Where have all the years gone

I thought, on this our 9th (!!!) New Year’s Day on the road, it would be fun to look back and see just where we were – both physically and in our thought process – over these last years. Here you go, my friends – my first post of the year (well, one of them is the last post of the year) for each year we’ve been on the road:

2005 – A New Year and a New Focus

We were at our third SOWER project – Green Isle Boys Ranch in Clermont, FL.  I summarized the post with –

We’ve learned a lot these five months ~ about each other, about life in an RV, about places to see and things to do, about the Lord and his grace, about the importance of family and friends. We’re also learning more about how this “adventure” is changing us and changing focus. We’ve fallen in love with the SOWER concept – using our talents to help others as we travel around the country. We’ve been very blessed by the two projects that we have done. So, instead of being tourists for a year and doing a couple of SOWER projects along the way, we are planning on doing SOWER projects most of the time and doing a little “tourist” along the way. We’re hopeful that the adventure lasts for a good long while. Keep Prayin’!!!!!

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” Ecclesiastes 9:10

2006 – Can it be? Texas!

We were celebrating finally crossing the Mississippi and we spent NYE in a Flying J parking lot outside of Houston TX.  Not much chit-chat or philosophy on that post – just excitement to finally be “West” – and headed to the Rio Grande Valley (just like we are this year!)

2007 –  2007 – Teen Challenge, Bonifay, FL (having just returned from a wonderful Christmas with the kids in Ohio!)

Long ago, just after 13th century turned into the 14th century, Richard Rolle wrote:

What a serious waste it is to let a day go by without allowing God to change us.
And that is my prayer for 2007 – that I not waste even one of the precious days God has given me.

And on a less lofty note –
losing 10 pounds by The Wedding would be good too!

Blessings to you all in the new year!

2008 – And now for 2008 – another New Year’s Day  in Bonifay, FL at Teen Challenge

Eat less, move more, read more, read better, stay connected, stay on the road. And a favorite quote from John Piper –

Lord, grant that we will love Christ above all things. And may we spend our pilgrim life learning to love this world less and heaven more. Put us out of taste with the delicacies of the devil, and give us a liking for the solid joys of Christ. Guard us from the allurements of the lodging of this journey, and fix our eyes on the end. And so, Father, make us useful to this world, loving, helping, serving here, while leading people up to God.
In Jesus Name,
Amen

2009 – Quick! – Columbus, OH

We were in Columbus for a post-Christmas Family Christmas (you do that, right?), but our house was in Arizona!  Looks like that “west” thing was finally happening!

2010 – Home – First post of 2010 was from Beaumont, CA –

Interesting, not a mention of the new year in that post at all.  Just a lovely summary of our wonderful time on Ohio, having done the post-Christmas Family Christmas plan again!

2011 – Light at the end of the tunnel – Waco, TX

This was the December of Lara’s new kitchen, so the New Years post of 2011 was a selection of random kitchen related pictures along with the closing New Years wishes –

Well, the youngun’s are all out at various New Year’s Eve parties, and Gary has been upstairs in bed for hours. So enough of this randomness! Here’s something concrete –
Happy New Year to all of you , my dear friends! God is Good – ALL the time! May you walk closely with Him this year!

(Although we were in Waco for New Years, by early January we were in the Florida Keys!)

2012 – Quiet – Waco, TX

We were just wrapping up our time in Waco before we headed out to our January project, here in Giddings, TX. It’s a post with a lot of pictures about what we managed to get accomplished during our two weeks in Waco.

2013 – Giddings, TX

🙂  Right here, right now! We spent New Year’s Eve with three other SOWER couples, playing games and munching on yummy snacks.  We even stayed up until close to midnight.  Close.  Let’s not get carried away, now! And to start 2013 off well, we were able to finally connect with Jerry and Carol – fellow RVers and bloggers.  We’d been following each other around the country (via internet) for the last couple of years, and it was great fun to finally meet face to face!
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So far, it’s been a great start to what I pray will be a great year! To borrow a sentiment from our daughter’s FB page – May 2013 be a year filled with happiness, grace, redemption and laughter.

2 thoughts on “Where have all the years gone”

  1. Stephanie, In looking at reflections over the past years I see where you were at Teen Challenge in Bonifay, Fl. a couple of different times. We are just finishing up our time here working with Both SOWERS and MAPS RVer. We are both MSPS RVers and SOWERS and are just starting out. We leave here Friday for our first project as SOWER at the Florida Sheriffs Boys ranch. I’ve followed your journal for several years. I’m one of the people that you sent a pot holder to a couple of years back. Looking forward to crossing paths someday. Thanks for all you do. I enjoy following you in your journal.

  2. Dave – we were SOA’s at Teen Challenge for two winters and we certainly enjoyed our extended time there. I was so excited to learn that you joined the SOWER family and I certainly do hope that our paths cross (maybe even for a project!) as we both travel “down the road”. God Bless you!

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