Lock…hmm what does that mean?

Today’s Prompt word is LOCK. Think about it, read the definitions below, then sit for ten minutes (minimum) and write. 

lock 1  (lk) n.

1. A device operated by a key, combination, or keycard and used, as on a door, for holding, closing, or securing.
2. A section of a waterway, such as a canal, closed off with gates, in which vessels in transit are raised or lowered by raising or lowering the water level of that section.
3. A mechanism in a firearm for exploding the charge.
This one of many kinds of locks I used as a kid like this
and praying that my bike would never get stolen even though it was locked up.
And telling our boys to always lock the bike when they went somewhere and how one day the boys went to the library and we saw the bike there and it was not locked.  So being the wonderful parents that we are, we picked up the bike and took it home.  First stopping at the local police station (a nice benefit living in a small town) and telling them we found our son’s bike not locked and to teach them a lesson we “stole” the bike.  And the boys would probably come slinking to the police station, hoping upon hope that someone actually turned their bike in and not actually stole it.  We asked the nice policeman if he would really lay it on the boys about “not locking” their bike and asking them how they were going to tell their parents the bike was gone.  And he said “no problem.”  He knew just what he was going to do.  We went on our merry way back to our home and put the bike along the backside of the house where it could not be seen.
About an hour later, the nice policeman gave our boys a ride home.  Can you say
?
Hubby and I walked out the door to meet the policeman and two very sad boys, who looked like they wanted to be anywhere but where they were.  Hubby said, “what’s going on?”  The boys started stuttering and finally mumbled something about the bike being stolen from the library and they went to the police department and the police officer drove them around a few streets looking for their stolen bike but alas no bike was to be found.
We let them stammer, stumble and mumble for about a minute.  I am sure the boys thought it was more like a lifetime.  Hubby said something to the effect “well, it looks like you boys will need to buy a new bike (it was mom’s bike) for mom…you know that’s close to $50 and they both groaned.  We told the nice policeman that we would handle it from here and thank you for bringing the boys home.  He walked towards his car as Ron led the boys towards the backyard…when yells of “you tricked us!”  “you are so mean.” and then the policeman came around the back and said “Boys you should be thankful your parents ‘tricked’ you…you still have the bike.  What lesson did you learn from all this?”  And in unison they both shouted “LOCK the dang bike!!!”
Do you have a lock story?  If so, feel free to write your own blog post or comment below.

What’s Been Happening with the Wandering Workentins?

Hi there…guess I have been AWOL for a little while.

One day we had to go to Walmart and this guy was parked next to us 🙂

Guess we must be in the country!!!

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Our cousin Monica & her family are in the process of adopting a new little one into their family and so I told her I wanted to make blankets for any new little ones added to their family since her momma is no longer here on earth and able to do that.  This one is for Hiro (pronounced Hero)…can’t wait to meet the little guy and see him with his new blanket.  It is going to be sent out on Tuesday next week 🙂

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One morning shortly after Ron left for work and I was sitting on the couch having my quiet time, the sun started to peak up above Amazon so I snapped a picture through the window/screen.  The picture doesn’t do it justice and next time I will venture out of the rig to take the picture 🙂

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And our dinner one evening: soft tacos w/Tilapia and cheese and orzo with red, green, yellow bell peppers.  These are Ron’s 🙂

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And these are mine.  I use the small tortillas, Ron likes the burrito size ones.

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And this is Malachi modeling one of the headbands I have recently made.  Hard to tell but the color is purple not the blue it looks like in the picture.

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And looking at the camera.

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Thanks Malachi for being such a good sport 🙂

And we spent a few hours in the tornado shelter on Sunday night and on Monday too.  Ron was under lock down at Amazon during Monday’s storms.   He said the hardest thing was knowing I was away from him…I said God was good as I chatted with friends on Facebook, many people were praying for me and others in the middle of the storms.

