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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.

Punkin’ Heads 2007

“Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin. God lifts you up, takes you in
and washes all the dirt off of you. He opens you up, touches you deep inside and scoops out all of the yucky stuff– including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside you to shine for all the world to see.”

The above is found on a little flyer that University United Methodist Church gives away to all those who come by to look at their pumpkins. Every year UUMC sells pumpkins right on the corner of De Zavala and Vance Jackson in NW San Antonio to fund various projects. For the last few years we’ve gone there as a family to take pictures of the kids playing with the pumpkins.

Yesterday was the perfect day for pictures. Bright and sunny, yet not too hot. Since we went during the day, we were the only family there for most of the time. As you can see from the slideshow, we got lots of good pictures and we had a lot of fun too. We bought one very small and one medium sized pumpkin for each kid. The small ones are for the kids to play with and the medium size ones are for us to carve.

If you’re in the NW part of San Antonio, be sure to stop by and get a pumpkin!