Friday, August 19, 2016

The end of this trip

So, our trip always eventful,

On the way here we stayed at 4 campsites.  We really stayed at good campsites and you can see our reviews of each on the website.

We had a good visit with Dr. Jerry always nice to see him and David.  We sure do miss the girls though.  I still expect to walk in the office and see Donna around the corner with Josh playing.

We got a good report from Dr. Jerry.  We have a lot of things to work on. We need to plump up little one just a bit.  This is always interesting. Going through those growth spurts and because our kids aren't getting growth hormones in their food - well our kids are normal and the growth charts are off.

Now its time to head back to Texas for some therapy and treatments. Its also time to start a new school year when we get there. I have lots of planning to do.

Thank you for praying for travel mercies for us.

We had a flat on the coach on the way here. We sat at a travel plaza over 4 hours and then came to the campground and had to move our trailer until 2 am went to bed at around 3. We literally have had no sleep while here.
Road service and Insurance both tried to mess us over . We just got it rectified today. We still don't have the correct tire on.
Im so thankful that God is still in control. The blessing is that it happen within a .5 mile of a service center. We were able to get someone to fix the tire and we had a place to go once it was fixed. Thank you Lord.

We were grateful to meet a CPA here that we can certainly gain some information from.

We also had a loss of meat in our freezer because of power outages in our campground in Arkansas.
We contacted the CSA to see if we could get meat before we left and then learned they had experienced a dust devil that knocked open some of their facility and were told we would be able to get a small package. Please be praying for them. They work hard to serve their coop.
We never hear back and then we had to leave for Dr. appt. - then the Blue Cut fire happened and so here we are.

I hope to have a lazy sort of trip planned for Texas from Florida .

We are heading back to Texas to do therapy and . I hope everyone on this coach dumps their phones, iPads, and computers. I need some serious family time with my best buds <3

with love,
Paris 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

What a trip

Well this had certainly been an interesting trip.  We started planning this trip several months before we actually took this trip.

Who knew a trip for a Dr. appointment could be so interesting.

We planned the trip.

We planned the itinerary.

I planned food. I even made a week of pre-made meals for my girl.

We planned fuel stops.  We planned rest stops and campgrounds along the way.

It was almost too well planned.

The first couple of campgrounds were actually nightmares in that we had to unhook our vehicle and maneuver them onto lots that we were sold and didn't fit.

When we left we had little meat for our daughter.

The campground we were at in Arkansas lost power so many times because of a faulty box that all of her meat had spoiled. That and the excessive heat causing power outages. I had ordered the CSA on time for once and even did an extra order. The CSA was even having issues we found out at the last minute before we left.  They had a major dust devil storm.  Destroyed their freezer contents and other items. Please pray for them. This is awful.

I have cried with each and every package of spoiled chicken that I have opened because I only have about 5 more chickens to opened and Im pretty sure that with all the ones that are spoiled already that these will be spoiled as well. It breaks my heart.

We start towards Texas soon after the appointments that are here in Florida.  We had hoped to take a couple of days off in between therapy but it doesn't look like we will be doing that.

If I have to we may be making a 3000 mile journey across the US again to purchase meat. I really wish we had a contact out there that could help me with this.

We came into Florida and ended up with a huge chunk of tire peeling off on the coach and a motorist behind the coach getting my husbands attention to stop saying something about the back end of the coach.  We pulled over and he didn't initially see anything.  He went around again. I drove behind him for about a mile to thankfully the next roadside rest area with services. We ate dinner and the girls showered in the coach while we waited on road side service. And $900.00 later for a tire and service wow oh my gosh!!!!   There are many, many things to be thankful for thank you God for protecting us and keeping us safe from harm.

First, we had no clue about the tire. The tires were not worn or anything. It must have been some sort of defect.  We only bought the tires for the coach new 2 years ago.  They have sat on the coach for the past year though in the heat and sun.  Extreme heat.  This is not good.

Thank God for the man who got my husbands attention. I ask please for God to bless that man.  My babies were in the van with me in front of the bus which is why I didn't see all this. My husband radioed to me and we pulled over. Only by the grace and mercy of God did we not have a serious blow out. The tire never blew but it was not drivable. The entire treat shredded off the tire. It was getting ready to blow. If it had blown it would have blown the side of the wall off. Thank God it wasn't busy on the interstate. Thank God no one else was involved. No one was hurt. The coach was not damaged in any way. We are all safe thank God. Just thank God. Im also thankful for my husband who has the skill and knowledge on how to drive with this. He is amazing when it comes to driving this coach. He puts crazy hours in to fix things and never asks for anything in return. He works hard at work and then comes homes to spend countless hours trying to fix a coach that has a mind of its own. And then in his sweet little voice asks if he can finish dinner or washes dishes. He's a keeper for sure thank you God that you sent such an awesome man to me. I am thankful even though I don't always tell him. I am appreciative of what he does.

This price for these tires is insane. The labor for installing them they have not given us a receipt.
We got to the campground at our stop and was told we would have to split our equipment. Im really glad that I book this stuff in advance and take the time and effort that I do to plan.

We were told to take our trailer off and put it in front of coach, then told to put it behind the coach. We went to bed at 3 am.

We got up and got a phone call to move the trailer from the back to the front.

Then we were told we couldn't park our handicap van for our daughter on the same "handicap friendly" spot.  Well okay. Can you say this KOA bombs? We aren't new to this game. I have done several reviews on this campsite. They have not given me a good impression at all. I have never done a review for a campground prior to leaving.  They have just ruined our only day off and ruined our time here. We were asked by the manager what she could do to make this right and I told her nothing. There is nothing you can do to give me back the time or the time off with my family. We literally felt harassed by the workers the entire first day we were here.
I honestly can't wait to leave.

We just need to pray.  when junk happens in life. Just pray. When you feel like cussing someone. Pray. When you start saying that you see all other people as an issue . Pray. Pray for yourself to have the gifts of the spirit, and pray for others to have the gifts of the spirit. Life really is too short to not do this. Check out the www.Beachnest.net for updates on the rest of the trip and please sign our guestbook to say hi and that you were here. We would love to hear from those of you that we have stopped and talked with, prayed with and ministered to along the way.

Lord my prayer for this day: Please God Let us forgive and forget. All the junk of this world is not worth the people in our lives. Don't say your pray for them sarcastically, intentionally pray for them.

Blessings,
our family ( Allen, Paris, Natascha, and Abigaile ) 

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