Ten weeks ago Andrew’s homeschool basketball team registered for the National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championships. We didn’t think we would be able to go. It’s about a weeks committment and then add a hotel room (or two) and meals x6 people, it just didn’t seem possible this year. But, I asked around on FB for any deeply discounted hotel rates, codes, etc. And Joey asked at FamilyLife. One of his co-workers at FamilyLife gave us their timeshare in Branson for a week! Because of their generosity (God’s provision, really!) we took this opportunity to make this our family vacation. Our FIRST!
Here’s the week in review: Monday
Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery
Table Rock Dam
Unfortunately, we didn’t know that Celia is deathly afraid of butterflies (or just that many in one place.) She started crying and screaming the second we walked in to the butterfly room. Joey waited with her out in the atrium. Jacob was frightened too, but only screamed once, and basically just took shelter in the stroller. He spent most of the time with his hands over his face.
He did venture out of the stroller once, with the explorer’s hats they provide, firmly on his head. He is adventurous and couldn’t resist the elevated wooden walkway!
Little ladies and little gentlemen.
Basketball started. The 10U boys Flames team is ranked #9 to start the tourney. We beat the Tulsa NOAH team to advance to the winner’s bracket.
Joey (as assistant coach) is crouched in the middle, leading the pre-game prayer.
Andrew is #24. .
Game 2. Joey was the head coach this game. We beat the OKC Knights, the #1 ranked team in the country, 28-23. Andrew shooting free throws.
World’s Largest Toy Museum. (God provided discount tickets! We showed up and had friends in common with the man working admissions, so he gave us a 40% discount!)
Xtreme racing go karts
Game 3: We beat the OKC Storm (the team that has won the championship the last 10 years), 42-25.
Laura Ingalls Wilder home. This was a dream come true for me. She was my childhood idol. And she offers me hope that one day in my old age I can become a famous writer too!
This is the spring behind her house that influenced them to purchase the land.
On another part of their property, their daughter built them a Sears Craftsman house, very modern. After less than a decade, Laura and Almonzo missed their old house, and moved “back home.”
There was also a museum on the property, which contained hundreds of items from both the Ingalls and Wilders families. I could have spent hours in there, but my children could only last about 30-45 minutes. If I had a bucket list, then visiting here would have been on it!
Unfortunately, we lost to the Houston Wolverines, 33-42. Here is Coach Holloway giving an after game talk.
Our boys played the toughest 10U schedule in the tourney. We are proud!
And to top off our week, we went to Jonah at the Sight and Sound theater that night! God again provided deeply discounted tickets for us. 55% off full price!
This is the statue outside the theater. Because of heavy rain at the start of the evening, we took the picture afterwards. Kids are tired!
But we all loved it. Even Jacob managed to make it through the end. I think every Christian who visits Branson needs to go to a show here. They incorporate the gospel message into each show and have ushers stationed around the theater for afterwards, in case someone needs prayer and wants to talk about what they’ve seen. LOVED it all!
Here are some random photos from throughout the week:
Inside the condo, playing a game.
And we ended the trip with a stop at Ferguson’s Country Store in St. Joe, AR, on the way home.
The trip couldn’t have been any better. No one got sick. Jacob was a champ with no naps. It was a blessing we will never forget!