Currently: heading to Hebron, Kentucky in the dark. ’cause it’s cooler in the dark.
Next stop: The Creation Museum
Next speaking engagement: Nashville, TN on the 11th @6pm
Turns out, you can breathe in 80% humidity. But not very well. And it also turns out the the RV
does NOT like the heat. In fact, the generator just flat-out quits when it gets too hot. And then, we get too hot. Apparently the generator is not well ventilated and when it gets hot outside it just can’t keep up. So we have traveled most of our trip with spotty AC. It goes when we’re parked, but not when we’re moving. HUGE. BUMMER. Typical enemy-type stuff, too. Seems he’s getting a lot of mileage (pardon the pun) out of crippling our RV.
As you might imagine, we’re learning a lot through this trial! I’ve learned that we don’t get along very well when we’re hot. It would be fair to say we’re downright awful to each other at times. Being hot and sticky is NOT good for family togetherness, no matter what they say on those resort commercials.
We’re also learning how to deal with the heat a little better. A little.
We’ve been very encouraged by what God is doing as we travel and speak. It’s always humbling to be part of something that God is already doing in the life of someone else. This trip, we have spoken with many people who were just in need of a little “shot in the arm” as they head into a new school year– and we’ve also spoken with parents on the brink of divorce. Truly, these families need the support of their local church.
SPENCER, our 10 year old son, continues to raise money for Options 360 as we travel. We’re so proud of him! He has made speeches in front of as many as 100+ and as few as 10 but his enthusiasm and passion for defending the unborn shines the same each time he speaks. In Alabama, he met a mom who told him that she decided not to have an abortion because of an ultrasound. This made Spencer’s day because he’s pretty sure he has raised enough money to provide 10 ultrasounds! It’s exciting to see him boldly speak to a group of grownups … and also humbling.
What’s behind us: Just finished speaking in Oklahoma City, Atmore, Alabama, Pineville, Louisiana, Panama City and tonight, Jacksonville, FL. What a week. And it’s not going to slow down now for a little while.
What’s ahead of us: We’ll be in Nashville by Thursday, then on to eastern Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia and Michigan where we’ll wrap up the trip.
We’ve hit the truly truly busy part of our trip, speaking twice a week until we end up at Maranatha Family Camp in Muskegon, Michigan the third week of August. We will be more than ready for the cooler Michigan temps, too!
People ask us about traveling all the time and want to know what it’s like: well … it’s really good and it can be really bad all at the same time. The heat makes us crabby, but the people we meet encourage us. Our kids help at every stop … from book sales to answering curriculum questions they are very involved. Savannah is always getting questions from parents eager to know how she is doing in college, given the fact that she was homeschooled through high school and it’s always good to hear how she graciously answers questions and calms the fears of new homeschooling parents.
SAYLOR JANE, our 8 month old is growing like a weed as we travel! I think the humidity is good for her! 🙂 She outgrew her cute little bassinet so we had to dismantle it and mail it home. She went from sitting up to crawling AND she waves to people now! So sweet. We are loving this season of her precious little life as well. She makes us all laugh every day.
Overall we’re doing well. God has ways of refreshing our spirits even when we are tired and grumpy. He’s good that way. 🙂 We have stayed in homes of strangers who become friends and we’ve shared life with old friends we see at homeschool conventions.
Also, everywhere we go, we meet wonderful “accidental” homeschoolers like ourselves. We’re so grateful for the opportunity to speak to them and hopefully, bring a little glimpse of God’s heart for them along the way.
I can’t close this entry without a little quote, either 🙂
Sydney asked where we were heading tonight. When I told her Kentucky, she said, “Do they have kids there?” She thought Kentucky was a seminar stop, and not a state!
From the Road to Kentucky,