Love the Lord your God, listen to His voice and hold fast to Him, for the Lord is your life! Deut. 30:20

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Road trip to Salina

We had a get-away with the grandkids for a day.  We took a little road trip to Salina to the waterpark there.  Instead of taking highway all the way, we took the scenic route.

We drove through the little town of Canton.  The city has a total area of 0.50 square miles.  The Santa Fe Trail was located just southeast of Canton. 

The main street has numerous bison statues.  Canton is considered the gateway to the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge.

We had recently been there with the cousins.  Papa hadn't come with us that particular day and the kids wanted to climb the tower once again.

We could see several bison from the top although in this photo they are just mere dots.
Back onto country roads
Claire thought the cows must have jumped this fence.
"I didn't know cows knew how to jump fences!"

When we got to Salina, we stopped for lunch - Chick Fil A!

The waterpark in Salina is so fun!  And very affordable.  Senior discounts plus children = a fun afternoon!

Claire didn't want a picture with her sisters and then just seemed a little upset for awhile.  This upcoming move has been a little hard on her.  She wasn't excited to leave her mommy that day.  But after the first slide, she was so happy to have come.

Here is the full mermaid swimsuit picture.  So cute!
The mermaid "tail" does come off but she didn't want to take it off.

I didn't get a lot of pictures as we wanted the camera in the locker.

Claire went on this slide over and over and over!  All of us went together too.

We especially enjoyed the lazy river and the wave pool.

When we left, we took another detour home.
We told the girls we were going to a Kansas castle.

Coronado Heights

"The name of the Lord is a fortified tower;
the righteous run to it and are safe."
Proverbs 18:10

Kansas is not flat

 Francisco Vázquez de Coronado y Luján (1510 – 22 September 1554) was a Spanish conquistador and explorer who led a large expedition from Mexico to present-day Kansas through parts of the southwestern United States between 1540 and 1542.  It is said he made it as far as this hilltop just north of Lindsborg.

Coronado had hoped to reach the Cities of Cíbola, often referred to now as the mythical Seven Cities of Gold, which is a term not invented until American gold-rush days in the 1800s. His expedition marked the first European sightings of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River, among other landmarks. 

The girls decided to do some exploring

They were beginning to make a plot for the next cousin movie.

The girl's parents got more packing done while we were away and the girls had such fun!

Friday, June 16, 2017

The walk

 We just feel so blessed to live by a lake (well, a pond) that has a walk-way around it.

 It is so good to walk outside and enjoy nature.  The ripples of the water are intriguing.


They are really skitish and slip into the water so fast if I get anywhere close to them.

I see lots of birds in the trees and have learned to recognize many of their songs.

We have lots of geese and if they are by the sidewalk - especially with their babies - I try to walk on the far side, or even turn around.  That's what I did that day.  They were not moving away from the sidewalk.  I don't relish the idea of being chased by a mommy or daddy goose protecting their young.

wild flowers

Often as I walk along when I'm alone, I will take my 3x5 verses and use these to pray for different individuals.  I love praying Scripture for myself and others!
 Debby (or ________), seek the Lord.
   Inquire of Him.
        Crave Him!
Require His face and His presence continually!

When we first moved here, I noticed leaf prints in the sidewalk.They were made when leaves fell on cement not quite hardened yet.  But I really liked it and so when we poured our own cement,  we intentionally pressed leaves into our own patio and steps.

I want to make it known that I do not like this sign.  At all.  When we were thinking about moving, we purposely did not move to a neighborhood that had these signs up.  It makes it feel like the owner in that area is uppetity, not wanting to share the beauty of their walk. 

I understand it is probably for insurance purposes.  People these days are quick to sue, so maybe that's why.  I'm pretty certain that our board members would only put up this sign for a good reason.  But it still bugs me.

I am soooo glad that God Himself is not like that:  He does not say "My love is only for those I deem worthy."   He wants ALL to come to Him.  His arms are open to any!  None of us is really worthy, but Jesus is all about loving the unlovable.  He desires ALL to come to Him!  

The Lord does not delay [as though He were unable to act] and is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is [extraordinarily] patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9

 By the time I'd walked around the pond several times, always turning back where the baby geese were, I noticed the geese had slipped into the water so I was able to finish my walk the full loop.
 Happy swimming, geese!