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The Family That Vacations Together

In 1966, Jim and Jane Reynolds, my in-laws, first took their three young daughters – Misty, Teri and Tammy – to a rustic “resort” along Bull Shoals Lake in Theodosia, Missouri, called Turkey Creek Ranch (TCR). It would become their regular vacation home over the next several years and become a part of their legacy.
TCR began business primarily as a fishing resort in 1959. Today there are more than 20 cabins as a part of the resort. TCR was, and still is, run by the Edwards family, with son Robert and his wife Loretta taking over managing the day to day operations of TCR in 1995 from his parents, the resort founders, Dick and Elda. Continue reading


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God’s Faithfulness

In late September our annual extended family vacation took us to Maine. My wife Tammy and I have been taking these vacations with one or both of her sister’s families for nearly our entire married life. These days, some of the nieces and nephews who were not even around for that first vacation to Turkey Creek Ranch in Theodosia, Missouri, are now married and have children.   The little boy in the photo is now 38, and we’re returning again to T-Creek this year, meeting up with 6 children under the age of 4.
The temperatures were cool as we landed at our first of two locations/homes in Maine, this one being in the small town of Northport. Our house overlooked beautiful Penobscot Bay. By walking on a narrow path (we were warned to avoid the poison ivy and deer ticks off the path), we could get to a wonderful place to watch the bay, including the ferry, sailboats and loons.
As I sat there looking out over the bay in those first days of our vacation, I was reminded of God’s faithfulness that we often take for granted. Each day the sun comes up in the morning and goes down in the evening. In fact, later in our vacation, some of our group went to the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park to be among the first in North America to see the sunrise. Continue reading