Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Long Haul ===Part III

Collinsville, Illinois ===> Springboro, Ohio

No pictures to show today, just cornfields and farms to see along this route. We only had 6 hours today, but we're both pretty tired from the whole trip. At least it's a lot cooler here! We made it safely with all of our stuff and both cars! We'll be here until next weekend when we head up to Canada.

The Long Haul === Part II

Tucumcari, New Mexico ===> Collinsville, Illinois

Our second day we drove across New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and over the river in to Illinois. A big highlight (since there really wasn't much else to see) was the largest outdoor cross in the western hemisphere. The sign boasted a "real spiritual experience." It was hot on this day too, but nowhere near the heat of the day before. I can't be too sure, but I looked up the high temperature of a couple places we drove through in the Mojave Desert and they said 124. Not much else happened; there wasn't a whole lot to look at or see. We made it in to Illinois again just after midnight.

The Long Haul==Part I

Ontario, California ===> Tucumcari, New Mexico

We ended up driving both of our cars...one is a 96 Honda Accord, the other is a 93 Toyota Camry. One has air conditioning and no radio, the other has a radio and no air conditioning. My brother and I drew straws for the car we would drive...I got to listen to the radio the whole way. Let me just tell you, it gets REALLY hot in the Mojave Desert! I had a little thermometer in the car that stopped recording at 120 degrees, so I'm not exactly sure how hot it was, but it was almost unbearable. Every time I thought I couldn't stand it anymore, a lonely cloud would form out of nowhere and cover up the sun or the air conditioning would miraculously turn on for 5 minutes of relief. I couldn't help but thank God for those few minutes of relief! We made it safely to our destination for the night around 12:30am and went straight to sleep....

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Road Trip!!

Tomorrow morning I'm leaving with my brother to drive out to Ohio. Joy leaves Tuesday morning, and hopefully we'll meet in Ohio the same day. My itinerary is:

Sunday: Ontario, CA ===> Albuquerque, NM

Monday: Albuquerque, NM ===> Tulsa, OK

Tuesday: Tulsa, OK ===> Springboro, OH

I'm hoping to take some pictures and video along the way and share the trip with you. Pray that we have a safe trip out there, and that Joy will have a good flight. We'll be in Ohio for about a week and a half, and then we have another road trip from there to New Jersey where we will be speaking in a Sunday morning church service. From there we will make the trip up to Sherbrooke, Quebec. That's a lot of traveling and a lot of changes in the next few weeks! Thanks for your prayers!!
And just for your viewing pleasure, here's a picture I took of Santa Barbara from the pier.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

It's Official Now

"Good morning ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Today we will be cruising at...." My official "uniform" arrived in the mail a few days ago. Now I'm a real live captain and I have the bars to prove it! This will be the uniform I wear in Congo when I'm flying.

Monday, July 6, 2009

All Things Pink

I've been a little overwhelmed lately with flowers and frills, princesses and everything pink. I was outnumbered all week long until Joy's brother Brian showed up with his family for the Fourth of July. And not only that, we've been shopping for baby girl nonstop! Joy had another baby shower with many of her friends down here. We got lots of nice clothes and books.

Aside from that, we spent a lot of time in "Grandma's" pool over the weekend. There was a lot of ganging up on Uncle Chris! We even got to go to Disney Land. It was my first time in the magical kingdom--we had loads of fun! I got to indulge in some cotton candy--mmm!!