Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Getting gear

July has been an incredibly busy month, getting moved in, unpacked, two birthdays, visiting family, family visiting us, getting the yard back in shape, catching up with old friends and a ton of paperwork!

But we also have been outfitting our RV, even though we don't have it yet (it should be ready in a couple of weeks). So what have we got so far for our big adventure?

  • DVD based curriculum called Switched on Schoolhouse for Blake and Tanner. This is highly recommended stuff and will save a ton of room compared to books.

  • Regular curriculum for David, Brendan and Chase. They are all going to be working on Kindergarten together using My Father's World. They are also each going to have their own Leapster and we have got several games with birthday money.

  • A docking station for our Wii-motes - very important stuff! It will help cut down on battery needs.

  • A portable screened in room for our picnic area. Got to keep the flies out.

  • A table-top grill. Our RV does not come equipped.

  • We also bought a crank-turn, non-electric washing machine. It is pretty compact and hopefully we can save some money by doing some of our laundry in it. We will post more on this later. We tried it once on some sheets and towels and it worked pretty well. You can buy one from the clean air gardening website. You can see the picture of it here.

  • For work we got a Verizon mifi card, for wireless internet wherever we can get Verizon cell service. So far it works very nice.
  • We finally got a GPS, a Garmin. Didn't figure we should try and tackle driving around the continent without taking advantage of this technology at our fingertips. We even found an RV for the display!
  • Several little small things like laundry bags, folding tables and some clothing.

So fun and exciting to do the outfitting part! It feels like we are getting closer. Can't wait to hit the road.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Children's Ministry Expo | CMXPO recap

This is a highlight video from the conference where we unveiled Kidology to Go. You have to watch the whole thing to see me teaching in a Scoop.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Kidology to Go - Mobile Kidmin Training!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Circle of Life

Every journey has it's stepping stones, side streets and pit stops. This journey is no different for our family. What feels weird about this particular detour is that it is in a place from our past that we had no real expectations of returning to. We left Cambridge, Illinois seven years ago with tears in our eyes because we loved this little town. Never in our wildest dreams did we think we would live here again. My sister Rachel Cassady and her family lived in Cambridge, so we did visit here once (in November 2003), but the Cassadys soon left as my brother-in-law Matt went into the chaplaincy soon after that. However, they were never able to sell their house in Cambridge, and it is now sitting vacant - until last week that is.

This little house in Cambridge is going to be our home for the next three months. While we are here we can do some much needed repairs to the place for the Cassadys and we can organize ourselves, wait for our rig, and then outfit. We can also begin working on booking churches. Next week we will have a major announcement in regards to our traveling ministry. Stay tuned!

In the end our journey has brought us back to a nice little town from our memories and will allow us to reconnect with a part of our past we thought may have been lost to us forever.
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