Round Up Yer Cows, Boys!

We were blessed to spend a day on a farm with some friends. It was a restful time, although it did include an exciting “round up” of the cows. The three calves needed vaccinations, so our boys helped their boys herd the cows. Everyone had a good time, that is except for the calves.

The cows are coming soon.
The cows are coming soon.
Here they come!
Here they come!
The cows ran the other direction, so the guys were talking amongst themselves about a new plan. I was on the opposite side of the fence taking pictures, thus the fencepost.
The cows ran the other direction, so the guys were talking amongst themselves about a new plan.
Mary and Anna -- we watched the action from outside the fence!
Mary and Anna -- we watched the action from outside the fence!
Making progress!!
Making progress!!
Here they come! Finally!
Here they come! Finally!
A not so happy cow.
A not so happy cow.
Run! Although the cows had gone most of the way up through the shute, they were turning, and the look given, prompted one of the families son to tell our boys to run!
"Run!" Although the cows had gone most of the way up through the chute, they were turning, and when one of the family's sons saw the look on the cows faces, he was prompted to urge the boys to run! Sure enough, the cows soon were trying to make another exit.
Yep, here they come.
Yep, here they come.
Getting the cows back up the shute.
Getting the cows back up the chute.
This cute little dog was getting in the way of the cow herding, so Mary held her.
This cute little dog was getting in the way of the cow herding, so Mary held her.
Success! Joseph held this calf while the shot was given.
Success! Joseph held this calf while the shot was given.
John and two of their boys.
John and two of their boys.
Three of the family's children.
Three of the family's children.
Playing music together.
Playing music together.
This little guy was diligently following along in his Bible.
This little guy was diligently following along in his Bible during our family Bible time.
What is Anna doing? Dumping a cupful of water out the windows (see below).
What is Anna doing? Dumping a cupful of water out the windows (see below).

We’re very grateful for our new windows, and the amount of air they let in. However, we’ve also found that when the windows were installed, they didn’t seal them well. So, we’re having significant amounts of water inside the bus due to the heavy rain. Some of the children put cups or soda cans underneath the leaks, and then they empty them out as they fill up.

One of the "water catchers."
One of the "water catchers."

We’re on to Charlottesville, Virginia for a weekend conference. Thank you for your continued prayers!

Serving Jesus,
Sarah for the rest

Continuing On Our Way

Our conference went well in Panama City. The coordinator prepared a wonderful Mexican dinner for us beforehand (and then sent us away with the leftovers!). There was a great group of people who attended from the local area and from the surrounding area. We are grateful for all the work that each conference coordinator puts into their conference.

A girl came to me before the conference and shared how the Moodys have encouraged her to have her personal time in the Bible. What a blessing!
A girl came to me before the conference and shared how the Moodys have encouraged her to have her personal time in the Bible. What a blessing!
Little boy at the conference.
Little boy at the conference.

We drove 700 miles yesterday to a family’s home to spend today.

Pretty lake (I think it was in South Carolina)
Pretty lake (I think it was in South Carolina)
We are enjoying our refrigerator! Here Mom is getting dinner out of the fridge.
We are enjoying our refrigerator! Here Mom is getting dinner out of the fridge.
Anna :-)
AnnaÂ

We did get lost on our way to our friends’ home, and at one point, we had to turn around, which is no small feat with Uriah, so two of the boys were out of the bus helping Dad, and several of us had our windows/screens open and were watching both sides of the bus. We took the below picture when we were lost and waiting for the father of the family to come lead us to their house!

Lost :-) -- but not for long!
Lost 🙂 -- but not for long!

Only for Jesus,
Sarah for the rest

Florida Lovebugs

Driving through the Florida Panhandle at this time of the year in a large-profile vehicle that has a big windshield is messy, thanks to the little bugs that look somewhat similar to Kansas fireflies, but, unlike fireflies, these bugs are active during the day.
Uriah, covered with Florida lovebugs!
Uriah, covered with Florida lovebugs!
I took an even closer photo of the bugs, but decided not to post it as the image was indelicate. I guess what is odd aboug the lovebugs is that they tend to "stick", whereas other bugs hit the front, leave somewhat of an impression, and then fall off.
I guess what is odd about the lovebugs is that they tend to "stick" to the vehicle, unlike other bugs that hit the bus, leave a slight impression, and then drop off.
Whenever we stop for diesel we always work at cleaning the front of the bus!
Whenever we stop for diesel we always work at cleaning the front of the bus!
Thank you for your prayers as we travel!
In Christ,
Christopher

On to Florida

It’s a sunny day, and a nice breeze is blowing through the bus. Joseph is practicing his mandolin, several are taking naps, and two of us are on laptops, while the rest are enjoying some good conversation.

We listened in to the nursing home church Sunday morning via cell phone. After that, we sang a few hymns and then discussed in length more on what Nathan had preached on. We had a restful Sunday, and the day ended with a birthday party for Jesse. Since Jesse has a September birthday, it seems the last few years we’ve been on-the-road. My aunt and uncle wanted to bless Jesse and have a party for him, and we had a quiet evening on their back deck.

