Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Family Time

Finally an update! [smile] After a wonderful few days on the 'home front' -- gardening, sewing, cleaning out a swimming pool, and music practice -- we headed out on the road again. This time to southern Missouri, Branson area.

To give a little history behind this trip, one would have to travel back 27+ years to when Dad and Mom first said "I Do" on a warm summer afternoon. Their honeymoon destination was a craftsmanship/amusement park nestled in the Ozark mountains -- Silver Dollar City. They dreamed of one day taking the whole family to enjoy it together.

Growing up this has always been talked about like a far-off dream as our large numbers generally equal a pretty hefty entrance fee. But this year (for Dad's 50th birthday!) the Lord worked it out that we could be part of a 'talent showcase' including complimentary tickets. A special treat, to be sure -- and especially for Dad and Mom!

Doubling the memories, all three of our grandparents and Dad's sister came along for the weekend. Love ya'll!!!

Hannah, Susanna, Alaythia and Nathanael got their first taste of roller coasters on this small track. It wasn't long, however, before the older girls were riding with the bravest of us!

Hillbillies from the Ozarks!!??

Marvel Cave -- one of the largest cave entrance rooms in the world.

Exploring the tighter passageways.

Preparing for our part of the showcase.

We're thankful for this opportunity to share and for the warm reception by the folks listening -- especially as Dad shared Scripture in addition to our songs.

"Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Laud Him all you peoples! For His merciful kindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord!"
Psalm 117


The Ulmer Family said...

Oh, looks like such fun!! What a special treat for your family!!
Seeing the picture of the roller coaster brought back such memories!! I'm with Nathanael; smile, but keep BOTH hands on the bar!

BrittLeigh said...

Wow, that is so neat how that all worked out. I loved all the pictures. Such a fun post :) Thanks so much for sharing!! :)

Goldfish said...

What fun!! Thanks for not keeping us in suspense too long about pictures!!! :D

Kori said...

WHAT FUN! I love roller coasters!!! That one looks a little like the Flying Unicorn! :) Thanks for sharing the pictures--looks like ya'll have a wonderful time this weekend! Missin' ya'll!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for reminding us all that God does care about dreams - even dreams of rollar coasters and cave adventures!
Isn't it great to serve Him?!
Nicole C.

Happymama said...

The picture of the Hillbillies in the Ozarks was too funny. I just loved it. Giggled out loud.


Mitch said...
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Mitch said...

Ironically, the scripture you posted (Psalm 117) is one we recently introduced into our singing repertoire, because our middle son, TJ, recently put that scripture to music! We rather like the catchy tune, done in minor keys-almost sounds Jewish! Maybe you'll get to here it next time our families get together (perhaps, Lord willing, this summer).

Hope you are all doing well. Blessings to you,
Greer Family Singers, California

Melanie said...

Oh how fun! I remember Mindy and going on the rollar coasters in between our concerts (in our high heels!). Great memories!

Jackie said...

Rollar Coasters are the best, ain't they? ;] Looks like you had a lot of fun! Loved to go in the caves!

Anonymous said...

Looks like y'all had a wonderful time. We are so happy for you that it worked into the schedule to do it! I'm sure you will treasure it for the rest of your lives! Was such fun to have a peek into your weekend. Thanks for the pictures!!

With love,
The Rehm's

P.S.We're glad you made it safely home too!

Esther said...

They are all great pictures. I love the one of the cave room!
And- family pictures are always nice to see. I can't wait! We'll have 16 in our family this fall!!!!

Anonymous said...

Silver Dollar City was our honeymoon too. Way back in 1984. We try to go back every 3 years or so. Only 4 kids helps with that.
The Fickes from Milford.