Thursday, September 18, 2014

Swoop

That's what marines used to call a 14+ hour pretty much gas n go non-stop drive during a "72" aka 3 day weekend.

Frank left in the wee hours of the morning headed to Florida to go get my moms camper with the 3 oldest boys.
I am happy to report he made it there safe n sound.

And should be back to move us to the new campsite on Sunday. 

Please keep them in prayer as they begin the journey back tomorrow. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Across the US in photos

Almost there :) here is just a glimpse of our travel days....from the last few weeks

Thursday, September 4, 2014

God placed bumps in the road.

My mom had a camper. For a brief period.
Something to travel with us but have a space of her own..
and last week everything changed.

As we were coming out of Vegas and into Kingman AZ we gassed up... and turned on the 40 East...
and then a HUGE surge of heat came out of the engine..and a spewing of fluids from the radiator
and then NOTHING... but we were smokin' HOT.
It required a tow... and , of course, being late Friday afternoon...
the repair shop was closing for the holiday weekend ( Labor Day) until Tuesday.
We couldn't find an affordable campsite nearby so we headed to the closest Thousand Trails
(over 3 hours away)
and waited out the weekend.
and prayed.

Tuesday we got the call.
The estimate was too high for us to even entertain fixing it. There were no funds to fix it and cross the country to get to the job we have lined up for this fall. The job that will literally support our travels and our ministry for the rest of the year.

We called scrap yards... and finally found one that would accept the camper.
It would cost us the $132 in labor to determine the problem
and $100 in towing and the scrap yard would give us $50 back
it was the cheapest solution.

I suggested to Frank putting it on craigslist for FREE with the stipulation that whoever got it would need to tow it from the repair facility... it was a longshot but everything on the camper was in GOOD shape other than the radiator issue.... and it didn't do irreprable damage ( although we were advised not to drive it through any major mountain areas if we repaired it) if you are just driving in a local community.

He got an email. A man living at a hotel.
As he was talking to him a friend texted me... with an amazing offer.

So the camper has a new owner whom also paid all the fees at the repair facility. Mom signed the title over today and Frank and the boys cleaned it out... and currently it's all sitting in the back of my van. Tomorrow starts the process of weeding and repacking our current camper to fit moms things as we travel across the country.

and that amazing offer.... was from a sweet friend that we had the priveledge of meeting last year. She has a heart thats HUGE. having raised her own family she devotes her life to adopting & raising some pretty special kids! She offered us a 22ft travel trailer for my mom. Not to borrow, but as a gift... the only stipulation being we gift it to someone else if the time ever comes.

The ONLY problem is that it's in Florida.
and we still about 1600 miles to drive to get to the job at Amazon
but God has covered it ALL this far...
who am I to even consider worrying about another 1400 miles in addition round trip to get the camper. God can work out those details too.

What has been amazing is that as we were giving the one away... another was being given to us.
A miracle many of you were praying for.
Different than we could have even imagined.
But that's how God does things.
Perfectly.
His way.
Sometimes the least way we expect. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

A terrible no good very bad day.

We made it about 120 miles and then mom's camper overheated and wouldn't start. Despite our best efforts it had to be towed. And it's labor day weekend...so, um. Yeah. The shop can't really assess it til late Tuesday.  So we will head to a campground that is part of our Thousand Trails system for the week while we wait. Meanwhile, we have moved my mom into our camper. It's a tight squeeze. Emotions are high and ... we don't have a repair budget. It has been suggested the motorhome may very well be a total loss. There is no plan B.
Please pray God makes a clear cut path

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fly East

I have heard this scripture countless times since we hit the road.
Well intending friends reminding us to keep the faith. God will provide.
Our needs will be met. We will have enough food.
a place to stay ...all we have to do is have faith and learn from this scripture.
and the truth is God HAS provided.
Certainly not always as we hope or want
but He is always faithful.

However.

Sometimes the way GOD provides is a job opportunity

Last April, Frank was hired to be a part of the Amazon camperforce in Fernley NV.
The pay was decent and we could save money for the rest of the year and BONUS
stay on the west side of the country.

and last week we got a call. His initial start date was September... around the 1st.
they changed the offer.
Not til mid to late November.

See the thing is ministry takes money.
you guys ALL know that.
and while the donate button is on our blog.. and we have written to many many churches...
we are not supported by many churches.
SO ... thats why I plunged into jamberry and that IS helping
(when you shop our site or host a party that is HUGE)

but Amazon could potentially give us the funding for an entire year in just about 90 days.

and it's NOT about the money.

