Camping Trip and Another Concert

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In early October, my oldest brother, my two sisters and I went on a road/camping trip. We were disappointed that our two other brothers couldn’t join us, but we were determined to have fun– and we sure did! 😉

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The first day of the trip, we toured a homestead where we learned a lot about fiber-crafts, blacksmithing, grist mills, etc. Very intriguing place!
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Abby, in front of the barn.
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Gorgeous Texas country side
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My handsome eldest brother
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The smithy gives us a demo of nail-making
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In the fiber-craft shop, watching Miss J. weave a coverlet

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On to the Texas state capitol…. 🙂
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We love you, Texas!!! 😀
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Apparently, there was a music festival going on in Austin while we were in town. We saw a ton of people being transported about on rickshaws.
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Setting up camp for a long night. 🙂 It got dark early, so we couldn’t do much in the evening– we did play the guitar and sing some (after eating supper), but we all retired early because of the lack of lighting.

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The next morning… As you can see, we really made ourselves at home, as evidenced by the laundry on our make-shift clothes-line. XD
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Pheebs and Abs threw around the frisbee as we awaited the “orders” of our travel “captain”. 😉
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Fresh cantaloupe from our garden served as a nice treat during our camp-out. And that’s coming from the girl who generally (strongly) dislikes cantaloupe! 😉
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I loved the way the light was spilling down through the tree tops, so I had to snap this shot. 🙂
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Abby ❤
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So whimsical 🙂
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Hiking through the rest of the park where we’d camped out the night before.

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There are some impressive and gorgeous cypress trees along the creek that winds around the trails.
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The ruins of a homestead built in the 1840’s.
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Phoebe did some wading by the lower water falls. Lovely place! 🙂 The water was so cool and refreshing…
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Next stop, Amy’s ice cream parlor. 🙂
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So many delighful-sounding flavors and combinations from which to choose! It was a hard decision.
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I ended up getting Bee Cave Crunch. Basically a honey-cinnamon flavored ice-cream with chopped pecans. I also had chocolate chip cookie dough mixed in. Yum-o!! 😀
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This is what Joel called, “Crazy ice cream faces”, hah!
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I didn’t realize how much Joel and I look alike until I saw this photo!

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That night we attended a concert, featuring For King & Country, and……..

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….. Jeremy Camp 🙂
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Joel Smallbone, lead singer of For King & Country

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I got a photo w/ Joel S., and he also signed my jacket. 🙂

That night, we went back to my brother Joel’s house and spent three more nights there. We had a barbecue with friends, helped Joel with some home-improvement projects, did some jammin’ (think guitar, keyboard, and drums), etc.

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We even got to visit our friends, the G. family! 🙂
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Yours-truly with Lizzy G. 🙂
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Phoebe has fun with the G. littles
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With our friend (who came over from Romania to visit), Alex, after playing ultimate frisbee with him and other friends. 🙂

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Road Trip ,The New House, Independence Day, Ultimate Frisbee Folks

Remember how, back in May, my family and I went up Oklahoma for Dad to preach a trial sermon at a prospective church? Well, this past month, we had the opportunity to do so again. The former pastor and his wife were out-of-town that weekend, and so graciously let us stay at their beautiful home. 🙂

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Enjoying the porch swing and the sunshine 🙂
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The lovely Indian Paintbrush, which grows right next to their mailbox. 🙂

After the service (for which Dad preached), a couple (Mr. and Mrs. H.) from the church invited us over to their home. It was fun– Mom and Dad talked with Mr. and Mrs. H., and the youngsters played Billiards, Foosball, and I even got to play on their 40-plus-year-old piano. 🙂

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Cal, Claudia and Abs play a game of Billiards. 🙂
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This is Joel’s way of “playing”. 😉 Hehe, just kidding. He did play several games of Foosball with Caleb, Phoebe, Jaden and me. 🙂
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Abby and Claudia, chilaxing. 🙂
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Jaden and Joel play Foosball, as Caleb serenades them with our guitar.:)
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The pretty Juniper tree in front of the H.’s house. 🙂

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The next Sunday, we got a phone call from one of the elders at the church in OK. They said…..

 

 

…. My Dad is hired!!!!! Praise the LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =) We are so excited to see what new adventures might be on this new path. 🙂 So, since we had (at that time) approximately a month to move (we now have only 2 weeks), we went up to OK on Independence Day to look at houses. Well, it turns out we only looked at one house, actually. That’s because we really loved that house, and it seemed a perfect fit for our family. So much so, that very day my parents signed the lease for that house. 🙂 If you want to see more photos of the house (inside pics), go to our family blog. 🙂

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OUR new house (officially, in 14 days), from the front. 🙂 

My Mom wrote more about this exciting time, here and here. 🙂 We are so very thankful!!!

 

The next day (Monday the 5th), my siblings and I played Ultimate Frisbee with a bunch of friends. Since it was one of our last nights to play w/ our peeps (before we move), * sniff sniff *, we took a couple group photos. Unfortunately, we were only unable to capture about a 2/3 of those who came– they were in the middle of playing a game. But at least we got some of the folksies. 😉

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L-R: (standing): Phoebe, Michael, Tommy, David, Ashlyn. L-R (sitting): yours-truly, Simcha, Caroline, Abby, Levi, Samuel, Luke.