If you saw my previous post on travel preparation, you know we’re getting ready for a long trip around about half of the country. It’ll be busy and crazy, but right now, I”m just crazy busy, and sometimes just crazy!!
Making lists, cleaning, shopping. Getting out the luggage and dusting it off. Finding tough containers to put things in. More cleaning. Shopping for School books. More cleaning.
Guess what I’m doing? I’m getting ready to travel! The Courageous Journey will be going (the whole family, of course) on a short-term furlough trip during the months of August and September. Lord willing, we’ll be singing, preaching (my husband, of course!) and presenting the ministry to the military. And I can already see on the horizon lots of laughter and a few tears.
I’d like to include you on our journey along the way, if I can. I may not have a smart phone, and my internet will be sporadic at best, but I’ll be the crazy woman standing there with an IPad taking pictures! It won’t be a fashion-show of a trip, that’s for sure. But as The Lord allows, I’d like to post updates on our trip.
Though we travel often, it seems, this time is different. For one thing, we’ve been stationary for a year and a half, so it will be quite a change for us. Also, we’ll be doing school on the road this time. Now, that’s not unusual, except that this time we won’t be taking our RV. That means, not just home school, but “van school” – and that’s NO Sunday School picnic. Last time I did that was in 2001, when I had several younger children. Every time we hit a turn or my hubby hit the brakes hard, math manipulatives went rolling to the front of the van! Since I have older children now (the youngest is in 7th grade) I hope it will be easier. But if it isn’t, I’ll let you know.
The romance of a very long trip can die quickly, usually after the second week. Most folks don’t understand what it’s like to have a harrowing drive through horrid traffic, show up at a church breathless, and be asked to sing. Now I love singing, but it can be difficult when you’re mind is still thinking about the awful accident you just passed. Yes, there are lots of wonderful sights to see, lots of fun people to meet, and some really good times, but there are also the challenges of living in your car, getting lost, or feeling like you can’t stand another moment of driving.
Right now, my days are filled with frenzied cleaning and preparation – lists, lists, and more lists. I have to make sure I remember every school book known to man, since we’ll be starting school (with three students) on the last week in August, and every other thing I could need for 2 months. I mean, how could I possibly forsee the future to know what we’ll need? I definitely need to pray, as well. The Lord is able to remind me of things I may need.
I have an entire spiral notebook reserved for my trip. On the first page is my list of everything I need to do before I go, and on the other pages I have headings, “School Items,” “Kitchen Items,” “Food Items,” etc. On the first page, I wrote dates that these actions need to be done by, and of course am crossing them out as I complete them. I’m also working with a calendar (which is in the back of the notebook) and writing down each days assignments there. It’s not very high-tech, nor is it incredibly neat, but it will ge the job done.
On a side note, one of the meetings we’re going to is the one during which I wrote the children’s book, The Umbrella Story. I had been praying about a way to help my young people understand what to do when we (their parents) make mistakes. During this meeting, it all came to me – the young lady with her beloved umbrella, her discovery that it has a rip, and her trip to the Maker, who eventually helps her discover how to mend the hole. By God’s grace, I wrote the entire story in an hour and a half.
Next time, Lord willing, we’ll be about ready to loose our moorings and head out!
Are you taking a trip this summer? What is your most memorable event that happened to you on a trip?