Z is for …

Z is for Zippity Do Day

Just saying that makes me want to just go skipping down a lane.

What do you think of when you hear that phrase?

Well we didn’t go skipping today ~ we went for a drive ūüôā

First let me share the drive we went on last Thursday, 4/25/13

It was a beautiful sunny day and a great day for a drive.  Ron said if it stays warm and sunny soon it will be time to put the soft top on the Jeep, we just figure out where to store the hard top.

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And then on Sunday after Ron got off work we went for another drive

I love all the purple flowers we see along the roads. ¬†And Ron just missed hitting the turtle so we had to go back and get a couple of pictures of him. ¬†When we turned back around to go the way we wanted he had started to stick his head out a little but we didn’t stop to take another picture. ¬†Maybe if I see another one I could make it a pet ūüôā

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There are all kinds of roads ~ paved, two lane, gravel and even dirt roads.  But we love the scenery!  And we met the sweetest lady and her two kids (older teenagers) at the little grocery store Altamont ~ she gave us all types of places to visit and see in the area.  Ron was excited to hear about a lake about 30 miles from our campsite where we can go swimming this summer.

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The center row of this picture is an old school house at an intersection out in the country.  It would have been fun to traipse around inside but it is all fenced off.

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When we first came across these horses (top right photo) it appeared they were grazing in the middle of the road.  But upon getting closer we found they were actually in a fenced field at a corner.  We saw lots of beautiful horses. Each time we saw a Paint, we would talk about our sweet friends, Al & Selma Gienger.  We miss their friendship and fellowship here on earth but we know one day we will be celebrating in heaven with them.

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I read in one of the local free papers that a Farmers Market was going to be held on Tuesday’s from 4 to 6 p.m. and today would be the first one of the season. ¬†Guess it was time for another road trip – this one 33 miles away according to Maggie (our GPS)

These are pictures of every road we turned on as we drove from Liberty, KS (the actual town we live in) to Parsons, KS.  Again, see all the different types of roads.  We did have to make one stop and that was the gas station in the center of the picture.  Gas was $3.39 a gallon.

All the roads we went on to get to Parsons, KS

These are sights we saw on the road leading into Parsons.

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The center picture below is the Farmers Market.  There were three vendors.  We bought some green onions, radishes and a dozen brown eggs.  And we got it all for $3!!!

We just loved seeing all the old homes.  I would love to see the interior of some of them, especially the home pictured in the top left and the two along the left border Рall the same home.

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These are the roads from Parsons, KS to Angola, KS

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This is entering into Angola. ¬†The top picture is the old school…it has lots of broken windows but we surmise it was beautiful in its prime. ¬†And the Methodist church next to the school. ¬†Sunday School is at 9 a.m. and the worship service begins at 10:45. ¬†Reminds us of what we think ole’ country churches looked like.

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And what could be better to end the day then with a foot massage. ¬†I love when Ron massages my feet and puts lots of lotion on them ~ it is just difficult because I am so darn ticklish and so we have to stop every few minutes till I quit laughing. ¬†And don’t those toenails look pretty – yep, he also does my nails for me ūüôā

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Yep ~ I am one blessed lady!!!

Hope you have enjoyed following along on the A to Z Challenge for 2013.

Stay tuned for more updates about our life as we live/work/travel and share the blessings of the Lord living in our comfy 37′ Class A Motor home newly named The Wander Lodge.

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Y is for …

Y is for …

…hubby says

yellow

The morning sunrise!

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Yellow roses!
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A yellow kitchen ~ we used to have a bright yellow kitchen, much brighter than this one. ¬†Then we moved to a new home and we painted it yellow and blue – still like yellow and in fact painted the bathroom in our motor home a light yellow. ¬†Guess I have mellowed in the past 25 years ūüôā

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Yellow Fish – this is more the color of our first yellow kitchen ūüôā

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Corn on the cob Рone of our favorite things to eat.  Am hoping since we are now in Kansas we will find lots of fresh corn this summer.

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When I was thinking of a Y is for ? ¬†The word that came to mind was Yearning…yearning for God.

