As we approach Kansas City (only a few hours away) the temperature is dropping and it has been steadily raining. Ice is forming on the exterior surfaces of the bus and we have seen numerous salt trucks. The interstate is not yet slippery, but the temperature in Kansas City is 24, and our weather-tracking web page was reporting a number of accidents on various roads and interstates.
From dark and narrow mountain roads to icy interstates, it looks like Uriah is doing very well on our first trip with him!
Although, the heat in the main cabin of the bus hasn’t been working, so it has been a little chilly. It’s a good thing the heat in the driver’s area is functioning!
Thank you for your prayers…
We started out in the bus by driving about 40 miles through curvy, narrow, and steep (9% grades) roads through the mountains until we got to the Interstate. I guess they figure that if you can drive a bus on roads like that the interstate’s will be easy…
We did stop for diesel at a Flying J. The bus has a larger gas tank than the van, actually, it is significantly larger. The van held about 30 gallons, while the bus holds 230. Filling that tank is an exciting experience.
Dad and I are now between Lexington and Louisville (both in Kentucky) on I-64 driving west – which means we have about 550 more miles to go. We spent most of the day at Easter Bus finalizing details and checking the bus out.
In the past, with one of our older vans, we have had to stop a number of times in different places and have tires balanced. It was funny to find ourselves in the bus, which has brand new tires in the front, stopping to also have those balanced.
We were finished at the tire center and on the interstate by about 6:00 p.m.
I’m not sure how much later we’ll keep driving (it’s a little after midnight) until we stop for some rest. What is nice about the bus is that there is plenty of room for sleeping bags, cushions, and air mattresses in the back.
We would appreciate prayer as we continue traveling. We’ve driven through rain in the mountains and there is a chance of freezing rain during the day on Saturday as we drive west.
This is the inside of the bus, looking to the back.
Dad and Christopher are on their way back; please pray for their safe return. They’ll be posting details later!
6:10 a.m., Thursday morning – The adventure begins! Dad and Christopher start the 16-hour, nine-hundred plus mile journey to Bassett, Virginia. Winter weather is predicted for our area, but gratefully they have left before the storm comes through.
The plan is that this will be a whirlwind trip, with Dad and Christopher arriving home sometime Saturday. Please pray for their safety while they travel and for all the details of bringing the bus home! We’ll try to keep you updated on their progress.
Here’s a picture of the van and trailer taken yesterday afternoon. The van has served us faithfully these past several years.
Only for Jesus,
We have prayed a lot and have seen the Lord direct. Lord willing, we should be picking up Uriah this week in Virginia. It will be quite a change for us in no longer having a van, but Uriah will be very capable of moving us around the country.
He will be very empty when we pick him up and hopefully over the next year we will be able to convert him to being on-the-road livable accommodations.
We rejoice in the Lord’s goodness and ask for your prayers as we bring him home the end of this week.
In Christ Jesus,
“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name” (Psalms 100:4).
Am I grateful for each precious minute the Lord gives me to be with my family member? I don’t know how long the Lord will give me with my family. Our little Susannah Joy was only with us for three short days in March. I think back to Melanie’s pregnancy, and how if we had known what was going to happen, it would have been very difficult to bear. Yet, we didn’t know ahead of time, and the Lord’s grace was sufficient and was given when we needed it. Our hearts are overflowing over the Lord’s gift of baby #2. We all have been extremely touched to read the many comments after Nathan’s blog post. We are ecstatic over the incredible blessing of this new little one.
We’re thankful for the nursing home church we have. Those precious people love us (not to mention how much we love them!) and pray for us when we’re gone on the road. Their delight when we arrive safely back is very evident. Sunday morning church is the highlight of some of the residents’ week. What a joy it is to be able to fellowship with these dear saints.
Part of Thanksgiving Day we spent joyfully working on the house together. The guys were finishing up some of the final small areas to sheetrock, while Dad and Jesse working on mudding, and Mom and I worked on clean up. We are thankful the Lord provided for the house and the ability for the Titus2 ministry to have more room.
As we enter into this Christmas season, my desire is that my focus would be on my Savior, the Redeemer of the World.
Only for Jesus,
Mary, a wonderful helper :-)!
Mom has diligently helped carry sheetrock scraps out from the different rooms to the garage. We’ll be taking the scraps to the dump!
The great mudding pair!
I’ve helped also with cleanup and carrying sheetrock scraps.