We are ready to bring in the slides, pull up the jacks, hit the open road, and get back on our tour of America. Life has thrown us some real curve balls lately, but with God's help and guidance, we are overcoming them all.
We do not want you to think that all we have been doing is holding up in the RV not doing anything. We've just not blogged about it, is all. Even though the rain has cancelled a couple of our activities, like the outing with the Clendenin Advent Christian Church to the West Virginia Power baseball game, we have gotten out and done some things.
For one thing the kids went to Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Big Chimney Baptist Church and had a blast. The theme for this year's VBS was "One Nation, Under God" and they had plenty for the kids to do to include a dunking booth and horse back rides. It also gave Misty and me a few hours alone to ourselves, of which we took full advantage of by going out to dinner and catching a movie.
|Tia riding Babe at VBS.|
|Ian riding Babe.|
|Ethan riding Babe. He just finished getting dunked in the dunking tank.|
|Tia holding a frog she caught one night.|
|Ethan's frog catch of the night.|
|Tia showing off her frog she caught.|
|Ethan and Ian closely examining a frog they caught.|
|Tia and her Granddaddy Longleg collection.|
|A baby toad or frog Tia caught at the playground.|
|Coon tracks leading to our trashcan.|
|Proof of what's been getting into the trash.|
One evening nature really got close to us in the form of lighting striking a tree that was about one hundred yards from the RV. Needless to say it got our attention.
You know the saying that when you see lighting, count the seconds until you hear the thunder, and that is how many miles away the lighting is, well in this case there were no seconds in between.
God is awesome with his show of power!
|Tree struck by lighting in campground.|
|A closer look at the damage of a lightning strike to a tree.|
|We doubt that this tree will survive its lighting strike.|
|The kids having fun swimming with their cousins during the 4th of July.|
|Tia, the birthday girl, coming up after being under water.|
|Ian with some hang time while jumping into the pool.|
|Getting ready to go pick some blackberries.|
|Ethan going into the bush looking for the best blackberry.|
|Chloe, Misty, Tia, and Courtney picking blackberries.|
|Tia reaching for a blackberry.|
|Courtney saying something when we just staring picking.|
|Ethan picking his first blackberry of the season.|
|Bush that Kenny picked from the day before, so not as many ripe berries.|
|Ian trying his had at picking berries.|
|Tia showing me her first berry picked.|
|Family fun picking blackberries.|
|Tia getting a brier in her flip flop. Not the best thing to wear when picking berries.|
|Nice, juicy blackberries.|
|My battle scars from berry picking and I've just started.|
Ethan was my second with the next best devotion to the cause and was the one who went into the thickest cover to get the bestest berries. I know bestest is not really a word, but who cares.
|Ethan getting deep into the bush to get the best berries.|
|Ethan picking berries well inside the bush.|
Speaking of snakes, while I was deep in the bush Misty says, "Don, don't move, I heard something move and I think there is a snake right next to you!", well I look expecting to see a snake ready to strike, but instead see a baby bunny rabbit. She is so scared of snakes, that anything she hears in the weeds has to be a snake.
I guess you had to be there to think it was funny.
|Avery with his berries.|
|Ian with his berries. He did have a few, but combined them with some in another container.|
|LivelyRV picking blackberries.|
|Courtney showing off what she has picked so far.|
|Tia's berries so far.|
|Now we are getting into the berries that no one has picked yet.|
|More and more ripe blackberries to pick. We had to wade deep into the bushes for these.|
|Starting to get berry overload, there are so many.|
|Blackberries in paradise!|
|Tia, Dad, Chloe, Avery, Ethan, Ian, and Courtney with our harvest. Notice my bleeding arm.|
|Tia, Misty, Chloe, Avery, Ethan, Ian, and Courtney showing off their berries.|
|Our spoils from the battle with the bush. We only picked for about 30 minutes or so.|
|Avery posing with our berries we picked.|
|More than enough berries for our blackberry cobbler.|
|Worms in the berries.|
|A worm trying to escape.|
So those are a few things we have been up to the past few months. We hear the west calling and will get there soon enough, but life keeps tripping us up and slowing us down. We just need to trust in the Lord and do His will and all will be good.
God bless and may your path be clear of any obstacles.
Don, Misty, and Kids...
|States we have visited and stayed in so far.|