Happy Birthday, Dad! You are such a blessing to our family.
I (Sarah) love this picture. Climbing a 14er is very challenging at times, but getting to the top is worth it. You can look back and see how far you’ve come. The view is breathtaking! You almost forget how hard it was. In the same way, we’re climbing on this spiritual journey. We’ll face spiritual rock fields, things that take more determination to get through (or around!) but we are determined to keep climbing with the Lord’s strength. Heaven will be worth it all!
Dad’s an amazing example of pursuing the Lord Jesus regardless of how “hard” it is!
You love the Lord Jesus with all your heart.
You are a wonderful husband to Mom for almost 40 years.
You are an incredible Dad!
You are an awesome Grandpa.
You are a great leader.
You inspire others around the world to live for Jesus.
We love you!
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
We’ve settled back in at home since our last trip. I calculated how far we traveled in May, June, and July. It was almost 9,000 miles! That’s a lot of driving-down-the-road hours. I’m grateful, though, that we each have things to accomplish while we’re rolling along. Sometimes people wonder what we do during that traveling time. So, I’ll take a few minutes and share.
Dad-Is our great bus driver!
Mom-Her favorite thing to do is sit in the captain’s seat, parallel Dad, and talk with him while watching the scenery. Some scenery is more interesting than others, so on those days, she keeps her computer packed away in order to soak in God’s amazing creation. When she has projects to do on her laptop, she’ll work on those. Mom is also our chief navigator. She keeps an eye on where we are and upcoming turns. We have found it is far easier to make the correct turn, then try and find somewhere we can turnaround.
Joseph-He keeps busy with computer work just like he does at home. His work is quite mobile making it fairly simple to bring with him on our trips.
John-He usually stays busy with computer work. When Dad needs a break, John is our alternate bus driver. Plus, he’s our bus mechanic. For example, one evening last trip, we enjoyed a delightful time of fellowship with some friends of ours. When we went to leave the bus wouldn’t start. It appeared we would be stationary for the night until the problem was figured out. But, no, John was sure he could figure out the issue. I remember hearing him say it had to be something simple, and so he did troubleshooting for the next two hours. As I was keeping my married brothers updated on the situation, Nathan put it well, “John doesn’t give up easily.” It’s true. He perseveres. After two hours of work, John figured out the problem. For those of you who are wondering, it was a simple fuse that had blown. The issue was that the fuse was hidden in a hard to find location.
Anna-She is our incredible meal-planner-preparer girl. Anna keeps us well supplied with healthy, tasty food. She also helps out occasionally with blog posts. In addition, Anna has projects on her computer too or things to study. But, you sometimes will find her practicing her fiddle, which can be an interesting feat when it’s a windy day and the motion is pretty wild.
Jesse-He keeps busy with computer work and learning new skills.
Mary-She’s the last one doing school, so she continues with her studies. Mary has a portable drawing desk, so she’ll sometimes get our her desk and draw.
Me (that’s Sarah)-I work on blog posts, download pictures, pick out which ones I’ll share with you, adjust them in Lightroom, answer Titus2 e-mails, work on conference things, etc.
In addition, we enjoy lots of talking. Eating passes time too. We have our own little snack cupboard, where tasty things like beef jerky, granola bars, nuts, rice cakes, and crackers are located.
That gives you an overview of what life is like on the bus when we are moving.
Back to life at home. People are busy with work, ministry projects (like shipping out new books and preparing the August Corners), home projects, and normal life. Thank you again for all your comments on the Making Great Conversationalists Giveaway. They were wonderful!
Joyfully His, Sarah
“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.” Psalms 118:9