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

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Branson vacation

Initially, Josh's were planning a trip to Kansas to help celebrate Sophia's birthday.  But when we found out that the production of "Moses" would be showing at the Sight and Sound in Branson, we decided on a change of plans.  We would meet in Branson!  We found this house on-line with VRBO.

It is so much nicer to rent a house for the family than to get 3 hotel rooms!   And it is cheaper too!

Because we wanted to get to the back stage tour, we had to get up really early!   It was dark when we left.  We drove to Jill's to carpool together.  It was just getting light when we left their place at 6:30.

"The moon is coming with us!"

Funny sign en route.  

After the 5 1/2 hour trip, we made it to Branson.  We met our son's family at Sight and Sound. 
 Back stage tour.

The dressing room

The tour guides were not only so funny, but their love for Jesus overflowed!
 Baby Moses 

We got to see some of the animals.  There are many live animals in the play!

Grands in Egypt! 

Eli decided he'd like to be the guy who drives the props on stage when he grows up.   And Hannah said she would like to be an actress!

There were some other props from other plays, like the manger scene...
and Goliath.
After the tour, there was some time before the show was to start, so we drove to a nearby Culver's for some frozen custard! 
After happy tummies, we drove back.  Allen had pre-ordered seats up close.  We love that!
You aren't allowed to take pictures during the play so I borrowed some online.

It was an incredible production!!  Go see it!!

Afterwards, we were hungry and went to Culver's again - this time for supper, but no dessert this time, much to the grandchildren's dismay.  Then we used GPS to find our house for the weekend.
It was in a wooded area and very quiet (until we came!)
The kids were excited that there were even birdie pillows on the porch for Nana.

It was decorated like a Colorado ranch home, with stuffed critters even!

There were 4 bedrooms with king size beds and each bedroom had a hot tub.

What a delightful cabin for us!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Kusadashi, Turkey

Back to blogging about our trip.  I know, it was 3 months ago.  Life has a way of keeping me from blogging about it.

On the way to Kusadashi, we pulled up beside an olive grove.

We had a lesson from Romans 11.

Did you know you essentially can not kill an olive tree? They live for thousands of years.  Even though the branches are empty with no fruit, and in fact the whole tree looks dead, the root is deep and alive and well. Pretty soon a new shoot of a branch will sprout and grow and bear much fruit.  Paul uses this analogy of us, a wild branch grafted onto an olive tree.  Even though all the branches around us appear dead, when we connect to the root (Christ) we grow and produce fruit.
This gas station had a modern bathroom with automatic sliding glass doors.
People always had to buy more snacky foods too! 
 What did you get Linda?  Share with me?

modern trains
 many highrise apartments
 and skyscrapers

 We drove to the Kusadashi Kismet hotel where we would be spending the next few nights.

Mary, our next door neighbor

 There was a wedding reception starting as we were settling in.

Our dining hall was just below theirs

 Rene and Lilli make friends with anyone and they got these boys from the reception to take pictures with them.
Needless to say, the Turkish people love their parties so for the 3rd time in Turkey, we tried to sleep to loud, blaring music.  I'm glad they could celebrate as we know they are having much turmoil in their country.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

End of season

It is soon the end of summer.  The local schools have started and I realized I didn't post about the kids' fun summer sport!  The older girls found their niche joining swim team this summer!

We were so glad to be able to make it to one of Emeri's swim meets in Arkansas too!

They have announcers at their swim meet.  Staci sent this play by play.  


Kansas swim team

The kids mark the race # on their arms so when they hear the announcer call out the races, they know it is time to go line up.

They like to mark up their backs too!
Sophie was on a relay team and they generally skunked the other teams.  At one meet, a college swim coach was there and he said to her "Is it too early to talk about scholarships?"  We got a kick out of that.

Claire cheers her sisters on. 
 Between swims we camp out under the canopy.  The kids play quietly or eat (a lot!)

At the Hesston meet, Adam and I took Claire to the waterpark afterwards for her own type of fun.