But without money it's awfully hard to travel and/or do a lot of ministry.

SO .... moving along. 

An offer to be transferred to Amazon in another state was on the table and the possibility to also have a job for me. Twice the pay if both of us work.... different shifts... and my mom would be there to help...... if I haven't told you yet my mom has joined our nomadic life in her own little RV ( which I drive now) so we need a second campsite close to ours wherever we go now.... and Amazon ...if I work too ..she can park right next to us. for FREE.

this may be a season of ministry to my mom as well as others.

We really are not sure.

What we know is there was no thought of heading east this year.
and tomorrow we pull out
eastward bound.
off to the volunteer state.

we will work our booties off to support the ministry we love dearly.

it's NOT about the money.
but the truth is without it, it's so much harder to bless others.
and Lord willing.
We hope that changes soon
whether by church support, donations, Amazon or Jamberry.

But God has opened a door.
we just need to drive 2000 miles to arrive.

It's on faith.
 We are pretty certain after crunching numbers there isn't enough in the bank for gas, lodging, and food to get there.

But those birds. They sure trust God.
the truth is.
so do we.





Friday, August 22, 2014

Flex

I have tried to write for weeks.

Silence.

Mostly because everyone feels entitled to share their opinion on whatever I talk about.

So I just quit talking.

Problem is... I quit writing too.

Today was yet another hiccup.

In April Frank was hired for the Amazon fullfillment center near Reno.

Today we got a call that he wouldnt start til at least November.

But there are openings at other Amazon warehouses... all we gotta do is drive to one and he can start.

So we are praying and waiting and really hoping God lets us know BEFORE we are scheduled to leave here next week.

I just need jamberry parties now for travel money lol.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

One from the road

The stories from the last year. Some fill my journal.  Some simply fill my heart. Some have taught us more love and compassion while others have simply made it pretty clear that this is our journey. Just the word hospital grips my heart these days. Not in some kind of fear ...maybe it's more of a why have you led us this far if....and then I focus on what God has called us to do. Back in the spring when my mom was admitted the 1st time ( we are at 4 now...admits and releases to and from the hospital) Frank called from Florida and the conversation went like this...

Frank "I think I was offered a job in Alabama today"

Me "what!?" Pause. "Where? "

Frank " somewhere in Alabama. This gentleman offered me a 1/2 million dollar house"

Me "seriously?"

Frank "yes. Seriously"

Me "what's the catch?"

Frank " he wants me to be the youth pastor at his church, but I don't think that's a catch"

We prayed about it for several days and God told both of us the same thing....

Yes. We could have had an eternal impact on the lives of the people in that church. But honestly, we can impact many more traveling.  This has not been the easier path in so many ways, but it is the right one... maybe not for you...but for us.

When you homeschool people feel the need to tell you their (sometimes limited by the media) view of homeschooling. 
When you have 7 children they tend to feel the need to ask if we own a tv ( and many other crude ways to say you have too many children)
We have been told straight out that we are ruining our children's lives ( feel free to ask them if they like our lifestyle)
When you tell people you sold your home .... ( yeah... more interesting comments)
When people learn that my husband was not only a skilled Marine but has a degree people feel the need to tell him what kind of job he should get ( honestly,  I think they are jealous because they didn't retire at 38 like he did)

Or when you tell people your mom bought an RV and will be traveling with you.... guess what? More (maybe even,  well intended) advice.

We are doing what God is calling us to do. And maybe it seems crazy (to you) that we have 7 kids... that we enjoy homeschooling....now roadschooling....that we would turn down higher paying jobs so we can have the freedom to be missionaries. ..yes. in America's campgrounds.... even if it seems strange ( to you) that we are enjoying this nomadic life...and that we choose this life....and that we have considered ( in vivid detail) the blessings, hurdles and challenges that adding my mom to the mix could bring (and that, fyi, we invited my father-in-law along last August after Frank's mom died...he turned us down)

Please know we trust that God will guide our steps and prepare our hearts for what lies ahead.

We simply pray that we stay out of God's way and continually put His will above our own. But you know the craziest thing? We love our life...look forward to meeting new people and reconnecting with treasured friends. As long as our family is on the adventure of a lifetime ... we will try and enjoy the steps ( ok miles) of the journey.