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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Our Journey Continues

Just not in the original direction!

On Wednesday afternoon, after a good nap we went to the Extraco Center to see our boy J show his steer.

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J got 7th place ~ we are so proud of him for sticking with showing his steer as he had a lot of issues with the steer not being too compliant.  We used that as a teaching moment explaining to him how a lot of times he is like his steer, non-compliant with our expectations and yet we continue to stick by him, encourage and direct him.  He kept trying to say his steer was stupid ~ not stupid at all, more like stubborn and wanting its own way ~ just like J a lot of the time.

Thursday, 2.9 we got up and loaded our car for our planned trip to Montana and Arizona and points in between.  Our first stop was Hillsboro, TX to meet up with our friends, Gary & Amy who had worked with us the last six months at Methodist Boys Ranch.  We learned a lot from them and look forward to seeing how the Lord uses them in their role as house parents in a new location.
 
And really the steer is not licking Gary's ear ;)
After enjoying a good breakfast and great fellowship we got back on the road about 12:30 pm.  we traveled to Wichita Falls, TX.

As we were driving and checking weather reports we did some serious talking and praying and by the time we got to Wichita Falls we decided to change our plans.  Our original plan was to go to Montana and Arizona and parts in between BUT with all the winter storms they are experiencing and knowing we get another week of vacation in August we decided to go east and south.

Our new itinerary is to Nashville, AR then to Cullman, Alabama, Hampton, GA, Milledgeville, GA and then make our way to Weeki Wachee, FL and then make our way back to Waco, TX and the Methodist Boys Ranch.

From Witchita Falls, TX to Nashville, AR ~ we saw some pretty sites and even made it to Paris!!
We love the old churches and court houses we see along the way.




And then we made it to Paris!!
Paris, TX!!! that is!!!!


And then we were in Oklahoma,
well for a little bit anyway!

And then Arkansas!!!

We stopped in Nashville, AR for the night and then met our friends Alan and Danette Gocio for breakfast before getting back on the road on Saturday morning, 2/11. 

As we walked out of our hotel we saw this van and immediately thought of
Barbara Fairchild and Roy Morris

Because of This
 
The only difference was this one has Arkansas plates!
And they are in Branson getting ready to go to Alabama!!!

That’s all for now ~ as we are traveling from Nashville, Arkansas
to
Cullman, Alabama!!

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Today I am thankful for a good night’s rest,

Slept over 9 hours 
and

spending time with my hubby!!!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Quick Update/Change of Plans

Hello there!!

In the RV world we say our plans are written in jello...even though we aren't currently traveling in an RV we are traveling...we just finished a very stressful and looonnnnggg week at work at the ranch.  And thus we are looking forward to having three weeks off!!!

Originally we planned on going to 
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but with the weather forecasts of snow, snow and more snow along our route through Colorado, Montana and Idaho we have decided to change our trip...we are now heading east and south.

To Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and then returning to Waco ~ haven't exactly figured out our return trip.  And right now we only have two confirmed stops, but only one for sure date...

Today we traveled from Waco, TX to Hillsboro, TX to have breakfast with our good friends, Gary and Amy...we had a good breakfast at the TA Truckstop and three great hours enjoying great conversation, laughter and tears!  Can't wait to see their new place in March sometime!!!

And then we made our way to Wichita Falls, TX for the night.  We spent quite a bit of time checking routes, checking weather forecasts, sending emails and messages and have decided to make our way east.

Tomorrow we plan to drive to Nashville, AR. and are staying at The Southern Belle Inn recommended by our friend Danette!  Can't wait to see her on Saturday!!!  Not sure yet if we are staying a second night there or moving on down the road...we will let you know!

Well I am about ready to fall asleep so had better put the computer down so as not to drop it.  

Talk to y'all tomrrow night and hopefully will be able to add some pictures of our traveling day!!!
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Today I am thankful for a hubby who is willing to be flexible and who stopped 3x so I could pick up my crochet hook, my scissors and pick up my crochet hook again!!!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Back to the Grind

We have been back to work for three days now.
And like life in general we have our good moments and those we like to say difficult moments.
And we know
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We have also had three
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in as many days!!  

Yet we know
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and
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Hopefully the daily meetings are now behind us and we can move forward.

And now we are busy planning our vacation!!
Three weeks off!!!
So we are going on a 
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to see
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in Missoula, Montana!!

From there we hope to see family
in 
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and then travel to Arizona
to see family!!
and then make our way back to 
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Once we get our itinerary figured out we will share it
and hopefully I will be able to do some blogging as we travel.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Change of Shift

Whew!
We made it through the week!!

And after running a couple of errands and changing our plans for the day we came back to the Ranch and took a much needed nap.  For anyone who has known me for any length of time, you know I not only like to sleep I NEED my sleep!!
I have found I NEED between 7 and 8 hours of sleep to be able to function at 100 % or better.
Over the past week I had 
2 nights less than 6
3 nights less than 7 
and two nights of over 9 hours (those happened to be Friday and Saturday nights which is really good on a weekend)
But 5 Nights with less than 7 hours of sleep makes for one tired house mama!!

And so today we got in a good nap!!
Slept about 3 hours and it felt great!!

It was worth changing our plans
so we can start fresh tomorrow to enjoy our six days off!

What goes hand in hand with lack of sleep
is no time for writing.
We are on duty from 6 am to at least 10 pm with face-to-face time with the boys.
And when one is home sick, 
one gets suspended,
days full of meetings,
trying to get class work/home work completed before deadline
means
no time for writing.

