Blessings, The Lord

He is Risen!

Woke this morning to loud thunder/lightening and rain and there was a huge thunder clap and immediately I thought about that Friday afternoon when Jesus said “It is Finished” and the great vale was ripped away.

My mind this morning had thoughts of God ripping the sin from my life and making me new in Him.  I am struggling to find the words to express my thoughts but I am filled with thankfulness and awe about what God must have gone through to watch his son die on the cross for me, for you, for all the world.  And no words can express the magnitude of feelings welling up inside of me.  Feelings of love, abundance love!

I want that love that Jesus has for me to exude out of me to others.

We got up early this morning and headed over to Friendly Baptist Church for their early service and breakfast with Virginia & Bill.  We were welcomed by so many.  What a blessing that we as believers can love on each other even though we are unknown to each other.  God’s love is what binds us together.

By the time we left church the skies had turned a light blue with the sun peaking out from behind the clouds.  Another new beginning!

I want to close with the words to the hymn “Because He Lives” ~ each time I hear or sing this song I am reminded that I am not alone and that it is because of the sacrifice that God made of giving us his son, to die for us that we can live and have a full and everlasting life.

Because He Lives

God sent his son
They called him Jesus
He came to love
Heal and forgive
He lived and died
To buy my pardon
An empty grave
Is there to prove
My Savior lives

Because he lives
I can face tomorrow
Because he lives
All fear is gone
Because I know
He holds the future
And life is worth the living
Just because he lives

How sweet to hold
A newborn baby
And feel the pride
And joy he gives
But greater still
The calm assurance
This child can face
Uncertain days
Because he lives

And then one day
I’ll cross the river
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain
And then as death
Gives way to victory
I’ll see the lights
Of glory and
I’ll know he lives

Beginnings, Blogs, Change, Uncategorized

A Change in the Making

Welcome to our new blog: The Wandering Workentins; Lovin the Lord, Travelin the USA, Sharing God’s Blessings.

With all the rumors, ramblings & restrictions that are happening on and the desire to just have one blog I have made the leap to

So far all I can say is that wordpress is very confusing to me.  But like with any new adventure we take on we know it takes time to get to the comfortable place.  So for now, I guess I will be doing three blogs 😕 ~ oh my what am I thinking?

I need to figure out how to add followers, blogs I follow on wordpress and if I can have a list of the blogs I follow on blogger…any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


Beautiful Moon on a Nice Warm Spring Evening

After an evening out seeing the Presley’s, click here for that blog post, 
and arriving back at our campsite,
I glanced up and saw the beautiful moon.

This one is one of my favorites…I love all the colors that showed up and the lower bottom left corner shows Branson down the hill.
We thought it was interesting to see how the pictures turned out with different settings. 
Now to just figure out what setting will really give us a clear shot of the moon.

First Snow of the Spring 2013

I don’t know what it is about us and snow.
We raced across four states to beat a blizzard while trying to get to our son, Jamie’s wedding celebration.
Upon our return to Branson on 3/20/13 we were advised of a winter storm that was due to hit on 3/21/13.  Doesn’t Mother Nature realize that the first day of Spring was 3/21/13.  Guess it didn’t really matter as this is what we woke up to the morning of March 22, 2013 and so I thought I would share with you our first snowfall of Spring 2013.
The view from the back of our campsite.

Icicles frozen on our screens and windows.

Ron checking out the Jeep – so thankful for the hard top!!!

3′ or more on the picnic table.  Our beverage tote is definitely keeping those beverages of many flavors cold.

Ice and snow on the Jeep.

Looking from our site to Highway 265!

It looks like the road is clear but really it is a sheet of ice 🙂

Icy roadway.

Ron looking up the inner road – you can barely see the rigs among the trees.

Sites 6 & 7 from across the office.

Looking from the office towards our site.  You can’t even see the cabin.

Thinking we will wait for the sun to come out before we take a spell of rocking on the front porch.
Yes it is pretty!! But it sure was cold!!!

Have you ever had one of those days?

I have been contemplating a couple of blog posts I wanted to do.
No problem you say.
But I have two blogs and so I wrote
this one at Alice’s Restaurant earlier today.  I had a title in mind and the body in my thoughts.  
I put the title in, walked away from the computer and began thinking of my blog post for 
The Wandering Workentins
and so started writing it.
Got all done, published it and then realized I had written The Wandering Workentins post on Alice’s Restaurant ~ duh, go figure.
So if you want to see what was intended for The Wandering Workentins just click on the link
(underlined up above)
and stay tuned for another blog post about life here at the campground!

Just Ponderin’

I have been thinking about how wonderfully blessed I am.
Even though we weren’t able to be at Christopher’s 5th Birthday celebration through Facebook we have seen many pictures of that day and a very happy boy.
Christopher anticipating the great ice cream cake his Aunt Darcy made him alongside cousin Colton all the while dreaming of opening those gifts!
Gathering a big gulp of air to blow out that candle!!
Admiring one of many presents!!!
Time for the Basketball (what else could it be?) pinata.
Mom, Danalyn, giving some pointers
Dang it!  I missed.
Trying again!
Cousins Colton and Jaden along with big brother Max as Christopher continues trying to break it open.
Getting a better aim without the blindfold

And another big swing

Yeah – time for the spoils!!!

