Back Road Baptist

Wow, did I let time get away from me or what?  It’s been about a month since my last post.  This adulting thing is really cutting into my extracurricular activities!  It has been a busy month and I don’t even know where to start.  I suppose I could start with an explanation of this week’s title.  I will be the first to admit that I lack in the participation department of going to church.  I did not grow up in church and my both sides of my family were complete opposites, so I guess you could say I fell somewhere in between.  I may not get my attendance in at church, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have faith or believe.  In fact, I feel at most peace when I am outside wandering around in nature, and if you don’t believe then I don’t know what could change your mind.  We are so busy (including me) making a living that we forget to slow down & make a life.  This past month has been crazy busy and there hasn’t been a lot of down time to unwind, but that’s when you make the most of the time you have.  A few weeks back we got some pretty substantial rainfall and strong enough storms to knock the power out for several hours.
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That might drag some down, but remember without the rain, there is no rainbow!
I am also happy to announce I finally got another project done. I had started a project & it wasn’t until Memorial Day came creeping up me that I had to get it done. I drug some old metal out of the scrap pile and I made them into flowers to place on my dad’s grave. I am happy with how they turned out and I know he would’ve loved them being a junker himself. I used some pretty thick metal so they should/better hold up.
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Talking flowers, the wildflowers around here are blooming and I have been taking advantage of that. So if you see a crazy lady braking and jumping into a ditch to pick flowers, that’s probably me, so please don’t run me over.

 


Around the lake has been busy. We had a houseful of teenagers a few weekends back and I think I am still re-cooperating. The hubs hung my outside party lights around our fire pit and it’s the go to place to chill. Of course the s’mores are a bonus and that night-time view…WOW…believe folks…
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With the amount of rainfall the lake has been up pretty high which made it somewhat challenging to put the boat in and out, but that didn’t stop us from boating. We also did some night-time fishing off the shore and I was able to catch some beautiful night sky photos.

 


In between the chaos I still managed to catch a few great shots while being out and about. Even the smallest amount of time spent outside during the lunch hour can made a huge difference in your day. At least, it does mine.

 


Finally before I sign off today I’d like to share a video of me and my bestie enjoying the fresh air and freedom on an evening drive. Enjoy and till next time…

 

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Mother’s Day Weekend

Another great weekend for the books.  With already great plans in mind & then to get spoiled because it was Mother’s Day just topped it off.  However, I am blessed in the fact that anytime that I spend with my favorite people makes it a good day.  Saturday started off cloudy, but by the time we made it on the water, the sky opened up and it was beautiful.  The kayaks made their maiden voyage & they were a hit.  I think float trip plans are in the making for later on this summer.
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When we bought the lake house I certainly had reservations because I’ve never been much of a fan of water.  I can’t swim so I tend to stay away from the water and I am very cautious when I am around it.  However, I think having the lake house might be one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.  It’s a blessing to be able to come down every weekend and unwind from our busy schedules and just focus on family time.  The kayaks had me a little concerned but I took the leap, strapped on my life jacket, brought along our little companion and I loved it.  I’m finally coming around to the lake life.  My family are lake lovers and we’ve never gone much because of my reservations, but it’s been amazing.  Our oldest who works full-time and is always on the go has even been coming down to visit & I couldn’t be happier to see everyone loving it.  It’s nice to know that while we are working our tails off Monday Friday that we have something to look forward to every weekend now & that’s why we’re working.  Continue reading “Mother’s Day Weekend”

This is the Life

So I didn’t get my post up on Monday like I try to, but sometimes we’re all a dollar short and a day late.  That was a good one!

We had amazing weather this weekend here in the Midwest.  It was perfect Jeeping weather.  If you follow my Instagram account you know I like to sneak a few Jeep pics in there.  My daily driver may be a new Jeep Grand Cherokee, but our 1997 Jeep Wrangler that the hubs built tugs at my heart strings.  It stays in the garage and only comes out on nice days.  Hard to believe it’s 21 years old.  When the top comes off it’s comparable to riding a motorcycle, it’s just you and road and your mind can wander freely.  It’s the best therapy anyone can ask for.  It don’t get better than that.

Our kids are at the age now that we can get out and enjoy more time to ourselves.  So we spent our Saturday cruising the lake roads and exploring a few paths.  The Wrangler isn’t exactly comfy for a backseat passenger anyway.  I shot this video of one of the paths we took and we had no idea where it would come out, but we ended up at the lake with a spectacular view.  I took it upon myself to edit the video by speeding it up and adding some music.  It was a miracle that the song was the perfect length for the video and obviously the lyrics were perfect.  Thank you Joe Nichols for my go to road-trip song.

 

 

 

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Saturday Road-trip

Elk with Watermark

This past Saturday we buckled in and headed for Fremont, Missouri to visit Peck Ranch Conservation Area in hopes of seeing some Elk & luckily we spotted one (just one), but it was a beautiful drive around the area and it got us out of the house.  The red dirt roads and pine trees in the area were a nice change of scenery considering everything else is in winter mode and brown.

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