Happy 17th Anniversary to my one & only!
Who knew the Lord could bring you your "the one" while cruising main at age 18?!
I love that you still have my number in your wallet....
You were my first love, but listened to the Lord's nudge and broke up so He could get us both ready for what was next. When you let love go and it comes back to you, you know it's YOURS. He brought you back to me to enter into a courtship, dating with the intent of marriage, after many months apart. I was so grateful and excited for what the future held!
And at age 19, in front of a church we loved to worship in together, I gave you my best YES.
YES, yes I will! :)
Married May 24th, 2002 at age 20, before a crowd of 600 witnesses, I joined my life with yours and became, Mrs. Tonya Ferguson.
Our first blessing baby came at age 21. Surprise! God has the most wonderful plans despite our own "waiting to try for 4 years" plan.....
Dale, when I first said I love you, I thought I understood what that meant, but as we grew a life together, and I watched you become a daddy, so my love grew also.....
As we nearly lost all we built together, and started anew, that love grew roots. Roots that help a marriage withstand any storm....
When the world told us to throw away the broken, and we made the choice to embrace a second chance at a once in a lifetime love, those roots grew deep, deep down into the soil of the Father's unfailing love for His children. Beauty from ashes!
And as you grew into the man God had called you to be, my love for you, simply took my breath away. When you almost lose something precious, you appreciate it all the more!
As we loved and lost our precious daddies, my broken heart drew closer to yours, and together we healed again....I can face anything with you by my side.
Now, as we build a traveling life we only dreamed about, and a successful business together, my respect and love multiplies again and again.
My heart, joyfully rejoicing each day we can "do life" together in such a beautiful way.
I realize that when I first said I love you, I had just begun to understand all my heart could hold for you...
17 years later, my heart overflows & I thank God for making you mine, all those years ago.
Happy Anniversary to the one my soul loves! Here is to many many many more....
We left Kansas January and returned the end of May.....
We loved our dreamy winter in Florida and a FUN spring run to Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee & Ohio! But alas, it was time to circle back to Kansas and our home sweet hub.
As we moved back in to our space, a blog formed in my head called:
12 THINGS YOU NOTICE AFTER LIVING IN AN RV
Here we go:
#1 - Regular Water Pressure
Regular water pressure feels like a HIGH POWDERED pressure washing MIRACLE WORKER! Especially after several low pressure rv park water systems!
We all had to stare and comment on the amazing power of WATER on dirty dishes. Haha! :)
Speaking of water and #2....
#2 - WATER in the Toilet
In an RV, you manually add water to the toilet, before you can do your business. Sometimes things are um, urgent and people can barely get water in fast enough to do their duty.
We all reach for the side of the toilet to push the button to add water when we first get home. LOL! :D
Hey guys, guess what? These toilets COME WITH WATER ALREADY IN THEM!!!!
#3 - While We Are STILL Discussing Water
Did you know in a home not on wheels, you can run the dishwasher, washing machine, the sink AND the shower at the SAME TIME?!
Shut the front door.
Who invents this stuff?!
#4 - Five Bar Cell Service and Wifi
You mean cell phones and verizon wifi boxes can have FIVE bars of service? WHAT is this phenomenon?
RV parks are notorious for horrible cell service in park and spotty Wifi you share with all the neighbors. NO BUENO!
We can hardly believe how strong our signal gets when we get home. Not always in our metal shed home, but most of the time outside it!!!
#5 - Anybody Home?
I swear, I spend half my time in our home sweet hub, trying to FIND MY FAMILY!!!!
After living in 400 sq feet most of the year, 1600 sq ft feels ENORMOUS.
Guys? Guuuyyyyyssss????? DALE?!
WHERE IS EVERYONE?
#6 - Warp Speed Laundry
It's not until I get home to my full sized washer and dryer that I realize just how HUGE they really are compared to my cute little RV washer dryer set.
We do 2 loads a day in the RV, to stay on top of things. At our home sweet hub I can do FIVE GIANT loads of laundry, in the time it takes the RV washer/dryer to do ONE.
What is this time and speed conundrum?
#7 - Toilet Paper LUXURY
Regular toilet paper is SO SOFT and luxurious!!!!!
