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Mini Vacation At Mo Ranch

A number of years ago, Becky attended a Woman’s retreat at a place called Mo-Ranch which is a Presbyterian camp/conference center. She has always kept it in mind for possible vacations. Since then, we have taken the kids once and we have gone by ourselves once. Becky had the idea of getting away for a short vacation before our “four-family” becomes a “five-family” so we decided to go to Mo again. We stayed for three days and two nights and had a good time. The river was very warm and pleasant.

I put together a slide show of our trip and thought that it would be good to give you a guided tour of our mini vacation. You can start the slide show, then pause it and scroll down to read my commentary.

1) There are lots of different kinds of rooms at Mo-Ranch. We stayed in a building that looks very much like a motel. We were the only visitors in the building so it was nice and quite. Mo-Ranch offers a clergy rate during the week when business is slow so we were able to go without spending an arm and a leg.

2) We brought some digging toys for the kids. They got to work right away.

3) On our way down the hill, there is a neat walk way with what looks to be grape vines all over it.

4) Then even more down the hill is a bridge on the way to the play ground.

5) One of the first things we wanted to do was get in the river. The kids are ready to go!

6) Here is a picture looking up the river towards a 30 foot tall river slide. That is also the direction we are headed to go to the swimming hole.

7) There are lots of little holes to just sit and soak. The water was VERY warm.

8) On our way back to Mo-Ranch. Our daughter was helping me “oar” the canoe.

9) Relaxing after a long day of… relaxing.

10) The food was awesome and the kids made friends with the kitchen staff! Our son was so comfortable with them that he excitedly told them, “I got to pee in the forest!”

11) The kids standing at the entrance of a very long walk-way.

12) Here is a picture of the same bridge.

13) It was windy that day as you can tell from Becky’s hair. She didn’t like being photographed much during this trip. I wonder if it has something to do with the fact that she is seven months pregnant?

14) The kids enjoying some cactus.

15) Here is a picture of a labyrinth made out of sand and bricks.

16) Here was are going back to the swimming hole the next day. We had to row upriver about a half mile to get there.

17) I know I titled this picture “Cooling off,” but it was more like “warming up.” The air was cooler than the water.

18) High above the swimming hole is a big wooden cross. The is a nice reminder to have as you sit and enjoys God’s creation.

19) Me and the kids soaking.

20) Hmm… what could that be in the water?

21) Holey buckets! It’s a Texas turtle!

22) Our daughter enjoying the water.

23) Our son enjoying his ice cream.

24) Me and the kids at my second favorite Mo-Ranch spot; the bridge.

We all had a great time and can’t wait to go back again with our fifth family member. If you are even in need of a nice get-a-way with your family, consider Mo-Ranch. If you let us know of your plans, we might even meet you there.

A Typical Dinner Conversation At The Walker Home

Our family was sitting at the dinner table tonight and I asked our son how he knew about a certain piece of information. He looked over my shoulder and focused on the wooden goose hanging on the wall behind me. The following is my best recollection of the conversation.

Dad: How did you know that?

Son: (looks over Dad’s shoulder and sees the goose.) “The goose told me.”

Dad: The goose told you? Do you speak goose?

Son: What?

Dad: If the goose told you something, you must be able to speak goose.

Son: I don’t speak goose. The goose speaks English.

Dad: No, this goose does not speak English. He speaks goose.

Daughter: The goose in Charlotte’s Web spoke English.

Dad: That is because it was an English goose. This is not an English goose. English geese have bigger feet. This goose has little feet.

Daughter: God made a donkey speak in the Bible.

Dad: Yes, but the donkey spoke Hebrew.

Becky laughed so hard she almost had milk come out of her nose.

Baseball Ready!

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Our son is playing T-ball for the very first time! He is excited to have something for himself as his sister has been doing ballet for more than a year. We practice hitting in the back yard with a wiffle ball bat and a bunch of wiffle balls. We also practice catching grounders and throwing a real baseball.

It is amazing how quickly he is learning and progressing in skill. When we started, he was hitting the ball off of a tee and rarely put the ball over the fence. Now he is doing that when I pitch the ball to him. We still need to work on throwing the ball better and the rules to the game, but we’re getting there.

The reason the above picture is so important is because it shows our son “baseball ready.” You know, as opposed to playing hide and seek with his glove, picking flowers, dancing and kicking the dirt; All of which happens regularly in a tee-ball game for 4-6 year olds.

A few days ago, I pitched a ball which was immediately smacked hard. It hit me right in the crotch. Since it is just a wiffle ball, it didn’t hurt at all. Both of us started laughing and our son said, “That just made my day!”

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day From The Late, Great “World’s Best Guard Dog!”

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My Mom came by today to help out in the office and she showed me this cute, old picture of a dog we use to have. Her name was “Nushi” and she lived for 16 1/2 years. Evidently this picture was taken on Saint Patrick’s Day. My Mom likes to decorate for just about any holiday. If it isn’t moving, it gets decorated. Nushi must have been asleep and woke up in green.

One of her nick-names was “ugly dog,” but my Mom and Dad liked to refer to her as, “The World’s Best Guard Dog.” Of course this was an honorary title and certainly not something that was earned. Regardless, she was a great little dog.

Before my Mom left for the day, she reminded me of how Nushi died. My Mom didn’t want to have to take her to the vet “one last time” and God honored that. She was laying down in her little bed while my Mom was petting her. The last thing Nushi’s ears ever heard was,

“You are the World’s Best Guard Dog.”

She drew her last breath after hearing that.

Baby Walker Sonogram

Becky and I went to go see a specialist today just to make sure everything is all right with the baby. Recently, Becky had a blood test come back with some possible abnormalities for the baby. The specialist was looking for certain things in the sonogram, but everything looked normal. Praise God for that.

The machine they used for the sonogram is the cadillac version and also has the capability to record pictures on a DVD. As you will see from the slide show below, the pictures are much higher quality than if I had scanned in the pictures myself. Pay close attention to the pictures as you can clearly see certain body parts. If you are observant, you can even tell the sex of our child.