Oh the Little Things that Bring Us Joy

First off, I have to start with a special blessing we had today.

I got to Skype with this sweet momma and babyImage

And these two pumpkins

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And then once Grandpa got home he got to Skype with them too!!!

We heard about Christopher saving up his money to buy a special sprinkler ~ it has like 10 points that shoot water all over and because it is so warm there in Clackamas today (85′) and now that all the boys are awake from their naps they get to go play in the sprinkler…guess Grammy & Grandpa will have to wait for another day to see those sweet boys again.  We are always thankful for our blessings.

Last week on Ron’s three days off we ~ can you guess ??? that’s right

Went for a Drive.  This time to Oklahoma.

It was a 6 hour drive but we were probably at most 75 miles from our home on wheels.

I took over 70 pictures, but fortunately for y’all I put them into collages 🙂

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We started out going to Oklahoma to get gas.  It is 20 cents a gallon cheaper 🙂  This is a little town we came upon.  The sign in the second picture down on the left side represents their school mascot and then we saw this cool grocery store. And a sweet little home.  As you can see the sky was filled with lots of blue and white puffy clouds.

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We like to go to old cemeteries and we saw this sign for “Relocated Cemeteries” so we wandered through.  One of the oldest markers was from the mid 1800’s.  Lots of babies 😦 and one of a mom and her four little ones lost over a period of 5 years.  The one in the 2nd picture down on the right side was in a family plot and this was for a newborn, I think he lived 3 days.  The 3rd one down on the right was quite interesting.  It had the marker then next to it was the round stone that had etchings of farm life, trees, a spring and field of grain.

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As we continued we came into the town where Will Rogers was born.  The 2nd picture down on the right is there town square and this is in the center where all four roads meet.  Loved the simplicity of the Methodist church and the street sign.

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On the main thorough fare is a replica of Will Roger’s home, a sign welcoming people to the town and the story of Will’s life and career.  The red barn and white face cow are behind the replica of the home. And see we were really there!

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As we continued on our drive we saw this roadside sign of one of the many battles in the area.  Ron had to show me the Jeep in the center picture – he wants to do that to our Jeep ~ ummm…don’t think so I already have a hard enough time getting into the Jeep 🙂  Along with more pictures of the surrounding area.

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I love hominy and there was a sign to Hominy, OK so I said “Let’s Go”  We found this little meat market and so went inside.  Ron has been looking for Head Cheese since we left Branson, but alas we still have not found any.  We did pick up some nice looking bacon (and we had some the other day and it was quite tasty) along with a nice rump roast.

Which is what I made for dinner tonight (Monday, 5/6).  It was very tasty and we have plenty left for two or three more meals.

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Another road sign of another battle.  And do you see the clouds forming there.  We decided we had better head for home.

After being home about 45 minutes the skies got dark, the thunder started rolling and the next day we had SNOW, yes snow in May in Kansas!!!  We couldn’t believe it.  I tried to take pictures through the window of the rig but as you can see they aren’t very clear through the screens.  I opened the door at one point to take a picture but the snow is not really showing up.

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I had a friend who posted this picture on my Facebook page and said if I saw her I had better run for cover…let’s hope I never see her 🙂  Because we all now about that nasty tornado that came through Kansas after she was seen.

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Hope you enjoyed our little trip.

T is for Travel

T is for Travel

Travel is something we love to do.

