those apartments that were across the street had melted.  Fortunately no one was hurt in the fire.

Grand Jubilee at Grand Country ~ August 18, 2012

One of the perks we have here in Branson is being able to see many of the shows for free or very low cost.  We count it as one of the many blessings we have received.
As managers of Branson View Campground we have received VIP Passes for 2012 from the Grand Country.  We get free tickets and if the seats are available we get to sit in the first two or three rows as well as discounts on the buffets and attractions.
One of the shows we like to go to is the Grand Jubilee.  Our favorite acts are New South (a quartet) along with watching Jim Dandy (Jamie Hagee) & MC Michael Patrick and Wayne Massingill – the best fiddler player we have ever seen.
Mike Patrick, MC of the Grand Jubilee and his clothes & boots of many colors!
Jim Dandy ~ his favorite color is ORANGE!!  (Jim Hagee)

New South ~ Trey, Jason N, Jason P, Mark (Matt the guitarist)
Jackie Brown
Todd Bradshaw
Wayne Massingill
Pianist (can’t think of his name) and Larry Allred
Matt, lead guitarist and ?? playing the steel guitar
Todd Bradshaw

Jim Dandy as Dolly Parton

We hope you have enjoyed the show.

It’s Amazing ~

Isn’t it amazing how someone (me) with good intentions (trying to be intentional) can let a month of time slide by?  That’s me this past month.  It seems like I am continually setting new goals, to get on the healthy track, to be intentional with my time and not just slide by each day and yet God meets me where I am.

I am trying to get caught up on The Wandering Workentins blog – currently up to August 15th which is where I share about our day to day lives.

This morning in my scripture reading Wait…a couple of weeks ago I grabbed my Bible out of the window (where we keep them for easy access) and found out with all the moisture that had been in the air my Bible was now wet, not damp but soaked about 1/3rd of the way up 😦  I laid it out to dry but even after a week the pages were still a little moist and reeked of moldy misty smells…time to get a new Bible…I like devotional Bibles and so the search began.  First I was blessed by Mike & Elaine Loscher,

who were visiting us from Texas who bought me a beautiful Bible case for whatever new Bible I found.  And so the search continued online, in a couple of stores and then finally at Books a Million I found a PURPLE Bible~ New Kings James Version ~ Women of Faith Devotional Bible.  I was looking for a New International Version as that is what I have used for years but couldn’t find a devotional Bible so I went to the NKJV and found this Bible.  It meets my criteria: a devotional (this one has 365 devotions broke down into 12 categories – the first one being Grace, leather bound and being PURPLE was just a gift because God knows I love PURPLE!!

Last Sunday night (9/23/12) after cheering Erv & Anita Bach over the finish line at the Branson 70.3 Triathlon (Ron’s cousin and his wife) and being so proud of Anita as she has battled 3 surgeries and Breast Cancer since January of this year that she FINISHED the race.  I thought to myself I have no excuse to not be INTENTIONAL in what I do each day so I had another one of those FAMOUS self-talks about being intentional with my day, my eating, my exercising, my spiritual & emotional life, my relationship with God, family & friends and went to sleep praying for the Lord to help me get up in the morning and be Intentional about what I do.

So yesterday I met my goal: time with the Lord first thing in the morning, a 15 minute walk around the campground, good eating choices OK, I could have done better and enjoyed being with the people who came into my life throughout the day.

Today is Day 2…got up at 6:30 a.m.  (my goal is 5:00 a.m.) but that is better than 7:45 and flying out the door at 8:30 to get to work.

This morning in my scripture reading and prayer time I read my devotional for the day: Theme is Grace.  Scripture was 2 Cor. 8:1-7 and was immediately challenged by the Lord.

To:
~ Love my enemies
~ Bless them that curse me
~ Do good to those who hate me
~ Pray for those who despise or persecute me

And just what I needed this morning as we once again have a hearing with the Texas Workforce Center regarding Ron’s Unemployment Claim from April 4 to May 6th and the Alamo Area SKP Co-OP (LSC) and the fact that they are once again appealing the TWC decision in granting Ron his benefits.  We have many questions: Ron filed for unemployment after we were fired from LSC and was granted benefits.  Marti O’Hare, BOD President appealed.  We filed a report, had a hearing and was once again granted favor and Ron was approved for benefits.  And then lo and behold, Marti et al appealed once again.  The claim then went in front of the TWC Commission.  And last week we were notified we have another hearing on October 11th… (How many times can she/they appeal the decision is one of our questions?)

