Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens….

For as much as I stressed and complained about the transition from  living in an 1888 square foot, three bedroom house, to a 2002 suburban and 10’x6’ cargo trailer, I have to say that the trade- off has been surprisingly refreshing.   I had a sneaking suspicion that I would come to love aspects of our adventure, but I really had no idea what they would be and how they would influence me.  Now, almost three months into our travels, I want to share a few of my favorite things!  I’ve listed these;  not in order of importance, but in the order I have discovered them.

First, my greatest joy on this journey has been the ability to visit dear friends in the “Lower 48” as it is affectionately named by Alaskans.  My happiness quotient has tipped the scales since this adventure began with every friend we visited.  People are some of my favorite things.  Friends in particular make me smile!  I have enjoyed all the visits in Washington, Idaho, California, and now Arizona.  I am blessed that my husband loves people too and has indulged me by meeting with every friend I could possibly contact in each area we have passed through.  (Let me insert a plug for Facebook here, for without it, I may have not reconnected with so many friends. 😉

Secondly, I have enjoyed so much the time we have been able to spend together as a family.  With Jamin’s traveling/fishing schedules, we missed out on several months with him this year.  I love that we can catch up now and be together.  I have to say that I couldn’t be more blessed with children who have enjoyed the traveling as much as their parents.  Very rarely have I heard, “Are we there yet?”  Instead, when our car stops and we turn off the engine, the kids ask, “Why are we stopping?”  They have been so flexible.

Thirdly, I love the simplicity of having our whole world contained in just 10’x6’ trailer.  There is so much less responsibility, fewer messes, less dishes, and no arguments about what to wear.   Meals are simpler, and outings to restaurants are a treat.  I will have to admit, however, that I still over packed.

Fourthly, the time of prayer with my kiddos has been priceless.  On this trip we have been walking through the book of John together.  As we have studied who Jesus is and how he affected His world, we have followed up with prayer times that have been heaven on earth to me.  The Holy Spirit has been so precious, and my kids have had the chance to feel the presence of God in their prayers.  We learned that God gives us the Spirit without measure.  He doesn’t give six- year-olds a smaller portion than adults.  He gives all of Himself to each of us.  This has been a powerful lesson that I hope my kids will always remember and live in.

We haven’t just stayed in our trailer on this trip.  We have stayed in hotels, the homes of friends, and have camped in a tent.  As I write, we are staying in Queens Creek, Arizona in the currently vacant home of some very generous friends of ours from Alaska.  There is a pool in the back yard and we are taking full advantage of it. Although people around here are in coats and Ugg boots, this 70 degree weather suits us just fine.

We have another week or so here, and then it’s back to Idaho for a white Christmas with my family in Boise. 

 Friends, family, and the God who continues to surprise me with blessings in unexpected places…these are a few of my favorite things.

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