Monthly Archives: November 2015

Almost Too Late!

We thought we were doing so good to head east before the bad weather hit, even though it was already the weather that was pushing us away from the fog and rain of the coast. We drove hundreds of miles a day to get to our timeshare rental in Lake Tahoe, too late to see the beauty around us. When we got up the next morning it was snowing! Tahoe style too! Huge wet flakes flocking the beautiful evergreens all around us. We felt as though we had arrived into a Christmas card. We sloshed through the snow and wet to deliver our orders to the post office which we were thrilled to find just around the corner from our resort. We stayed another day hoping the sun would at least melt the mountain passes so we could leave as we had reserved another night at a resort in Las Vegas. It was quiet the luxury after so much camping, That it was rainy and cold in Las Vegas, didn’t really matter. We were also excited to finally time things right so that we had a family bible to hand deliver in Las Vegas. We got to experience a rare side of Vegas, cold, rain and a personal bible delivery! We raced off again hoping to beat any snow that was still headed east in some of the higher elevations. We caught it or it caught us somewhere west of Flagstaff and thus began the hardest day of driving I think either of us have ever had. We kept thinking if we kept going we would either get to a lower elevation or out run the system. Fighting the snow well after dark and having to pull off and wipe off the headlights every 10 minutes just to have enough light to see, we were exhausted.
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We made it to Gallup New Mexico and Motel 6 to spend the night. We eventually made it to Albuquerque the next day and finally ran out of snow. We had a very brief but wonderful visit and stay at our favorite retreat, “Beulah” where Jerry and Annette have so graciously hosted us so many times. They run the ministry “Faith Comes by Hearing” which is now up to 900+ translations of the oral bible. A wonderful visit with Kamaka who was a huge encouragement to us. I’m trying to hold on to his reminder that Jesus is in us and it is like mixing water and tea….there is no separating once it is mixed!
New Braunfels was a long drive but we made it and got to experience just how big Texas is coming from the western corner. It is big, but the hill country just to the west of New Braunfels was beautiful! Our friend John Reynolds from Idaho was there along with other old friends from the Shiloh days in New York! It was quiet the reunion as they enjoyed Jake’s last football game and then we experienced Wurstfest and the River Walk together. Lot’s of fun.
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A quick week with Chris and Megan and then on to Fort Worth! Christmas orders are upon us, so it will be a Thanksgiving season of thankfulness for being back with friends and family and work, work, work. Nashville….coming soon!

Away

We are behind on updates. It feels like we have been to the outer most parts of the Northwest…and we have. We have not always had good cell reception or internet and so when we did, clients took precedence! We have managed to be in the wilderness however and mostly keep up with orders! We have driven around the great Olympic Peninsula and taken in more beauty than I can share or think of a way to express. We are working our way down the Oregon coast now. I had always heard of its beauty, but you just can’t imagine it until you see it! I have also been slow to “blog” because of the complaints I wanted to work through before they crept into my writing. My dear friend Brenda graciously warned me not to feel like a failure if I came to a point I just wanted to stop and put down roots because, that was what I was good at. I think all of the cold nights and rainy days are making me do just that, sprout roots! But alas, they just start to reach for the sun and it is time to move again! A great mixture for frustration for one like me. I think I have mentioned before my growing kinship with the children of Israel as they wondered in the dessert. I just really didn’t get all the complaining till now. Something about carrying everything you need around with you just makes you grumpy! Things are never where you think you left them, because where you were is always different. It’s the little things too! I never appreciated a well designed un-spillable cup like I do now. Really I should rephrase that to say I am on a quest for such a thing and really don’t believe it exists yet. I have had my share of come-aparts, but the next drink I spill may just push me over the edge! We have to watch our behavior these days too because we finally have advertisement of who we are on the ambulance! We have attracted a lot of attention everywhere we go anyway. The chimney out the end of the camper is the biggest curiosity for these seasoned RV-ers! But now, we are Sonshine Leather and with a phone number to boot! One side blew off somewhere, so we are just waiting for the call someday that says, “hey I found your phone number”.
We are getting ready to head away from the Pacific. It will be a sad good-bye. I’m leaving a part of my heart in Seattle for sure! We hope to be back in warm New Braunfels in a few weeks and then in middle Tennessee shortly after Thanksgiving. Hope to see some friends and family soon!
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