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A Day in St. Robert, Missouri

The bluffs above Big Piney St. Robert is kind of in the middle of nowhere, Missouri. Located in Pulaski County between St. Louis and Branson, it is considered the gateway community to the U.S. Army's Fort Leonard Wood. Indeed, that was why we were there. We were celebrating Jacob's graduation from basic training, and with… Continue reading A Day in St. Robert, Missouri

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Lake of the Ozarks

If anyone mentioned to me at the start of 2022 that I would be making not one, but two trips out to the Ozarks region of Missouri, I'd have probably given them the side-eye and questioned why. Not that I don't love interstate travel, or that I don't think that the Ozarks offers some breathtaking… Continue reading Lake of the Ozarks

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Ode to the Great American Road Trip

Car packed for a road trip in California #minivanlife With life returning to a new normal as Covid19 becomes more endemic and regional restrictions ease up, more folks are heading out on vacations. Some families are taking vacations that had been postponed as a result of the pandemic, while others are embracing a slower pace… Continue reading Ode to the Great American Road Trip

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Chicago!

Lit up for the Fourth of July. In a fashion similar to last year, we spent the Fourth of July week not together as a family.  The kids all headed to the Sequoias in California for junior high and high school church camp. So that left us adults with some 'free' time. We took advantage… Continue reading Chicago!