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I have found that in being more intentional about my time with the Lord, studying His word, writing out my prayers and talking about and trying to understand different things from the Bible with others I yearn more for the Lord.

I do another blog,¬†Alice’s Restaurant ~ Dishin’ Up Food for Thought¬†where I write about what is on my heart.

Today’s Post is¬†here¬†where I share about my yearning for understanding the Holy Spirit and being an encourager.

What is your favorite Yellow thing?

Mine would be the sunshine!!!  I love the sunshine and I even love hot summer days.

 

X is for …

X is for

xray

x-ray.

I used to work for a radiologist.  One day he asked if he could take an x-ray of my eye socket.

He did.

And it looked really weird to me.

Sure wish I had a copy to show you. ¬†But alas I don’t.

X is for …

xylophone

xylophone.

Our boys used to have one in their toy box.

Some days listening to them make music was sweet to the ears

other days it was something else.

Do you know there are not many words that begin with X?

W is for Writing

W is for

writing

I enjoy writing.

I like to make lists.

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I like to send cards with little notes in them.

I like to write letters to our family and friends that don’t do the internet thing.

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Writing helps me sort things out.

I like to write my prayers out,

prayer requests

 sharing praises and requests.

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I like to send postcards to our grands.

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And I like to write blog posts.

Alice’s Restaurant is a mixture of writings. ¬†They include prayers to God, thoughts about world happenings, devotional’s and anything else that just pops into my mind that I want to reflect on.

Alice’s Restaurant ~ Dishin’ Up Food for Thought

and the first edition of  The Wandering Workentins can be found here.

The Wandering Workentins ~ First Edition

Highlights include February to September 2010 of when we worked, lived, traveled with a carnival,

Selling Christmas Trees November to December 2011

Our very eventful trip to Texas from Washington January-February 2012

You can check any of these out using the link above and going to the archives.

And of course writing this blog where I am currently doing the

A to Z Challenge for April 2013.

What do you like to write about?

Do you like to get real mail?

Do you have a prayer request you would like me to pray about?

Oh and with writing goes PENS!!

I love me Fine Pt Colored Pens!!!

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because not all my writing is on the computer you know ūüôā

V is for Victory and Views

V is for

…Victory in Jesus

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by Author: Eugene Bartlett
Year Written: 1939
Copyright: BMI Work#1803360

This is one of my favorite hymns.

I heard an old, old story,
How a Savior came from glory,
How He gave His life on Calvary
To save a wretch like me;
I heard about His groaning,
Of His precious blood’s atoning,
Then I repented of my sins
And won the victory.

Chorus
O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory,
Beneath the cleansing flood.

I heard about His healing,
Of His¬†cleansing¬†pow’r revealing.
How He made the lame to walk again
And caused the blind to see;
And then I cried, “Dear¬†Jesus,
Come and heal my broken spirit,”
And somehow¬†Jesus¬†came and bro’t
To me the victory.

Chorus
O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory,
Beneath the cleansing flood.

I heard about a mansion
He has built for me in glory.
And I heard about the streets of gold
Beyond the crystal sea;
About the angels singing,
And the old redemption story,
And some sweet day I’ll sing up there
The song of victory.

Chorus
O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory,
Beneath the cleansing flood.

and Views

This is the view from the couch in our motor home looking through the campground towards Amazon.  Currently there are less than 10 rigs here at the Big Chief RV Park.  As more workers start with Amazon this campground will see more rigs here.

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These next two pictures are the view from the recliner looking away from the campground.  We are the last rig in this row and so we will have this unobstructed view for the whole season.  If you look towards the bottom of the picture you can see lots of water/mud ~ we will be glad when the spring rains stop and this can get all dried up.

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This view is from the chair directly behind the passenger seat.  It has been nice to watch the clouds come in and go out.

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One funny thing about views.

When we were at Branson View Campground we would watch the sun rise out the passenger side living room window and the sunset out the drivers side living room window. ¬†This morning as I was having my quiet time with the Lord I looked out the drivers side window and much to my surprise the sun was coming up! ¬†It took me a few minutes to realize that the sun hasn’t changed where it comes up or goes down but we have the motor home facing a different direction!!!

