Category Archives: Pictures of the Adventure

Photos of our travels and stops along the way

Changes

Anyone still there? Did you think I’d go from a post a day to almost nothing? It really wasn’t my intent, but life got pretty busy here and somehow this little blog kept getting put at the bottom of the pile. (Truth be told, it was busy towards the end of November too, but a commitment is a commitment and I was determined to finish strong. And then it seems I fell off the map!)

OK – things are busy here in Waco. We’ve decided to put our sweet Waco house on the market. I know – crazy, right???? There were a lot of factors, but the bottom line was the realization that at much as we love that house, we just aren’t ready to hang up the RV keys and settle in to a non-moving home.
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So our goals for our time in Waco became a bit more pressing. Since this would be our biggest opportunity to finish up the projects we’d started over the last year – like that shed and upgrading the electric service – we knew the clock ticking.
Here’s how we left the shed in the spring –
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As you can see – Gary’s made some great progress –
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Windows and doors in, trim almost completed, and really it’s just that upper access door to the ‘attic’ that will make it complete. He still needs to fix the garden area (the part in the front that looks like it could be a deck), but it’s really coming along nicely!
With the shed nearing completion, he moved to the electric upgrade.
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Ooooo – so fancy!! When it came time to install the new smoke detectors on the second floor, he ran into an unexpected glitch. One that will require a bit more work. And the first step of that “bit more work” involved being able to actually GET to the wiring in the attic. And that required getting all of the insulation out of the attic. So…..
Gary worked in the attic, feeding insulation down the access door
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while I smooshed it into giant contractor bags.
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Yes, I wore a mask and gloves. Gary even had a dust mask on!
It was an all day event, but by the end of the day –
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the attic was empty of insulation and deck was full of bags to drop down into the trailer to take to the dump!
(Have I ever mentioned that there’s this sweet second floor deck off one of the bedrooms. Check out this birds-eye view of the backyard- Untitled
Nice, right?)
This morning it was off to the landfill for us!
(Some unknown person dropped off a box spring and a recliner in the alley behind the house last week. Although it’s pretty rude to do that, the box spring was helpful in securing our jumbo bags. The recliner will have to wait until the next trip.)
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You know you’re doing house projects when the guy at the landfill recognizes you and offers to help you unload. Or when you think taking a picture of “The View from The Landfill” might be interesting.
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So much trash in this world!

My plan was to get the upstairs painted and all sparkly before we leave next week, but between the electric glitch (making a general mess of the second floor), Christmas sewing, being Gary’s helper, and baby holding (hey, that’s my job too!)
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I’ve pretty much made lots of plans and picked up paint chips.

But while the SAD news is that we’re selling the house, the GLAD news is that it looks like we’ll be selling it to a sweet family that we’ve been friends with since we’ve been coming to Waco! It’s just at a handshake stage at the moment, but we’re excited about the possibility! Everything still needs to be done, but if nothing else, maybe she can help me pick out those darn paint colors!

We’re going to miss this place, but if things go as I hope they do, we might just be able to enjoy a couple more nights like this in the future!
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Ahhhh……..

Last Day of the Month

Well, I made it! A thankful-type post every day for the month of November. Phew! I might just say that today I’m thankful that tomorrow is December! But as I looked back over the month, I realized that I never actually gave thanks for the Really Big things in my life.
Like this guy –
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who drives me around the country, still laughs at most of my jokes after all these years, and loves me regardless.
I’m so thankful for him!

Or my Family –
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Kids and grands, sisters and in-laws, nieces and nephews and everyone in between. Whether they are in this picture or not – they fill my heart with thankfulness.
And let me not forget the great thankfulness  I have for our good health, safe travels, resources, coffee, and dark chocolate.

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But please know that I am not just thankful for these things. I am actually Giving Thanks for these (and so many other) things. And I am giving that thanks to my LORD and Savior, King of Kings, LORD of Lords, and Friend to Sinners like me. Without Him these would be empty Thanks indeed.