Rv toilet paper has to be single ply so it doesn't clog the fancy imancerator system.
I JUST WANT SOFT PAPER FOR MY TOOSHIE, OKAY!? It's the little things people.
#8 - I Want My Bed
First world problems, when you like your RV mattress better than your home sweet hub one.
I WANT MY SOFT BED BACK!
#9 - Pooper Duty
You take your dog out to do her business and by habit, reach for a pooper duty bag!
OH YEAH......NO more pooper scooping when you are home, HALLELUJAH!
#10 - Bake ALL THE THINGS
RV convection oven doesn't bake in the center, and it heats up the whole home, so you learn quickly to grill, OR, do skillet or instant pot meals.
That means when you get home, YOU BAKE ALL THE THINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Casseroles, egg bakes, comfort foods, brownies, cupcakes.... ALL. THE. BAKED. THINGS. NOW.
#11 - A SHOPPING SPREE
When you are gone so many months from what you dub your "Kansas Closet", you find clothes you like again, and get to switch for items you are tired of in your RV closet!
FREE SHOPPING SPREE ANYONE?!
Yes, we all share the RV closet x 6. We just have to be choosy what comes with us! We also all share the "Kansas Closet" upstairs, full of winter clothes we only need when we are here in cold weather.
Downstairs in the laundry room is our "Family Closet". Super handy on laundry day AND when it's time to move in and out of the RV closet, seasonly.
And #12 in our list of things you notice we you live in an RV for a while......
How quickly your heart misses it...............
.......and how BADLY you want to get back in it and go for another ADVENTURE!!!!!!
We are in Kansas for the rest of the summer, barring a few quick trips here and there.
So long until next time.....
Happy Mother's Day!
We spent our morning traveling 2 and a half hours into Amish country, so we could be ready for classes here tomorrow.
The kids made me cards, and made sure I didn't lift a finger all day! It was nice :)
We drove around the countryside to just enjoy a scenic drive, snagged some yummy food from one of the only open restaurants on a Sunday...Park Street Pizza.
Avocado fries, giant farm salad, and 3 kinds of pizza was on our table before we knew it. Mmmm mm good!
Here is what I wrote to my momma for Mother's Day to celebrate her from far away:
When I am tempted to roll my eyes during yet another multiplication flashcards review with the littles, I remember how my mom used to make it a fun game each day after school. 🎵How she'd make a sing song sergeant-esque rhyme of the ones that tripped me up.....6x4 is 24, 6x8 is 48. Sound off!
📖 Or when it was time to learn a long bible verse for church, she'd lay on a blanket with me out in the yard and cheerfully review it again and again, until I knew it well.
When I am tempted to skip due to exhaustion, I remember how every night she would tickle my back and cuddle me, while I drifted off to sleep.
When Destiny and I butt heads and she blows up, I remember how mom would just hug me close and stroke my long hair, when I'd take out all my highschool frustrations on her.
She was a heck of a cook and housekeeper and ran a tight ship. My messy clothing- strewn room, after a running late outfit crisis, made her crazy. It had to be cleaned up and chores done before any fun could occur.
I am now that mom!🤣
Everything I know and do, is based on a bar set really high by a mom who did it all.🙌 I can only hope my children will have half the happy memories of a mom who served them with joy, during their growing up years.
Happy Mother's Day, momma! I sure do love you🥰
Here is what my sweetie wrote me:
GUYS, it is COLD here! High was 55 and rainy, so we cranked the fireplace and chilled the rest of the day in the RV. I love how homey it feels!
We headed into town Monday for Mrs. Yoder's fried chicken buffet, and black raspberry ice cream from Troyers, even though it was FREEEEZING out!
51* high and 41* for the low
We are total total wusses now, after spending all winter in Florida and I totally didn't pack the right kind of clothes, brrrrrr!
Cold, grey and blustery for sure! The kids hunkered down and I headed to class......
No plans on Tuesday, but swim with the kids in the heated indoor pool......
When the sun FINALLY came out our final day there, we drove around and saw all the beautiful countryside! Windows down, just enjoying :)
Isn't this area so beautiful?!
