Tuesday’s Travels ~ God’s Protection

A few years back my word for the year was FLEXIBLE! This trip has had lots of opportunities for us to be flexible and I am so thankful that the Ali of today is nothing like the Ali of the early 2000’s…quick to anger and angry at world. Today I give thanks for God’s love and patience…not only the patience He has with me but with the patience I have for myself and for and with others.

When we left Shallotte, NC on Sunday morning our plan was to go to The Oaks of Point South in SC, just north of Savannah, GA. And that’s just what we did. But leaving Shallotte had it’s own issues…our electric jack for the trailer got bent and then it died. Fortunately Ron was able to get the jack in the up position so we could drive without any issues. But it did leave us wondering about the jack.

Arriving at The Oaks and closer examination Ron figured out we needed to replace the jack. It had rained most of the day. In fact, at one point we had to pull off into a rest area and wait out the 30 minute thunderstorm. Again, God provided just what we needed…a rest area was right there…so off we pulled.

After waiting about 30 minutes we got back on the road and arrived at our designated campground around 4 pm. We got the power hooked up, ate some dinner, watched some TV and went to bed about 10:30 to the sound of rain beating on the roof ~ we never tire of that sound.

Monday morning when I woke up it was still raining or raining again. I decided to talk to Ron about the jack situation…after much discussion we decided to make a change in our plans…it would probably take a couple of hours to unhook, meaning we would have to spend about the same amount of time trying to hook up so we decided to just keep on going on our trip…we will plan a trip to Savannah on one of our weeks off (remember that’s why we like our schedule…we love being able to work 7 days on and then having 7 days to travel and do stuff!). So we got on the road about 11am.

Stopped just outside of Savannah at Camping World, bought a new electric jack and a few things for the grandsons! And got back on the road. Again, giving thanks to the Lord that he provides for all our needs in ways we could never expect. There used to be a time that I would be freaking out, wondering if we had the money to pay for whatever repairs we had to make…not this time…we have the money and no stress was happening…even $250 later.

Continued on our way to Florida. Enjoyed the scenery, well what we could see…still lots of rain happening. I don’t know if you have ever towed a vehicle but it does consist of some stress so we started talking about stopping along the way somewhere…then we decided to just find a hotel where we would have room to park the truck/trailer…made some reservations and stopped for the night about 6:00. We stayed at Best Western in Waldo, FL…the hotel was clean and the ac worked great!!! We just took it easy for the night. In fact I think I was asleep before 8pm!!!

This morning we got on the road about 9:45…only having 142 miles to go to Bethesda RV Park in Brandon, FL.

Just as we were about ready to get on I75 I dropped my crochet hook on the floor of the truck. Ron, being the bestest hubby asked if I wanted him to pull over so I could get it ~ YES, that would be great. There was a Pilot gas station so we pulled in and pulled around to the back. Went in and used the restroom, talked to a driver as we were crossing the parking lot, each of us sharing how Good God Is!!! Him driving his brand new pretty gold truck that he was able to purchase just a month ago!!! And us how the Lord just protects us every step of the way and giving us great opportunities to serve Him.

As we made our way to the truck I thought one of the tires looked flat! Yep…well we are prepared, we have two spares. And a guy who was parked next to us offered us his impact wrench and also a bearing ~ he said the back tire, behind the flat tire, looked like the bearing was going out!! And he gave us one out of the back of his truck!!!! He left with a sweet lady but as he was leaving he told me the truck was unlocked, use the tools he had in the backseat and whatever supplies we needed that he had in the back of his truck were ours for the taking. Just lock his truck when we pull out!!!! God is so Good and knows what we need before we even know!!!!

It’s a nice sunny day today

May be an image of road, nature and sky

Ron knows how to change the tire, has the tools necessary and we have the supplies, we are in a HUGE truck parking lot, not stuck on the side of the freeway somewhere, out of harms way!!!

My heart is full, I know I am loved and taken care of by God each and every day and today He has shown that over and over.

How has God shown you His love today?

Saturday Ramblings

Today is prep day for our move tomorrow and what am I doing? Sleeping in, checking out Facebook, ate some yogurt & granola and now writing a blog post while listening to one of my crime shows…Ron didn’t sleep well last night so he was taking a nap and now he is showering and shaving to get ready to go have lunch with our Stalker Friends, Jen & Lee (spoken with a smile and I know they understand the joke). And I just don’t feel like packing up some stuff…so here I sit, listening to one of my crime shows and writing.

I will do the inside prep work later this afternoon after we get home from lunch. It should take me about an hour and a half to put the knick knacks up, stow the plants in the tub and get stuff hunkered down. Leaving just needing to pull in the slide, pack the ice chest with water & ice for the drive tomorrow and disconnect the power while Ron does the last of the outside stuff: hanging chairs on the ladder, emptying the tanks and then hooking up the trailer. Usually takes us about an hour to do all the outside stuff before being ready to pull out. Our plan is to get up at 8 and be on the road by 10.

Our drive tomorrow is about 215 miles, GPS says about 4 hours so we anticipate it will take us about 6…we keep the speed right at 55mph on highways but since we prefer to drive the backroads it takes us a bit longer. But that’s okay…we aren’t in a rush, just like to get set up before it gets dark. We will be staying at The Oaks of Point South, a park within our Thousand Trails membership. We will be there Sunday and Monday nights. On Monday, we plan to go into Savannah, GA for the day.

We are thinking of taking a buggy ride or catch the trolley to see the town and then do some walking around. Oh and we were told by cousin Julie that we MUST go to the candy store on River Street and grab some pizza at the hotel by the ferry shuttle stop…makes me think it’s going to be a high calorie day!!!

Tuesday we plan to drive a bit longer but will take off earlier than Sunday…we are going to Orlando TT for two nights and then on Thursday we will make our way to Bethesda RV Park where we plan on staying for a month or two while we look for a long term RV park with some amenities…to use on our off weeks from work.

We are excited about our upcoming move and a bit nervous as we learn about a new company, meet new kids, get some refresher training and continue our journey as Home Parents, planting seeds in children’s lives. And of course getting to spend time with our Florida family!!! Can’t wait for all those Grammy hugs!!!