Six and a Half More Hours to Go

But we’ll tackle that tomorrow, after a night’s sleep (hopefully the 1/3 that didn’t sleep well will tonight, and the other 2/3s won’t experience what the 1/3 did!).

It’s amazing how long it took to drive through New Mexico today! We entered Colorado mid-afternoon. It was a pretty quiet driving day, without too much “excitement.” We have stopped for the night in western Kansas, and we only have six and a half more hours to go tomorrow.

We saw lots of mountains (but I know that will no longer be the case!) and several herds of antelope. Plus, we noticed many things are now brown! Anna remarked that she had forgotten how brown everything will be at home. After 6 weeks away and being on the West Coast where many things were green, brown will be a bit of a shock. We’re back to winter for a little while too :-).

Sarah for the rest

Dad getting a great neck rub (by Joseph).

“God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Cor 1:9).


On this trip, we’ve been blessed by several very special gifts and notes from children.

Marina, thank you for the sugar cookies, your note, and your gift! We were very blessed by all. If you read this, we'd love for you to e-mail us the recipe. It'll be a great "A Taste on the Road" recipe.
Lots of notes and special gifts from missionary children hand-delivered by their mom who happened to be up in the states!
Another precious note and gift!
Another sweet note.

“But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14).

Driving through New Mexico

After a good night’s sleep for 2/3 of the family, we headed out around 7:45. It’s a sunny day as we drive across New Mexico. The scenery is very interesting: lots of scrub vegetation, rugged red rock faces, small mountains, and patches of snow.

As we motor down the interstate, some are doing school, others are on their computers, one is driving (Dad!), and another is studying.

Our goal is to make it to Colorado Springs or Limon tonight. Thank you for praying for us! We are very grateful.


“Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O Lord, thou preservest man and beast” (Psalms 36:6).

Is It Really True?!

Here it is 11 p.m., and we’re driving an hour down the road to spend the night in Winslow, Arizona to get a head start on our 20 hour drive home. It’s hard to believe that we finished our 21st and final stop on this trip. Yes, it’s true, we’re

Homeward Bound!

More later.

Sarah for the rest

“But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire” (1 Thess. 2:17).

A sunny California conference

It’s hard to believe we just finished our sixth weekend conference in a row. The last six weeks have been a bit of a blur, although the pictures and blog posts help to document everywhere we’ve been! In a way, it seems like a long time since we were home, but yet, the time has gone so quickly, it doesn’t seem like that.

We arrived in Fallbrook Thursday afternoon. We had a quiet afternoon/evening, resting and preparing for the weekend. At that point, we discovered an issue with a pipe going to one of our tanks, so Friday morning, Dad, Joseph, and the coordinator’s son (who kindly drove them and another time let us borrow his truck) went to get the parts needed.

By the afternoon, the repair was made, and we were preparing to set up. I think for the most part set up has gone quite smoothly after so much practice! This weekend, four families graciously provided meals for us–thank you!

Jesse setting up Friday.
We were talking about this being our last weekend set up (on this trip of course), and the girls posed for a set up picture.

The weather was almost too good to be true. Crisp, blue skies, temperatures in the 70’s, green grass, and blooming flowers. This was like late spring in Kansas, not winter.

I thought this was a neat situation. The lady on the right was explaining about the Preparing Sons book and encouraging the other lady on it!

Back to the conference: hearts were again open, hungry, and receptive. Dad and Mom had many parents come up to them to discuss things shared and their own personal situation. Each of us children also had opportunities to talk and encourage others as well. The weekends seem to fly by!

Then, Dad preached for a small fellowship this morning. We were supposed to have met at the local water plant’s meeting room, but apparently the room was given to someone else, so a new location was secured: a pavilion at the local community center. Chairs were set up, and church was begun under the small shelter. It was a wonderful time of singing, preaching, and talking afterward. We were very blessed by the friendship and warmth of those attending—they made us feel very welcome!

Sarah for the rest

“Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples” (John 15:8).

The Answer!

You all did a great job of guessing the obstacles for our bus found in the photo, and you mentioned many more good ones than the three we had targeted for you to find. Below is the retouched photo numbered with the three things we were particularly watching out for when we were at this point in our drive: 1) Power/cable lines. Especially getting onto country property, you need to be very careful not to snag one of these. 2) Low trees. Our bus is 13′ tall – taller than two grown men standing on each others’ shoulders and then add two more feet to that. Unlike power or cable lines, if the hazard is small branches or leaves, we can sometimes pull/move branches out of the way to provide for access. 3) Tight turns.

Thank you, Joseph, for your help on the photo!

“O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:” (Psalm 66:8)


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