Do you have victory in your life?

And what views do you see each day from your home? On your drive to work or church?

U is for Unique


U is for Unique

Unique is

one and only; single; sole: a unique specimen

having no like or equal; unparalleled: a unique achievement

highly unusual, extraordinary, rare

unique

I remember hearing when I was a young child my mom saying “you are unique and there will never be another one like you” and then she would laugh and say that’s a good thing. ¬†At times I took those words as a compliment, that I was special and at other times I took it to mean “thank goodness there are not two of you – I (my mom) couldn’t handle more than one of me.

And then as I grew in my relationship with God I realized it is a good thing to be unique and to use the things that are special about me to bring Him honor by sharing who I am with others as well as working together with others to make a whole.

Romans 12:3 Р8 talks about being unique yet part of a whole.  We are all uniquely made and each of us has strengths and weaknesses yet when we work together, sharing our individual talents we can become one wonderful body.

3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

What is unique about you?

What is unique about where you live?

What is unique about something you have done in your life that has left a positive impact on others.

What is unique about me?  Some people would say having only one eye is unique.  I would say that I am who I am today due to the many struggles and life issues I have had to deal with over the past 55 years.  I have a heart of compassion and service which I use wherever the Lord leads me and I believe those gifts are due to the circumstances I have faced.  I can see where my struggles have allowed me to become a loving and nurturing wife, mom, grammy, aunt and friend.

What is unique about where I live? ¬†Well we live in a 37′ Class A Motorhome and move our home wherever God opens the doors for employment for us. ¬†Most recently, with the closing of Branson View Campground the Lord led us to apply for work with Amazon in Coffeyville, KS. ¬†Right now our home base is at Big Chief RV Park in Liberty, KS which is right across the street from Amazon Distribution Center in Coffeyville, KS.

What is unique about something I have done in my life that has left a positive impact on others.  I would have to say that I have turned a rough childhood and teenage years where I suffered lots of pain from abusive parents and relationships into being an encourager to my family and friends and sharing that no matter the circumstance you find yourself in you can always find something positive about it.

T is for Travel

T is for Travel

Travel is something we love to do.

It felt wonderful to get back on the road in the motor home on Sunday morning. ¬†It was a good day for travel as the sun was shining and there was just a slight breeze. ¬†Our trip for the day was to drive from Branson, MO to Quapaw, OK otherwise known as the Downstream Casino. ¬†It was 136 miles from Branson View Campground (hard to say good-bye and the campground looked so sad with not a camper in sight) to Downstream Casino. ¬† ¬†We left Branson at 10:04 a.m. and are ETA was 12:31 p.m. But that was not to be. ¬†Once we were on the road Ron realized there was a problem with the Jeep…it was swerving all over the place…something was wrong with the tow bar. ¬†And of course, no place to pull over, for eight miles ūüė¶ ¬†I stood in the back of the rig keeping an eye on the Jeep and Ron ¬†drove very cautiously. ¬†We finally got to the Walmart in Branson West ~ big empty parking lot where I pulled forward, Ron worked on the tow bar, I pulled forward, Ron worked on the tow bar, I pulled forward then backed up a little and Ron worked on the tow bar. ¬†After about 15 minutes all was hooked up correctly and we were ready to get back on the road. ¬†Problem: the left tow bar would not catch correctly. ¬†Giving thanks to God that the Jeep didn’t let loose while we were driving, that no damage was done to the Jeep or the Motor home and all it took to fix it was a little time and no money ūüôā

We drove about an hour and a half and then found a nice place to pull over and eat lunch.  And what a delicious lunch it was ~ leftover rib eye steak sandwiches from dinner the night before.  Thank you Renee for a special evening out.

We arrived at Downstream Casino at 1:01 p.m. just 30 minutes past our original ETA.

The view from our campsite at Downstream Casino.  So peaceful to look out the passenger side big window.

