We are grateful to be home and are enjoying getting back into the swing of things. We were missing life back here in Leavenworth with Grandad, Grandma, Nathan, Melanie, and Abigail. At home, we are always â€œrunningâ€ into each other. Maybe Grandad and Grandma are coming back from their walk, and we chat a little, or Nathan, who is working on unloading his car, might come over to talk.
Our Saturday was filled with bus unloading, giving Uriah a bath, and house work. When we start taking everything out of the bus, weâ€™re amazed at how much we put into it for our trip. Dad and Joseph are working on painting and installing trim in the house. It is beginning to feel like we are actually going to move in soon.
Every Friday and Tuesday that weâ€™re healthy we have Grandad and Grandma over for family Bible time. This Tuesday night we were especially excited because we were able to invite them back over, since we are now all well. We always look forward to our time with them.
It was wonderful to be able to go back to our church at the nursing home this Sunday. It is always such a delight to see the joy on their faces as we talk to them. Before we left on our trip we gave the residents itineraries of where we were going to be. We also wrote them postcards every Sunday so that they would be stay updated with our travels while we were gone.
â€œFrom the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lordâ€™s name is to be praised.â€ Psalms 113:3
We were very blessed by the conference here in Oklahoma City. We are grateful to the First Baptist Church of Moore for letting us use their facilities.
Our trip down here was thankfully uneventful except for having to load up and drive through a lot rain. It was hard to leave everyone at home, and we are already missing them!
We have been enjoying the bus greatly on this trip! With all the extra organizational work, it has made loading and unloading the bus a lot easier. Another thing we have enjoyed is the ability to have our family Bible time at any time of the day! The new bus windows are working out very well: it is such a blessing to be able to open the windows. Unlike the old ones that were supposed to be only opened for emergencies, these we can have open always.
We needed to move conference rooms due to different circumstances so we arrived earlier than usual Saturday morning. Jesse diligently took many loads to facilitate the move. Saturday we were grateful for the lunch provided by a family that attended the conference. Dad ended the conference with the Christ Led Family session. It was the perfect finale to the conference.
Today we had church as a family, but we missed our dear elderly friends at home. Nathan and Melanie have kindly stepped in and are taking care of church.
Sunday afternoon found Jesse outside in Grandad and Grandma’s backyard. In the heat of the afternoon, Jesse strolled across the lawn when he noticed a little creature in the grass. He looked down and there was a little baby squirrel. Jesse hurried inside and sounded the alarm that there was a little squirrel outside. We walked out and sure enough it lay in the grass. Every once in a while it tried to crawl around, but it seemed very wobbly. It had a noticeable face of an adult squirrel, and was covered in reddish/brown fur. It also had a tail that was about 4 inches long. After observing it for a little bit, we decided to take our Sunday afternoon naps. We thought that maybe his mom would come and carry him back to the nest [which was up in the tree].
Once we were awake from our naps we decided to check on the squirrel again. It was still there. After getting permission from Dad, Joseph went outside to pick him up so that he could be put into a little box. While trying to get the squirrel in the box he (meaning the squirrel) decided to go for a little run. He raced down Joseph onto the tile floor. Thankfully, he didn’t have enough traction to run fast and we were able to catch him. We decided to give him some Pedialyte in a syringe to see if he could recover from sitting outside all afternoon in the heat.
Monday we got him some milk, which he loves. We decided to give him the name Chippey. John called several places and the best advice they told John was to keep him until he could climb a tree and fend for himself. That is what we decided to do.