Monday, September 2, 2019

Labor Day Weekend and 
Jonah Turns 14!

On Friday, Jenna, Jared, and the kiddos came in for the holiday weekend. Saturday morning Justin and Jared along with Jonah and five of his friends went to Top Golf for some birthday fun for Jonah.
Jenna, Keelie, Marilyn, and I took all the younger kiddos to play at Chic-Fil-A and have an early lunch. Saturday night Marilyn and I cooked here at the house followed by some Canasta.

Yesterday morning, Justin and Jared went out dove hunting. Doves are hard to come by in the, area - no luck. After church, we had a light lunch. Then we had a birthday celebration for Jonah at his house. It's so hard to believe this smart, sweet, God-loving kid has turned into a 14-year old (growing) young man! The little kiddos enjoyed some backyard time.

The guys went back out last night but still no doves to be found. This morning Jenna and the family went home. It was such a great weekend with the family!!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Cemetery Markers

This morning Jerry and I went out on a mission to purchase cemetery markers. I really wanted to take care of this so Jenna and Justin did not have to deal with Rick and mine down the road. I also wanted Jerry to do the same so he could get what he wanted! I know this will save some stress someday.

We have all had the cemetery plots for years. We purchased them at the same time Mother and Daddy purchased theirs. We had to use Mother's and Daddy's in 1990 and 2005, respectively. Only God knew that Marilyn would need to purchase a marker and use one of those plots for Carl in 1997 when he died unexpectedly at the age of 42.

Both Jerry's marker and ours will fit right in with what their markers look like.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Molly Turns 3 and A Little Discovery

Jenna, Jared, and the kiddos came in for the weekend to celebrate with Molly. This morning I rode with them to take Marlow and Jackson to the Discovery Center and then have lunch in Frisco. Enjoyed the morning!

So....Molly turned three today. It's been a fast three years. She is such a cutie and is so smart!
Her party was this evening. She loved everything about it, and we love her!

Thursday, August 8, 2019


Since we have been home, we have been cleaning and going through every inch of the house. It seems two days after we left for Colorado, Jerry saw a snake in the hallway. That was one month ago.

For the first few days back, we continued to stay in the RV; he had moved out into his RV the evening he saw the snake! We have emptied closets and drawers. We have cleaned as we did room inspections. We have been using the sticky pads that are designed to "capture" a critter if it gets on it! After moving back into the house last night, we continued to use all our strategies to have a peace of mind; everyone feels that it had gotten out where it came in. Anyway, a couple of possible places in the house were sealed, a carload of "treasures" were taken to Salvation Army, and now we are good. I think our closets look pretty amazing. However, we are still using the sticky pads!

Oh, and we purchased snake repellent granules for the perimeter of the outside foundation!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

So Long, Colorado! 

As it has been said so many times, "All good things must come to an end." After almost a month here in South Fork, we are headed back home. We have had such a good time. We were blessed to have had our kiddos join us in the middle of our stay which helped me get through a month of being away from home. We also met some more really nice folks here at the campground that we hope to see again someday. 

Thank you, Lord, for your many blessings!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Brenda and Dominic 

Brenda and Dominic arrived here in South Fork this past Saturday. We went to our church service together here at the campground Sunday morning. We have also shared a couple of meals and have enjoyed playing some cards in the evening. Yesterday, we rode with them to Lake City. We had a picnic in the park and enjoyed some great weather. Tomorrow, we are going to drive out to the Amish area. I really wanted them to get to go to the bakery out there. They leave Friday morning. 

Sunday, July 28, 2019

The Family Arrives!

On Tuesday of this past week, Justin, Keelie, Jenna, Glory, Marlow, Molly, and Jackson arrived in South Fork. They had all left home on Sunday and gone to Colorado Springs for a couple of nights.

The first thing Wednesday morning we took out and stopped at Treasure Falls.

Then, we later picnicked in Pagosa Springs by the river. We met up with Jared and Jonah; they had flown to NM and rented a car to get to us. 2:00 pm on Wednesday, all of us were together in Colorado! I can't stress enough what this does for Mom's/Nanna's heart!
Thursday was my birthday. Justin, Keelie, Jonah, Jared, Jenna, and Marlow did a 1/2 day rafting on the Rio Grande. Later, we had lunch at their cabin where the kids gave me special birthday cards and treats. After the little ones napped, we drove to Creede. That evening the kids treated me to a birthday meal back in South Fork. This was followed by nature journaling time with Keelie for the little ones and glow sticks with Jenna beside the fire.

On Friday, we rented jeeps for the day to go up in the mountains.

Saturday morning we drove to the Amish bakery, "Worth The Drive Bakery." Yes, it is always worth the drive; the fried pies are scrumptious! We had lunch at the Malt Shop after some time for the kiddos at the city playground. The rest of the day we just enjoyed hanging out at the cabin. We brought in Mexican food and had some hot tub time. The kids began packing up and then got back to some Canasta.
Unfortunately, this morning they all had to leave.
I wouldn't take ANYTHING for the times we all have together! Love all of you so much!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

A Service, Sunset and Song
We went to the church service again here at the campground this morning. Afterwards, we went to eat and buy groceries.

Tonight, we were blessed with another incredible sunset. After I snapped the photo, this song came to my mind.

You're the reason we're here
You're the reason we're singing
Open up the heavens
We want to see you
Open up the floodgates
A mighty river
Flowing from your heart
Filling every part of our praise
(Taken from "Open Up the Heavens")

Friday, July 19, 2019

A Fine Friday Night

Tonight, we were invited over to our "neighbors" for a potluck taco meal. It was a pleasure to meet some other really nice folks here at the campground. Our evening ended with a fire and a beautiful mountain sunset. God is good!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Daily Drives

The last several days we have taken drives in the area. We got the obligatory photo at the top of Wolf Creek Pass. I should probably go back and look at the ones from other trips to see how we have not changed.

Today, we drove to Lake City where we had a picnic at their beautiful city park. I have some really great memories of picnics there with Justin and Jenna when we first starting coming to Colorado every summer.

We made several stops along the way back to South Fork including Lake San Cristobal and North Creek Falls.

Monday, July 15, 2019


We took a drive after lunch today. I must say Creede never disappoints! Doesn't matter how many times we go there, we always enjoy walking around taking it all in.