 And a few of the brothers.
Happy Boy Alexander!!!
Don’t know why Treyson missed out on the pictures, but this Grammy found one from our recent trip to Oregon.
Big Brother Max taking aim!!!
We were blessed with free tickets to go and see The Presley’s.
Before the actual show there is a pre-show that included singing many old hymns.  What a blessing to hear so many people from many walks of life sharing of God’s love.  They closed with Amazing Grace which is one of our favorite hymns.



And spending each and every day with my sweet and loving husband!!!
Fighting the snow to get to work. 

Our family Ron, Jamie, age 35, Alice, Brandon, age 33
I am thankful for a husband who loves me and has walked this journey of life as we have climbed many mountains and stumbled through the valley’s.
I am thankful for two wonderful son’s who are the best sons, husbands, daddy’s, and young men.
Most of all I am thankful for Our Lord Jesus Christ who died on the cross and took all my sins away.
Thank you Jesus for making me a daughter of the king!!!

OR/WA 2013 Trip – Day 13 – Part 1

Can’t believe our last day of vacation is here.  
Seems like just yesterday we were leaving Branson to go to Oregon & Washington.
Guess when they say “time flies when you are having fun” is true!!
We decided not to set the alarm for Wednesday morning and we did sleep in a little bit.  
We were back on the road about 8:30 a.m. and 675 (approximately) miles to go.
Decided to do my hair a little different ~ what do you think?
Blue skies and fields of grain.

Love the peacefulness of this little town.

Love the old church.

The propellers for wind turbines…from a distance they don’t look so big.

Welcome to Dodge City.

One of many street decorations in Dodge City.

Bet it’s dark in that camper.  It is on a land rover from Germany.

Well at least it has one window.

Dodge City behind all the vehicles

Trying to get a close up of the little shops.

Dodge City
Dodge City has lots to see we just didn’t have time this trip.  Definitely want to go back for a couple of days and walk through the old town and the newer part of town.

Stay tuned for Day 13 – Part 2!!!

OR/WA 2013 Trip – Days 10 through 12

Wow, can’t believe we are down to the last few days of our vacation.  
It is time once again to get on the road and head back to Branson, MO 
and our jobs at Branson View Campground! 
Sunday morning found us packing, unpacking and repacking the Jeep for our return to Missouri.  I wish I would have thought to get a picture of the Jeep full and running over.  We had two boxes of journals, a medium size tote, two doors for the Jeep (for when the soft top is on), the soft top, a back window, side windows and frame – all for the soft top and those sunny hot days known to happen in the summertime in Missouri.  Plus two suitcases, 2 pillows, 2 blankets, a purse, two coats, a sweatshirt, long sleeve denim shirt and fleece, a bag full of yarn, a bag with our laptop, Ipad and Nook, a bag of laundry, a carry on bag w/toiletries along with a pair of tennis shoes and a pair of crocks and an ice chest.
Bet that’s a sight you just can’t picture!!
Breakfast was leftover Chinese food before hitting the road at 11:00 a.m.!!  Hard to say good-bye but it was time to head for home.  Instead of taking 2 1/2 days to travel back we opted for 3 1/2 days – 
Day 9 found us traveling from Clackamas, OR to Jerome, ID.  We stayed at the same Best Western hotel that we had stayed at on our way from Missouri to Oregon.  In fact, had the same dinner too – chicken wings and pizza from Dominoes. 
Day 10 found us waking up late – seems like someone (who me?) set the alarm for Sunday morning instead of Monday 😉 and so we got a later start on the day.  Our goal was to get to Greeley, CO for the night.  Our initial ETA was 7:30 p.m. and guess what we made it there about 7:11 p.m.!!!  The tailwind sure helped us to make some time on the road.
The skies as we left Jerome…sunny and blue skies mixed in with dark grey clouds.
One of many views we saw on the road.
Love how the sun shines on the rocks.
We wondered how God made these beautiful stones.
A beautiful statue through one of the towns.
Storm clouds in the distance.  At one time we wondered if we were going to have to pull off the road for awhile due to high winds with gusts from 35 to 55+ miles per hour.
Abe Lincoln watching over the area.
Beautiful array of clouds. 
Amazing colors and shapes.
God’s handiwork!!
The skies as we were arriving in Greeley, CO.
We arrived in Greeley, CO to spend the night and visit with our friends, Mike & Conny Jensen.  Our claim to fame with them is that we introduced them to each other on October 6, 1978 while we were stationed at Camp New Amsterdam, Soest, Netherlands.  
Ron and Mike – it had been over 34 years since we had seen each other.
Visiting in the hallway
Ron, Conny & Mike Jensen.
All four of us trying to take a self portrait 🙂
Thanks to Conny we were able to get one of all four of us.  So good to be together after all these years – laughing and remembering fun times like four of us riding in a little Datsun pick-up and commenting Ron had the best seat as he was the driver 🙂
 Thank you Mike & Conny for being great hosts.  The breakfast frittatta was delicious!   
Let’s make sure to see each other again soon!
Some fo the things we saw between Greeley, CO and Colorado Springs, CO
It was a nice day for a drive.

