Friday, September 10, 2010


There are many things about life I don’t understand but have chosen to accept. Why?
I believe with all my heart that God is in control, always has been, and always will be.
Ozarks Autumn
After spending two glorious days in the breathtaking Smoky Mountains we headed toward Florida. On Monday we made it to Macon, GA when we received a phone call. Robert’s son, Corey told us the news.
Smoky Mountains
His grandfather Robert’s ex-father-in-law had unexpectedly passed away.
He had taken his own life.
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Photo courtesy of Gary Rushing
So we turned around and made our way to Missouri to offer our support to a grieving family with Corey in the forefront of our thoughts. Yes, when we arrived we found sadness,but also strength, unbelievable strength.
God had surrounded this family with His unexplainable love and comfort. The days following were filled with hugs, tears, storytelling, food and beverages, services, visits from friends, and laughter.
Gary Francis Barnes
March 15,1949-September 6,2010
On a lighter note, I visited with some of my co-workers from last year. They are a delightful group of ladies who always bring a smile to my face. Kathy, Rexanna, Margaret, Dawn, Debbie, Shirley, Jeanette,and Diana. It was wonderful seeing them again! thanks for the yumalicious cookies
don’t forget your promises~

   Can anyone say, “Shoetree?”
         Captn Dave’s Little  River Artistry
                        Townsend, TN

We’ll resume our travels on Sunday.
           Blessings Y’all,

Last but not least, WELCOME NEW FOLLOWERS!
It thrills me!


Gail Durham said...

You are right, God is in control. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

Margie M. said...

Kathy and Robert: I am so sorry to read this news. Peace to all in the grieving family as they may lean on God to get through this difficult time.

Shirley said...

Thanks so much for the surprising phone call today. You brightened my day. It was so GOOD to see you. I did enjoy updating myself by reading all the way through your postings tonight. I love the pictures and wish I could go spend a couple weeks in the mountains. Please stop by and see us again.

Sue and Doug said...

so sorry for your loss..take care of yourselves.

Janna and Mike said...

We will keep this family in our thoughts Kathy and Robert.

Kenny And Angela's Adventure said...

Sorry to read the news.Be safe on your trip Sunday.

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Sometimes the pain that comes our way in this ole world is so hard. I'm so sorry your family's tremendous loss. I'm so thankful that our God understands our heartaches and has been there himself. That gives so much comfort.

I love your first photo so much. It is beautiful. It's so special that you get to tag along with your husband as he works. Do you guys ever get mad at each other or tired of one another? ha Just asking! I'm a little ornery that a way.

Dennis and Donna said...

Your first photo of the tree made me feel very peaceful...God does act in mysterious ways...and wonderous ways too...Our sympathy to your family...travel safely.

Wild Blue Yonder said...

So sorry for your loss.

Rexanna Smith said...

Kathy- it was so good to see ya!!! We love and miss you so much!! xoxoxox :)

Kathy and Robert said...

Thanks everyone for your sweet words and thoughts. K

Levonne said...

Sorry for your loss. Thanks for coming by A Camp Host Housewife's Meanderings and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.