And yes, ANGRY feelings surfaced, PANIC raised its ugly head and I found myself once again crying out to God “how long is this going to go on?”  What else can we say or do?

And then this morning God led me to the verses above along with Jeremiah 32:27 where God asks “is there anything to hard for Me?”  And I am once again reminded He is in control and loves me more than anything and He will provide for me/us.

And so as I went on my 15 minute walk around the campfire, up and down those darn hills, I prayed for everyone involved: the TWC commissioners, for Marti – don’t know what we did to turn her against us and that is not for me to figure out…praying for a good day for her and for her to get things right between herself and the Lord, for the Lord to heal any hurts she is dealing with and for me to extend the same GRACE that God gives to me each day to her.

And continuing to pray for the Lord to find favor on us regarding this claim…Ron is and has always been a hard worker and deserves his unemployment and we just pray that the Lord will show that to the TWC commissioners and we can hopefully move forward and get past this situation.

And I ask that you pray along with us that God’s will will be done, that we will rest in Him and continue to trust Him with our lives and every aspect of our lives and to continue to live life the way we believe the Lord wants us to…extending grace to others just as HE extends to me!

Now off to work, drinking lots of water and making healthy food choices and being intentional in my interactions with those who come into contact with me today!!!

August 15 – The 3 Redneck Tenors ~ Part 1

One of the perks being the managers of Branson View Campground is we get many free or reduced tickets to many of the shows in the area.
One day, the Marketing Director the Americana Theater stopped in the office and asked if we had seen the 3 Redneck Tenors?  I responded no and she said to stop in and tell them she had comped us two tickets.  So that is what we did.  And what a great show it was.  It is the “story” of how the 3 Redneck Tenors went from living in Paris, TX and arrived on stage at the Carnegie Theater in New York.  The night we went Larry the Cable Guy was there ~ what a fun night of lots of laughter and beautiful music. 
First up were lots of Redneck Photos

Stay tuned for the show.

WOW – Where have we been? What have we been? ~ Part 2 doing?

August 10-12 is the Annual Custom Car Show and Parade.
This is no ordinary parade….first off it begins at Midnight and had over 400 custom cars.  
Hope you enjoy the parade as much as we did!

 Just had to take a picture of the guy sitting in front of us with this crazy hat!
 Santa & Mrs. Claus

 Loved all the different cars with special lights.

 This car was stopped by the local police (they were very much present throughout the nigh) after they peeled out from a stop.  Many of the parade watchers gave a resounding round of applause for the local police presence.

 Ron was drooling over this one.
 And all the parade watchers now heading home.

Hope you enjoyed the Custom Car Parade!

WOW – Where have we been? What have we been doing? ~~ Part 1

It’s a cold, wet, rainy day here in the Ozarks and so I thought I would write a blog post or two.  Then I looked at the date of the last time I made a post…could not believe it has been over two months since I updated what The Wandering Workentins have been up to.  So I have decided to do a series of blog posts with pictures and comments to share what we have been doing.

First off, we are still at Branson View Campground working as the managers and enjoying every day.  The Lord has blessed us with to free or very cheap tickets to many shows in the area and we have met many people who have visited us here in the campground.  So without further ado…let’s get to the pictures…

July 12 to 25, 2012
Taking a drive to Hollister, MO.  This is a lookout just off the highway.  That is Branson behind us with a section of either Table Rock or Taney-Como Lake.  Just beautiful scenery.


 Sunday, July 15th we went to An Old Fashioned Gospel Sing at the Imax Theater.
What a joy to sit with others singing many old hymns.
 
 Going for a drive one evening after work.
We chuckled when we saw this sign as we remembered going to Big Al’s in Blaine, WA. 
If one of our Blaine friends can show to this Al of Big Al’s that would be great and give him greetings from us, that would be great!
 Love the mountain passes all around us.

 A mom and her son selling watermelons on the side of the road.  We stopped and bought one for $7 ~ it was delicious and cheaper than any we had found in the local stores here.

One evening we got free tickets to see the Haygood’s at the RFD TV Theater.

These were taken in the Lobby.
 Roy Rogers & Bullet done in flowers/seeds from the Rose Parade 1/1/12
 Trigger immortalized…such a beauty.
 Bullet.
 Another floral picture from the Rose Parade 1/1/12
 A picture of Dale Evans with her horse.
 Ron wishing for one of these!
 Picture of one of the floats in the Rose Parade 1/1/12
Have been trying to cook healthy meals: fruit salad, coleslaw, radishes, corn-on-the-cob with  meatloaf:)
One of Ron’s favorite meals.
Well that’s it for now.