Friday, September 4, 2009

He Leadeth Me Beside Still Waters

This is our last full day here in Branson, Missouri, at "Still Waters Resort" as we leave tomorrow to go back to Kansas. We have had a great time here with our middle daughter Lynnette, her husband Kyle and their 6 kids. We have shared a huge 3 bedroom, 3 bath condo with a nice, fully equipped kitchen that also has a washer and dryer. It has a big table in a dining room, and it also has a living room with a fireplace and a TV over it with a VCR, DVD player and Cable TV. The kids have enjoyed watching the Disney Channel and we all have enjoyed some movies in the evenings as we relaxed after a busy day at Silver Dollar City. We fixed dinner in the crock pot a couple of times so that it would be ready when we came home tired, and that was great.

There is a nice size balcony off of the living room with a wonderful view of Table Rock Lake and the surrounding hills. Some of us have eaten out there, and done morning devotions, and the kids have enjoyed playing out there and watching the many geese as they waddle around below, searching for food and noisily honking! One morning the geese actually woke me up.

In the evenings we could sit there and watch the boaters coming back into the docks and as the veil of darkness settled we would listen to the sounds of nature and feel the peacefulness all around us. I think they named this place “Still Waters” for a good reason.

Even though it is quiet and peaceful here, that doesn't mean there isn't a lot going on. This is a wonderful place for families, and lots of things to do. Including a fun new pool that has a zero entry for the little ones to access safely and a pretty waterfall to play under. They have huge beds with pillows all around the pool so that people can lounge or even take a nap! I imagine they have waterproof material,…but I didn’t actually try one out, so I am not sure, but they looked inviting.

They have a little “Bayside Market” where you can buy food or order a light meal, or breakfast, and they also sell items you might need, and they also have bicycles you can check out and ride around the resort on. They have a nice little playground for small children too. And trails where you can take a walk. And down at the dock you can rent boats, paddle boats and little canoes.

My husband went fishing a couple of days but the fish weren’t cooperating,… but he has fun just being out there, and he spends those quiet moments with the Lord.

He and I drove into town and saw a show last night. We like John Tweed. (His real name is “Tweedle”). He has a four octave voice and is a very good entertainer. We have gone to that show before on previous visits to Branson, and we decided it was worth going back! His daughter Sarah Tweedle does a few numbers with him and she has a lovely voice. I bought one of her CD’s of Broadway tunes.

We all went to see the Titanic Museum one day and it was so interesting,…but also sad, as it told the stories of the many people who were aboard the ship. We spent a couple of hours there, but a person could stay twice that long and learn as much as they wanted to. They have re-created the grand stairway and many of the elegant elements that were inside of the ship.

My daughter has been taking the pictures and writing about our stay here, and posting it on her “Dancing Barefoot” blog, but I just wanted to add some of my input today. It is going to be hard to leave this beautiful place, but we are just thankful for this time we have had together in a place that makes us think of our Wonderful Creator.


Holly said...

I just think your trip sounds so wonderful. I've enjoyed reading and looking at pictures on Lynnette's blog. Wow! They recreated the staircase at the museum. I bet that's awesome. I'd love to see that.

Kristin said...

I just love reading your posts. I love how you tell a story with each one and I am just so glad that you all had such a wonderful time! It sounds like an awesome place and if we ever do get to go on a vacation (LOL!) I am going to suggest going there! Have a safe trip back :)

Aspiemom said...

I've been following on Lynnette's blog and told her that I wish I was part of your family. Y'all have so much fun together!

Have a good trip home.

Pen to Paper; Spirit to Soul said...

I love your writing style!!! I have never really been interested in visiting Branson but now...maybe a bit!!! Glad you enjoyed your lovely stay! Still Waters Resort, huh? WOW!!! Ps. 23 anyone?

Veronica said...


Sounds like you all are having a wonderful time on vacation. The pictures are awesome and that is just wonderful that you've been able to spend some quality time with the family. What a special time!

Deanna said...

Dear Linda,
Howdy from HomeHaven!
Looks like a great time was had by all. So glad you had this time in Branson, had fun seeing the sights and relaxing.

Debbie said...

Linda, your photos make this place look so inviting! What a great view. How nice to spend time with family like this. I love how you wrote that your hubby went fishing, didn't catch much but had time to spend with the Lord. An answer to prayer from what I read before on your blog. I'm still praying that prayer here at my house. BTW, I follow Lynnnette's blog and enjoy participating in her Wednesday meme.

Aspiemom said...

That view is georgeous!

Good to be a Queen said...

This place sounds so peaceful and looks wonderful...I'm sorry it's almost over for you...Have a safe trip home

Lynnette Kraft said...

It's been a wonderful time! We love spending time with you and dad - you're a blast! I'll be watching Dad's hair grow. :) hee hee

Love you.

Verna said...

I am glad you are having such a good time. The area down there is absolutely beautiful!

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

Sounds like it has been a lovely time...I have enjoyed seeing the pictures of your beautiful family at Lynnette's blog! You did a fine job photographing!!!

Love to you...