Good morning on this chilly Friday from Gaffney, SC…yes we have arrived! Started our new jobs on Wednesday at Camp Sparrow RV Resort. To say things have gone smoothly would be an understatement. So let’s back up a couple of weeks…
Last week we spent two days with sweet friends from Washington state who were in town, found a great little Thai restaurant in Wesley Chapel, enjoyed lots of laughter and sharing of memories and making new ones, said good-bye to our son and his family, spent an evening at the vet’s with B’s two dogs…they are fine, just got into a tussle over protecting D though she really didn’t need protecting just lots of rest, fluids and to feel better. Spent time with each of our three youngest grandsons! And was filled with lots of anxiety!!! You know the stuff that makes me crazy on the inside, loud on the outside and posting things on Facebook out of fear…UGH!!
BUT God!!! God continued to provide though I often cried out privately and publicly what were we going to do with no money, traveling by the seat of our pants and lots of prayers for safety on the road. I chatted via Facebook and texts with some sweet friends, spoke a lot of prayers out loud, cried to God from my heart…my fear and anxiety about making the trip from Wesley Chapel to Gaffney, SC BUT God!!! provided.
Friday morning began with a checkup for Ron with the cardiologist ~ good report, heart function had gone from 42% to 45%, told him to keep doing what he is doing, added a beta-blocker to his medication list and said “find a cardiologist and get connected once we move to Gaffney.” That is on our To Do List for things to do in this first month!! After stops at the tire store to pick up the two spares ~ which we didn’t need ~ thank you Jesus!! Stopped at the pharmacy and readied the trailer for travel. We had hoped to be on the road by Noon ~ it was actually 2:02p when we pulled out of the campground!
The first day of travel was a doozy: flagged by a DOT worker who thought we had a wheel bearing going out, sat in the rest area for about an hour praying, texting with Pastor Fred, sending out prayer requests and then just said…”Lord, we know you have provided this job for us in Gaffney and we will trust you will get us there! Amen!!!” And we continued…in slow rolling traffic – that’s okay, we moved steady, got multiple warnings about accidents, never seeing any but seeing remnants, chatted with a couple who had a car spin out in front of their motorhome, hit it on the right side, ripped off the front corner panel BUT God! no one was hurt, the lady’s car ended up in the ditch, airbags going off but no one was hurt!!! Thank you Jesus for your protection!!!
The weather was beautiful
We connected with Facebook friends, Art & Belinda and their sweet children…had an exciting welcome to their yard by cutting the corner short and needing the help of a great tow truck driver to get us out of this:
and letting us enjoy this beautiful view on Saturday morning!
Thank you to Austin for helping Ron with the trailer jack to get us back on the road. As we were preparing to continue on our journey on Saturday, young Jaxon asked to pray for us…I think there is a young man on the road to being a great warrior for the Lord! Jaxon prayed for safety and for us to have a good life!!! Thank you Jesus for this sweet young man!!!
Saturday we made our way to Milledgeville, GA to spend the night with our sweet friend Merel and her mama, Annelle. We had the best shrimp and pasta dinner ~
followed by this delicious dessert:
Sunday afternoon we made to Carolina Landing, a Thousand Trails campground. Upon arrival we realized the weld had not held on the trailer jack so emails were sent to our new boss asking if we could come into the park on Monday instead of Tuesday…sure come on in!!!
Monday we had our third uneventful day of travel, beautiful sunshine
to our beautiful campsite at Camp Sparrow!
For those of you who have travelled along with us over the years, you may remember the year I chose flexible to be my theme…well it’s a good thing God game me those lessons and continues today to give me opportunity to be flexible in our lives…as we were greeted at Camp Sparrow by the COO with the knowledge that the manager who hired us had been let go that morning…I don’t know all the details and that’s okay…we are being flexible and trusting God to continue to provide. We have lots of questions, trusting God for this job that he brought us too and will just see what the Lord provides!
Tuesday we finished setting up the trailer, went for a walk around the new section of the campground, found a grocery store and pharmacy and just relaxed a bit. Wednesday we met with one of the transitional managers, shadowed and began learning the new campground program and worked a full day. Thursday we met the new onsite managers and their two sweet girls, C & E! Continued with training and meeting the other employees ~ a total of eight including the new managers and getting my new health insurance all lined up so there won’t be a lack of coverage ~ thank you Jesus for continuing to provide!!! Can’t say it enough…thank you Jesus for providing even when my faith was little!!! We ended the day having dinner with the Regional Manager, the new onsite managers, six other employees and the transitional manager!!
Bringing us to this beautiful
and Yes it is THE GOOD FRIDAY!! My scripture verses and devotional this morning come from Jeremiah 29:12~13
and Psalm 31:6
Good Friday ~ the day Christ died for me, for us, taking on all our sins and rising three days later to give us the everlasting hope that no matter how puzzling, disturbing, crazy and scary this world may be we have HOPE!!! and for that I give thanks on this chilly morning here in Gaffney, SC!!!