Can you spot our RV in this pic?!
Our final Ohio stop was Findlay for some classes with a brand new builder here! We found a pretty RV park with a big field behind it that was begging for playtime.
We got set up and Pax decided it was time for a game of stick ball! :)
Always nice to enjoy a little down time between classes!
Paxton picked an INCREDIBLE dinner to cook this week. Check it out!
Carnita Tacos with quick pickled onions
Friday was a meet and greet at a local cute coffee shop. Our friends and biz partners, Matt & Liz and their 2 sweet kids were in town so they could connect with their Ohio team too.
We had them drop the kids off, so they could all play while we went to coffee. Destiny is a great babysitter and it's safe to say the kiddos had a great time!
I didn't get any photos of our coffee shop group, but Liz and I did make Dale pull over on the way home to get photos of this gorgeous bridge. A local instagram page share it as well, COOL! :)
We got a phone call bright and early the next day with some sad news from Matt and Liz.....
The river at their RV park flooded during the night and the RV and suburban were half under water. It was to the top step when they got rescued 2 at a time with only the backpacks on their backs.
Here is the deal, they are in a strange place an hour from us in the wee hours of the morning, so once they got to dry ground, they were literally helpless and homeless. Everything they own is back in the RV. Their home on wheels!
Thank the Lord for His provision! The Lawerence had attended a local church Sunday, had dinner Tuesday with the Pastor, and attended Wednesday night church and really connected with the leadership there. This kind shepherd was there in minutes and he and his wife opened their home and loaned their car to our friends until further notice. AMAZING!
Praying it all works out. The "brain" of the RV is fried. All of it was under water! Randomly flashing lights, gages moving, alarms going off, won't start, not at all safe! Totally undriveable.
We hold the note on this RV still, so we are up to our ears in insurance phone calls and arrangements. They keep wanting us to drive the RV to the shop to be accessed. I guess they don't have any idea that a fried RV cannot put jacks up, slides in, OR DRIVE for that matter!
It can't even be towed with all those things down and out. Sigh. God has a plan and we trust it. Just a bit of a stressful situation for all!
We left at 6 am the next morning to beat a line of severe hail storms coming our way. Little did we know, that wasn't going to be the end of it!
After 12 hours of driving, we made it to Kansas City, just in time to enjoy the sunset and a walk. We planned to see our friends Monday, chill at the lake where we were parked Tuesday and go hang out and teach a class Wednesday.
The more we watched the weather, the more concerned Dale got. The more time that passed, the worse the weather forecast. Flood warning for the lake we were parked at, golf ball sized hail, tornado watch and high winds.
After much debate and sadness, the decision was made to not sit in the weather to come for the next 48 hours and instead, head the 4 hours home early in the morning and get the RV and trailer under cover at our home sweet hub.
The last thing we need, is ANOTHER RV with a claim and storm damage! We will just take the car back to Kansas city Wed instead of getting the ol home on wheels back out again. Not ideal, we are terrible car travelers now, but totally worth it!
We didn't beat the rain home, but we did beat the major wind and storms that hit that night both at our house and at the lake where we WOULD'VE been. We slept great knowing all was well!
Check out our now "lakefront" home!
No matter how dreary on the outside, we are so happy to be safe and warm on the inside and greeted by such a cheerful sight!
HOME SWEET HOME
When I last blogged, we had QUITE the travel day adventure, but we made it to DELAWARE................the town of Delaware, OHIO that is!
We were supposed to stay in Plain City, but they called to cancel our reservation. Apparently they had to tow out a ton of the rigs staying there due to heavy rains.
Woah. Not cool. Glad they let us know!
We saw this on FB not long after.......
We got all set up, walked the our new rv park a bit and headed into town for dinner and groceries. MOD pizza was on our minds....
Proud of my little shoppers! They all menu planned with me as we drove and we headed to the store with 5 grocery lists and look, even smiles. :)
Our menu includes:
*BBQ chicken, mac & cheese, baked beans & veggies
*Steak, parsley garlic noodles & salad
*Roasted Red Pepper Sausage Rigatoni
*Cheeseburgers and sides
*Carne Asada tacos with pickled red onion & queso blanco cheese
*Hobo dinners (leftover hamburger patty, zucchini, mushrooms, onion, rosemary and organic mushroom soup as gravy) over the fire with s'mores cones for dessert
Mmm, some good eats this round!
