Category Archives: Pictures of the Adventure

Photos of our travels and stops along the way

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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100,000

There is so much to be thankful for today! We left Oakridge, our November SOWER project, early this morning and have arrived safely in Waco.  And if you’ve ever navigated Ft. Worth traffic on a Friday afternoon (in a motorhome, no less) you know how very thankful we are. Although we don’t go into our campground until tomorrow (there’s a silly thing called Vehicle Inspection here in TX that we need to take care of in the morning), we are safe and sitting still in a lovely Flying J parking lot. (OK, so “lovely” might be a stretch, but we’re still and safe and that’s what counts!)

But here’s the Really Big News.  Today, just before we crossed the Texas state line from Oklahoma, this happened.
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48 States, 5 Canadian Providences/Territories, 14+ years of adventures and memories. And now –
100,000 miles!

Thank you, Lord, for this trusty RV that has reached this milestone!

Small World

Today I’m thankful for all of the “Small World” incidents that happen in this crazy life of ours.  Recently I was putting the finishing touches on the monthly SOWER newsletter when I was asked to add some additional information about the “Texas Round-up” that will be happening early next year.  Lew Sterrett from Sermon on the Mount ministries would be coming to share his “Lessons of Life and Leadership from the Language of the Horse” program.  I had heard of Lew Sterrett because he had previously been the director of Miracle Mountain Ranch (near Erie, PA) and we had worked there several summers ago. Since I wanted to put a link in the newsletter, I checked out his website.  Imagine my surprise when I discovered that his ranch and ministry headquarters was in ANADARKO, OK. The very same Anadarko, OK, where we are currently parked.  How crazy is that???? Not surprisingly, Brian (the director here at Oakridge) is friends with Lew, and he was able to arrange for a last minute visit!
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Super fun connection! I just love it when God reminds me how we’re all connected!