Monday, December 10, 2012

"Majestic Oaks"

"The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places ..." Psalm 16:6

This verse characterizes exactly where the Lord placed us in our season in Biloxi. Our home there was Majestic Oaks RV Resort and God filled our lives with great friends and many opportunities to share His gifts while we were there. Some of our best memories include every Saturday afternoon lunch provided by Sammy (who is the amazing owner of this park ... missing that Saturday fellowship), lots of free-for-kids ice cream, lots of time spent hanging out with Sherry and Rachelle and our snowbird friends, pumpkins, swimming, games, puzzles, learning to knit, walking dogs, arts-and-crafts at the front office, cook-outs, and meeting people from all over the United States and a few from Canada. Crazy amazing! 

The big girls and Mr. Sammy, who is the owner of the park and totally sweet on "spoiling" kids. Not to mention just a really incredible fellow.

Ms. Sherry ... can't say enough awesome about her! She essentially became another "aunt" to our girls and a friend to us. What a blessing! We really miss her.

Rachelle, as sweet as her smile! Always ready to do or share something fun!

Beto, one of Brianne's particular faves, and ours. He and Fabio (who I couldn't get pinned for a photo) kept the park looking awesome and were always ready to lend me a hand and to flash a smile and a wave.

"Grandpa Bud." 'Nuff said! :)

Lainey and Bill. Lainey is a master knitter and did her best to teach us. Doesn't she have a great smile! Always there for a hug and conversation. They wintered the longest so we enjoyed them the longest!

Brian and James.

Big girls and Miss Cindy.

Rich and Kathy, who it turns out share an anniversary with Brian and I.

Mike and Emsoon, our amazing next-door neighbors for two winter seasons. They loved on the girls like their own granddaughters and Mike and Brian golfed together.

Marion and Bill. More of our faves. The girls walked their dog, Beau, and they cheered them on at their Upwards basketball game. One of my favorite things about Saturday lunch was talking with Marion.
Love them!

Hands down, we loved Mr. Jim and Ms. Blanche. The wee one especially, who was always looking for "My Jim." They were pretty sweet on each other. I don't think I ever saw or spoke with Jim that he wasn't smiling and always with a great word of encouragement and a laugh.

Bob and Linda from Canada. They were at the park our first winter. They loved on us and the girls like their own and we just enjoyed them so much. The girls would go with them to run their dog, Taz, on the beach. They loved the Lord and we shared that with them. What a gift they were!
Our Sean, who went to church with us on occasion. Always smiling and always encouraging.

So many more friends I could mention (Stephanie, Victor and Marian, Wayne, Beth and Randy, Donna and Paul, Harry and Marlene, Amy and Abel, Ted and Kathy, Mark and Phoebe, The Smith Family and many whose names escape me right now) ...  just typing this blogpost I am again reminded of the graciousness God showed us in this season. How He took care of us and made sure we were loved on and had folks to love on. God is faithful and we will treasure our time in Biloxi with these folks forever!

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