Thank you for coming along on this Thankful Journey! From the little things like leftovers to the big things like family – may you also be richly blessed with a spirit of Thankfulness.

 

 

P.S. To those of you who have subscribed to this blog and have gotten an email EVERY.DAY.THIS.MONTH – please know that the craziness will be slowing down. (To those of you who would like to subscribe and get an email when I do post, just fill in the subscribe box on the top right. You will not be placed on any mailing lists, I promise!)

Five Thousand Two Hundred and Twenty Eight

Days that is. Days since August 1, 2004 when we set off on this great adventure.
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5228 days. I cannot say that every one of those 5228 days has been excellent. But the roads we’ve traveled, the friends we’ve made, the ministries we’ve served (even if it involved cleaning toilets) and the opportunities we’ve had to see our Great God in action combine to make days for which I cannot thank God enough.

Mondays are for [Thanksgiving] Memories

We’ve spent fourteen Thanksgivings on the road. Some have been with our family, some with our SOWER family, and some with just ourselves at a Denny’s. We’re thankful for each of those Thanksgiving experiences. Here’s a precious memory from from our third year on the road –

A Hallmark Thanksgiving – 11/28/2006
What a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! While our first choice would be to have been with the kids, since we were about as far away as possible (Lancaster, PA – Marysville, OH – Santa Clara, CA – and Bonifay, FL), we were delighted to spend (for the third year in a row!) the weekend with our friends the Sensings at their beach house on Amelia Island. It was just the five of them and the two of us, so it was a lovely laid back couple of days. We ate too much turkey, took long walks on the beach, watched the youngins’ play in the surf , watched the whole 10 hrs. of Pride and Prejudice, slept late and drank coffee in our jammies with friends. Heck, we even went shopping in our jammies! The weather was bright and clear, and though too chilly for most of us to go in the water, we spent time at the beach each day. It was truly a lovely time.

The Sensings headed north on Saturday morning, and we headed just a little southwest to Jacksonville where we spent the night with Sower friends, Jim & Lillie Walker and their family. That evening we went into downtown Jacksonville to see the Christmas Boat Parade and fireworks. The parade was fun – but the fireworks were SPECTACULAR. Certainly the best we have ever seen. And well worth the crowds along the riverfront.

So now the weekend is but precious memories, and we are settling in at Teen Challenge Boys Ranch in Bonifay, FL. We have signed up to be “Sower on Assignment” which mean that we’ll be here for several months while Gary works on a specific project – in this case heading up the installation of the heating and A/C on a new building. So, the awnings are out, the outdoor mat is down, the birdfeeder is filled and hung, and we’re hunkering down for the winter. I might even go out and buy a potted plant for “landscaping”. Since we’re only about 5 miles from Alabama, we won’t be walking around in shorts, but we’re happy to be out of the snow at least.

Christmas (in Columbus with everyone except Abigail!) is less than 4 weeks away! Sweet.

Here are some pictures from our weekend –
Our walk after our big meal on Thursday..
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The BIG Game
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The Beautiful Family!
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Sunset at the Walkers (yes, that is the view from the house!)
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This is a pretty pitiful “representative” photo of those great fireworks, but I loved the way the moon was hung in the sky.
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Like I said – a Great Weekend!

Getting settled

Today I am thankful to be settled in our new neighborhood.
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I was getting a little worried about finding a spot, since every place that I contacted could only put me on a waiting list. Gulp. But God had everything under control all along, and in the end we had two different campgrounds contact me about openings. We’re in what I would call a “working man’s” campground – not a lot of frills, but a good site with a nice shade tree to boot!
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It is a little bit farther out of town than we were hoping for, but that just makes us more thankful for the (comparatively) cheap fuel here in Texas!
Yes, we’re so thankful that we’re settled, safe, and yes, smiling!
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