Tag Archive | Sacred History

Road Trip Photo Journal

It was time for another road trip.

Keeping up with the “Rona” has been a bit difficult for everyone.

Our son-in-law especially, has been working just about EVERY day since this all began.

We all thought that since things have opened up, mostly, in our Iowa and her states to the south, we would take a short trip.

Four places specifically; all in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. Here are just a few highlights from our trip.

There will be a separate post telling about our sleeping accommodations later in the week.

Two reasons to visit here in Eureka Springs, Arkansas –

#1. In the following photo you can read about “a charlatan” Norman Baker, who made a name for himself here where we live during the Depression.

#2. The Crescent Hotel is known as “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”. We didn’t sense anything paranormal while we were there, but the place was a beautiful place to visit.

Our next destination took us across the top of Arkansas to a place called Hardy.

Far back in my family history, 1962 to be exact, my Grandpa and Grandma bought a piece of property there in a place called Woodland Hills.

Shortly there there after, my Grandma took ill, and passed away.

Some time in the early 80’s, Grandpa sold us his piece of property for the sum of 1 dollar.

This really appealed to us because Hardy had become quite a neat little historical destination place, and my husband had grown up in that area, and a little north in southern Missouri.

We went there and found the property. It was lovely, and remote, close to a lake, but we knew that we were just too busy trying to build a life up here to do anything with it.

Fast forward 30+ years to now, and our daughter thought it could be fun to go there and see what it was like.

With the map and address in hand, and quite a bit of help from GPS, we were able to locate it again.

Our Granddaughter was certain we were holding out on her with lake front property that she was never aware of.

Imagine her surprise when we sent her the next photo!

Probably won’t be moving there any time soon.

We stopped by Mammoth Springs before moving further north.

Next destination; The Irish Wilderness. You can read about it here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Wilderness

Wilderness

On our drive, we were always looking for wildlife.

You know, deer, elk, bear, Yeti.

Well in the next photo you can see what I caught out of the corner of my eye – all that Yeti talk – my heart skipped a beat!

I thought it was a Yeti with a walking stick.

Silly me. But it was a nice add to the story line.

It was oppressively hot outside, so we didn’t hike much, but we did come here to cool off a bit.

Remember all that talk about bears?

Yowza! Much bigger than Frank’s hand!

Next stop, Big Spring. So beautiful.

All the swirling water made things a tad cooler here.

One of the information board tells us how deep the water is.

If you placed the Statute of Liberty in the main hole, the water would cover her torch. (She’s 305 feet tall!)

We were able to visit with a few more family members, then we enjoyed some amazing hospitality at the home of our niece and nephew in Greenville, Missouri. Then headed home on Tuesday morning.

Storms tried to follow us home, but we made it safe and sound.

A new day Under the Hill

I hope you enjoyed this little photo tour.

If you want to see more photos, you can go to Facebook #fivedayswithfrank

Until next time …

Friday Favorites – The Invitation

Re-blogged from October 15, 2012

Even though the room has changed a lot since 2012,

the invitation is still the same.

This very post reminds me of my need to seek Him daily.

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I’ve been given an invitation.

It’s a special invitation.

It’s an invitation that fills my heart with joy.

It is an invitation to a secret place.

No.

 It is an invitation to a sacred place.

This invitation is from a dear friend.

She has invited me to join her in her secret place.

She has invited me to her sacred place.

The place where she meets with ……………..

God.

Alone.

The place where she encounters God.

What an honor and a blessing.

Her invitation is a reminder to me.

A reminder that my Dear Savior longs for me to come to that secret place with Him.

Reminds me that He is waiting in that sacred place.

Reminds me that He wants to have an encounter with me,

as much as I need an encounter with Him.

You Dear Reader,

If you don’t not have such a place,

A secret, sacred place of encounter with God,

I strongly urge you to get one.

Find one.

Make one.

Make a place where you can rest with your Savior.

A place where you can abide with Him.

A place where you can go daily.

Be it early before your day begins,

or late and at the end of your day.

It may even be when your children are napping.

No matter.

Just do it.

When you encounter Father God there,

even your problems will seem to have an air of grace in them.

Remember the line in “Field of Dreams”?

“If you build it, they will come.”

Well if you make this place for Him,

He will come.

My own secret place is not fancy.

This chair belonged to my Mother.

It is older than I.

It sits next to the window in my office.

It only has three legs with an empty can from some dark chocolate

rolled wafer sticks serving as its fourth .

When I place myself in that seat,

even for a few moments.

He comes.

We encounter each other,

and joy fills my heart.

If you make  it,

He will come.

I promise.

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Fearfully and wonderfully made

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Freedom to Be Real

At the beginning of this year, I was invited to a new meeting, new for me anyway.

The name of the group is “Raw and Real”.

(That should tell you something!)

My husband asked me before I went what it was all about.

I seriously did not know, and I told him so.

“So why did I agree to go?” was his next query; because I 100% trust the friend who invited me.

Turns out, it is a growing group of woman from many different walks of life, just sitting for a couple of hours and sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly.

I was dubious, because I dislike the small talk involved with meeting new people.

I love the DEEP talk – just not always the small talk of getting there.

But did I mention I trust my friend?

This group was all women with a similar world view, even though their life histories were very different.

It was actually quite a joy to hear some of their stories, and heartbreaking to hear some others.

Let me tell you folks, no matter how bad you had it – someone always had it worse.

You can never tell by looking at them, just how difficult their journey has been.

I won’t share their stories, but I can sure tell you what happened in my mind while I was there.

I did not share my story there, but as I listened I was reminded, and considered my own journey.

Sometimes when you have walked thru so much, over such a long period of time –

You know where you’ve walked, but some of the steps get forgotten.

What I’d like to do here, is share the BIG steps that I remembered during this meeting, and then in subsequent posts, share some of the little steps that were involved in becoming the free woman that I am today.

So here is the list I made while listening – many of their steps reminded me of my own!

1. Toxic turmoil  

2. Lament

3. Quiet (pjs)

4. Introvert

5. Little girl – 6 weeks – 6 months

6. Identity

7. Process

8. Too much process

9. Write

10. Travel

11. Relate.

12. Freedom

During the process of writing this out, I am positive that even more will be revealed and remembered. 

Over the years I have come to “Love the process”.

It always takes me to new places, with further vistas, and hopefully, you can realize some new freedoms too, just by following along.

Until next time …