We are just returning from an amazing trip with the Fennema family (my mom’s side).  Twenty-two of us, I believe, stayed on two houseboats on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri.  What a blast!  There’s plenty to write about, so I’ll just try to hit the highlights and hope that the pictures tell the story better than my words ever could.

The drive was long and exhausting and took us about 14 hours.  We stretched at all the gas stations and made sure we could eat at a Whole Foods along the way (we’ve got a silly new goal of checking them out wherever we travel).

IMG_2152 IMG_2153 IMG_2157 IMG_6976 IMG_6981 IMG_6983 IMG_2161 IMG_2169 We spent the night at a house my aunt and uncle and parents had rented for part of the week.  We were SO glad to see them!

IMG_2164 IMG_2165 IMG_6999 IMG_6997 IMG_6996 And then the real adventure began!  We got on the houseboat on Friday afternoon and spent the next few days enjoying time with family.  We watched a video I had put together with pictures and videos to pay tribute to my grandparents who have been married for 65 years!  We ate dinners together.  We had a beautiful worship service.  Everything we did was centered around 4 of my favorite things: faith, family, food and fun!

IMG_7059 IMG_2185 IMG_2194IMG_2170IMG_2172 IMG_2177 IMG_2180 IMG_2179 IMG_2187 IMG_2192 IMG_2196 IMG_7040 IMG_2203 IMG_2208 IMG_2210 IMG_2211 IMG_2244IMG_2249 IMG_7129 IMG_7094 IMG_7098 IMG_7048 IMG_7047 IMG_7103 IMG_7104 IMG_7110 IMG_2292 IMG_7111 IMG_7118 IMG_7117IMG_2253  IMG_2287 IMG_2288 IMG_2289 We rented a speedboat, too, which provided a lot of entertainment:

IMG_2178 IMG_7006 IMG_7019 IMG_7025 IMG_7035 IMG_7033 IMG_7027 IMG_7030 IMG_7056 IMG_7062 IMG_7065 IMG_7075 IMG_2207IMG_7017 And spent lots of time swimming in the warm water:

IMG_2200 IMG_2218 IMG_2229 IMG_2230 IMG_2233 A teary Ethan summed it up well, “I wanted to stay on the houseboat for 10 days!”

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