It felt wonderful to get back on the road in the motor home on Sunday morning.  It was a good day for travel as the sun was shining and there was just a slight breeze.  Our trip for the day was to drive from Branson, MO to Quapaw, OK otherwise known as the Downstream Casino.  It was 136 miles from Branson View Campground (hard to say good-bye and the campground looked so sad with not a camper in sight) to Downstream Casino.    We left Branson at 10:04 a.m. and are ETA was 12:31 p.m. But that was not to be.  Once we were on the road Ron realized there was a problem with the Jeep…it was swerving all over the place…something was wrong with the tow bar.  And of course, no place to pull over, for eight miles 😦  I stood in the back of the rig keeping an eye on the Jeep and Ron  drove very cautiously.  We finally got to the Walmart in Branson West ~ big empty parking lot where I pulled forward, Ron worked on the tow bar, I pulled forward, Ron worked on the tow bar, I pulled forward then backed up a little and Ron worked on the tow bar.  After about 15 minutes all was hooked up correctly and we were ready to get back on the road.  Problem: the left tow bar would not catch correctly.  Giving thanks to God that the Jeep didn’t let loose while we were driving, that no damage was done to the Jeep or the Motor home and all it took to fix it was a little time and no money 🙂

We drove about an hour and a half and then found a nice place to pull over and eat lunch.  And what a delicious lunch it was ~ leftover rib eye steak sandwiches from dinner the night before.  Thank you Renee for a special evening out.

We arrived at Downstream Casino at 1:01 p.m. just 30 minutes past our original ETA.

The view from our campsite at Downstream Casino.  So peaceful to look out the passenger side big window.

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Cost of camping: $0 – we signed up for a Qcard (free) and with it we each get one free night of camping.  Along with the free nights of camping  we also each received one free buffet meal ~ so we went there on Monday evening.  Usually $16.99 per person.  That is more than we would normally pay for dinner at a buffet but free was good 🙂

On Monday we decided to do a little sight-seeing and decided to go to the Precious Moments Chapel and grounds.  It was beautiful.

This rig was parked a couple down from us at the casino – love the picture on the back of their rig.

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Funny place to park a truck if you ask me 🙂  This was on the drive from the casino to the PM chapel.

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I took over 150 pictures so put them into collages.

These include the signs leading to the Precious Moments Chapel and grounds.

The entrance and the fountains welcoming you.

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Different scenes inside the Gift Shop and Cafe.


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Walking towards the chapel.

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Inside the main room of the chapel.

Bottom left picture is of the ceiling.

The four scenes with the red borders are the chapel grounds in Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter

In the picture above the ceiling one if you look close you can see little ones playing basketball in heaven.

The middle picture top row has 15 murals…Mr. B painted them all in 4 days.

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This is the Remembrance Room.

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The center picture top row look out onto the garden island.

The stained glass windows were original paintings the Mr. B’s daughter-in-law made for the hallway.

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This is leaving the chapel and heading back towards the gift shop.

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This is a planned development that has a chapel, gazebos, a few large homes and a huge horse barn.  You can rent the chapel & gazebos for weddings and parties.  The large white home in the bottom left of the picture faces a river on one said and has many large windows all the way around – what a pleasant and peaceful view.

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The drive back to the campground.  The skies got dark and the rains started.

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Hope you enjoyed the trip to Precious Memories.

Tuesday morning we left Downstream Casino to head to our new home ~ Big Chief RV Park and working for Amazon.

It was not an easy drive as we battled wind and rain most of the way.

And no trip would be complete without some type of mishap 🙂

On the drive on Tuesday morning besides fighting the wind and rain we lost two totes on the road.  And as you can see there really is not much of a shoulder to be parked on.  If you notice the big white truck – the guy passed us, stopped and turned around and helped gather the stuff from one of the totes.  One tote never lost its lid 🙂    You also see Ron heading back to pick up stuff.  And then working to secure the remaining totes ~ it was windy and rainy ~ absolutely no fun.  You can see the two totes and the Christmas bear and dog that got soaked.  Put them on the counter/in the sink to dry.  We did lose one thing – a ceramic angel with fiber optic lights that shone on the nativity scene.  It was a gift from Ron’s sister, Judy the first year we moved into the rig.  Ron said it was shattered into way too many pieces to try to fix 😦  All this happened 11.5 miles from the campground in Coffeyville 🙂