The next morning we headed out for some play time on the RV playground, but first the kids had to get ready.
Love when these guys get creative. Cross Creek RV's pirate ship playground was the perfect inspiration for a day of fun!
That evening, we had class, which was so fun! No pics, of course, I was teaching, remember?! :) We have lots of new excited oilers in OHIO!!!!!
Speaking of oilers, we met the coolest couple on our trip to Hawaii this winter, we texted them to see if they were close by, and they were. Whoop whoop!
They graciously invited us to their farm for the evening. It was BEEEEEAUTIFUL!
They also have 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls, so everyone had a buddy to hang with, and got along so so well. Such a neat family dynamic in this home!
I really appreciated how the big boys, 17 & 15, stuck around and hung out with the kids and adults. That is highly unusual and a breath of fresh air, am I right?! Often the cool teens don't come home, or even if they are home, do not stick around to play or visit with everyone.
I am more determined than ever, to make sure we do this as our family grows up. It's so easy to accept teenager things as "normal" when really, it's simply a choice and upbringing.
Oh my goodness, the evening flew and it got SO late so fast! We had a heck of a time and literally talked non stop, like long lost friends catching up.
Talk about kindred spirits....God is so faithful to continue to connect us with the coolest families as we travel!
Thanks to Jim for snagging this fireside selfie of the whole gang before we left.....
It rained pretty much the ENTIRE NEXT DAY, but we played games, watched movies and when the clouds broke, quick rode a buggy around the RV park before it POURED AGAIN.
We have been doing this long enough, that we can handle rainy days like a champ! ;)
We headed to Plain City the next day for one more class with a new builder and friend, Bekah. Our business partners and friends, Matt & Liz, came too, so we could all connect as a team. I love that they are mobile now. They are the ones that bought our black and grey rv! :)
We drove by the RV park we were supposed to stay at in Plain City, on the way over, the muddy one from above? Yeah, check out these RUTS! So grateful we didn't try to stay here.
Our final day in the area, and guess where we are headed?
Back to our new friends Hicks' for a day of fishing, chilling and using their WIFI to get some work done......let's be honest, sometimes just one gathering isn't enough! :D
We wanted to provide a meal for them this go around, so HOBO dinners seemed like an easy choice for feeding a crowd that includes keto folks.
For ease, this is how we layer our HOBO dinners:
Already grilled and seasoned hamburger patties, cut up
Fingerling potatoes, thinly sliced
Onion, chopped or sliced thin
Seasonings, generously salt, pepper and garlic powder veggie layers
Organic mushroom soup spooned on top for "gravy"
Fresh rosemary sprigs, cut up
We tried our hand at a Keto dessert in the IP and it turned out SO good!
Mocha Chocolate Pudding Cake
Recipe and image from here: https://www.ruled.me/slow-cooker-mocha-pudding-cake/
We added cinnamon, yum. Extra real vanilla extract. 3 squirts of liquid stevia, instead of the mentioned powder stuff. And used the instant pot vs. the crock pot, which we do not travel with.
Non keto peeps can have it with ice cream, keto peeps can do whipped cream! SO fluffy and yummy!
Until next time, friends! May the Lord bless you and keep you, make His face to shine upon you and give you peace and abundant blessings for opening your home to us, not once, but TWICE in 3 days. Haha! :)
The next day was MOTHER's Day!
We all slept in until 10 am, oh man, we have to check out before 11. We quick made smoothies, listened to live church on facebook from Florida, and packed up to head out to Amish country!
More on that soon.....hope your weekend was WONDERFUL!
We had a blast in Alabama with our oil family! We usually park 45 minutes away at a huge lake, but this time, found a little local spot for our short stay in Huntsville.....
Our friends and business partners there, Darren & Angel, always bless us with the most AMAZING meal. They are from Fiji and have ALL the good recipes!!!! This time it was curry and rice, holy amazing. The kids had a ball playing outside, while the adults visited.
