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Our Thanksgiving Vacation

What do you get when you take the two youngest grand children, G-ma, G-pa, the dog, and put them together with the older cousins and their granddaughter, and add to them to a GMC Denali, for a weekend?

Fun – That’s what you get!

Memories – That’s the coolest thing you get!

On our way to southern Missouri.
Happy travelers.
Beautiful skies.
Add some color.
White Birch in Peek Ranch.
At Peek Ranch.
Greer Springs Mill.
Greer Springs Mill.
Enormous wasp nest on site at Greer Mill.
The sign on the road used to say Greer on one side, and Greer on the other. Sadly I couldn’t find the sign.
One of hubby’s old home places.
Hubby’s childhood haunts.
Not forgotten.
There were new flowers near the back.
Saturday’s Tour.
The day gave us clouds, but we made the best of it!
Waiting in line to get to the top.
Always, always, the line.
Our scruffy bunch!
Ooops! They got me!
I think they like each other.
A beautiful but bumpy ride to the
church.
Calms. My. Heart.
Always the same – Ever changing
Last Missouri meal together.

I hope you enjoyed your pocket trip “Down home.”

See you next time.

Our Weekend at Union Station in St. Louis – A Photo Journal

Architecture from the entertainment area.
Our room was on the ground floor under the word HOTEL.
Thankfully – the music stopped at 10:00!
I had to erase the sound – copyright – but imagine the song “Gloria” by Laura Brannigan – Really loud!
Just right for the kiddos!
Great signage.
Easy to get in all your steps!
Steps, steps, and more steps.
Resting places.
Tucked in everywhere.
Welcome!
Just dream about the stories this stairway could tell!
Gorgeous formal entry.
Ladies to the left, Gents to the right.
Just beautiful.
There is an ever changing light show done on this ceiling.
But boo … I seemed to have missed it.
You can almost picture the crowds coming and going when train travel was at it’s peak!
You know I love some good lines …
Our room was ground floor way up on the right – close to the music!
6th floor view of where the entertainment happens.
A full water feature – so soothing to the nerves.
If you are ever anywhere near Union Station – This place is hard to beat for a tasty, affordable meal, with excellent service.
A final glance from the parking lot.

I hope you enjoyed your armchair trip of Union Station in St. Louis, and that you will join me again next time.

“Help Mate?”

Greetings!

I had a neat idea for today’s post,

but after finally getting up and getting around,

My plans were changed.

So here is the story, and the result of that change.

For the first 20 years of living here, we heated our home with wood.

It was so efficient, you could say we overheated it.

We heated our entire home with a wood stove like this one.

Over the past ten years or so, the labor has become to intensive for us to handle keeping it going.

So this year, it will go to our nephew in Missouri when we visit for a family gathering.

Of course it had to be uninstalled, which means that someone has to go up on the roof, and disengage the stove pipe, and squirrel cage, and the venting.

My husband has some usual suspects that he calls for these things.

Some were in the field.

Some were out of town.

Some were simply unavailable.

When I hear the call, “Help Mate?” I know that something I don’t want to do will surely follow.

Something loud. Something heavy. Something hard.

On this occasion – Something was UP!

Let me state very clearly – I do not do UP.

Until today.

Knowing that I would likely never have this opportunity again;

Here are the photos I took from a place called – UP.

Again, I don’t do UP, so the photos are not real high quality,

but they are real.

East-ish
East
Northwest
Southeast
Southeast

It truthfully wasn’t so bad after the initial shock of it.

But my feet are on the ground now.

And hopefully, they will stay there.

Until next time …

Seasons Change

The day is mostly overcast.

The air is crisp.

The earthy smell of fall wafts all around.

And this, this is going on across from my house today.

In May, we passed 30 years in this location.

This has been our home longer than any other place, before or after we got married.

We both, at the same time, share the thought that;

“We never tire of watching the seasons change here.”

Frank and Deb

Do you have a place that you “Never tire” of being?

A something that you never tire of looking at?

Feel free to share!

We’d all love to see!

October is My Favorite Color

I’m not a fan of Halloween; but I do love me some October!

Sometimes bright.
Sometimes not.
Incredible Contrast.
Beautiful skies.
Great frames for great views.
Full of road trip surprises!
Gorgeous foggy mornings.
Habitat for deer makes itself visible.
A Quiet Place For You to Rest;
won’t you take a minute to do just that?
The first to see change.
In the heart land of America.
The harvest happens;
and feeds the world.

I’m working on some new thoughts for next time.

I hope to see you then.

Israel 2019 – Final Installment

Our crew. Bus #7.

Here we stand, in this devastatingly beautiful land, all together, our tour nearing and end.

It was at this spot that all ten buses joined at once for the Watchman on the Wall commissioning.

Hats off to Gate 1 Travel. https://www.gate1travel.com/.

The logistics of ten very full buses seeing the same things, all at different times on the same day, is mind boggling!

Any way,

Watchmen on the Wall are taught about Israel’s history in depth, and are trained to pray for all things Jerusalem.

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Flight time – 15:30 – Check.
Our final view of Tel Aviv
The fountain was in the sky light!

Our flight from Tel Aviv was perfect.

We flew to Barcelona.

Waiting for our flight to Chicago (With airplane mode on to avoid roaming fees) and unaware of the fact that we were being rerouted through somewhere else, we totally missed our gate.

Here we were in Barcelona, we only speak English. Zero Spanish, trying to figure out our next move.

With exhaustion and frustration, we did our best not to argue. It was tough.

Then a ladies voice comes from behind us.

“I speak some Spanish. Can I help you? Where are you going?”

Believe it or not, she was going to Chicago as well!

Same gate. Different time. Thank you God!

She went to speak to someone, came back, and told us how we could book another flight.

Needless to say, we were in the wrong, wrong, place, at the wrong, wrong time, (we thought) and somehow, like He is known to do, God turned things around for us.

Oh what a story this photo tells!

The flight from Barcelona to Chicago of course was long (ten hours) and we did not get to sit together on the plane, but we were both grateful to have a seat on that plane, and be homeward bound.

Of course when we landed in Chicago, it was far too late for the scheduled flight for the last leg of our journey.

So the airline provided us with a hotel voucher, so that we could sleep, food vouchers, so we would not starve, and transportation vouchers so we could get back and forth from the hotel to the airport.

We used our first transportation voucher to get to our provided hotel, WHICH HAD NO ROOMS, there was literally no room at the inn.

Voucher number two took us right back to the airport, and to the customer service desk, to find out just what were were going to need to do.

The gal was so sweet and helpful.

After regaling her with our story, she looked at her screen, and said “Oh look what just popped up!”

A room had JUST opened up at the O’Hare Hilton. (At 10:30 at night?)

A simple ten minute walk from where we stood.

The photo above is the view from our forth floor window.

We even had some extra time to get to our flight home in the morning.

There is a moral to this story, a punch line, a promise.

God never once tells us in His word that things will be easy.

In fact sometimes, things can be down right frustrating.

But His promise, is that if we trust Him, He will always care for us.

Scripture says clearly;

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper. Isaiah 54:17 (ASV)

Note; It does not say that there won’t be weapons, it says they will not prosper.

So we ended up home, safe, exhausted, and forever changed.

My hope is that you enjoyed your virtual tour to Israel. If you did, then please feel free to share the following link; https://significantencounters.com/2019/09/21/home-again/ This is where it all begins.

Thank you so much for travelling with me.

I hope to see you next time, for something new and different.