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And then we arrived at Big Chief RV Park in Coffeyville, KS.  We are parked directly across from Amazon.  The campground has 132 sites.  We are parked in the furthest corner from the entrance.  The upper left picture if our rig as driving towards it.  Our view is of the two far right bottom pictures.  We are parked right next to the booster antenna for wifi – we have a great signal 🙂  The freeway is along the back side of our rig.  But looking our our living room window on the passenger side we have a beautiful green field and some trees and no one will park on that side.  It is very relaxing to look out the window.  They have had quite a bit of rain so there is lots of mud around right now.  The weather is supposed to be nice for the rest of this week, a little rain expected early next week and then we should be in for a nice long dry  spell.  One thing we don’t have is TV – we cannot pick up any channels with our antenna and there is no cable.  We are going to check into Netflix.  The downside is we won’t know who wins the Amazing Race or Survivor ;(

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Well that end’s our trip from Branson, MO to Coffeyville, KS.

If you are in the area of Coffeyville, KS give us a shout out.  We love to meet up with other RV’rs.

Stay tuned for our next adventure ~ working for Amazon.

**Edited on April 25th, 2013 ~ thanks Jw for letting me know about the name of the Precious Moments Chapel**

F is for Fun, Food & Fellowship, Flexibility and Future

F is for Fun, Food, Flexibility and Future

F is for FUN

One thing we have learned over the years is to have FUN.

When I think back to our early years of marriage it seemed we were always busy working or trying to solve problems or just plain surviving.

One of the things we seemed to have lost was having fun.  I remember once when my therapist asked me what I was going to do with three hours of free time as the boys were going to a birthday party.  I replied “clean my house.”    And she challenged me to actually do something FUN with my time and I could not think of anything to go.  As time has passed and we have lost loved ones over the years I started to reflect about time spent with the loved ones and it was really hard to remember fun things we did together.  I used to be a perfectionist about keeping our home spotless and always feeling like I had to be doing something instead of just relaxing, or going for a walk or spending time with a friend.  Now I plan things to do that are fun to do by myself or with friends or family.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARon and I enjoy going for rides and see the many blessings and creation of the Lord.

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Spending time with our family.

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Having coffee with special friends.

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Family!!!

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Family!!!

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More family!!!

What have you done that was fun lately?

F is for FOOD & FELLOWSHIP

We love to have friends over and go visit them in their homes, go to potlucks and Fellowship with friends.

Here’s a peak at two of our most recent time of being with family & friends, sharing in a meal and lots of Fellowship.

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Jamie and the groomsmen at the Rehearsal Dinner

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Not the best picture, but we were definitely having fun!!

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Emilio enjoying lots of fruit & vegi’s at the Rehearsal Dinner.

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Fellowshiping with friends!

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Having fun with friends!

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Have you spent time with friends or family just enjoying being with each other?

F is for FLEXIBILITY

Something I have learned over the years is to be Flexible, don’t sweat the small stuff, know that God tells us he is in control as shared in Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
And in the RV’ing community there is a saying “All our plans are made in Jello.”
And so even though we make plans we know they can change and that leads us to
F is for FUTURE!
We have been  Campground Managers here at Branson View Campground for almost a year.
We have talked often about what we might do in the Future for work and travel.
We have enjoyed exploring the Branson area, attending many of the shows and participating in many different activities like Silver Dollar City and the Showboat Belle.
And we started praying for where the Lord would have us go next and when.  We talked about working for Amazon this winter in Campbellsville, KY or staying here in Branson through December or ???  And we prayed for the Lord to lead us and open doors according to His will.
And so we applied for work with Amazon for this coming winter.  And then the door was opened for us to go to work for
Amazon
in
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Coffeyville, KS
We are excited to start this new adventure.
We will be leaving Branson on Sunday, April 21st
and arrive in
Coffeyville
on Tuesday, April 23rd
And Ron will begin training on Thursday, April 24th!
Now you may be asking what is Alice going to be doing?
Well she is not sure.  She will be looking for work in the community of Coffeyville or see if about working from home online.
But know whatever we will be doing we will be  Flexible and have lots of Fun!!!