Well, it's good to be back here and it's good to be home. I sometimes think that the biggest reason for going on trips is to realize how wonderful home is. ~smile~ Coming back home is the hardest as I am not a fan of going through the piled up mail, washing the piled up laundry and unpacking. But, we did have a good time in Branson and made a lot of memories. ~and that's what counts~
Branson is a favorite of mine and Hubby's. We've probably been at least a dozen times over the years. This time we rented a large villa and were more than pleased when we arrived. It was spacious with all the amenities of home. The couples all had a king size bed and that's pretty much a make or break deal for our family. We are all pretty spoiled to that and love it when it works out for us to have one when we travel. Plus, there was a big screen TV in each couple's bedroom as well. As I said, it was very nice.
We went to Silver Dollar City one of the days and the big kids and our SIL had more fun there than a barrel of monkeys. He rode any and every ride that they wanted to ride. Hubby and I enjoyed sitting back and watching them have fun. The girls rode some of the rides inbetween feeding the babies and keeping them happy. It was a special time of family fun that we do not get to enjoy very often. And, I'm pretty sure that all you Moms will agree, there's not much more precious than when a Momma has all her biddies under her wing. ~makes me teary eyed~
The week before we went to Branson, Clancy attended Pine Cove in the City. The above picture is him with his group and his counselor. Pine Cove is a Christian Camp that our children attended from the 6th grade through high school and then worked on staff while they were college. We love Pine Cove!!! They have 2 camp sites and will be opening a 3rd site next summer. Our children attended the site in Tyler, Texas. They do what they call Camp in the City in various cities and they happen to have one in Oklahoma City this summer. A church hosts the camp and the kids attend from 9:00 - 4:00 each day. Clancy had a wonderful time and may actually go to regular camp in Tyler next summer. If you are looking for a life changing camp for your child or grandchild, I cannot recommend Pine Cove enough. Our son and his family will be attending their 4th year of family camp the end of this month.
AND, the landscape continues.................my goodness, it reminds me of the construction of the house. It seems to be taking forever. But, Hubby reminds me that they started with nothing and it is a huge task when you are putting in a yard literally from the ground up. ~chuckle~ The beds are finished and the larger plants have been placed. The irrigation system has been installed. The grass has been laid. There is still the stone pathways to lay and the work on one area of the pond edge continues. And, we are actually going to have a few water plants in the pond. You can see them in the bottom left hand picture. These are Louisiana Iris. Then lots of gravel has been put in that edge of the pond and it will be bordered with larger rock with stepping stones down to it. And, there is all of the beds to fill with the specific plants. I will definitely have pictures of the finished product, whenever that happens.
In light of this past weekend's event I have a very heavy heart. I'm reminded of the verse from a song, "this world is not my home, I'm just passing through." Praise God for this assurance! May your week be filled with His bountiful blessings!