We were blessed to spend a day on a farm with some friends. It was a restful time, although it did include an exciting â€œround upâ€ 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.
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.
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.
We drove 700 miles yesterday to a family’s home to spend today.
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!
Driving through the Florida Panhandle at this time of the year in a large-profile vehicle that has aÂ big windshield isÂ messy, thanks to the little bugs that look somewhat similar to Kansas fireflies, but,Â unlike fireflies, these bugs are active during the day.
Itâ€™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 weâ€™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.
Yesterday passed quickly, with everyone busy with miscellaneous projects. We had our family time in Godâ€™s Word right after breakfast. Jesse and John washed Uriah, who badly needed a good â€œbathâ€. Dad worked on some wiring things on the bus, others did school, work, etc.
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 arenâ€™t able to spend much time with them since they live out-of-state, so we are grateful for these opportunities. Itâ€™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.
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.
We have a little less than 400 miles to drive today, and then weâ€™ll be doing a conference in Panama City, Florida, our southern most point on this trip. Within a week, weâ€™ll be going to our most northern point 🙂 .
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 â€œSani-Guardâ€ to dissolve from the air. Since weâ€™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 â€œSani-Guardâ€ 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, weâ€™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 havenâ€™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 🙂 .
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 momâ€™s sister, and then weâ€™ll be doing our next conference near Huntsville, Alabama, Monday evening!
Serving Jesus, Sarah for all the rest
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