Thank you all while I’ve been away . . .

A peaceful morning

A peaceful morning camping in Tennessee

Thank you readers for being so patient with me as I recycled past post ideas these last three weeks. It wasn’t laziness, it was preoccupation.  My husband and I traveled, via our current small 22′ motor home, to the east coast to visit our son, daughter and five grandchildren. What a blessing that was!

Had a few Christian observations along the way, as we traveled over the vast Arizona and New Mexico deserts, Texas panhandle and Oklahoma countryside (with its sparse radio stations) on to Virginia and Delaware.

I look forward to posting these ideas soon but first here are some observations:

I thank God that He honored me with a patient, Christian husband. Praise God, we still loved each other after being cooped up on a road trip for 3 weeks through 16 states and 5,000+ miles! For the record this was our 11th time criss-crossing the country due to our military requirements and then being full-time motor home travelers. (But it was in a 39′ Class A – that’s a condo!)

1.  I appreciate New Mexico for having the friendliest residents and  Missouri for letting their Christian values proudly shine through!  More Spiritual billboards were observed traveling across Missouri than any other state. Well done!

2.  What a majestic country the Lord has blessed us with! I primarily listen to Christian, Oldies and Country stations, so the beauty of our nation was exemplified through music.  Adam and Eve were told to care for this planet; but man sadly, has really trashed that up! Why??? Is it so hard for some to pick up trash, bottles or their dog’s poop? Bend over, it’s good exercise! If you are a Christian and you disregard this, shame on you. God is watching.

3.  Thank you Tennessee! So grateful that Elvis’s  Graceland mansion was kept as it was and all the souvenir, museums and tourist shops placed across the street.

Graceland

Graceland

Touring his home (bucket list item) reinforced my belief that Elvis, although personally troubled, was a devout Christian and we’ll probably hear him singing in heaven.

Nashville was great, so friendly!

God kept us safe as tornadoes surrounded the area around Knoxville, which I still haven’t seen due to the torrential rains. I know the car in front of me was a Ford Escort though.

4.  One can travel and lose weight. We exercised by walking everywhere we could.  I pre-loaded our coach with drinking water, healthy snacks and pre-cooked meals. When traveling, we ate out some but ate smaller items, shared portions or brought them back for planned-overs. No excuses.

5.  It was so rewarding to discover how a new grandchild can mature a son into the kind, wonderful man we knew he always would be! I praise God that He sent such a lovely woman into my son’s life and I now pray they will raise that boy in the spirit of Proverbs 22:6.   “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”   Children grow up so quickly! Unfortunately, some grow up and hug their technological hardware more then you.

6.  I thank our son/daughter for spoiling us so much time-wise while we visited. And nothing like Atlantic crab cakes, grilling London Broil or Dover’s: Where Pigs Fly BBQ ! I thank my daughter for my generous make-over by her best friend. Also my first manicure EVER!!! (another check off the old bucket list) as well as a great time exploring the town, shopping and visiting flea markets.

Exhibit at the Creation Museum

Exhibit at the Creation Museum

7.  On our way home, had the honor of touring the Creation Museum near Cincinnati. Founder Ken Ham, (Answers in Genesis)  epitomized the truth of Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”  The museum was truly done for the LORD in EXCELLENCE. I urge all Christians to visit this magnificent place! It will strengthen your faith.  I always thought I had a large God, but after experiencing the incredible magnificence of our Creator through their planetarium presentation, I realized my God was still too small!

Well that’s how I spent my summer vacation. I’m happy God kept us safe and to be home in the hot, dry Arizona desert although humidity does plump up the old wrinkles. God is Good either way! Blessings,

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6 thoughts on “Thank you all while I’ve been away . . .

  1. Sounds like you had an amazing time! I’m sure your cherished your time with your family! Your kids are quite lucky to have you as a mother! Glad you made it home safe and sound! Happy 4th!

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