Thursday, April 5, 2012

tour of my in-laws place in the country

We got home last night from our spring break vacation. It was sad to leave! I actually cried a little bit on the way home. I felt so peaceful there!

Thanks so much for praying for our drive home - I really felt your prayers! It was definitely the best drive we've ever had - nobody got sick, the kids were very well behaved, and we made great time. Praise God!

I thought y'all might like to see some photos of my in-law's place in the country:
this is their pretty house. 
they built it about 6 years ago.

see Robert driving in his golf cart in the distance?

here's a closer look
(doesn't Benjamin look so happy?!)

birds, birds, and more birds!
if you look closely, you can see one on almost every one of those little birdhouses
the view from the front of their house 
(their neighbor is a cotton field!)

the view from the back of the house
Robert built this little "backhouse" right after they bought the land. He stayed there while the main house was being built. Now, he parks his boat (he loves to fish in the nearby lake) in between the two little buildings. The one on the right is a little apartment. The one on the left is a rec room.
the swing set
the gardens and greenhouse are all out back behind that.

Clint teaching Leo to ride a bike.

Ruth exploring "the grounds"
She's walking in between the screened in porch and the building where Robert fries all his fish that he catches

part of Diane's flower garden 
she's got several more beds - this is my favorite one.

a pretty bench the wraps around the sycamore tree


Isn't it pretty?!

Robert and Diane have worked so hard to create this little bit of heaven.  They work outside in the yard everyday, sometimes all day long. You can tell that it really is their passion. And you can feel the presence and peace of God there, walking all around the land.  It is really something.


  1. Oh how beautiful!!! What a wonderful setting!! I pray that we are able to have something like this some day! :)

  2. Oh, what a lovely place! I'm really missing small town/country living since we've moved to the city. Chicago is a great place in a lot of ways, but nature and wide open spaces are just in my blood!

  3. What a retreat, Lora! I want to go there!!

  4. No wonder you didn't want to leave! I don't blame you a moment!! What a wonderful place.
    I am so glad you had such a peaceful get-away with the family and also alone with Clint. God is so good to supply our every need in so many different ways.
    Love to you!



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