Monday evening we spent

and all those affected by the tornadoes that touched down.

So many lives were lost and family’s homes destroyed…makes me realize that my problems are not as bad as I thought.

Please keep praying for all the family’s, first responder’s and all those who are in Oklahoma helping those who are in need.

Cleaning up the Mess

Do you remember this

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from our drive from Joplin, MO to Coffeyville, KS?

(if not you can read about it here)

Well one day last week we decided it was time to check those totes that had taken their own little adventure

and this is what we found:

This is Tote #1.  The lid came off and is now cracked and broken.

Also the lower right corner has a big chunk missing from the tote 😦

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A close up of the corner 😦

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Take the lid off, another tote inside

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It has a big piece missing from its right corner 😦

It was full of Fall decorations but nothing was found broken or missing 🙂

We transferred the contents to another tote 🙂

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And labeled it correctly 🙂

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Then on to Tote #2

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Tote #2 still had the zip ties on 2 of the 4 corners.

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And this is what we found minus the stuffed bear and musical dog that we picked up off the road and had been drying up by the dog house for the past week.  You will be  happy to know the musical dog still works 🙂

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This is the angel that broke.  It was special to us as Judy, Ron’s sister, had given it to us our very first Christmas in the motor home, 2006.  In the front it had the nativity scene with an ever-changing LED light behind it.  It was pretty and we enjoyed watching it change colors and brought peacefulness to the rig in the early evening hours after a busy day at work.

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One of the wings that broke off.  We were missing a few pieces so we could not glue it back together so we said good-bye.  We will keep our eyes open to see if we can find something similar down the road.

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If you know us at all, you know Christmas is one of our favorite holidays and we love to decorate.  When we first moved into our motor home we put 19 totes of Christmas decorations in our storage unit.  Over the past six years we have taken a couple of totes out to change-up the decorations of the motor home and now carry two totes of Christmas decorations along with a tote full, really full of Christmas lights that we decorate with wherever we are at Christmas.  We have also passed a few things onto our boys and their families and we plan on doing that some more when we are back in Whatcom County next January to March (2014) and yes, we are already planning our vacation for next year.

Do you like to decorate for Christmas?

How about for other holidays?

How many boxes or totes do you have stashed away that you bring out each holiday season.

And in case you are wondering we do have an Americana tote that comes out this next week where we will decorate with Red, White & Blue for the season of Memorial Day thru Labor Day!!

And the tote full of Fall decorations and a tote with Valentines Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter decorations!!

L is for Life

L is for LIFE

Co-authored by Ron & Ali

Life

Life can be good, great and wonderful.  Life can be joyful, content and fulfilling.

Our life is full of many blessings:

living and traveling in our rig, sharing God’s love with those we come into contact with.

Fellowship with friends, family and other believers.  Playing in the beautiful nature  designed by our Heavenly Father.

Watching how God provides for us in ways we could never imagine.

HEAVEN CAME DOWN AND GLORY FILLED MY SOUL / O what a wonderful, wonderful day

By John Peterson

O what a wonderful, wonderful day – day I will never forget;
After I’d wandered in darkness away, Jesus my Saviour I met.
O what a tender, compassionate friend – He met the need of my heart;
Shadows dispelling, With joy I am telling, He made all the darkness depart.

Chorus:
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul,
When at the cross the Saviour made me whole;
My sins were washed away –
And my night was turned to day –
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul!

Born of the Spirit with life from above into God’s fam’ly divine,
Justified fully thru Calvary’s love, O what a standing is mine!
And the transaction so quickly was made when as a sinner I came,
Took of the offer of grace He did proffer – He saved me, O praise His dear name!

Chorus:
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul,
When at the cross the Saviour made me whole;
My sins were washed away –
And my night was turned to day –
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul!

Now I’ve a hope that will surely endure after the passing of time;
I have a future in heaven for sure, there in those mansions sublime.
And it’s because of that wonderful day when at the cross I believed;
Riches eternal and blessings supernal from His precious hand I received.

