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Jun 10, 2016 - A Perfect Day for a Wedding

Dave and Amanda’s wedding was held outdoors in a handsome rock walled canyon aptly named the “wedding canyon”. It was warm at 4:00 p.m. but there was a small breeze and the beauty of the canyon made it the perfect setting for a wedding. Guests arrived and we saw friends and relatives we haven’t seen in a while. Mila, age 4, was a darling flower girl who did her job with a great sense of responsibility. When she had finished walking up the aisle spreading rose petals as she went, she was heard to say, “I have some left” and then she...

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Jun 10, 2016 - A Day at White Pines State Park

We are at a private campground just 10 minutes from White Pines State Park where my niece, Amanda and her fiancé Dave will be married at 4:00 p.m. today. (The State Park is very old and does not have camping for anything larger than a tent or small camper.) We arrived in rain yesterday, the first major rainstorm of our trip. About 15 minutes from our destination, the windshield wipers on the RV stopped working. Not another problem!!! Yes, indeed. The rain had diminished, fortunately, and we could make it the final few miles without wipers....

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Sep 2, 2012 - Our last week at Stronghold

SUNDAY: It rained all day today. A soft gentle rain – sometimes harder than others but at no time was it a storm. I went down to the Volunteer Room and cut out 4 aprons and sewed one. I took it down to the kitchen but Dar wasn't there. I left the apron and came home. Toward evening the sky started to clear out in the west and made a great sunset. The sun shown on the bottom of the rain clouds and it made the light really pretty. MONDAY: Today we cleaned out two big 4' X 8' shelves. Ron made some additional shelves for small boxes of nails...

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Aug 26, 2012 - Another week at Stronghold

SUNDAY: I made oatmeal for breakfast and then we went out to the fire. The stump had burned all night and was really burned away. While granddaughter, Papa and I were doing that, Mark and Tara packed up the sleeping bags and tent. They had to wait until the dew dried off, but it went back in the box pretty easily. Then we cooked hamburgers for lunch with sweet potato fries cooked in the toaster oven. Mark had potato chips as he doesn't like the fries. After that the gang headed home. School starts this week so they have to inventory all the...

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Aug 19, 2012 - Week of cleaning and DGD visit

SUNDAY: After breakfast this morning we went to church here to a church we have never been to before but one that some of our former neighbors in Romeoville attend. Only they weren't there. But we did sit with their daughter and son-in-law and caught up on a lot of what they have been doing. Later I called Mary and we talked for over half and hour (that's good as neither one of us likes to talk on the phone.) After we got back to Mark's we took off with them to the Bass Pro shop in Bolingbrook for lunch. Dad and I had the Eastern Seafood...

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Aug 12, 2012 - First day volunteering and Weekend with DGD#6

FRIDAY: Yesterday, I did WAY too much of working in shop. I don't think it had been cleaned since I did it 3 years ago. I used the air compressor to blow sawdust and cobwebs of the saws, drill press and some of the counter. Threw away empty containers and washed off the steel sink. Carried tarps outside to wash off as it rained most of the night. Then in the afternoon, I re-arranged some material in the volunteer room to get ready for some sewing. By 3 pm I was so hurting that I couldn't walk. I took some OTC pain meds and iced my knee...

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Aug 8, 2012 - Stronghold

Why is it when I am driving and we are merging onto the interstate, there are 3 trucks coming down the hill at me, BUT, when Ron is merging, there are no cars for miles??? Not fair, sez I. Anyway, I made it safely onto I-80 from our beautiful campground at Utica, IL and headed west. Of course, there was a bit of construction, but not big barriers so I made it fine. After about a mile, I merged onto I-39 and headed north. Just as a bit semi was passing, Ron got up to close the front vent and we heard the most awful clatter. But as there...

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Sep 3, 2009 - Building a Well House

September 3 is our youngest daughter, Sara's, birthday. Since it is usually around Labor Day we try to spend it with her to get the most of her days off from work. It worked again this year. We took off right after work on the 2nd and spent the evening at son, Mark's house with our youngest granddaughter. My goodness that 3 yo can talk!! It was a great evening. The next morning we got up early and Mark took us to the commuter train to downtown Chicago. From there we walked about 1/2 a block and (after a long wait because I didn't want to be...

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Aug 18, 2009 - Cleaning the roof

After sitting under the trees for 2 months - the roof of the rig where BLACK!!! Ron borrowed the power washer from the Camp and got started on it. First we hand washed the slides and brought them in. We thought that some of that dirty water might leak in around the slides and that would be a mess. Since the winds in OK last spring, we have been without a slide topper on the living room slide. My oh my! does that ever keep the leaves, small branches and acorns off the top of the slide. I can't wait to get it replaced when we get back to...

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Aug 2, 2009 - Clean up time

When we got to the Maintenance Shop, the yard was full of junk with trees and weeds growing up around them. The main junk was an old road grader and a donated RV Class C. Over the years, metal that had any resale value was piled around the grader. Old metal shelving, old stoves and washers, a huge satellite dish, pipe and anything else you could think of. My method was subtle. "How much more room we would have if that junk was gone". "I saw a 1-800-we buy junk commercial on TV last night." etc. Finally, Mel said that he saw a junk collector...

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Aug 1, 2009 - Different Kinds of Visitors

In addition to the camps that Stronghold organizes, and the people who rent the buildings for the weekend or a few days, we have other types of visitors. We had a football team from downstate Illinois who worked for us chopping wood and weed whacking trails in the morning and practicing football in the afternoons. We also had a HS band from the south side of Chicago who practiced in the field out in Family Camp. We have some non-human visitors like the mother deer and her twin fawns that I see most mornings when I am on my walk. They are...

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Jul 24, 2009 - End of summer camps

The summer camps started in June and finished July 24. They covered a wide variety of camp styles. We had a Grand Camp for grandparents and their grandchildren, several Adventure camps where they teach camping and canoeing skills, Leadership camps to teach Youth Group Leadership skills that they can take back to their churches, Madrigal singing and acting camps and the Treasures of Life Camp that is for children who have lost close family members within the last year. The counselors come from all over the world. This year we had several...

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