Sweet Darren surprised me with MY FAVORITE.....Rosie's Salsa!!! The BEST Mexican out there, for serious. I may or may not have rocked this jug and held it like a baby! ;) (and then ate it for my meals everyday! haha)
Then it was time to work! Angel and her team did a FABULOUS job filling each class....we had a ball! Lots of new oilers coming to Huntsville! :)
We even got to have a Rosie's Fajita dinner after our second night of classes, thanks to Darren dropping it off after work. SO thoughtful!
I loved getting to hang out with Angel and Kathryn more before we left town.....
The next morning, the students of 4 Oaks Academy finished their school year.....WAHOO!
Time to celebrate!
We let the kids pick wherever they wanted to go from dinner to CELEBRATE.....
Is it any surprise they picked Rosie's Mexican?!
You are looking at a future 3rd, 5th, 7th and Junior in HS right here......
Look at how they've changed since we hit the road 4 years ago, April!
They picked the TV foodie famous, Bigfoots Little Donuts for dessert. Hot and fresh off the line, Peaches & Cream, Honey Cinnamon and Funnel cake
We left early the next morning to head to Franklin, TN trying to beat a line of storms....
I just don't think we did this area any justice at all. We sat in the parking lot in Franklin, TN for a quick oil class in the local coffee shop, and from what I hear, missed a TON of cool things to do and see.
Next time, Franklin. Next time.
We always try to think of fun games to play or crafts to do during travel days. Today was, a stamp the playdough guessing game! :)
We headed to our campsite in Kentucky and got all set up....the kids were at each other, and it was pouring out, so no evening walk in the forecast.
We decided to divide and conquer. The girls and I would stay here with chocolate and a girly movie, and Dale would take the boys in to see the Corvette museum. You know, the one that had a sink hole in the center at one point?
At the last minute, Destiny decided to go along. No problem! Papa would be proud. My dad was a corvette fanatic and had 17 different Vettes in his lifetime..
I stayed behind with Avery and we decided on swiss chocolate (Thanks, Elaine!) and Little Women, the movie. Not 25 minutes later, Dale calls.....the boys were fighting and despite being warned, had just lost their privilege of going to the museum that day. Everyone was headed back home for dinner and an evening at home.
RUT RO!!!! Those lessons are hard on EVERYONE involved.
We ate dinner and headed to bed. Tomorrow is a fresh start!
The next day, instead of home church, we headed out to go enjoy our Creator's Creation: Mammoth Cave.
We had just read about this in Paxton's school books and one of my favorite Christian Fictions, so it was perfect timing.
Mammoth Cave National Park Facts:
Mammoth Cave National Park is a 52,830 acre park located in the state of Kentucky in the United States. It is named after the cave it partially encompasses, called Mammoth-Flint Ridge Cave System, which is the world's longest known cave system. Native Americans have inhabited the cave region for at least 6,000 years. It is believed that the first Europeans to discover the cave system did so in the late 1700s, although it is not known if it was Francis Houchin or his brother John Houchin who officially made the discovery. In 1941 Mammoth Cave National Park was officially established.
There are a variety of different tours available, all varying in sites, length and exertion. They range from 2 -6 hours in length, all offering an incredibly memorable experience. A few of the more popular tours are Frozen Niagara, Fat Man’s Misery, Domes & Dripstones and the Grand Avenue.
The main Grand Ave tour was sold out, note you will need to book FAR in advance for this one!
We picked a moderate difficulty 2 hour tour, Domes & Dripstones, and hung out in the free museum while we waited for the buses.
I was just fine until I read all the warnings associated with this tour about those fearing heights and suffering from claustrophobia......
So glad for this bad boy.
Balance is wonderful for times when you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or just feeling anxious about something. It's also good for days kids cannot focus or sit still!
It's grounding and centering and smells wonderful! I dosed myself in it while we waited.
Ahhhh much better! Now if I get nervous, I can sniff my wrist.
We arrived at the cave entrance and the descent down began.......and kept going and going and going.
I have never gone down so many dark, damp, steep, slippery stairs in my life! Avery's eyes were HUGE and her teeth were chattering!