Chorus:
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul,
When at the cross the Saviour made me whole;
My sins were washed away –
And my night was turned to day –
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul!


Heaven came down and glory filled my soul!

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One of our life’s most precious blessings ~ our children and grandchildren

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Our love for each other and faith in the Lord!

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Life can also be  ugly, uncomfortable and just plain scary.  Life can also be tumultuous and messy.

We have faced many hurdles in our life.  We have been stuck in the valley’s and climbed to the mountain top

And through all the hard times of financial uncertainty, deaths of parents, babies and dear friends, scary health issues,  job changes, filled with worry for the safety of our son, Jamie, and his unit while serving in Iraq for a year and facing the unknown ~  God has been faithful! and has my girlfriend reminds me “He has never failed you yet!”  Thanks Miss Dee!!

Is 40 31

And I cling to my life verse

Prov 3 56

And we sing

Great is the Lord!

And for that we give thanks!

How do you handle life’s challenges?

Special thanks to Pastor Charles for being an instant resource when this crazy gal calls and says help!!!

K is for Kind, Kissable, King

K is for Kind, Kissable, King

K = Kind

K = Kissable

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Doesn’t he have the cutest KISSABLE cheeks?

Baby Alexander – April 12, 2013

K = King

Jesus is My King!

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King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Glory, hallelujah
King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Glory, hallelujah
King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Glory, hallelujah
King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Jesus, Prince of Peace)
Glory hallelujah
King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Jesus, Prince of Peace)
Glory hallelujah
King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Jesus, Prince of Peace)
Glory hallelujah
King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Jesus, Prince of Peace)
Glory hallelujah

King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Glory, hallelujah
King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Glory, hallelujah

King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Glory, hallelujah
King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Glory, hallelujah

King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Jesus, Prince of Peace)
Glory hallelujah
King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Jesus, Prince of Peace)
Glory hallelujah

G is for Grateful

G is for Grateful

Grateful = Gratitude = Thankfulness

The definition of Grateful: 1.  warmly or deeply appreciative  of kindness or benefits received; thankful   2.  expressing or actuated by gratitude   3. pleasing to the mind or senses; agreeable or welcome; refreshing

I am grateful for my hubby and the upbringing he had.  I am grateful he had Christian parents to raise him into the wonderful man, husband, father, grandfather and friend that he is to so many.  I have been thinking of his parents a lot today.  33 years ago today his dad, Pete, went to be with the Lord after a long fought battle against cancer.  I remember that day so clearly in my mind.  It was a day full of crazy happenings: first I got my wedding rings stuck on my finger and had to have them cut off (Ron’s first trip home from work), then Anne (Ron’s mom) called and said Pete wanted to speak to Ron ~ kinda hard because Pete could not speak above a whisper so I called Ron’s boss, told him what was going on and he sent Ron home for the second time in less than two hours.  After making arrangements for a friend to keep Jamie (2 1/2 years old), packing a suitcase for us and Brandon (almost 2 months) and getting the truck loaded we headed from McChord AFB to Blaine, WA.  About 3 1/2 hour drive.  We had reached Everett (half way) and made one of our usual stops at the rest area.  Ron’s driving was pretty erratic  so I told him I would drive.  As I began driving towards Blaine I prayed “Lord, please let Pete still be alive or have him pass at least 15 minutes before we get to the house.”  I think I said that prayer over and over all the way to Blaine.  Selfishly I didn’t want to be the one responsible for Ron not being able to see his dad one more time.  God is Good and for that I give thanks – Ron was able to have a few minutes alone with Pete before he breathed his last.  And in sixteen days it will be five years since Anne was reunited with Pete.  And even though his parents and I didn’t always get along, I am so grateful for their parenting of Ron, their love for us as a couple and parents and for our children.  One happy memory I have of Pete is him babysitting Brandon.  At meal time, we would put Brandon on the bed next to Grandpa and Grandpa would keep an eye on Brandon.  Another memory is when we were visiting at their home when Jamie was 15 months old and I was scolding Jamie for climbing on the coffee table and Grandpa telling me “Jamie can climb on table it is not going to hurt anything.” And once Ron was scolding Jamie for throwing his paci on the ground and Ron telling him he was going to spank him if he did it again and Grandpa Pete saying something about spankings not really being necessary and Ron telling him he should have thought of that 20 years ago when Ron was a little one.

