A Weekend Visit and On to Florida

We had a delightful weekend with Teri’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 Grandad’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.

Joseph, pictured here, and John (not shown--he was up in the attic), installed a light fixture.
Joseph, pictured here, and John (not shown--he was up in the attic), installed a light fixture.
Anna, working on school.
Anna, working on school.
Mary, working on school.
Mary, working on school.
Christopher working on a computer.
Christopher working on a computer.
We listened in to church yesterday via phone.
We listened in to church yesterday via phone.
Sarah writing postcards. We try to send a postcard to each of our dear friends at the nursing home every week when we are on the road.
Sarah writing postcards. We try to send a postcard to each of our dear friends at the nursing home every week when we are on the road.
Praying before we left Alabama this morning...
Praying before we left Alabama this morning...

Fellowship on the Road

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.

The two moms.
The two moms.
The two dads
The two dads
The Duggars MOTH schedule.
The Duggars' MOTH schedule.
The Duggars Chore Packs
The Duggars' Chore Packs
Duggars and Maxwells (most of the Duggars in the picture, and Christopher was the one taking it!)
The Duggars and The Maxwells

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 didn’t meet on our first visit.

Now we are on our way to Teri’s sister’s home near Huntsville, Alabama, where we will spend the weekend.

The Maxwells

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).

Trip Preparations

We’re almost down to a 24 hour countdown until we leave! There is still lots to be done, but progress is being made.

We celebrated Johns birthday (early) last Friday.
We celebrated John's birthday (early) last Friday.
I like carrots!
"I like carrots!"
Mom going over to play with Abigail (notice her special basket of toys?).
Mom taking some time to go over to play with Abigail (notice her special basket of toys?).
Joseph heading over to the new house.
Joseph heading over to the new house.
Part of preparing involved a box and packing peanut delivery for Grandma and Grandad to have for shipping orders.
Part of preparing involved a box and packing peanut delivery for Grandma and Grandad to have for shipping orders.
Mary doign some ironing (Grandma has had a bad cold).
Mary doing some ironing (Grandma has had a bad cold).
Anna was working on compiling audio albums.
Anna was working on compiling audio albums.
Music practicing is going well. Here are some pictures from tonight.
Music practicing is going well. Here are some pictures from tonight.
Our wonderful Mom :-) .
Our wonderful Mom 🙂 .
Feet do some cute things while practicing!
Feet do some cute things while practicing!
Christopher and Mary
Christopher and Mary

Sarah

“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).

Brrrr….

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…

Anna and Honey--Honey always likes to be near the family, and she doesnt care for all the bags and loading that goes with getting ready for a trip. Shell become Grandad and Grandmas buddy.
Anna and Honey. Honey doesn't seem to care for our loading/packing process, because that means we're leaving. BUT, she'll become Grandad and Grandma's buddy 🙂 .

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!

The new way of drying a bus.
The new way of drying a bus.

Many preparations still to go over the next three days!

Blessings,
Sarah

“The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits” (Ecclesiastes 1:6).