Really like the overpasses and the decor.

Mike High Stadium – this is for you Kristy Smith

Denver skyline

We loved the architecture of this building.

Beautiful artwork on the noise barriers.

Enjoying the blue skies and different couch formations.

Another beautiful view of God’s creation.

Love Pikes Peak and the colors in the sky.

Another beautiful view of Pike’s Peak.

Our next stop was in Colorado Springs for lunch.
Through Facebook, Ali reconnected with high school best friend, Corrine Randall Lanier.  It had been 37 1/2 years since we had seen each other.  And only 3 years since we have reconnected.  So fun to talk about old times, common friends and where the Lord has taken us over the years.  We visited for over three hours and it felt like one!!!  Can’t wait to see each other down the road again soon!!
Corrine and Ali
Funny faces!! 
Also while in Colorado Springs, Ron’s cousin, Tammy Bach Davis and grandson, Dominic were able to join us for a visit.  So good to see family so far from home.
Dominic just waking up from a nap.  Lovin’ those curls.
Dominic trying to get Grandma to take him somewhere.
Dominic giving Santa Ron a hug.  Dominic was two in January, 5 months older than Treyson and all those curls remind us of Brandy’s son, Jaxon!!!
Alice, Ron, Tammy & Dominic  (Ron & Tammy are cousins as their moms are sisters)
All too soon we had to say good-bye!  Hope to see y’all again real soon!!

 The pictures below were between Colorado Springs, CO & Lamar, CO

Looks like my place to shop

This is the kind of town that Ron would like to settle in.


We like old buildings and this one’s top caught our eye.

And we decided we did not like this color (green) but it was an interesting paint job.

Beautiful sunny skies.

Love the upper porch and the columns.  Now I could call this home.

Reminded me of a name Brandon was thinking of for a baby girl.  Glad they had 4 boys 🙂

Beautiful old church

Ron was watching the sunset in the rearview mirror and so we stopped so I could get a picture.

Another interesting old building.


Sunset with beautiful cloud formations.

Facing away from the sun…love the shades of blue.

Bet this was a beautiful house in its prime.

I love big trees like this.  Reminds me of a picture my Grandma Ehrhardt had.

Checking the sunset in the passenger side mirror – Ron was amazed I could get the picture.
How far it is to Branson – time to call it a night.  Dinner was snacky foods – too tired to go sit in a restaurant.

Hope you enjoyed traveling along with us!!
Stay tuned for Day 13 and our return to Branson!!


OR/WA 2013 Trip ~ Day 9

Time is speeding by…so thankful we woke up on Saturday morning feeling like we were once again among the living.  And that is a good thing as we had lots to do!!
First up was breakfast with the family.  Our fabulous cook was our sweet daughter-in-love Danalyn. 
She made breakfast of French toast and was it yummy.
After breakfast Danalyn and I ran some errands, stopping to have a great visit while sipping a mocha!!
We even brought mocha’s back for Ron & Brandon ~ wasn’t that sweet of us?
One of the errands was to Costco and getting Christopher his birthday present.  We decided to give it to him early since we would not be together on his birthday.  How fun is this??

Grandpa blowing up the hamster ball for kids!
Christopher patiently waiting for Grandpa
Max & Grandpa almost done!
Christopher getting ready to climb in!
And then it was time to go to Max’s basketball game.  
Max #3, with his team.

Running down the court.

Momma watching Alex, Treyson & Grandpa watching the game!

Max, 2nd from left.  Love those red & black shoes!!!

Max in action!!

Cutest fan at the game!!!

“Come on coach, my grandparents are here to see me play!”

On the move again.

The game is intense, let me out there!!!
Great game Max – so fun to see you play and win too!!
Saturday evening found us playing, reading, hugging, snuggling, and playing with the grands!!!
Oops…forgot to introduce you to our first Great Grandson!!  Max brought DeMarcus home for the weekend! 
Max w/DeMarcus

DeMarcus being a good baby.
 It was funny to see Alex fussing and then DeMarcus would cry and Alex would quiet right down.  Haven’t heard what grade Max earned taking care of DeMarcus but all of us were in agreement that he really didn’t need DeMarcus around to show he knows how to take care of a baby ~ Max is the best big brother anyone could ask for!!  Just ask Christopher & Treyson!!
And just because – here are some pictures – there can’t be too many can there?
Treyson just being Treyson!

Treyson loving his baby while Grammy was snuggling with Alex.
Alex having fun with his play pad!!!
And then it was time for bed…Day 9 of vacation was on its way!!