A Little Time Off…

Last week, Bill, Dannye, and I had the opportunity to go on our annual trip to Glen Rose, Texas.  I’ve posted several times about our trips, and much of what we do is the same each year.  We’ve been going to Glen Rose on the third weekend of October for 22 years.  Our Homeschool Support Group began going the first year we homeschooled, and we’ve gone ever since.  Well, actually, Nathanael had never missed a year until this year, and the rest of us – except our college girl, Pamela 😦 – only missed the year I had surgery a few days before the scheduled trip.  Nathanael represented our family that year when he went along with our dear friends, the Killians. 

Well, anyway, even though we don’t home educate any longer, and even though we only have Dannye Reigh at home now – who is actually the only one at home since Bill and I live with Dad and Mom – but I digress…  which is not unusual nowadays… 

Even though we don’t home educate any longer (I said that already, I know) we still go on this annual trip to Glen Rose.  It is a beautiful place, filled with wonderful old friendships to catch up on, and wonderful new friendships to be made.  The location of the camp out is Oakdale Camp ‘n Fish, which to some is a run down campground, but to us is a beautiful, quiet, spacious pecan grove right up above the Brazos River.  If you want secluded camping, this place isn’t for you.  If you are with a group, there is no place better!

Our family always tries to go up early if we can.  Last year, Dannye and Bill went the weekend before, then I joined them the next Friday for the last weekend of the trip.  This year, we all three went up on Wednesday.  It was wonderful, if way too short a vacation.  But Jeanne was able to be with Mom and Dad, there were no worries while we were gone, and I decided I would embrace what we had, and not whine about what we didn’t have!

The rest will be photos, and I hope there will be more, but I don’t have the others yet.

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Arriving in town

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Beautiful campground – they had gotten some much needed rain, so everything was lush!

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Bill’s mode of transportation while we were there – truly a God send!

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Yours truly – Dan was snapping away while I was talking to some other early birds

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We went down to the river to take some family shots for our Christmas cards, and Bill got some of Dannye and her two pups.  My Dannye Reigh is beautiful!

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Schnocker – Dan’s faithful friend for several years now!

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And Charlie – Dannye’s new protector!  He is a beautiful yellow lab puppy that the Lord just dropped in her lap after realizing she didn’t like not having a big dog at the house with her.  Of course, he isn’t big now, but he will be. 

Charlie was absolutely the hit of the campground!  All the children knew him and came over to play with him all weekend.  And by the end of the weekend, parents were coming over to “meet” this Charlie they had been hearing about!  He was definitely the life of the party!

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Not a year goes by that I don’t take some type of fall decoration – usually a scarecrow – with us to Glen rose.  Dannye found this Lady Scarecrow for me before we left, so she got to go along and welcome everyone to our camp.

There is much more to our weekend, but it will have to wait for another post.  I am thankful for the respite, but also glad to be back home with Mama and Daddy.  They are both a little off their game lately, but hopefully when schedules get back to normal they will be back to their normal.

BTW, Bill is doing well.  He got his stitches out yesterday, and he still has quite a bit of pain, but he is handling it very well and really trying to do what the doctor says.

God bless your day!!



About Petty Bunch

The Petty Bunch is what we have called our family since Bill and I (Janina) began our family back in the early 1980s. We have gone down many roads together - homeschooling our kiddoes, enjoying the freedom of entrepreneurship many years, working at "real jobs" other years. Through it all, we have been loved with God's everlasting love, and have found that underneath are His everlasting arms! We are blessed to have been married for over 37 years, and have 3 incredible adult children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, an amazing son-in-law, and EIGHT grandchildren: four precious granddaughters, four handsome grandsons - so far. We are empty nesters, still enjoy the life of an entrepreneur and the freedom it gives us to continue enjoying our kids and now, their kids!
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4 Responses to A Little Time Off…

  1. aww, what fun! we missed being there this year. 😦 it was like the year that Ruly was tiny and we had to stay home—just felt WRONG! thanks for posting so many pictures, though. we’ll have to try to plan for next year!

  2. Bettyeboop says:

    I am so happy you all got to go for several days.  I think the campground looks wonderful.  It looks like a “background” camp, one that makes a perfect place for large gatherings of friends or family.  You don’t want a lot of activities, just a pretty, comfortable campground where you can set up your trailer and  just sit back and visit.  Love you!

  3. pettybunch says:

    @sunshinejoy717 – I think next year we should try to get all the “old” group to come – Pettys, Killians, Bowens, Herzogs, Hays, even the Chandlers and Rolands.  Few of the little kids and young people there now have any idea how to have fun!!  I said we needed you and Bo to get our singing around the campfire thing going – way too quiet and way too serious!!

  4. AuntGen says:

    You know how glad I am that you were able to have some time away with your family and friends.  I’m sorry you didn’t have the “whole” family there, but so glad you were able to travel there and back with Dan and Bill.  It would have been so sad for you to make that drive alone, and to miss those first couple of days with them.  God is so good to us, He knows our frame and I’m so thankful that He gave you this gift.

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