The formations are incredible and vary in size, color and size. The Drapery Room looks like pleated drapes in a pale limestone. The Snowball Room has the appearance of hundreds of snowballs, varying in size. Frozen Niagara looks like a waterfall, frozen in time. These are just a few of the unique formation waiting to be seen at Mammoth Cave. Each area seems to be a doorway into another new world of shapes, colors, sizes and creatures.
When you are done with your descent from the cave, you walk through this nasty soapy stuff that gets your socks wet. It is supposed to help you from spreading a disease to other places since its present in the mammoth cave bats.
Since we were so close to the Corvette museum, Dale decided to take the boys to it, attempt 2. He dropped the girls off at the mall and took off. It was fun!
Avery found some cute magnetic earrings. She wants to get her ears pierced so bad, but we are looking for some improvement in responsibility and clean up first, so these will do.
We pulled out the next day for Ohio!
BUT, not all travel days are fun and relaxing.......
Let's do a little travel day math, shall we?
30 ounces of water x 5 Ferguson stainless steel cups = 150 oz of cold refreshing water
ADD to that equations, the Mother of ALL POTHOLES and that equals....
Over a GALLON of water flying out of said cups, and rushing all over the floor and under slides!
BONUS: We lost all our dash gauges too. But never fear, Mr. Fix It is on the job!
*The floor will be oh so clean when we stop tonight.
*My cup jumped across two open laptops before spilling. Thanks, Lord!
*We may never know why the Lord needed us off the road that 30 minutes but we trust it!
*Dale got it fixed and we are back on the road again!
OHIO - Here we come :)
This is what travel day looks like when a huge, unavoidable, pothole sets off a high pitched sensor alarm for your air ride system, and the part you need is still 2 hours away and no one on the phone can help you shut it off.
3 brave souls remain out front, utilizing noise cancelling headphones from the races. Everyone else is hiding in the back bedroom!?
Never-the-less, we are Alabama bound!
UPDATE 1 hour later:
Dale was pushing buttons on the dash and cleared the error code. (Why didn't the guy on the phone tell us to do that?!)
We still need the new part but don't have to hear the alarm! Hallelujah! :)
When we come to Birmingham, our favorite park is called Oak Mountain State Park and it has the NEATEST things for families to enjoy.
Like a working farm petting zoo, hiking trails, horse stables, places to swim and fish, and even a BMX track to jump your bike on if you are into that sorta thing.
We grabbed dinner at Jim N Nicks, some groceries and called it a day....
Score! $50 worth of blackberries for $10 at Publix. I checked the tag like 5 times. Yup 98 cents a carton!
We saved some out to eat fresh, but the rest went into baggies with other fruits for smoothies....
The next morning we watched our Florida church on the big screen, while it wasn't as wonderful as sitting in the auditorium, we still received the Word of God and powerful messages.
Ones I wanted to remember, so I made a couple new cards for our fridge door....Powerful stuff, right?!
Church inspired fridge words to live by!
I headed to class, again, no pics because well, I am working. Haha! It was a ball, southern ladies are SO FUN and funny to hang out with!!!!
It was about 8 pm when Dale came to pick me up, and he told me about this cute little hole in the wall he read about called Pho 280. He said Destiny had the kids in bed and he was taking me out!
We decided to share the Shaking Beef dish as well as the oh so famous, 24 hour simmered Beef Pho. HOLY AMAZING!
We left, promising ourselves we'd come back ASAP.
I had Monday off, so we decided to quick get school done and have an adventure.....
But our morning was interrupted with some EXCITEMENT!
The horses got out of their pasture and went flying by. Dale ran out to herd them away from the main road... he had a oh shoot what have I gotten myself into moment as they ran full boar at him, but they turned at the last minute and kept running.
Here the stable hands were trying to chase them down:
Once everyone finished up their work, we headed to do the hike to Peavine Falls.
Sophie was excited to get included! A lot of parks don't let dogs on the trails, but this one did.
The kids picked the more challenging blue trail and off we went...no, we didn't do all 7 miles! ;) Just the falls and back.
The path was very rocky and we spent a lot of time manuvering over boulders and down steep slopes, but man was it cool!
And then, we could hear it, the FALLS!!!!!!!!!!
