Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Moving back into the Motorhome

We continue to move into the motorhome
and it is beginning to feel
all homey!!

Yeah, the pressure cooker fits in the cabinet!!!

Stuff waiting to be put away

Ron enjoying a glass of wine!

And the pantry is full :)

The bathroom is coming together.
Looking from the kitchen to the living room.
Now to figure out how to hook up the printer.
The back of the sink

Our gift from Dee!!

Royce's necklace, a gift from Jamie

Close up of necklace, miss that sweet baby boy.

Check out all my magnets and my pig in the corner guarding the microwave.

The top of the cabinet and a glance at all my cookbooks.

Another view.

Our bedroom coming together.  

Pictures being hung, our sweet Opal.

Looking down the hall, love our new little fireplace.

Two sweet sons, with sweet grands!!

Sorry its so dark, but sure love my fireplace.
And that is how far we have gotten.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Long Couple of Days

Can't believe it is already Wednesday night 
and almost time for bed.

So what have we been up to

well yesterday I was up at 3:39 AM
and I have no clue why
so I did the only thing I could think of
got up and went out into the office and 
worked on QuickBooks...till we finally closed the office at 4:30 PM
YES it was a very long day 
but I did get a lot done and 
the light at the end of the tunnel is near

And for that I am very 
Today has been another busy day

First was a trip to Walmart
and then more progress on the 
Motor home

Our living room is coming together.
We have removed the chair that was between the passenger and little table.
That space is now going to be my craft corner.
Love our new couch.
Tomorrow I will try to get a picture of the couch with the extra seat open.

Bathroom all clean and ready to be used.

Bathroom ready for our stuff to be loaded in.
That is on the agenda for tomorrow morning.

Our bedroom ~ bed is ready to crawl into and I even have my first book picked out to read ~ The Shack.

One of the many cupboards with new contact paper lining and gripper padding so stuff
doesn't rock and rattle while traveling.

A close up of the floor - above the cupboard is all shiny and clean,
in front of the cupboard still needs to be cleaned,
can't believe what a difference it makes applying some elbow grease!!

And then it was time to get ready to go to the 
for the Veterans Welcome Ceremony
to start the beginning of 
Veterans Week 2014.
Branson High School JR ROTC presenting the colors

Hughes Brothers leading us in the Star Bangled Banner

Du Du Fisher

Our favorite couple ~ Barbara Fairchild & Roy Morris

Voices of Glory

The young girl in the center receiving an award for her support of Veterans.
She made magnets out of bottle caps and put a note in each one
"Thank you Veteran for Standing for Us"
She made 1,000 magnets for all the Veterans in attendance.

Doug Gabriel singing Lee Greenwoods "God Bless the USA"

Ron getting a signed book by a veteran...i can't remember the name and I am too tired to go find it.
I will post it tomorrow for y'all.

Ron saying thank you! and receiving his new book.

And then we went to Grand Country
to see

and to wish
Jason Robinson
best wishes on his new journey as he leaves New South
to join Big Cedar

Jason you will be missed!!!
We have enjoyed getting to know you,
your family,
and watch you grow into a strong,
loving husband, father, and believer in Christ.

And that  is how we have spent the last two days!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

A Day of Play

Today we decided to play.

Well after waking up before 6:30 this morning and heading out to the motor home and working on a few more projects out there (sorry no pictures of that today), we decided to run to Lowe's, buy a few things and then go play!!!

And this is where we went!!!

Here are a few pictures from our fun time today.

Entrance to Silver Dollar City.  it was a bit chilly but the sun was shining when we arrived.
One of our favorite trees, we love the blue lights.
Mike, Chris & Ron admiring the big tree while waiting for the parade to start.

One of the last floats in the parade.  Love the stained glass look.
We had a lot of fun
but by the time the parade was over we were ready to call it a night,
it was more than chilly out there.

Hope you enjoyed this little glimpse of
Silver Dollar City 
and our time there today.

Now to figure why all the pictures on my camera did not download
to my computer.

Who knows, there might be more of our time at SDC
on tomorrow's blog.

The New Adventure ~~ How We Arrived Here

We have enjoyed being the managers here at 

The owners, Darrell & Patty are great bosses
and we have truly enjoyed working for and with them.

We were not thinking of new jobs or even leaving Branson
when we got a call a few months ago from one of our sons asking if we would consider moving back to the
Pacific Northwest.

Now y'all know this Grammy's heart said
Ron even said 

But we knew we couldn't just up and leave Branson.

So we began to

We quietly began looking for work in the Portland area
In fact, Ron got offered a part-time job but they couldn't hold it till 
February 2015...the earliest we felt we could be there.

We knew we would not leave D & P in a lurch,
plus we needed money to travel and make a 2500 mile trip.

And we did what we have done in the past,
asked specific people (5) to pray for us
and with us that God would show us what He would have us to do
and where He would want us to live.

And day's after speaking with our son
we got a call from a friend we had met here in Branson
asking us to consider making a move about an hour away from Branson.

Now what to do? 
This Grammy really wanted to be near the Grands!!
So we continued to pray and seek His will.

We received great counsel,
talked some more,
prayed some more
and felt the Lord leading us to 
and staying here in Missouri.

And then God sent confirmation that it was time to leave 
Branson View Campground
and move to GUMI Camp.

One evening we were hosting a woman here in the campground.
We had never met her and she didn't know what we possibly thinking of doing.
Yet God put her in our living room one Friday night.
She was standing between Ron and I.
She put her hand on my arm and said
"you know you are only here for a season."
Yes, we knew that.
She then said "really only a short season.
God is moving you to a camp, not like this campground
but where you will have a chance to minister to those who are hurting, 
where you will share your own history of pain
and how God brought us through it.
She added we weren't going far, it was to a camp
with water running through it
and where people would come for healing."

We just stood there in awe!!
There is no humanly possible way for her to know what we had been thinking about,
praying about, seeking counsel about BUT for God!!

We met with T & A
a couple of days later and shared that we believed
God was indeed leading us to

And then we met with D & P...again God had everything under control.
I called D and asked if he and P would be home that night,
we wanted to drive to Bethany (5.5 hours away) to talk with them., they had just arrived in Branson not 15 minutes before my call.

After a whirlwind day of
phone calls,
more phone calls
we had given our notice effective
January 1, 2015.

D & P had hired R & T as the soon to be new managers of BVC
Ron and I were filled with

the peace that passes all understanding,
the peace that only God can give.

And then the fun began....
all the while keeping the campground running,
doing a computer change (the last one froze)
switching from Quicken to QuickBooks
(not as easy as I thought it would be)
lots of cleaning,
feeling overwhelmed
yet excited

and now you know
what our next new adventure will be.

Stay tuned as we continue to ready the motor home for our return,
move from the apartment
(2 bedrooms, living room, dining room, sun~room)
which means lots of
trusting God while
remembering to

If you are still reading,
thanks for sticking through this narration.

More to come, so stay tuned.

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