the ultimate road trip

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After all these road trips the last few months, I can tell you that they were all just a warm up to the two-month road trip that’s starting in a few days.  Yes, you read that correctly.  That was not a typo.  We really are going on an “I could only dream it and I can’t believe it’s really happening” road trip!

Last fall, our church leadership team graciously gave our Superman (otherwise known as Brent) the chance to have a sabbatical.  Woo Hoo!  So the months of July and August we are taking this opportunity to turn ourselves into RV travelers!   American highways:  Here we come!  This is not one of those sabbaticals where Brent is expected to do research or writing or whatever it is that other people do on their sabbaticals.  Although, those things might (and probably will) happen.  But we are taking very seriously the Biblical purpose of a sabbatical: to rest.  Now don’t misunderstand me, there are places we want to visit and memories we want to make.  And there will be lots of posts here about that.  But the number one objective is simply to rest.  In other words: relax, take a break, de-stress, slow down, listen, “Be still and know that I am God.”

I’m looking forward to sharing where we are and what we’re doing, but I won’t be responding much.  That’s part of getting away.  I hope you don’t mind.

If you happen to see an RV traveling along the road, remember to lift up a prayer for our family.  For safety, for great memories, and especially for rest.  Thank you so much.  Wagons Ho!

roadtrip #4

We have lived in Central Oregon for more than 6 years now, and last week we finally made it down the road a little bit to the resort town of Sunriver.  We had a great time with our friends, the Williams, and enjoyed acting like tourists.  We rode the bumper cars, golfed the mini-golf course, the kids rode the train, and we especially the enjoyed the SHARC aquatic center.  There are many things for families to do, but I think the best thing is the amazing trail system all around Sunriver for walking and biking.  We really felt like we were able to get away from it all even though it only takes about a 20 minutes to get there.  It was a quick trip and we tried to pack as much fun as possible into just a few days.  Of course, no Sunriver trip would be complete without some sweet treats from Goody’s.  If you ask me, Goody’s makes everything better!

Ready for some bumper cars!

Ready for some bumper cars!

All aboard the choo-choo train!

All aboard the choo-choo train!

 

Watching videos from the watersides

Watching videos from the watersides

Goodies from Goody's

Goodies from Goody’s

roadtrip #3

Last weekend marked a milestone in my sister, Tessa’s life.  She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in astronautical engineering.  If it sounds a lot like rocket science, it’s because that’s exactly what it is.  We enjoyed beautiful Seattle weather (it does exist, it’s not just a myth), and had a great time being proud of our girl.  She’s continuing her graduate work there at UW in the fall, so this is just one more step on her quest for Mars.  No joke.

We didn’t attend the general graduation ceremony, just the ceremony where graduates get individual recognition.  So that meant we attended the ceremony for the graduating class of 2013 from the Boeing Department of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.  Let’s just state plainly that there were a lot of IQ points in the room with all of those engineering students and their professors.  I mean lots and lots of IQ points.  When they started to announce the topics of study for the doctoral candidates, I must admit that my eyes started to glaze over as if they were speaking a different language.  Even though I don’t understand it all, I am still grateful for all the work engineers do.

The University of Washington campus was big and beautiful.  I know it gets a lot of rain, but it pays off in wonderful green ways all around the university.  And I’m grateful that Tessa was guiding us around the buildings, otherwise I’m sure we would have been lost a few times.

Congratulations, my beloved sister.  This is a big accomplishment, but I know there is even more you want to do.  And we’re cheering for you every step of the way.  Love you.

The three kids: me, Tessa, and Will

The three kids: me, Tessa, and Will

the big moment

the big moment

Gorgeous library building.  This made me laugh because it was about 8 times bigger than my college library.

Gorgeous library building. This made me laugh because it was about 8 times bigger than my college library.

Guggenheim Hall:  her home away from home.  Believe it or not, there's a wind tunnel in there!

Guggenheim Hall: her home away from home. Believe it or not, there’s a wind tunnel in there!

A beautiful campus view with Mt. Ranier in the background.

A beautiful campus view with Mt. Ranier in the background.

June Bible reading

I finally made it to the stories of the prophet Elijah in 1 Kings, so that meant I could work my way through a Bible study that I’ve been saving for awhile.  The study is called “Elijah:  Hearing God in the Midst of Life’s Drama” by Susan Michelle Van Hook.  It covers 1 Kings 17 through 2 Kings 2 and dives deeply into the life and ministry of Elijah.  Elijah ministry is definitely dramatic.  Never a dull moment!  I’m not going to tell you what those dramatic moments are, though.  If you don’t know about them, I want you to go to 1 and 2 Kings and read about them yourself.  When you do, watch out for Jezebel!  Just sayin’.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should let you know that the study’s author, Susan, is Brent’s cousin and I have known her for a long time.  It kind of fun to read a book when you know the author personally because when I’m reading her words, I can hear her sweet Southern accent in my head and can imagine her laughing at all the funny parts and crying at some of the sensitive moments.

I’ve gone through four weeks of the study and have two weeks to go.  Susan uses Elijah’s story as a springboard for learning many truths.  Yesterday, the study led me to these verses in Colossians that were a great reminder for living the Christian life.  It’s probably worth some memorization work on my part.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.  Colossians 3:12-14

I know that summer is coming upon us now.  It’s the time of year when we take a break from school, but please don’t get into the habit of taking a break from God’s Word, even if your summer plans are more relaxed.  If they are, that just means that you should be even more able to spend time in prayer with God and in meditation of the Bible.  You can do it!  This could be the summer when God gives you a hunger for his Word like you’ve never had before.  Happy reading!