Week #1: Some “UnPosted” Pictures

As you can imagine, we take a ton of pictures on each trip, and only a small number in the overall scheme of things is posted. I was curious how many pictures we took, so I checked: over 5,600 pictures! After all, since they’re digital, there’s no harm in taking them (but long-term storage is more the issue).

I had the thought to post a few pictures as “memories” from the last six weeks as one blog post, but as I began to look through them, we have too many “unposted” pictures to go with just one blog post, so watch for a few more over the next weeks!

Seeing the hand of the Lord at work was amazing.

For week #1, here are a few things. The evening of January 2nd stands out in my mind, as we had bad news with the bus regarding some mechanical issues. Worst case was it could take two weeks to get the parts and the bus fixed, OR, maybe it wasn’t what we thought. Long story short, over that jam-packed Monday, January 4th, and lots of prayer, we were able to get a part overnighted. John installed it Tuesday morning in frigid outdoor temperatures, and he also made a temporary fix for another problem that would hold until we could stop on a free day at a Detroit Diesel shop and get a part installed. So, Tuesday afternoon, we were OFF, with Uriah running like a champ. We have found that the more problems we have prior to a trip, the more the spiritual fruit during the trip.

Dad has reminded us that never once have we missed a conference due to a bus problem. We also saw the Lord at work when an oil line blew in Oklahoma City; things looked a bit dismal that night as it was contemplated getting it fixed (and likely not going to Carlsbad Caverns). The next morning, John made several phone calls, and he decided he would fix it himself. We ended up being a stone’s throw from a place which had a part John needed to repair it.

I can’t imagine life without the Lord Jesus. Seeing Him work is thrilling: people may think that being a Christian means that everything will go well, at least from an earthly standpoint. No, it’s not that way. Yet there’s joy in following Jesus, in resting in Him through trials and challenges. Our desire is that as we share how the Lord is working, you will see the reality of Him doing the same in your life.

Here are some of the “unposted” pictures from the first week.

John checking the tire pressure before we left.
With our new furniture in the bus, we now have seatbelts. Here everyone is digging the first time for those seatbelts. After they were fished through the seat, we were fine, but it took a bit of work at the beginning! In next week's unposted pictures, I'll make sure to include one of our new seating.
Parked behind the building where they made the new oil line for us.
The Maxwell Girls
At Carlsbad...
Waiting for our cave tour that afternoon...
Our spelunkers (the boys and Dad) heading down into the lower cave!
A Christopher photo.
The first "unload" on the trip! Nice warm temperatures.
The girls talking after the music concert in El Paso.
Sisters at the El Paso Conference.
A house Mom lived in when she was a little girl (at Ft. Bliss).
Another gorgeous view out the bus, this time as we drove at White Sands.
You know how things go: we even had trouble with our generator. At one point, it wouldn't start, and when it did, it was just full of white smoke! Here's one such try in Las Cruces. The problem was eventually solved.

Sarah

“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever” (Psalms 118:29).

It is really winter!

Since we were out on the West Coast for so long we got used to seeing – green! Now we’re settling back into the way things look in winter.

We were in California Sunday, and then...
in Kansas Wednesday!

“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”
(Genesis 8:22)

Anna

Digging out from under the piles!

There is much unpacking (well, it’s really unloading as we don’t pack everything in bags now that we’re traveling in the bus) and settling down that is happening now that we’re home. Sarah has the most, because she does the trip “aftermath” for the ministry.

We were  excited to be back home after being gone for six weeks. There are many aspects about house living that one finds they forget, and then appreciate when they are back home. It is  amazing not bumping into each other all the time – or waiting for the hallway to clear before walking back to get something! We don’t have to watch our water usage like we did on the bus. It feels strange to go to the cupboard and get out a real plate since we have used paper products for the whole trip. We have to lose the habit of opening a drawer a short distance and then pushing down on the baby latch since we have become accustomed to that with the bus drawers. Even drinking from a normal cup seems unusual since we have been drinking bottles of water for so long.

Getting all of our things from our bunks is a bit of a challenge when we're all working at the same time!
There are lots of places where things get stashed, and if we don't do a thorough inspection of the bus when we get home then a few weeks later we'll be looking for something and have forgotten that it was on the bus!
Jesse unloaded the books and such from the bays.
Like we mentioned earlier Grandma has been sorting the mail while were gone, and she made it very easy to sort through it all now that we're home!
Yesterday, KDOT was spraying the roads with a salt/liquid mixture because another winter storm is predicted for this area, and we drove through it so Jesse washed the bus to get the salt off!

“…O Lord GOD…let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.” (2 Samuel 7:29)

Anna

You Never Know What You Might See

As we were driving along in “no man’s land” Sunday afternoon, we saw there was some sort of situation coming up. I grabbed my camera and took a few pictures as we went by. What was it? Firefighters finishing up with an RV that had burned completely and was still smoking. Dad thought it had likely happened that morning.

We are grateful for the Lord’s protection over those thousands of miles! Now that we’re back at home, we’re just catching up and settling back in :-).

Sarah

“For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me” (Psalms 31:3).

Home Sweet Home

Around 3;15, we pulled into our driveway! It’s been an amazing 6 week trip, and now we’re back at home–for eleven weeks that is.

Thanks for praying: we are so grateful. More later!

Sarah for the rest

Home Sweet Home

“From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’S name is to be praised” (Psalms 113:2-3).

Flagstaff

Our conference in Flagstaff went well! After setup and before the conference started, we had a nice time of fellowship, with the board of the homeschool group there in Flagstaff, over a meal. We appreciated getting to know them and their families.

Setup was quick and easy. The evening was over before we new it, and then we were on our way toward home since we had decided to drive for an hour before we went to bed!

Joseph always does a wonderful job with getting the sound setup.
Jesse setting up the projector.

“Serve the LORD with gladness…” (Psalms 100:2)

Anna