Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday's Musings

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 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!


  1. Hi...I came here to visit from the comment you left on Mari's blog. Wow..what a terrific family and the trip to Branson [my grown daughter, Irene, lives with her two sons in Missouri, near Branson.]

    I really enjoyed your vacation trip. Yes, I agree that the laundry and unpacking is the WORST part of a trip. But, worth it when you have such a lovely trip and memories.

    Nice to meet you Lea.

  2. Looks like a good time had by all!!! I agree - the best part of going away is coming home. Enjoy your week of catch-up.

  3. Looks like such a wonderful trip and time. I couldn't agree more....there is just nothing like have ALL of your chicks together at the same time to enjoy. Happens sooo seldom for us that I just treasure what I do get. And yet there is just never getting round...there's no place like home. I imagine the landscaping seems to be taking a long, but it will be SOOO lovely when it is done. Have a good week. Great thought about us just passing through btw. We were all saying that very thing at bible study yesterday. Soo wonderful to have that hope

  4. You know, we aren't all,that far from Branson, yet we've never been there. And I cannot think of one reason why not. Hearing about the fun you all had, I'm thinking maybe we need a trip there soon ... with our grands as well.

  5. It looks like a fun trip for sure! I think (sleeping) accommodations are key for a successful vacation. :)
    I can tell the yard is going to look fabulous...and I hope you have a 'guy' to help maintain it, cuz it looks huge!

  6. Branson looked like fun and your family is so photogenic! The landscaping is going to be very special when it's done. It's hard to wait.

    As for the news on Sunday, we grieve. Come, Lord Jesus!

  7. I've never been to Branson before, but I've heard so many wonderful things about it. Glad you and your family made so many lasting memories. Your yard is definitely coming right along...can't wait to see it when all is said and done! Yes...the recent events in Orlando have been rattling, at best. So glad I know where I'm heading whenever God calls me HOME.

  8. I'm a huge fan of summer Christian camps for kids. So good for the heart, soul, and body! I've never been to Branson...Dollywood was Silver Dollar City once upon a time, and I did go to Silver Dollar City in TN back then. Hope you're having a nice week!

  9. Dear Lea, I have never been to Branson, but our oldest daughter and family go every two years and love it! In fact, they are going in the fall. I would love to rent a home for a week there and go with them-but who would take care of the three dogs? I can see the love in your family! Such fun times and wonderful memories. Your yard will be finished before you know it, even though it seems like it is taking forever.
    Blessings to you dear one.


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