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Tales from our travels

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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UntitledThe technology to actually SEE our grandkids when we talk to them, and send them silly Bitmojis (once I figured them out!) when we text  is something I never even knew I could be thankful for.

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.

 

 

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Long, long ago….

Long, long ago, in (what seems like) a galaxy far, far away a young bride met with a ‘more experienced’ bride once a week for lunch. And encouragement. And prayer.
Time passed, babies came, and schedules changed. But the friendship and encouragement and prayers never ended. Our little twosome grew to include others as we changed from being young brides to being young moms.
Friends moved, babies grew, and life happened. Things changed.
But through it all, three of us somehow, by hook or by crook, managed to continue to meet once a year to celebrate our November birthdays. We’d often meet at church on a Sunday in November, enjoy lunch, catch up with each other and end the day in prayer. It was a very precious day for me, as I would often go the whole year without being in contact with them. But that thread of friendship never broke. Never even frayed!
Since we’ve been on the road, we three birthday buddies haven’t always been able to connect during November. But whenever we can work it out, we work it out!!

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I didn’t make it to back to Hometown this past summer, so being able to connect with these precious Birthday Buddies, these Sisters in Christ was especially sweet this past October.
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I’m so thankful for these friends from that galaxy far, far away!
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So Thankful for US!

God’s Kind Providence

In the wonder of technology, my photo app reminded me that we were in Galveston, TX last year on this day. That reminded me that it was a year ago that Gary lost his wallet. And that reminded me of another wallet story from this summer that I don’t think I shared with you. So here goes!

Remember when we had Maddie for a week this summer? We started off that great adventure by meeting up with Maddie and her family at a park in Washington, PA, to retrieve her for our adventure week. We had a lovely picnic, played some games, and then we went our separate ways, Gary, Maddie and I heading back to get the RV in Chambersburg and Toby and family headed back home (for a lonely week without Maddie!).
We were almost back to Chambersburg when we stopped for gas. And Gary realized he did not have his wallet. My heart sank as I remembered the hassle of the lost wallet just the previous November.

“Did you have it out earlier” No. Not since we stopped for rolls and I know I put it back in my pocket. (We called the store anyway to check.)
“Maybe you left it in the rig?” Nope.
“Maybe it fell out when you sitting in Toby’s car?” No – we called and he searched.
“Maybe it’s somewhere in the truck?” Nope, we tore it all apart. (I did find a Christmas ornament I thought I’d lost. But no wallet.)
The next day we called everywhere we’d stopped along the way to see if anything had turned up. No.
We called the park to see if anyone had turned it in. Or mowed over it. No. Nothing. Nadda.

Now normally I would have gotten busy, cancelling credit cards and working on replacing insurance cards, driver’s license, etc. But we were heading off on a vacation and needed those accounts. (I have two credit cards that live in the motorhome, but one of them had a very low credit limit and the other one was in the process of changing from a Visa to a Mastercard and I hadn’t received the new cards yet.) I still had my cards that we could use and while I wasn’t sure it was the smartest move, I decided NOT to cancel the cards and wait until we returned from our Adventure to sort out all that needed to be done.
Every day, several times at day in fact, I’d check in with my credit card and bank apps to watch for any suspicious activity. All seemed quiet. I knew we weren’t out of the woods, but we seemed to have been given a bit of grace.
The week flew by, and soon we were on our way home. We had stopped for fuel for the RV and I’d already fielded one “Suspicious Activity” call from our Visa card which always happens when we fill up the RV and charge several hundred dollars.(Yes, that is our life.) We were in trying to get sandwiches made when the phone rang again. I didn’t recognize the number and was about to let it go to voice mail when I decided to answer it after all.

“Hello?”
“Can I speak to Gary Conrad?”
“Who’s calling please?”
“This is blah-blah-blah and I believe I have his wallet.”
WHAT!!!!
“Oh, let me see if I can find him!”

I wasn’t in on that conversation (still chasing down those sandwiches), but the long story short is that someone had turned it in at the visitors center at Fort Necessity National Battlefield. Now we had driven past that National Park and had even commented that it would be an interesting  stop to make, but we had never so much as driven through the entrance. Or even slowed down as we went by.

Needless to say – we were totally astounded!!

What was lost had been found. The cash was gone (maybe $40 – a finder’s fee, right?), but all the cards were there. We were able to pick it up the next day as we traveled back down the same road to reunite Maddie with her family.

We have no idea how the wallet got to the visitor’s center at that park, and the wallet isn’t sharing any of the adventures it had while we were out making memories with Maddie.
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While I’ve remained vigilant in keeping close tabs on my accounts (and Gary’s wallet!), I can only give God all the praise and glory that in His kind providence, our wallet found its way home!