We had a great time with Friends this weekend. We drove about an hour to a town that has a population of 159! Say what? Yes, 159. That’s one hundred fifty-nine people.
They have a restaurant that is famous for it’s pie. The lunch was also good. But best of all getting together with Friends is the whole pie! We went with a couple from The Burg and met up with a couple from Springfield, MO. Now the Friends have more Friends. I love to connect people.
After we left the booming town of Collins, with a population of 159, we took the old highway and enjoyed nature! The wildflowers were in full bloom and I was so caught up in the enjoyment of The Creator that I did not take so many pictures. Not to mention the two turtle crossing the road were left behind (much to their delight I’m sure).
Next stop, Osceola Cheese store! Samples galore of all kinds of cheeses. A must stop if you find yourself in western Missouri.
Without further ado, here are some photos.
yes we are…..
sorry, Native Americans…….
Clinton, MO – a quaint town with MORE than 159 people
When I reflect on my own life I see someone who has had to work hard to achieve goals and milestones. What I mean by that is, it seems – to me – that life hasn’t been “easy”. When I’ve had to move forward or accomplish something I know I want – I have had to work hard to achieve it. Hear me, I know I tend, at such times, to compare myself to others who appear to achieve easily. Truth is, I do not see their struggles or the road they had to walk in order to achieve. So in reality, I am probably no different than others. I just think I am.
Do we all do that? Do we all have a tendency to compare ourselves to others (the bible plainly warns that that is an unwise decision – Galatians 6:1-10, don’t compare)? Do we all tend to think we travel this life alone? I hope not. This is one thing I don’t want to place on others. This is one thing I want to overcome, the idea in my head that I have to buck up, cowgirl up, stand tall, and do it alone. The absolute truth is, I’m NOT alone. I have friends and family around me who encourage me often and stand with me.
All this said because I was reflecting this morning. Reflecting on a New Year. I know, I already did that the end of December/beginning of January. But it’s the Chinese New Year. Happy New Year to those who celebrate this time of the year. I was remembering my first, and only Chinese New Year. It was in February of 2005 in China. So, tomorrow, I will be posting about our trip to China. It was amazing and difficult all at once.
To tie you over, I am posting some flowers I bought for myself the other day. I love fresh flowers because in the midst of an extra freezing winter they bring a ray of hope for spring.