Now we have met many great families in our travels of which some we really hated to say good bye to, but we have never met a fulltime family with six kids, like us, until this past weekend while traveling to Kentucky.
A while back a lady by the name of Deb left a message on one of our blogs along with her blog address. Upon reading her blog it was easy to see that they were a family of eight who started out on the road just about the same time as us and for similar reasons.
Of course we started to correspond back and forth trying to see when our paths would cross and Kentucky gave us that opportunity.
While they were staying near Mammoth Caves, we stopped and visited with James and Deb Knabe with their six children, Jay, Philip, Carissa, David, Johnny, and Stephen.
|Bunny, Eric, Deb, James, Don, and Misty posing during our first get together.|
|James and Deb Knabe (right side), Misty (middle), and Bunny and Eric Arnold (left side)|
|Ethan running to the table while Carissa enjoys her lasagna.|
That is one example I always use when someone says home schooled children suffer in learning social skills. I will bet my last dollar that our kids will interact better and quicker than most kids who go to public school. They meet so many new kids along the way while we travel and love it.
|LivelyRV and new friends eating lasagna on a cool Autumn evening.|
|Misty getting her plate of lasagna.|
Given the entire population of America it is well under 1%, I'm sure, but still more than we thought. It was finally nice to run into some families like us.
|Misty, Eric, Bunny, and Deb talking while getting their dinner.|
|A great group of people who we are very happy to have met.|
If you are interested you can follow both the Arnold and Knabe families on their blogs. You can either click on the links to their names above or in the Blog Roll on the right of our blog.
The last picture I took before we told them goodbye was one of all the kids. It was getting pretty dark and my iPhone did not do too well, but it captured the spirit of the moment.
|The Arnold, Knabe, and Lively kids.|
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