We had a delightful weekend with Teriâ€™s sister and her husband in Alabama. There was lots of time for talking, a daily walk, evening Bible time, meal preparation and delicious meals, plus a small home improvement project. We were very blessed that our trip brought us close enough to their house that we could leave on our trip early and stop to visit them. Plus we asked Grandma and Grandadâ€™s permission to go early since they do the shipping while we are away and that makes more shipping days for them. Nathan and Melanie also agreed to take over our church for an extra Sunday so that we could see Uncle Rob and Aunt Tami.
As we began this trip, we had the joy of meeting the Duggar family face to face. We have known them for several years because they have been using a MOTH schedule, and they tested chorepacks for us. In their new book, The Duggars: 20 and Counting! (after going to the link, you can click on a picture of the book), they mentioned how they use their schedule and chorepacks to facilitate the goals the Lord has given them for their large family. The Duggars were on the way to our first stop on our trip so we left early enough to join them for lunch and some time of fellowship. It was a sweet time for us as we interacted with their family.
We spent the last two days fellowshipping and sharing at a church in central Arkansas. We are blessed by the believers we have met there as we challenge each other in the Lord and by their gracious hospitality to us. This is the second time we have been there, and we found a special delight in returning to an area we have already been. We were able to renew friendships, deepen relationships, and meet others we didnâ€™t meet on our first visit.
Now we are on our way to Teriâ€™s sisterâ€™s home near Huntsville, Alabama, where we will spend the weekend.
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.
Nathan and Melanie fed us a delicious dinner last night. They often do this the night before a trip so that we donâ€™t have to prepare a meal. We know this was an extra special labor of love yesterday on Melanieâ€™s part, because Abigail was quite fussy. We enjoyed a meal with the three of them, and then had our time in Godâ€™s Word, before getting back to trip preparations. We will definitely miss everyone at home, including Miss Abigail.
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.
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. Dadâ€™s message was on Psalm 23, bringing in a salvation theme and the comfort we have in knowing that this separation is just temporary.
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 weâ€™re hoping to stop for a few days at Aunt Tamiâ€™s before heading to Florida.
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).
Here is a map which gives a general idea of our route and the planned conferences for this upcoming trip. Additional details about the various conferences are available here. If you live near one of the conference locations we would love to meet you!
We’re almost down to a 24 hour countdown until we leave! There is still lots to be done, but progress is being made.
“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:1).
It had been a beautiful day, with temperatures in the 50s, when suddenly the weather turned cold. Just in time for Uriah’s needed waxing! Hmmmm…
Regardless of the temperatures, the five younger children set to work washing the front of Uriah.
Have you seen another use for a blower? It’s a “bus dryer.” They needed to dry off the bus so that they could apply the wax. I believe we’re going to experience quite the temperature change from Kansas to Florida!
Many preparations still to go over the next three days!