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Cost of camping: $0 – we signed up for a Qcard (free) and with it we each get one free night of camping. ¬†Along with the free nights of camping ¬†we also each received one free buffet meal ~ so we went there on Monday evening. ¬†Usually $16.99 per person. ¬†That is more than we would normally pay for dinner at a buffet but free was good ūüôā

On Monday we decided to do a little sight-seeing and decided to go to the Precious Moments Chapel and grounds.  It was beautiful.

This rig was parked a couple down from us at the casino – love the picture on the back of their rig.

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Funny place to park a truck if you ask me ūüôā ¬†This was on the drive from the casino to the PM chapel.

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I took over 150 pictures so put them into collages.

These include the signs leading to the Precious Moments Chapel and grounds.

The entrance and the fountains welcoming you.

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Different scenes inside the Gift Shop and Cafe.


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Walking towards the chapel.

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Inside the main room of the chapel.

Bottom left picture is of the ceiling.

The four scenes with the red borders are the chapel grounds in Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter

In the picture above the ceiling one if you look close you can see little ones playing basketball in heaven.

The middle picture top row has 15 murals…Mr. B painted them all in 4 days.

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This is the Remembrance Room.

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The center picture top row look out onto the garden island.

The stained glass windows were original paintings the Mr. B’s daughter-in-law made for the hallway.

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This is leaving the chapel and heading back towards the gift shop.

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This is a planned development that has a chapel, gazebos, a few large homes and a huge horse barn.  You can rent the chapel & gazebos for weddings and parties.  The large white home in the bottom left of the picture faces a river on one said and has many large windows all the way around Рwhat a pleasant and peaceful view.

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The drive back to the campground.  The skies got dark and the rains started.

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Hope you enjoyed the trip to Precious Memories.

Tuesday morning we left Downstream Casino to head to our new home ~ Big Chief RV Park and working for Amazon.

It was not an easy drive as we battled wind and rain most of the way.

And no trip would be complete without some type of mishap ūüôā

On the drive on Tuesday morning besides fighting the wind and rain we lost two totes on the road. ¬†And as you can see there really is not much of a shoulder to be parked on. ¬†If you notice the big white truck – the guy passed us, stopped and turned around and helped gather the stuff from one of the totes. ¬†One tote never lost its lid ūüôā ¬† ¬†You also see Ron heading back to pick up stuff. ¬†And then working to secure the remaining totes ~ it was windy and rainy ~ absolutely no fun. ¬†You can see the two totes and the Christmas bear and dog that got soaked. ¬†Put them on the counter/in the sink to dry. ¬†We did lose one thing – a ceramic angel with fiber optic lights that shone on the nativity scene. ¬†It was a gift from Ron’s sister, Judy the first year we moved into the rig. ¬†Ron said it was shattered into way too many pieces to try to fix ūüė¶ ¬†All this happened 11.5 miles from the campground in Coffeyville ūüôā

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And then we arrived at Big Chief RV Park in Coffeyville, KS. ¬†We are parked directly across from Amazon. ¬†The campground has 132 sites. ¬†We are parked in the furthest corner from the entrance. ¬†The upper left picture if our rig as driving towards it. ¬†Our view is of the two far right bottom pictures. ¬†We are parked right next to the booster antenna for wifi – we have a great signal ūüôā ¬†The freeway is along the back side of our rig. ¬†But looking our our living room window on the passenger side we have a beautiful green field and some trees and no one will park on that side. ¬†It is very relaxing to look out the window. ¬†They have had quite a bit of rain so there is lots of mud around right now. ¬†The weather is supposed to be nice for the rest of this week, a little rain expected early next week and then we should be in for a nice long dry ¬†spell. ¬†One thing we don’t have is TV – we cannot pick up any channels with our antenna and there is no cable. ¬†We are going to check into Netflix. ¬†The downside is we won’t know who wins the Amazing Race or Survivor ;(

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Well that end’s our trip from Branson, MO to Coffeyville, KS.

If you are in the area of Coffeyville, KS give us a shout out. ¬†We love to meet up with other RV’rs.

Stay tuned for our next adventure ~ working for Amazon.

**Edited on April 25th, 2013 ~ thanks Jw for letting me know about the name of the Precious Moments Chapel**