J-C is keeping really busy and is thankful for the work. He is currently helping on a documentary called “Wait Till It’s Free”. And yes, that is a picture of him interviewing THE Ron Paul. =)
Here’s how it started. We were pleasantly surprised to hear that 3 of our ‘next of kin’ were coming down for a visit “on their way to CO” for a conference, and to visit Melody (who is currently in CO)…
…that’s when the idea popped into my little head that perhaps I could ride up to CO with them, to visit Melody and a dear friend, Brianna. After a few phone calls, permission granted, and the purchase of a $49 plane ticket home, I started packing my bags!
We left out Thursday morning. These ladies are very fun to travel with… =)
…and they pack really good snacks! =)
Guess what? Colorado has mountains! That was a grand sight for this Okie. =) Once we arrived in CO, we spent some time in Col. Springs with their relatives.
Spending time with Dianna and Michelle was a treat! We enjoyed some exciting adventures together – like tracking down Dutch Bros (on foot) to get some smoothies. =)
Their kind uncle took us on a tour of Colorado Springs, including a visit to ‘Garden of the gods’ a.k.a. what I prefer to call ‘God’s garden’. Pretty fascinating rocks!
The three adventurers. =)
On Saturday we attended a conference at Kevin Swanson’s house on “Caring for the Elderly”. It was excellent. I thought they did a very efficient job covering the topic in only one day! I’m super grateful I got to attend!
Saturday night we drove up to Windsor and surprised Melody who is attending Ellerslie there. She was completely shocked. =)
I was thrilled to be able to spend a few extra days in the Windsor area, thus getting to spend some quality one-on-one time with this girl! =) She is a key tool that the LORD uses in my life to draw me closer to Himself and spur me on in my Christian race.
Did I mention they know how to pack the snacks – oh yeah!!! =)
My friend Brianna was also in CO during the time I was there, and so we enjoyed lots of time together! “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” Prov. 27:17
(MOUNTAINS!!!) On Tuesday Brianna and I drove to Estes Park and spent most of the day touring the fun shops. You know you have a good friend when they point you to Jesus, not to themselves, but to Jesus. I am so blessed to know her as my sister in Christ.
Honestly, I felt like this trip was a big present set in my lap from the heart of a loving heavenly Father. He arranged the details better than I ever could have. It wasn’t too long, and it wasn’t too short, it was so perfect, and I was ready to come home and happy to see my family by Wednesday night when I flew in! =)
This verse has been an encouragement to me today and I pray it will encourage you as well as you continue you to look unto Jesus!
“Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” 1 Thess. 5:24
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We went to Okmulgee again this year for our traditional family camping trip. We were so glad everyone got to come and be there! We had a total of 5 tents and 6 vehicles. So here’s lots of pictures from the trip for ya…
“How do we put this tent up?” 1 tent up, 4 more to go.
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The crisp fall mornings really get us itchin’ to go deer hunting!! You can just feel it, and smell it in the air. Carinna worked hard to get two places cleared for food plots! This is a view from one of the tree stands.
This was Carinna’s last year to hunt during youth season so she really wanted to get something. And much to her delight she got a doe! Maggie would be hunting too, but she’s laid up on the couch with mono! =(
For the first time we attempted making summer sausage! Carinna did a wonderful job! It. Is. DELICIOUS! She’s a pro. but the recipe’s top secret, sorry. You’ll just have to come visit us so you can taste some. =D
While this is just the beginning of deer season, Abbie and Carinna are just now getting over the poison ivy they got while picking possum grapes! Poor girls, they’ve been miserable.
Happy fall ya’ll! =)
What are possum grapes? You didn’t think I heard you ask did you? =) Possum grapes are little bitty grapes, about the size of a possum’s eye, well at least that’s what I’ve always been told! Don’t worry, that’s the only thing they have in common with possums…well except for the fact that you can also find them alongside the country roads. =)
See all those “trees” along that fence line on the left? That, is prime possum grape territory!
So, last Saturday, Carinna and I combed the county roads west of town, looking for these delicious grapes. Let’s just say they’re not the easiest accessible grapes you’ve ever picked, but definitely make for a GREAT adventure!
See the grapes way up in the top? A few years ago we had a ladder on top of our van, trying to reach those silly grapes, but since Carinna and I were by ourselves, we decided to do it the old fashioned way, and just climb trees and ladders. =)
Can you find someone in purple up in that tree? After getting myself very tangled up in this tree (I was so stuck, my hair was caught in three places and I couldn’t hang on very well any longer, but I couldn’t move because my hair was so tangled), so after I finally got out of that mess, I climbed up the ladder, bypassing all the vines and branches, climbed from the ladder to an open spot on the trunk of the tree and picked, almost to my hearts content! There was a boat load of grapes up there!!! By then, after 6 hours of hunting grapes and no lunch, we came home with our 2 brown sacks of grapes. =)
Ya’ll come see us and maybe we’ll feed ya a peanut butter and possum grape jelly sandwich! =)