And that is something I just need to remember.
So I am going to give myself permission
to not stress about not writing on our weeks on duty.

And that is okay 
(for me to remember!!!)

So stay tuned and let's see what I can write about this week.

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Today I am thankful that our work week has come to an end
and all-in-all it has been a good week.
Had a couple of great talks with R and J
and only two melt-downs from C!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hanging In When It Would be Easier to Run

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When things get tough people usually do one or the other.

Me up until about 8 years ago I would say my first choice was flight ~ to leave the situation, usually with my  mouth running and anger spewing and then having to figure out how to make things right, figure out how to fix things.  Whatever it was it usually didn't get fixed very well.

With lots of counseling, prayer, hard work, a loving husband and a God who never left me hanging I have learned to fight ~ to work things through, to do what is right, admit when I was wrong, learn from my mistakes, grow in the Lord through difficult times and then move forward and continue to trust the Lord

EVEN WHEN IT'S HARD!!

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And it has been a real hard time for the past week and a half!!
We were involved in an incident a couple of weeks back involving us and the boys in our care.  After many meetings, 5+ hours of intensive training and another meeting this afternoon
and lots of prayers.
We are so thankful for all of those who answer our call to prayer whenever and wherever we are.  It is very comforting to the heart to know wherever we are, we are loved by so many. 

Our prayers and yours were answered favorably ~ the administrators, our UM and us are back on track and all on the same page.

We are learning from our mistakes, addressing some issues with the administrators and other staff, being reminded to stop, take a breath, even two or three before re~acting and we are moving forward.  

One positive from the past two weeks is that we have received additional training and help in learning how to specifically deal with a couple of situations that may or may not appear again.  We are both feeling encouraged and will continue on with our faith in the Lord intact, knowing and believing we are following His will for our life.

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Today I am thankful for the 

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For new mercies every day and extended grace.




Monday, January 16, 2017

Fellowship with our Northwood Family

What a blessing to be with our church family on Sunday.

It always feel so good to be back in our church home.
Hard to believe we have been a part of Northwood Alliance Church for over 15 years.  One of the blessings of returning to our church home, is it is like we have never been gone.  Hugs are given, stories shared and we are surrounded by love.

Sunday was no different.  We saw many familiar faces and quite a few new ones.  That is always nice  to see new faces and meet new friends.  Being surrounded by old friends also brings many blessings.  Worshipping and praising the Lord together always warms my heart.  And today singing, MAJESTY together reminded me of many memories of the love of my brothers and sisters.

MAJESTY

Majesty, worship his majesty;
Unto Jesus be all glory, honor, and praise.
Majesty, kingdom authority,
Flow from his throne unto his own, his anthem raise.
So exalt, lift up on high the name of Jesus.
Magnify, come glorify Christ Jesus, the King.
Majesty, worship his majesty,
Jesus who died, now glorified, King of all kings.



Reminding me that everything I have and everything I am comes from the Lord.
Without the Lord I am nothing.
And Jesus is everything!!!

And how Jesus went to the cross for me, for all of us, taking all our sins upon Him and that as Jesus is God's Beloved 
We are also God's Beloved
I
Am
God's

Beloved!!
Belong
To
Him!!

I am His
In the good times and bad,
In sickness and in health
As I walk firmly and when I stumble
I am His.
I am His Beloved!!

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Today I am thankful for a church home and church family who welcomes us home whenever we can make it to Blaine.  Whether is is 7 months or a year or two ~ we are blessed beyond measure with a church family who loves us!!


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Quick Update and Prayer Request

Well we made it to Blaine on Thursday!
Our day started at 3 am CT and ended about 11 pm PT ~
Boy were we tired
We flew from Waco to Dallas
Dallas to Seattle
Seattle to Bellingham
And then drove to Blaine.

Once we arrived in Bellingham we had dinner with friends.  The food was delicious but the laughter and conversations were wonderful.  It was good to catch up, share about our work and life in Waco and most of all just be with friends with no expectations.

And before long it was time to head to the Lang Hotel ~ our favorite place to stay when we are in Whatcom County.  

Thursday evening we found out Ron's brother, John was in the hospital. And our friend, Tim had been seen in the ER and was not feeling well.

My word for 2107 ~
Fluid

As RV'rs we always say our plans are made in Jello ~ you never know when they will jiggle around and things change

And so in keeping with the FLUID ~ going with the flow

Friday morning  we got up and got moving.
Stopping first at my beasties to drop off some clothes for her daughter and picking up our mail but most importantly getting in some good hugs!!!

Then off to the hospital to see John.  He is stable and for that we are thankful but do covet continued prayers for him and his health, for his wife and two daughters as they are supporting him during this time.

After visiting with John we went to Michael's to pick up some more yarn to make a gift for my friend Lynda, she loved the color and so I made her a cowl.  

And then back to the Lang Hotel to relax and enjoy some great fellowship with good friends.

Saturday Ron went to see John, still stable but definitely not out of the woods.
For me, I hung out at the Langs, crocheting that cowl.  In the afternoon we watched the Seahawks game ~ sad to say they lost but there is always next year!!
In the evening Ron went to see our son, his wife and our sweet princess granddaughter.  I didn't go as I was battling some sniffles and hacking coughs.  Don't think it's a cold but more of a reaction to the change in weather...it's pretty dang cold here!!

More to come later!!

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Today I am thankful for time to rest and relax!