Category Archives: On the Road

Phew and Ahhhhh

Playing the Catch-Up Game when it’s been over two weeks since my last post is a little tricky, so I thought I’d just fill in this little ‘schedule’ that I put together with some pictures to go with each slot. Here goes –

Sometimes this nomadic life gets a little complicated!
4/22 – leave Lindale, TX
4/22 (late) – Arrive in Franklin, TN, and spend time with our friends the Stoners
4/24 (early) – Leave Franklin

4/24 (late) – arrive at Lizzie, who has been waiting patiently outside of Charlotte (SC) for our return from Texas.
4/28 – Say goodbye to our friends in SC, and head to Chambersburg, PA with Lizzie and the truck.





4/29 – Arrive in Chambersburg, PA
4/30 – Appointments and Fitzpatrick family time (no pictures of the Doctor stuff – but all check-ups and routine tests were A-OK! Thank you, Lord!)
5/1 – More Fitz Family time















Squeeze in a quick visit with my college roommate & hubby!





5/2 – Leave Lizzie on the street and drive to Columbus to meet little Tucker, and love on the rest of our Ohio Family

A rainy day baseball game, prom pictures, baby snuggles – and not a whole lot of pictures! Though short, it was still a very sweet visit!  Looking forward to seeing them all again in July at the family reunion at the Cabin!



5/5 – Return to Chambersburg (where another family joined in the fun)





5/6 – (early)Hook up the truck to Lizzie and head north to Canton, NY





5/6 – (late) Arrive in Canton, park Lizzie, plug her in, and then meet up with friends for dinner! (How crazy that we know TWO couples through SOWERs that live in Canton, NY!).










5/7 – Bid Lizzie farewell (for a bit), and head in the truck to the Cabin


We’ve been here for a full week now – and it’s been all good! I’ve been sleeping in, and then awakening to a crackling fire (May mornings are chilly in Vermont!), hot coffee, and a sweet time of devotions. Gary, of course, has other ideas of vacation!
Can you spot him on the mower?
Getting that floating dock ready for the Family Reunion this summer!

So in the last three plus weeks, we have seen all of our kids and grands, my sister and almost half of her family, did our annual doctoring stuff, got the tires rotated and our eyes examined,  ordered new glasses for both of us, and logged over 3000 miles (Lizzie and Truck together).  It’s no wonder we’re feeling ready to enjoy some Ahhh…Cabin time!
And as you can tell, it’s been much easier not to blog than it has been to blog – so we’ll just have to see how the rest of our time here goes.
Thanks for stopping by, and extending grace for my current intermittent blogging habits!

Sabbath Rest and Happy Birthday!

Today my driver turns 74! And he spent it driving the 450 miles to get us from here
to here –
His gift today was an uneventful drive that only needed two of these –
so that was a good thing!
In honor of his birthday, our Sabbath Rest hymn is one of his favorites  – Fairest Lord Jesus. This video also gives a little history of the hymn. Enjoy!
(If you want to skip right to the hymn, it’s at 1:11)

1. Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature,
O Thou of God and man the Son;
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
Thou my soul’s glory, joy, and crown.

2. Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
Robed in the blooming garb of spring;
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
Who makes the woeful heart to sing.

3. Fair is the sunshine, Fairer still the moonlight
And all the twinkling, stary host;
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels heav’n can boast

4. Beautiful Savior, Lord of the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, Praise, adoration,
Now and forevermore be Thine!

Words: Anonymous German Hymn, Munster Gesangbuch; st. 1, 3 tr. Source unknown, st. 4 Joseph Augustus Seiss
Music: Schleische Volkslieder

Vocalists: John and Lisa Martin
Instrumentalists: John Martin – Piano

Remember those cookies?

