Monday, August 24, 2009

Cruising through summer...

Summer is not over in our neck of the woods yet!
I noticed on Facebook this morning that it was the first day of school for many of my friends. It's always exciting to start a new school year, but our summer has gone by so fast that I'm glad we have 2 more weeks of "summer vacation" to enjoy! Even the public schools here don't start until after Labor Day, so that's when we will start.
We enjoyed a day trip to the mountains this past weekend. We found 5 Geocaches along the way. That's always a fun family activity!
Since I'm usually the one behind the camera, I take lots of pictures of my favorite man--much to his annoyance! This time I managed to get a shot with me in the picture... Isn't that cute?
I kept an eye out for late summer wildflowers. According to my wildflower book this is a Spotted Knapweed. The book says it's a "noxious weed" but I thought it was kinda pretty!
The bumblebee doesn't seem to think it's noxious!

As we drove along, admiring the scenery, I mused that Memorial Day was early this year... and Labor Day is late... so I asked my husband if that meant we had 2 extra weeks of summer? He laughed and said, no, we didn't get 2 extra weeks in the year. But according to my calculations we did! What does the calendar know anyway?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

It's all good!

The other evening as we were driving across Montana (which is a very large state in case you haven't taken that drive lately) a storm gathered and the rains began to come. We were concerned that we wouldn't be able to get to our trailer if the back-roads turned to mud. The sun broke through the western sky and a rainbow appeared ahead of us. (It's a little hard to see in the picture, but it's there!)
Rainbows always thrill me, so I take a picture each time I see one, if I can. As I snapped several shots through the pick-up window I was hopeful that just as God had promised Noah that He would never flood the whole earth again, perhaps this was a "sign" that we wouldn't have a "flooded" (muddy) road to deal with. As it turns out, that was just wishful thinking on my part... and, to be honest, I understood it as such at the time.

But... regardless of what we go through... regardless of our current circumstances... regardless of the material "blessings" others seem to enjoy... no matter what... God is still good. He's still in control of our lives, if we allow Him to be.

And because God is good... life is good!

For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly.
Psalm 84:11

The young lions lack and suffer hunger;
But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.
Psalm 34:10

And we know that all things work together
for good to those who love God,
to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28

Friday, August 14, 2009

Home Again!

Just stopping by to make sure the grass hasn't started to grow in the middle of the road here on my blog... from neglect, you know!
We did finally make it home with our trailer this past Tuesday evening. We hadn't planned to be on-the-go quite as much as we have this summer... but that's just the way it has worked out.

This is what my calendar has looked like, starting June 11.
  • Homeschool convention trip - 4 days.
  • HOME - 3 days.
  • Homeschool convention trip - 4 days.
  • HOME - 10 days.
  • Family camp trip - 4 days.
  • HOME - 3 days.
  • MawMaw's funeral trip - 7 days.
  • HOME - 2 days.
  • Vacation - 16 days.
  • HOME - 4 days.
  • Repair-and-retrieve-the-trailer trip - 5 days.
And now we've been home just over 2 days. We don't have another trip planned until Labor Day... which is only 3 weeks away! (Glad it's late this year.)

As you can imagine, there's a lot to catch up on here at home... as well as being in the midst of the "busy season" for my work as a Sonlight Curriculum advisor. I hope to catch up my blogs (and visit yours!) very soon!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Life is an Adventure

That's my mantra lately. When so many things go wrong that I have to laugh to keep from crying... I try to remind myself of the quote I shared a few weeks ago.
"An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." ~G.K. Chesterton
Life's adventures are certainly not always what I would choose... nor what I particularly enjoy, but more than anything I am grateful that this summer's adventures have not involved tragedy, only inconveniences.

On the next-to-last day of our 2-week road-trip we had planned to stop by a family camp that our former pastor had told us about in eastern Montana. We just had a few hours to spare but decided it would be nice to visit with our friends there and get in one service, as well as spend the last night of our vacation there.

The campground is located deep in the heart of ranch country. We drove 30 miles on a dirt road before we turned off on a farm road for the last 3 miles down in a picturesque hollow where the old-timey church campground is located. It is literally a cow pasture most of the year! It was so interesting to see the old buildings that had been built 50 or 70 years ago when the ranchers of earlier generations decided they wanted to have a campmeeting.

After we pulled onto the campground and Lyle began to try to decide where best to park the trailer, he realized that one of the trailer wheels had a bearing problem. The grease cap had come off, and the bearings were completely shot. It is my understanding that it's not particularly a major repair if one has the proper parts. Which we didn't. And did I mention that we were way out in the boonies?

It was Saturday afternoon, and 90 miles to the nearest city. All the parts places Lyle tried to call were closed until Monday. So we finally decided we had better leave the trailer there and go on home, as we were both due back to work on Monday. It was over 700 miles home, so we would have to wait until the next weekend to go back for the trailer.

During the week, Lyle was able to get the parts he needed. We took off work at noon on Friday to head back across Montana. Late that evening we began to notice lightning off in the distance, the direction we were traveling. That was not a good sign. You know the cow path farm road that was the last 3 miles or so into the campground? Well, when it rains, it becomes impassable. And sure enough, it rained... and the road turned to mud... so we couldn't get in.

As much as we love to travel, a 1500-mile weekend trip is nothing to sneeze at... much less to pay for... so we decided that this time we should just stay until we could get in to fix the trailer. We drove another 90 miles on to Gillette, Wyoming where we have been cooling our heels for the last two days.

We received word that the road should be dry enough to traverse by tomorrow afternoon, so we are hopeful that we'll be able to wrap up this adventure by Tuesday at the latest!