I am also grateful for the people God has brought into our lives over the years.  I am grateful for friends who encourage me in new adventures and remind me that God has never failed me yet and that He also meets all of our needs.  Today we were blessed by some friends here in Branson and so grateful for their friendship ~ we will miss you Jw & Wanda!!  We have many friends in our life who have blessed us time and time again and we look forward to making more friends as we continue working and traveling around the USA.

What are you grateful for today?

F is for Fun, Food & Fellowship, Flexibility and Future

F is for Fun, Food, Flexibility and Future

F is for FUN

One thing we have learned over the years is to have FUN.

When I think back to our early years of marriage it seemed we were always busy working or trying to solve problems or just plain surviving.

One of the things we seemed to have lost was having fun.  I remember once when my therapist asked me what I was going to do with three hours of free time as the boys were going to a birthday party.  I replied “clean my house.”    And she challenged me to actually do something FUN with my time and I could not think of anything to go.  As time has passed and we have lost loved ones over the years I started to reflect about time spent with the loved ones and it was really hard to remember fun things we did together.  I used to be a perfectionist about keeping our home spotless and always feeling like I had to be doing something instead of just relaxing, or going for a walk or spending time with a friend.  Now I plan things to do that are fun to do by myself or with friends or family.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARon and I enjoy going for rides and see the many blessings and creation of the Lord.

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Spending time with our family.

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Having coffee with special friends.

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Family!!!

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Family!!!

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More family!!!

What have you done that was fun lately?

F is for FOOD & FELLOWSHIP

We love to have friends over and go visit them in their homes, go to potlucks and Fellowship with friends.

Here’s a peak at two of our most recent time of being with family & friends, sharing in a meal and lots of Fellowship.

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Jamie and the groomsmen at the Rehearsal Dinner

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Not the best picture, but we were definitely having fun!!

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Emilio enjoying lots of fruit & vegi’s at the Rehearsal Dinner.

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Fellowshiping with friends!

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Having fun with friends!

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Have you spent time with friends or family just enjoying being with each other?

F is for FLEXIBILITY

Something I have learned over the years is to be Flexible, don’t sweat the small stuff, know that God tells us he is in control as shared in Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
And in the RV’ing community there is a saying “All our plans are made in Jello.”
And so even though we make plans we know they can change and that leads us to
F is for FUTURE!
We have been  Campground Managers here at Branson View Campground for almost a year.
We have talked often about what we might do in the Future for work and travel.
We have enjoyed exploring the Branson area, attending many of the shows and participating in many different activities like Silver Dollar City and the Showboat Belle.
And we started praying for where the Lord would have us go next and when.  We talked about working for Amazon this winter in Campbellsville, KY or staying here in Branson through December or ???  And we prayed for the Lord to lead us and open doors according to His will.
And so we applied for work with Amazon for this coming winter.  And then the door was opened for us to go to work for
Amazon
in
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Coffeyville, KS
We are excited to start this new adventure.
We will be leaving Branson on Sunday, April 21st
and arrive in
Coffeyville
on Tuesday, April 23rd
And Ron will begin training on Thursday, April 24th!
Now you may be asking what is Alice going to be doing?
Well she is not sure.  She will be looking for work in the community of Coffeyville or see if about working from home online.
But know whatever we will be doing we will be  Flexible and have lots of Fun!!!