Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Staff - 9 - Very kind peeps here. Everyone took a real interest in our little guys!
Natural surroundings - 6 - There are plenty of trees here, enough to block our satellite service. Close to a busy street and fire department.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
What my family is changing this Christmas is minor compared to the changes our military faces when they are stationed overseas for the holidays. If you know of anyone who has served in the military, won’t you take a few minutes to try and imagine what they and their families have given up in order to serve you? Just let them know that you are grateful for what they have given to you. I think my family is going to be finding ways to show our appreciation to the armed forces this year. God Bless our Troops.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Of course we had heard a lot of words of caution regarding the dangers of visiting Mexico, but we have had plenty of people caution us about most of the things we do in life (planting a church, foster parenting, adopting, marrying an older woman, marrying a younger man, moving to Canada, living in an RV, you get the picture). We have not let fear or even caution direct our steps very often in life. We do try to listen to the voice of God. Now that can be hard to do, and honestly I am sure I have gotten His voice confused with something else more than once.
But this time it felt like God had opened up an amazing door for our family to do some ministry in Mexico and have another chapter of adventure in our life at the same time. Perhaps God was juts seeing how willing we were. A friend of mine recently said peace is a big indicator of God's will in your life, and I have always felt the same way. The morning we got up to leave for Mexico I woke up with a knot in my stomach. For some reason a big part of me did not want to go. I was feeling this was an unsafe position to put my kids in. I shook it off as nervous jitters and listening too much to the well-intentioned naysayers. So we packed up the van and headed to the Laredo crossing 150 minutes away. I said nothing to Patsy about my feelings.
I let her drive as I studied the maps of Mexico and tried to commit to memory where our route would take us, as we discovered our GPS had no coverage in this area of Mexico. Then our van started to act just a little funny. The steering was making some funny noises and acting a little weird. Nothing serious I was sure, but that knot in my gut was not going away. So then I committed and said something to Patsy about my feelings. She is the cautious one of our duo, so she was surprised how I felt but very soon began to feel dubious about going to Monterrey. Especially when I told her about the State Department warning specifically warning about the Monterrey area.
I made a few phone calls to friends and family, asking for advice and prayer. Then I made the call the the host missions agency and told them we at least wanted to get the van looked at before we went in. Of course finding a mechanic in Laredo outside of a Jiffy Lube or Walmart wasn't easy, so we decided to head over to San Antonio and spend the night there. The van still isn't sounding perfect, I think the power steering fluid may need to be flushed, nothing major. Anyway it was getting dark so we knew we weren't going into Mexico at night. Finally we settled on listening to our hearts and simply decided not to head into Mexico.
Yes we were disappointed, especially Blake and me. But who can fathom the mind of God and perhaps what He foresaw if we did make this trip. So while in general I do try to encourage people to live an adventurous life of faith and to not let fear dictate their life choices, I do highly recommend that you let God order your steps and be open to His voice at any time! He doesn't always make sense, and He even seemingly asks you to do one thing only to change course midway (think Abraham and Isaac on the mountain).
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Thanks so much to everyone who has been praying for our family and the Kidology to Go ministry! We pray God's blessing on you this Christmas!! Thanks again to One Way Street who helps make this ministry possible and to Kidology for partnering with our family!!
Marty, Patsy, Blake, Tanner, David, Brendan, Chase ....... and Kevin Shutterbug!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Sorry, if you want to read this psot, please buy our book on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Napkin-Dreams-ebook/dp/B00AZR24LG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358457775&sr=8-1&keywords=napkin+dreams
Monday, December 13, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
When I was a little boy I wanted to be a zookeeper. I loved animals and wanted to be around them all the time. We had a neighbor who had a menagerie of sorts, raccoons, foxes, peacocks, farm animals. I used to go with my sisters, cousins and friends to "tour" his farm. Maybe this is where I got the idea of being a zookeeper from.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Staff - 9 - Sone of the nicest staff we have met. Even got a hug when we left from the nice lady (older let me stress) that checked us out.
Natural surroundings - 7 - Nicely shaded campground.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Our latest McDonald's stop was in the show-me state of Missouri. We hit one McCafe with a big RV/Truck parking lot in Mt Vernon, Missouri (between Springfield and Joplin on I44) for what they called "Happy Hour." This meant they had 99 cents speciality coffees. This stop was just for dad and mom since we needed a pick-me up on our way from Branson to wherever we were staying that night on our way to Texas (ended up in a Walmart in Oklahoma).
Sunday, December 5, 2010
During our visit to Silver Dollar City near Branson, Missouri, we decided to stay at Silver Dollar City's campground - The Wilderness. The rates were reasonable and they have a free shuttle to SDC, so it seemed a good choice. We were not dissappointed, but I was not wowed like I thought I might be.
Staff - 7 - Staff was pretty friendly, although I must say I expected "Disney nice."
Natural surroundings - 9 - Besides all the trees, there are some nice mountain views in the campground.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Staff - 7 - Met one Ranger who came on our third day there to collect our fees. Nothing special, nothing to complain about.
Natural surroundings - 8 - Lots of trees, trails and Lake Pierce is right on site. Too cold for us to enjoy it much. We did see wild turkey every morning enjoying the warmth of the bathrooms.
Cleanliness - 8 - State Park clean.