We were calmly driving down the road this afternoon through New Brunswick, enjoying the rolling red hills dotted with yellow, and the streams that trickled through the trees.
When Dad urgently exclaimed, â€œWeâ€™re in trouble!!â€ and started hitting the brakes. I glanced into the rear view mirrors to see what the problem was and saw smoke poring out back of the bus. Dad told the boys to grab the fire extinguisher as he pulled to the side of the road. I had meanwhile hurried to the back, because Christopher was asleep and I was picturing the whole bus to be in flames in a matter of minutes. As soon as the bus door was open, the boys jumped out with the fire extinguisher and ran to the engine. After ensuring that Christopher was awake, I followed the rest. They had found that there was a big coolant leak, and we lost all of it. The â€œsmokeâ€ was actually steam from the coolant coming in contact with the hot exhaust pipe.
Dad surveyed the damage and soon started to work on repairing the leak. From our collection of tools and supplies he used the following: hose clamps, black tape, and a scrap piece of radiator hose that wasnâ€™t the right size. After Dad taped the hole, he split the hose and used hose clamps to clamp it over the black tape and the hole. Since we didnâ€™t have enough water to put back in the system, Dad sent Christopher to see if he could find some water nearby. Christopher headed across the highway, which wasnâ€™t busy, to the wooded median. He found a large puddle which looked as if it had been apart of a stream at one point. The water looked relatively clear so we filled up as many used anti-freeze bottles as we had. We filled the system and were thankful that Dadâ€™s fix was successful.
Even though the coolant issue wasnâ€™t on our agenda we were grateful for how the Lord blessed.
1.Â Â Â We had the supplies to patch the hole. 2.Â Â Â That the highway wasnâ€™t busy. 3.Â Â Â Beautiful scenery 4.Â Â Â Water nearby 5.Â Â Â Cool temperatures
Tomorrow morning as soon as the businesses are open we will start looking for the proper hose to replace the make shift repair.
“But my God shall supply all hour need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phillipians 4:19).
Another weekend conference is complete, and our hearts are rejoicing in our Lord Jesus. As we drove through downtown Moncton, it was so pretty: old, large stone buildings graced with brilliant red, yellow, and orange colored-maple trees, people briskly walking along the streets, with a mission in mind, stately churches, and quaint restaurants. As we were driving through the city, we think we made a few people a bit nervous as they backed up to allow us room to turn on some narrow streets 🙂 . It took us a little time to figure out where the best place would be to park Uriah: he requires at least three or four parking spots! Highfield Baptist Church graciously allowed us to have the conference in their facility, which was a blessing. They were in the midst of a remodeling project, but they spent several hours cleaning up an area for our book tables.
Friday night dinner was provided, and each meal has been such a blessing. We know it isnâ€™t an easy or quick task to prepare dinner for 9 people, and weâ€™re grateful. Our music concert went well, with the addition of Annaâ€™s new demonstration of what a violin sounds like compared to a fiddle.
Saturday goes by very quickly, as we move from session to session. Two moms had lunch ready for us, which was again a blessing. Several families drove from a distance to attend. Christopher talked to a father after the conference who is a street preacher, and they enjoyed discussing evangelism. Packing out seemed to go very smoothly as many people helped us (which was even more of a blessing since there were stairs involved to getting our things out to the bus). Then, our conference coordinator brought pizza to us at the hotelâ€”and we enjoyed hot, fresh pizza for dinner.
Our conference coordinator was not from Moncton but rather from a city several hours away. She did an incredible job with having all the details in order, welcoming our family, and making sure everything was ready, and we are grateful for the work each coordinator does.
We spent Monday night until Friday morning with a homeschool family on Prince Edward Island, who have a bed and breakfast and graciously gifted us back in early August with an invitation to stay with them. It was only an hour and a half drive from our Moncton conference to PEI. We had a delightful stay despite cool, windy, rainy weather, and we enjoyed our fellowship with our host family, who also fed us breakfast and dinner.
Yesterday’s experience: Dad wanted us to be able to try a lobster. Most of the places that would serve lobsters would be too expensive, so we opted for the â€œwharfâ€ experience. Dad carefully cut the two small lobsters up, while we all watched, a bit wary of the coming â€œtrialâ€.
One by one, we ate a bite or two of the lobster meat, and there were varying reactions. Annaâ€™s??? â€œPalatableâ€”but WOW!â€ as she shook her head and took several gulps of water. Most of us could do without a regular occurrence of eating those red scavengers that crawl across the ocean floor. Weâ€™ll stick with sandwiches 🙂 .
“O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. 25 So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts” (Psalms 98:24-25).