Setup

The exhibit hall

It was a beautiful day to haul books inside for set up. Walking in, it definitely  looked like a convention hall: the standard multi-color drapery, aisles of booths, etc. Ah, the familiar feeling of a convention!

Christopher and Jesse bringing in a dolly load of books.

The decorating company let us use their flat-bed dolly to bring books in, making it much faster than our regular hand truck.

Communication - a key to success! Cell phones come in handy when unloading.
Books were quickly placed in order - surprisingly fast, because usually our first setup for trip is harder than normal.
Bringing in a load!
Mary settin' up!
Anna, opening boxes!
We have a white board that we can use for writing what session is Dad and Mom are giving next, and Joseph was lending his artistic talent to spruce up the board.
There's always time for a little bus maintenance!
In front of the convention center.

We’re in prayer for the conference today (starts at 2) and tomorrow. Thank you for standing with us in prayer.

Sarah for the rest

“From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:16).

Unplanned stop!

Yesterday we were driving down the Pennsylvania 33, and we noticed a sign for the Martin Guitar Company at the next exit. Dad decided we had enough time to be able to stop for a few minutes! Joseph was especially happy, because he plays the guitar. We didn’t think we’d ever be near enough to the Martin Guitar Company to stop or have the time if we were close, but the Lord blessed with the surprise visit. We had no idea that we would be driving right by it! We enjoyed a quick visit, and then we headed back down the road and reached the convention in the early afternoon.

Playing some of the instruments.
Some of us walked through the museum. This was what J.F. Martin's workshop looked like.

In Christ,
Anna

“Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant.” (Psalm 135:3)

Another Driving Day

Our driving day went well yesterday–it was mostly overcast, but we stayed ahead of the storm. A little after 4, we thought we’d stop for the night so we had time for exercise/dinner/Bible time/projects. It was a rather full, small Wal-Mart parking lot, and Dad decided we’d move on around 6:30. So, we drove another hour, and this time we came to a scenic Wal-Mart on the top of the hill with a pretty view (very nice, a room with a view).

We had a good night’s rest, and we were off around 8. Set up for the convention will be this afternoon, and we’re looking forward to what the Lord has in store this weekend at the ENOCH convention!

Sarah

One thing we noticed in parts of Ohio and then into Pennsylvania, was spring was just starting! See the brown clearly visible in the trees?
Anna made us a delicious beef stroganoff with rice for dinner. It smelled good all afternoon!
We saw a man walking his German Shepherd in the first W-M parking lot, and after chatting, we found out he had three. Here's John with the mama dog: she's due in about 6 days! Abby, you'll enjoy this picture!

“Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope” (Acts 2:26).

A Temporary Leak

Our driving day yesterday was beautiful: sunny, blue skies with cool temperatures. Most of us took naps in the afternoon, and with the cool breeze blowing through the bus, the rest was wonderful.

Late in the afternoon, John discovered the floor next to Dad and Mom’s bed was rather damp, not a good sign seeing we had just installed a new water tank under their bed! It was decided that a connection hadn’t been crimped, so, we needed to find a — you guessed it — Lowe’s. If you were to remember on our last trip, where did we have to stop our first night?! Lowe’s! Anyway, the problem is fixed, and a little time and wind will dry the carpet, so no big deal.

We had a delicious stew. Yumm.

We settled at Home Sweet Home (aka Wal-Mart) in Terre Haute, Indiana. We left a little before 7 this morning, due to trying to stay ahead of a storm. Our plan was to make it to Washington, Pennsylvania tonight, but with an early start, we’ll likely go further.

Thank you for praying!

Sarah

“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God” (Psalms 42:1).

New Jersey Bound!

It was a team effort, requiring all nine of us, to be able to finish all the details of leaving. As Anna mentioned, it seemed we were forgetting things, but we hope not. If we did, oh well. We’re on our way, and we’re not turning back.

So, what’s a departure morning like?

  • It was normal wake up time, before 5 for half the family, and 5:15 for the rest.
  • Then, individual time in God’s Word — a very special part of our morning.
  • Anna made pancakes for breakfast, and others hurried around, carrying their belongings out to the bus or finishing up other details.
  • Last minute loading was done, such as instruments and other items.
Loadin' up!
  • The departure time was tentatively set for 9, but we had no huge deadline, except for wanting to be past St. Louis before rush hour.
  • John did some maintenance on the bus, and then he had a quick 8:30 business appointment.
  • Joseph and Jesse did the rest of the bus loading.
Where's John?! Doing a bit of maintenance.
Mom does such a good job with all of the myriad of things to pack.
Washing the car!
  • After all the essentials were done for some people,  there was time for extras such as washing a car and cleaning!
Praying before we left.
  • Finally, around 10:30, we prayed and just as we were pulling out, someone realized they had forgotten their pillows, so they hurried back in.
  • We were expecting a package to come via UPS, and we were going to try to meet the UPS man, but it didn’t seem to work out, until we drove by Wal-Mart and saw his truck. Long story short (it ended up not to be our driver we saw, but he came shortly thereafter), we were able to meet him and get the package needed. It might seem insignificant, but we DO need shopping bags at the conferences. You can’t send people away from the book tables with books and no bag!

We would be so grateful for your prayers as we travel about 1500 miles to Edison, New Jersey over the next two days. This trip will involve a lot of driving 🙂 — a total of 5000 miles.

We’ll be keeping ya’ll updated!

Sarah

“For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways” (Psalms 91:11).

Almost blast off!

Today was a rainy, drippy day, and we were very glad that the books were loaded on Saturday! There were many things that were accomplished today, but yet we still have the feeling that we are forgetting something. Maybe that’s just because this is a three week trip instead of a six week trip?? Tomorrow, Lord willing, is our departure day.

We are looking forward to this weekends conference in New Jersey, and are excited to be able to be on the road again.

There are always so many different projects to get done before leaving.
Nathan and Melanie had us over for dinner tonight. We greatly enjoyed our time with them, and we will miss them while we're gone.

In Christ,
Anna

“Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.” (Psalms 32:11)