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Today

Although we had planned on taking two days for drive to Lindale,  we got a good early start and decided to just go for it! Wanna come along?
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We did get that nice early start – not to much traffic on this first stretch!
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Actually not to much traffic on the next stretch either!
We opted to drive a portion of the Natchez Trace down to the interstate (I20) and we weren’t disappointed with the lovely time of no-stress driving!
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Apparently there was significant hurricane damage though given the amount of debris along the side of the road in various places.
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It was a great stretch of road – no commercial traffic and natural beauty all the way! (Well, except for the tree mess, but it’s still nature, right?) Soon enough, though, we were on I20, heading west to our TX destination. (Literally, I20 to our exit to the office.)
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Yousers – those there are some BIG tires!
More interstate….
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Shrevesport, LA –
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The Texas Welcome Center
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And here is our tiny house for the next several days!
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We so thankful for our friend Bob who has loaned us his camper so we can be close to the office for the next few days. And we’re also so very thankful for a totally uneventful drive to get here!
I saved my favorite picture of the day for last, even though I took it while we were on that first dirt road. I don’t often make Gary stop so I can take a picture, but those pine trees, draped in the early morning fog just seemed too lovely to take on the fly!
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Thanks for coming along on our little road trip!
Steph

Sometimes the day

…just doesn’t go as planned.

We shared hugs all around, and set out right on schedule from Josiah’s house this morning.
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We were first in line at then inspection station
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and we passed with flying colors. (To my Pennsylvania friends – the inspections here in TX consist of making sure the lights work, the brakes work, the wipers work, the horn works and you have current insurance. Total cost – $7.00. Quite a difference from the PA inspection system!) But I digress…
We stopped at a diesel repair shop to have some ‘codes read’ to help figure out an intermittent sputtering/missing problem we noticed on our way to Waco. And that’s about when our ‘best laid plans’ took a detour. It turned out they couldn’t actually do the diagnosis until after lunch so we decided to make the most of the morning and took care of a chore – doing the laundry! Then we enjoyed lunch at a favorite lunch spot (from when we were doing the Parrott Ave renovations last year). Once we got back to the rig, they were getting ready to do the diagnostic. But first I had to empty out the closet (Oh, the joys of have a diesel ‘pusher’). No pictures of that – it’s too embarrassing!
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The tech spent a lot of time checking things, but in the end everything looked fine. He loaded us up with a new computer program for the engine, took the girl for a nice long test drive and everything checked out. Of course, by that time, it was closing in on 5PM so they told us to come back tomorrow to ‘settle up’. (Gotta love Texas!) We found a nice pull-through RV spot at a local campground on Lake Waco, and tucked in for the night. Hopefully, after we stop back at the garage to pay our bill, we’ll soon be on our way! Again.
It certainly wasn’t the day we planned, but it started with hugs, included clean clothes, a good check-up at the diesel doctor, some yummy food and ended with a lovely sunset.
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We really can’t ask for more than that! Thanks for coming along for the (non) trip!
Steph

Driving, driving, driving…..

We got an early-ish start this morning (after our lovely two day retreat at Rend Lake), and drove and drove and drove. Thankfully the traffic wasn’t too bad – well, Little Rock and West Memphis were a little busy, but that’s to be expected. Tonight we are in a nice little campground just outside of Texarkana, AR with lovely pull through spots (so we don’t have to disconnect the truck). And given the Arkansas heat and humidity, we’re very grateful for an electric hook-up so we can run the A/C.
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Leftover anniversary steak with corn on the cob for a quick dinner, and we’re calling it a day! Sweet dreams, everyone!
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Tomorrow we’re off to Waco – and another batch of Grands!

R&R at Rend Lake

September. Really? Where did the rest of the summer go? The last couple of weeks have been filled with family and friends and fun, and I’m going to do my best to catch you up on some of them (maybe even do a post a day for a while – whaddya think?). But for now, a little real-time update.

Today was a travel day. We left in the morning fog
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and, (after a 60 mile (truck only) detour to retrieve Gary’s phone that had been left behind at Lara’s) we set our sights on points west and south. Although our next family stop will be in Lorena, TX, we decided to do a little bit of R&R camping on the way south. Destination for today was Gun Creek Campground on Rend Lake in Illinois. The spot was chosen because of it’s proximity to I57 (just south of Effingham, IL),about 400 miles into the trip and also the price – $13/night (full hook-ups) with our senior pass. Sometimes it really pays to be old!
Our drive was mostly uneventful – though it seemed like there was an inordinate amount of construction along the way
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and way too many trucks on the road. But then again, I’m happy to see that America is still moving across the country!
The day ended with a bit of rain
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but was clearing out as we settled into our spot for the next couple of days.
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The lake is just through those trees at the end of the road. We’ll be exploring tomorrow for sure!
I am so thankful our safe travels today (something I never take for granted) and for this guy-
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who once again got us to where we needed to be! Even with ALL those trucks!

Wheeeeee! Week Three!

This is not a Wheeeee – Week Three, thank goodness its over.
This is a Wheeeee – Week three – man, that was fast and fun!!
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Although it’s always hard to see a project come to an end, there is always something satisfying about packing up your tools, and reviewing what was accomplished during those 12 short days of work. Sandy and I used our paint brushes every day (basement craft room, 6 doors and 3 sets of closet doors, and three lodge rooms), and it was great to know that those were things that the maintenance staff did not have to worry about this summer.
UntitledThe guys moved through a long list of plumbing, electric and carpentry items without hesitation. Some jobs, like that well/pump re-do, had been on the back burner for a very long time! Although summer will look very different this year (thanks to the pandemic) for this camp and many others like it, maintenance still has to be done. We were honored to be able to serve here – and give them a hand with some long overdue chores!

But as it happens every SOWER month, all good things come to an end.  We left this morning after a lovely time of prayer (but sadly without the hugs that we really love) for a short 30 mile drive over to Montrose Bible Conference.
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We aren’t here at MBC as official SOWERS this month, but more as ‘friends of the conference center’ since we’ll be in and out as the month goes by. Gary will be working on their refrigeration situation, and for the first part I think I’ll just be catching up on life here at home. (The third load of wash is already underway!). Next week we’ll be heading to The Cabin for a spell (insert happy dance here!) and then it will be back to Montrose until it’s time to head to our August SOWER project. We’re thankful for this lovely spot that has become as close to home base to us as anything these days.

As we wrapped up our time at Rock Mountain, we posed for an official “Group Shot” by their sign.
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And then for an official “Sign of the Times” group picture!
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Thank you, LORD, for a good month! For good new friends and for being able to do the work you have for us to do!
And thank YOU for stopping by!
Steph