September 30th, 2005 | Author: steph
It was a beautiful day for the last leg of our trip. We had spent the night at a reasonably quiet Walmart in Lebanon, TN and only had about 30 miles to reach Lighthouse Christian Camp. I honestly never knew what a pretty state Tennessee was! We are just about in the middle of the state, surrounded by mountains. This camp is nestled in the mountains, and we are once again struck by the beauty of God’s creation. And how blessed we are to be able to be parked in the midst of it!
This is the view from our living room~ I expect that by the end of our stay here the leaves will be starting to change!
We’ve settled in, hooked up the utilities, and met the neighbors (seems like a fun, hardworking bunch!). Tomorrow we’ll check out the rest of the camp and downtown Smithville. And of course there are always chores to do around the “house”!
Oh – a surprising bonus – we even have good phone signal! God is good!
September 29th, 2005 | Author: steph
Breakfast at Panera’s – so we can use the free wireless ~ 7.09
Fabric at a local quilt shop ~ 6.68
Odds and Ends at Dollar General ~ 6.39
Postcard at William Howard Taft Birthplace~ .43
Oil Change for Lizzie ~ 340.01
Being back on the road ~~~ Priceless!
September 28th, 2005 | Author: steph
We learned yesterday that the house sale is officially off. Bummer. So we’re back to the drawing board. The couple that had been living there had moved out in anticipation of an October settlement, so we’re working on a plan to get it back in the market ASAP. God has that buyer out there for this house – we’re waiting on Him.
Back on the prayer list, ‘K?
And do you know anyone who loves old houses and wants to live in Beautiful Bucks County, PA? Have we got a spot for them!
Many are the plans in a man’s heart,
But it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.
September 28th, 2005 | Author: steph
Our time in Columbus
There were tears yesterday as we pulled out from Toby and Tammy’s house in Ohio. We had such a lovely time – even though I’m sure we outstayed our welcome! We were there for 9 days – which is about 6 days more than a visit from the in-laws should be, but hopefully having our own house with us made it a little more bearable! It was wonderful to get to know Ellie (2 ½) and Hayley (10 mos.) better each day. We had a grand time “camping” (it’s a little hard to call staying in our RV at a campground “camping”, but hey, we weren’t at home!). The nights were a little tough with both the girls in the same room, but other than that, we had lots of fun.
Lara and Josiah arrived on Saturday for quick 48 hr. visits – but it was so good to all be together. We had “official” pictures taken – here is the one we took with my camera.
It will be fun to see how the photographer made out – getting all those folks to smile at the same time!
So we got some chores done at T&T’s house, played lots of cards, helped Ellie with her potty training, read lots of books about cows and ducks, and had many, many hugs. It was indeed sad to leave , but travel on we must. Today we’re just outside of Cincinnati, and this morning we are getting the oil changed in Lizzie. Ah, the mundane. We head south after that to Lighthouse Christian Camp (outside of Nashville, TN)– which ministers to underprivileged children in Central Tennessee. We’ll be working with 5 other SOWER couples, and we’re looking forward to becoming a community again!
I’ve added a couple of new pages – “About us” and “Contact us”. I’m working on a Family News page too – can you tell I spent some time with Lara, my web-site consultant? =)
We’re enjoying coffee and wifi at a local Panera Bread restaurant. Ah, sweet technology! (and rolls!)
September 20th, 2005 | Author: steph
Well, if nothing else, my geography is getting better!
We left our Illinois project Thursday afternoon (in the drizzling rain) and headed to Elkhart, Indiana for some warranty work on Lizzie. It was a long drive to do in the dark, but finding diesel gas for $2.55/gal was a bright spot (how sad is that!). Plus we were able to stay at the “campground” at the plant for free for two nights – and it even had hook-ups. How sweet….
But anyway – we enjoyed the sights of Amish Indiana, but since we were heading to see family we didn’t dawdle too long. So here we are in Columbus and here is why I haven’t had much chance to keep you good friends up to date:
Today we head out for a two night camping trip with the Ohio Conrads. We’re headed to a campground near Dayton, so we won’t be traveling too far. It should be an adventure – we haven’t quite figured out where the girls will be sleeping, but I dare say, by the end of the day we’ll have it down pat. The weather looks promising and Ellie is very excited to be “camping with Grams and Pops!”
Gotta get packing –