Wednesday, January 30, 2019

It's A New Year And A New Season In My Life!

 I have been  observing the fields lying dormant.  It's the season where the ground is resting and soaking up the nutrients from the rain and snow that it will need for the next season.  Which is the one of growth and new life.  I feel like I too am in a season of rest.  And I too am soaking up what my soul needs to be prepared for the next season.  A friend reminded me that even though it appears nothing is happening on the surface that below ground roots are digging deeper and becoming stronger.  I trust that is what is happening in my life also.
       I am running a Retreat Center with a Lodge and a Cabin on the grounds  here in the Ozarks and loving every minute of it.  Meeting new people.   And learning to let the cares of this world slip away and enjoying the simple life. 
      So come along with me as I journal this new season in my life.    Time to look forward and anticipate what the next season of my life holds in store.. 

The Gathering Place Retreat Center-The Cabin

  Perfect for the traveler needing a place to stay with a more rustic feel.   The Cabin is located just across the yard from The Lodge making a beautiful addition to The Retreat Center.  

                      It has all the comforts of home in a rustic setting

Decorated in  Rustic Americana we believe you will find The Cabin a delightful change from your normal stay on your travels.  The main room has two couches and a recliner for relaxing after your days activities.  The walls  are decorated with a collection of quilts and pictures of days gone by.

We left the floor concrete and put down throw rugs cause we figure it would be just wrong to put carpet in a cabin..  And this way hunters won't have to worry about getting the floor dirty..

Since this part of the world has been known to lose power and we are all electric we decided to put in a portable fireplace and hook it up to propane.  So you'll still be toasty warm even if the electric goes out.  Which it will,   trust me....It's Missouri....

  And there is a flat screen TV with satellite and Wi-fi so you still have the benefits we all love along with the rustic setting of a cabin..


One corner has a snack bar set up where you can catch up on office work if you must do that sort of thing while taking a break from your normal routine.  Or catch a quick snack while watching the latest game on the TV...or play some solitaire...

The kitchen part of our facility is equipped with everything you'll find at home including  a fridge, microwave, convection oven, coffee pots, electric griddle and electric skillet in case you want to do some cooking.   Notice our Cedar cabinets which are also hand made.


 I love a bargain and I found this oak antique table at a local flea market.  Thought The Cabin would be a perfect place for it.  And it's already set for supper... Just pull up a chair and have a seat!


 I stained these cabinets and they make a perfect place for the microwave and confection oven.  The confection oven is just the right size for baking your pizza.   Just cause we're in the woods doesn't mean you can't enjoy the comforts of  the city life too.


The spacious bedroom follows the rustic Americana theme and is decorated with a queen size hand made log bed made by a local craftsman using native lumber.  (If interested in one of these beds for yourself give me a call and I can put you in touch with him)

        Simplify is the theme for our Cabin.

                                     The bathroom is attached to the bedroom and has a oversize shower.


  Laundry facilities are located in the basement of The Lodge for your convenience


There is also a separate entrance off the bedroom where you can take your cup of coffee out on the covered porch in the early morning hours and watch the mist rising off the pond or enjoy the antics of the squirrels and other wildlife.  There is also a BBQ grill on that same porch.

    Our wildlife think they are guests also...

The Cabin is located just a short walk across the yard from The Lodge and has plenty of outdoor lighting for those needing to come in late at night.


Fishing our stocked pond  is always encouraged here on the grounds and if you forget your poles we have some you can use.               

Sit on the dock and reflect on life

We have a walking trail around the pond for those who like to get some exercise while here for their stay

Take out the boats and enjoy spending some time on the water
And nothing compares to the beauty of the mist rising off the pond on those cool, crisp mornings


A fire pit is just outside the cabin door with plenty of seating.  Light the fire and roast some hot dogs or make some Smores and sit around the fire talking about the "good ole days"  when life was simple...

Hope you've enjoyed our little tour of our newest addition to The Gathering Place Retreat Center. .  And if you're planning on being in the area give us a call.  We do have a two night minimum stay and travelers needing extended stays are welcome also.   Our door is always open and we love welcoming new friends to our neck of the woods. Check out our website at  for more information. or call 417-321-4576 You can also find us on Airbnb.   We look forward to welcoming you and making your stay with us a memorable one!

The Gathering Place Retreat Center--The Lodge

Welcome to The Gathering Place Retreat Center!  A place where you can pull away from your cares and busy lives for a time of reflection and tranquility.  A place where you can draw closer to our Creator and a time to quiet your soul in a country setting enjoying the simple pleasures of life..  We specialize in keeping life simple! 

 Our Lodge was built in 1999 out of Spruce logs and is nestled in the trees in the center of 60 acres in rural Southwest Missouri.  We are only 8 miles from the junction of two major highways and are  90 miles south of the Kansas City area making us a short getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.

 The family room has plenty of seating for visiting,  watching the flat screen TV or enjoying the fireplace on the cool evenings.  We specialize in keeping things simple but some things are necessities--like wi-fi and air conditioning.!  The Lodge is decorated with many antiques including old quilts from family members since passed on.

The Lodge dining room seats eight and we have additional  seating in the entryway room located between the kitchen and garage.  The dining room table can be set with the casual dishes or by using our lodge themed dishes for a more elegant dinner party.  We also have a BBQ grill on the deck for your convenience. 

Our kitchen is fully equipped with everything you should need for cooking during  your stay.

The entryway room is located between the garage and the kitchen and is a great place for overflow dining or bring out the board games and playing  cards.  

and it can be used for those more elegant occasions also

 The main floor has a utility room with a washer and dryer for your convenience.  This room is also a bathroom saving guests from going upstairs or using the bathroom facilities in the Master Bedroom.

The Master Bedroom is conveniently located on the main floor for those with mobility issues.

The Master Bedroom has its own flat screen TV and is decorated with my Great Aunt's hand made dresser and other treasured heirlooms.  It has a queen size bed and has an oversize bathroom with jetted tub and separate shower.   There is also a private entrance going out to a small deck where you can slip out and watch the stars or listen to the night sounds.

The Lodge loft has two more separate bedrooms with queen beds and in the open part of the  loft area is another queen size bed and an antique full size one.  The Lodge has four queen size beds altogether and one full size one.  We do ask that small children not be allowed in the loft area for liability reasons.  From the loft you can see the family room and dining room below. 

Loft Bedroom #1

                                                                 Loft bedroom #2

Located in the Loft and between the two bedrooms is a full bathroom. 

There is a queen size bed in the open loft area

There is an antique full size bed in the loft area also. 

Enjoy the large deck with plenty of seating.
Or sit on our front porch, watch the birds and other wildlife and enjoy the cool summer breeze.

Take your coffee outside in the early mornings and enjoy the deck

 or light the fire pit and listen to the howl of the coyotes in the evenings

Be sure and spend some time sitting on the dock in quiet reflection.  

 Take out the boats and enjoy some fishing.  Or some time with family.

Enjoy our wildlife who have no fear cause they know you cannot shoot them.  Except with a camera!

We'll be glad to leave the light on for you.  Check out our website at or call us  at 417-321-4576 .  You can also find us on AirBnB and HomeAway .   We'll be glad to schedule your stay with us!  We trust the combination of friendly people, warm hospitality and peaceful surroundings in a beautiful log home will make your stay with us one to remember always.  Then we will know we are truly a success.  We look forward to welcoming you to The Lodge in our Retreat Center!