On the Road Again!

It was quite cold in Leavenworth this morning (6 degrees) as we loaded the final bags. Yesterday afternoon all of the books and everything else that goes with us 🙂 was packed so we didn’t have as much to load this morning.

Everyone pitched in yesterday to prepare for our trip. Each person fulfills an important role. From cleaning the bus, to getting the shipping area ready for Grandma and Grandad, to loading all the food items, to last minute packing (and wondering what COULD I be forgetting? or, as someone in the family mentioned this morning they felt they were taking their entire dresser!), to eating up the leftovers (Mom does a wonderful job on clearing out the fridge before each trip), to making the boys’ beds in the bus, and so much more.

Take a look at the time on the clock. Definitely needed Jesses attention!
Take a look at the time on the clock. Definitely needed Jesse's attention!
Christopher working on his computer.
Christopher working on his computer.
Mary making beds.
Mary making beds.

Nathan and Melanie fed us a delicious dinner last night. They often do this the night before a trip so that we don’t have to prepare a meal. We know this was an extra special labor of love yesterday on Melanie’s part, because Abigail was quite fussy. We enjoyed a meal with the three of them, and then had our time in God’s Word, before getting back to trip preparations. We will definitely miss everyone at home, including Miss Abigail.

If Abigail could talk, I could imagine she would say she is going to miss us.
If Abigail could talk, I could imagine she would say she is going to miss us.

I didn’t get our traditional “send off” prayer picture, but I was able to get one of everyone waving good-bye to Grandad and Grandma.

Waving good-bye from inside the bus this morning. We prayed outside :-) .
Waving good-bye from inside the bus this morning. We prayed outside 🙂 .

We didn’t post an update on the funeral last week. The Lord’s hand was so evident in the service. The five younger children’s music went smoothly, and we were told it blessed many. Dad’s message was on Psalm 23, bringing in a salvation theme and the comfort we have in knowing that this separation is just temporary.

Traffic this morning
Traffic this morning

We are grateful for your prayers as we travel. This trip is a little unusual because our first conference isn’t until next Tuesday evening. We’ll be spending a few days with friends in Arkansas, and we’re hoping to stop for a few days at Aunt Tami’s before heading to Florida.

Anna doing school in the bus this morning.
Anna doing school in the bus this morning.

Only for Jesus,
Sarah for the family

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalms 16:11).

8 thoughts on “On the Road Again!”

  1. Great team work within your family.

    I always feel the same way also when I am traveling…am I forgetting something…why do I feel I am forgetting something…checking the list 3x to make sure I have it. I need this…that…this…why not bring everything even if it is just for 2 days & feel silly afterwards. If you forget something you can buy it at that area.

    Have a great journey with your friends/family.

    AW from NJ

  2. We have internet!! Yea! Of course, now that we have it, I only have about 2.2 minutes to use it before supper, clean up, baths, and devotions, so I quickly downloaded our email, moderated our blog comments, and couldn’t wait to check your blog! While I’ve sure missed “checking in” with you all, you are continually in our prayers, and will be especially again in the weeks ahead as you travel. Thank you for your service to our Lord as He uses you to bless, encourage, and strengthen so many families.
    I’ve sure “missed” you all…most of all, I’ve missed Daniel who flies back home from Mexico tonight!!! 🙂
    We all love you and know we are praying.
    Daniel and Jaynee
    Timothy, Elijah, Rebekah, Benjamin, Abigail, Isaiah, Josiah, Noah, Susannah, Nehemiah, Eliseo, and Baby (24 weeks now!!)

  3. I am soooo excited!!!!!
    I have prayed (well, we (my husband and I)have!) that we would be able to attend a conference sometime soon. The Lord has answered that prayer and we will be able to attend the one near the Atlanta area the weekend of the 30th!! We are praising Him for his goodness and His provision in this.
    We are also looking forward to meeting y’all and even though we have read and listened to all of your audio’s it will be a real blessing to hear it in person and to just be around other Christian parents seeking to do what God wills them to do with their families. 🙂
    Praying for Grandma & Granddad, Nathan, Melanie & Abigail while they take care of things during your absence. Praying for safe travel mercies & good weather along your travels as well.
    See you soon!!!

  4. I’ve been checking on your blog off and on since it started. This is the first time I’ve commented, but this post made me so excited. I’ll be seeing you on this trip of yours… when you are in Georgia. That is super exciting 🙂

  5. Hope you are having fun on your trip! This is my first time visiting your blog, and I know I’ll have to get back. I love all the pictures!

    We have all four of your Maxwell books, and love them. My mom, siblings and I have gone through the series together, and my 10 year old brother and I have also read them on our own. They are so encouraging! It’s great to read about a “family” (even fictional a one 🙂 ) who love the Lord and are striving to walk in His ways.

    Thank you!


  6. Hope you all have a great trip, we will be praying. The last picture of you two girls is really good. Thanks for sharing. It is super cold here this morning, -11F, hope it warms up a little soon.

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