Remember the post about the cookies our son set me for my birthday?
We are happy to announce the arrival of our tie-breaker baby!
Tucker joined the family on 4/25 in the early morning hours. He’s the smallest of any Conrad grandbaby, weighing in at just 6#7oz, but he and his momma are doing just fine! Hopefully, they’ll be home this afternoon, and we’ll get to meet this little peanut (and love on the rest of his family) next week.
But meanwhile…
We left our sweet little Texas home early Monday morning.
and headed East!
We have a busy summer ahead – filled with friends, family (including that new baby to meet), check-ups, cabin time, a family reunion, a SOWER project, and an adventure with the latest grandchild to turn ten!
Our first stop (not counting fuel and naps) after we left Lindale was to see some good friends outside of Nashville!
How blessed are we to have friends all across this country – friends we’d never have met without our involvement with the SOWER Ministry. We have so many shared adventures and shared friends, that we can talk for hours, even if we haven’t seen each other for years! This visit also included a little Tae Kwon Do, too!
Bounce, kick, jab, stay on your dot (?) – it was interesting watching these kids (including the granddaughter of our friends) try to not hurt their partner while still practicing their moves. Kids today!
Back on the road after a lovely visit,
(The wisteria was fabulous along the roadside – sorry it is so hard to see in this (or any others that I took) windshield shot!)
Our final destination for this leg of the trip was reuniting with Lizzie and her cozy parking spot just south of Charlotte, SC.
We’re hanging out here for a couple of days (again enjoying a visit with our SOWER friends who are letting us park in their yard!), as we repack and reorganize for the rest of the summer. Or at least the next leg!  We certainly are happy to be back to our own bed, surrounded by all of our stuff, but every time we bump into each other, we kinda miss those spacious 850 sq. feet we left behind in Texas. (It doesn’t help that we don’t have the slides out so it’s a little extra tiny!). Just keeping it real!
The next stop is Chambersburg, PA, our annual check-ups, and some good family time! Looking forward to those hugs (but maybe not the mammogram so much!).

It’s going to be a GREAT summer! (Maybe a little exhausting too!)
Thanks for joining in the adventure!
(For a little more detail on what the next week or so looks like – check out the “Where are we now” page!)

Better get started

on getting caught up before another week gets away from me! So I’ll start with my trip to PA, two weekends ago!

The reason for my trip north was to attend the funeral of my dear friend Connie. That day was special beyond words.  Reconnecting with old friends who also loved Connie, hugging and weeping with her beautiful daughters, remembering and reflecting on what a Godly, gracious, and very fun friend she was – well, those moments were priceless. I’m so very thankful I was able to be there. Too much hugging for pictures – they are all just beautiful memories.

But to make that part of the weekend work, I needed to solicit the help of my sister and her daughter, Abby.   (Airport pick-ups and drop-offs, accommodations, driving me about – you know, that kind of stuff!)
Such a fun way to start the visit – here’s Joie with three of her grands-
and Fitz with the littlest one.
It was a lovely start to the weekend!
Once we made it to Joie’s we got to work sorting through our Mom’s hope chest and a variety of other family history items.
Look at this cute little family!
At the bottom of that trunk was this doll –
dressed in a replica of my mother’s dress from her 1947 wedding.
How very special! But what to do with it?? The doll was in some disrepair – the head showed some previous repair work and was no longer attached (but the eyes still worked!) and the legs and arms were quite cracked.
We’re hoping to put the dress along with a photo or two into a shadow box and maybe someone from the next generation will be interested in it. But right now we’re looking for a home for the doll. The one doll hospital I contacted said they already had plenty of these dolls (apparently she’s an early ‘Patsy Effanbee” doll). So we’re still on the lookout for someone to care for her! (Let me know in the comments if you’re interested or know someone who might be!)
It was a wonderful weekend! Another set of Joie’s kids came by on Sunday, and then on Monday we were on our way back towards Abby’s for my early Tuesday return to Tampa. Being able to sneak in some unexpected sister time this winter was a huge blessing.

Thanks for stopping by – and for your patience with my erratic blogging these days.  Have a blessed Sabbath!

What’s that up in the sky?

We didn’t have too long of a drive to get here on Thursday, but the drive was diverse. We traveled some divided highway miles-
some two-lane roads with itty-bitty shoulders –
and stopped at a couple too many traffic lights –
before we reached our final destination.
But it was earlier in the drive that I noticed something odd up in the sky-
Wait. Is that a helicopter with something dangling from it?
Why, yes it is!! We never had a good enough angle to figure out just what was dangling, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t James Bond! It was a little too shiny!