We were the only ones there too. So we kicked off our shoes and waded around and enjoyed the peace and quiet before a group found us.
My adventurers had a little less pep in their step back UP the rocky slopes. We had to sit a couple times to rest. Hee hee, everyone is sleeping GOOD tonight!
On adventure days, I think planning ahead an easy supper is CRITICAL to everyone's happiness and success. We had a yummy cold pasta salad waiting for us in the fridge! Here is the recipe.
We added rotisserie chicken, and increased dressing to acommodate the addition. This is a simple and yummy recipe! Season to taste.
Knowing I was teaching class the next night, some of us took a walk down around the lake and enjoyed the sunset.
Before my evening class, we took the kids with an early dinner at Pho 280. They are big asian cuisine fans, and wanted to try it after hearing us rave about the food.
I had the Ramen bowl with soy sauce soaked hard boiled eggs, YUM. Everyone loved what they got! If you are ever in Bham, you have got to go check it out!
I had a lovely class with a back porch full of lively southern belles, and we chit chatted the evening away until all of a sudden it was almost 11pm. MY GOODNESS, time flies when you are having fun!
That evening, while I was gone, Avery made friends with the new neighbors, and Dale told me of their plans the next morning to go pat and ride the horses at the stable.
Sure enough, the next morning, Mr. Hollie offered to take Avery for a ride. He later, let her lead Funny Face by the rope while we were packing up to get ready to go.
Pretty special stuff for my little horse fanatic!
Our kind neighbors took this photo as we pulled out. Until next time!
We are off to Huntsville, AL for some more oil classes with our awesome team here.
Feel so good to be on the road again! There is nothing like hearing the beautiful diesel start up. 4 years later, it STILL makes my heart go a flutter.
We eased back into the swing of things and kept our first day shorter than some, with 8 hours of travel. Kids did a great job working on school and it was almost as if we hadn't stopped traveling for 3 whole months.
Dale found us a beautiful place for the night called Fair Harbor in Perry, Georgia.
Once we get our home on wheels set up, we like to get out, stretch our legs and explore the RV park a bit. This one had horses, a play area, and a big pond for fishing.
We took a nice long family walk before dinner and bedtime. We were going to hit the road at a good time the next day. Travel days go easier when they start early, don't you agree?
Buford, GA, here we come!
We had never been in Buford before, and there wasn't many options in the way of RV parks we could fit at. The Shoal Creek Campground on Lake Lanier looked promising.
We usually don't fit at state parks, but they thought we could swing it......
It didn't take Dale long to realize with the map of S curves handed to us, the route leading to our site, was NOT going to be an option.
So, he backs us back down the hill, around the corner and then proceeds to back back up, into our spot with the trailer, despite their advice to drop it.
Guess they don't know Dale has got some backing up skillsssss....
Thanks to Paxton for recording this video!
IMPRESSIVE. I would NEVERRRRRRRRRR. Thank goodness I married someone who can back like a champ!
We get to call this stunning forest home for the next few days, and I am ECSTATIC! Forest is my FAVORITE....
Once we set up, the kids were begging to go explore!
It was fun to see the kids use their imaginations and hang out together and just chillax outside in the cooler weather.
Hammock shenanigans and a picnic dinner: Chicken Tetrazinni, mmm!
We enjoyed a cozy fire before bed.....
Kids couldn't get out to the fire circle fast enough the next morning, but BRRR was it COLD! We got wimpy over the winter in Florida, I think. ;)
We did school out there, then off they went to play the day away!
I sat out for a long time after everyone else found something to do. It was just so peaceful.
Reminded me of a verse, hearing the trees clap and praise in the breeze.
I Chronicles 16:33a
"Let the trees of the forest sing for joy before the LORD...."
Check out these sweet buddies, playing orphans and cooking over an "open fire"......
At this point, I headed into town for class at a darling local coffee shop. NO photos, of course! I always get so distracted. Guess that's good, since I am there to share my oils and do my job to empower people to use them! LOL :) We had a lovely time.
Back home for dinner and one more family walk through the park and fire with the kiddos.
We had to head out early the next day for our next location.....
Alabama, here we come!