When I last wrote you about our RV journey, we were in Minnesota enjoying ice cream and heading towards Wisconsin for doTERRA oil classes with our team there.
It was a beautiful trip! Wisconsin is one of our favorite places, along with Michigan, Tennessee, Florida and of course, Montana!!!! :)
Our friend, Linda and her family, were kind enough to invite us to Stony Acre Farms for dinner before our first class together.
It's a farm to table experience, with homemade stone fired oven pizzas, made from only the ingredients currently available on the farm. Organic, stone ground wheat, all of it........
SUPER COOL! They encourage you to pack a picnic of sides and drinks and come eat out on their lawn between the barn and the house. If you are in the Medford, WI area, did you know they rent out the whole "dining room" for parties and events? AND, they also have barn dances etc. SO cool!
Classes went GREAT and we have about 8 new people experiencing the power of essential oils in their homes! YAY! Natural healthcare rocks!
In the 2 and a half years we have been on the road, we have been to 47 states. Poor North Dakota, we've just never made it up there yet. We always seem to be going west and east instead! :) I want to pin it on the Ferguson family adventures map on our wall.
Montana is our favorite place on earth, and after we saw North Dakota, planned to head on over to Montana and relax for 2 weeks before doTERRA's convention in Salt Lake City in September. We were going to dive into school, work on some projects, and meet up with dad and Drea.
Well, that all changed when we got a call after class about this special lady......
This is Dale's grandparents, he lived with them on the dairy farm all through highschool. Grandma had some dental work done, and for 6 months had to eat liquids only. At the end of 6 months, she was having trouble swallowing food, so they stretched her throat, hoping it'd help. It went right back shut. They were concerned enough they did a scope and found out she has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and its in the lymph nodes. They gave her anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 months to live.
This vibrant grandma and mom to 10, went from working her giant garden and putting up corn all day Saturday, to lying in bed hardly able to hold the phone to talk to her kids, in a week. Mental game is a big game changer! She doesn't want to fight, she is 86 a has lived a long full life on this earth. She knows where she is going, and is ready to see Jesus.
We made the decision to forgo our North Dakota and Montana plans, to head the 700 miles back to Kansas to go see her. It was the right choice!
Dale decided to drive until the wee hours of the morning to make better time, so we tucked the kids in slumber party style and took off. They think this is SO COOL! They said there is nothing better then sleeping as you drive. I totally remember thinking that when I was a kid too.
If we take the cushions off the booth, we can JUST fit
When we woke up, Dale had already started driving again. He pulled over at an IKEA at 9am so we could check out their beds before we left the area. We won't be closer to one, so why not?!
The kids mattresses are on the floors as of now, awaiting the day Daddy built them a custom wood bed with ladder. This stop would determine whether we were going to build or buy a loft bed.
Not only did we find 4 beds for only $150 each, way cheaper than wood, we found the FERCHOS too! Our dear friends live only 10 minutes from IKEA, so they came to say hi and have lunch with us before we hit the road again.
Right as we arrive home, the siblings all start flying in from different various locations, from Canada to Costa Rica, and each hosted a meal out at the farm, every night of the week. It was like a big family reunion. Grandma sat out as long as she could each night, before retiring to her room again.
She still looks so good I think. Here she is with one of her sons during his time here with her.
Great food and lots of laughter and fellowship. This family's ability to pull together is impressive and I love how close knit they all are! You probably had to be growing up with TEN siblings in one small farm house!
While we are in Kansas anyhow, we will use this time to do some work on the apartment, and get it ready for this winter. We need to be able to pull the RV in the shed when it gets cold, so the pipes don't freeze. Well, that cannot happen until the apartment is done, because all the boxes that go in the apartment, are currently parked in the shed side! Its like a mean game of dominos. SO off to work we go! Pray for Grandma please, to have no pain as she finishes her days on earth. She is just such a precious soul!