Jesse :-)
Jesse 🙂
Birthday party on Uncle Rob and Aunt Tamis deck.
Birthday party on Uncle Rob and Aunt Tami's deck.
The rest of us Sunday night.
The rest of us Sunday night.

Yesterday passed quickly, with everyone busy with miscellaneous projects. We had our family time in God’s Word right after breakfast. Jesse and John washed Uriah, who badly needed a good “bath”. Dad worked on some wiring things on the bus, others did school, work, etc.

Jesse washing Uriah.
Jesse washing Uriah.

We greatly enjoyed our time with Uncle Rob and Aunt Tami. We had originally planned to drive from Memphis to their house on Sunday, but we realized we could make the four hour drive yet Saturday evening. We aren’t able to spend much time with them since they live out-of-state, so we are grateful for these opportunities. It’s not a small thing to have nine people descend upon your house. We had a good time of fellowship with them, and Mom and Aunt Tami had some special sister time talking. Mom was able to catch up on laundry, and Aunt Tami helped with much of the ironing.

Mom and Aunt Tami.
Mom and Aunt Tami.

Lindsay Lane Baptist Church was very gracious to open their doors to the conference. We enjoyed seeing some familiar faces at this conference, as well as meeting in person several families we had only known through occasional e-mails. I met three young ladies who are faithful blog readers (see picture below) 🙂 . We were also grateful for all the loading up help last night; it makes that process much smoother.

Three young ladies who enjoy reading the blog.
Three young ladies who enjoy reading the blog.
Jesse talking with a group after the conference.
Jesse talking with a group after the conference.
This sweet lady I've interacted with over the last few years, and she brought me a letter from her son about the Moodys.
This sweet lady and I have interacted over the years, and it was a delight to see her.
Mary is a great help at the book tables.
Mary is a great help at the book tables.

We have a little less than 400 miles to drive today, and then we’ll be doing a conference in Panama City, Florida, our southern most point on this trip. Within a week, we’ll be going to our most northern point 🙂 .

Thank you for your prayers!

Joyfully His,
Sarah for the rest

Early Morning Event and The Conferences

It was 1:30 a.m., and many of the Maxwells were outside their hotel rooms, coughing and choking. If you were watching, you would have wondered what was happening?! Well, we were waiting for our “Sani-Guard” to dissolve from the air. Since we’ve thought that some of the colds/flu we catch on the road are possibly from the hotel rooms we stay in, we invested in some “Sani-Guard” spray bottles to try using on this trip. You place the bottle in the room, press the trigger to set the spray off, and hurry out, leaving it for at least 15 minutes before re-entering the room. So far, we’ve been able to just drop our luggage in the room and go to the church, but this time, we needed to go into the rooms soon because it was bedtime. We waited 15 minutes, but the air smelled quite strongly of, well, something that was hard to describe (chemicals?!!). It was almost 2 a.m. before we finally were settled and going to sleep 🙂 .

The Jonesboro conference went very well. The coordinators had provided a homemade dinner, which was delicious. The children had some time to practice music before the session. Except for occasional practice in the bus, we haven’t been able to do much. Hearts were receptive to the message, and we enjoyed our fellowship time with those who attended. Many people helped us pack up afterward, which was another blessing. We had decided to drive to our hotel in Millington, TN (outside of Memphis) yet that night, and we were all very tired by the time we arrived around 1 a.m., thus the story at the beginning of the post 🙂 .

Set up went smoothly for the Memphis conference. Joseph, John, Anna, Jesse, and Mary are incredible with their teamwork of the book tables and music set up. We had a few snags in our music session, namely our sound going out in the middle of a song (What happened? We found that one of us had accidentally tripped the cord to the speaker). One mom said she enjoyed watching how we interacted and worked through the issues 🙂 .

Such a CUTE little girl! Her daddy was watching her in the back of Building a Vision last night.
Such a CUTE little girl! Her daddy was watching her in the back of Building a Vision last night.
My sweet mama.
My sweet mama.
Christopher and Jesse bring things in this morning.
Christopher and Jesse bring things in this morning.
I saw these two little ones in the back of a session. The girl was trying to "draw", and I think the baby wanted her paper.
I saw these two little ones in the back of a session. The girl was trying to "draw", and the baby was interested in whatever she had.
John helping to pack up.
John helping to pack up.
One family had found an abandoned kitten at their hotel either last night or this morning. Here is another girl holding their kitten.
One family had found an abandoned kitten at their hotel either last night or this morning. Here is another girl holding their kitten.
Anna packing up the book tables.
Anna packing up the book tables.
The curvy road leaving Millington on our way to Huntsville!
The curvy road leaving Millington on our way to Huntsville!

Several families drove 4+ hours to come to the conference. Thank you for making such an effort to attend! The group who hosted this weekend graciously provided all of our food. They even sent us away with dinner (pizza). That turned out as a wonderful blessing, because we started out our drive to Huntsville on extremely twisty tree-lined roads, on which some of us can feel not-so-well with empty stomachs (or being tired).

We will be spending a few days with my mom’s sister, and then we’ll be doing our next conference near Huntsville, Alabama, Monday evening!

Serving Jesus,
Sarah for all the rest