The Return Home


It has been a wonderful, adventurous, and soul-filling four months of traveling.  I wasn’t sure if I could do it and I certainly wasn’t sure how the four kids would take to sleeping in a trailer and being someplace new every few days.  It proved to be a great time.

We are now day three into our journey home through Canada.  We should be home in the wee hours of the morning and not a moment too soon for showers and beds.  The temperature here in the Yukon Territory has been below zero and dropping steadily as we go.  Our cousin, Mason, who is traveling with us said he had never been in weather colder than 5 degrees below zero.  So it is almost a challenge now as we watch the thermometer drop, to see how cold it will be before we get home.  As I type, the temperature is -23.

We haven’t stopped on this portion of our trip because of the cold weather.  Jamin, Mason and I are just rotating drivers and the kids sleep in the car through the night.  Again, I have to say that the kids have done fantastic being cooped up in a car for this long of a stretch of time.

The last portion of our vacation time was spent with my family in Idaho.  During that time I was able to hear my sister lead worship for a few events, be at the release cd signing for her band Mellatonic’s new album, and spend time with my mom, brother and step-dad.

Squeezed into that month or so was a quick trip to Redding, California with our kids, my sister, and two of our second cousins for a youth conference called “Jesus Culture”.  This was an incredible weekend where my kids got to experience the presence and the power of God.  It was such a delight to watch Bethany in worship and Jaron praying for the people sitting to his right and his left side.  The services were long, we were short on sleep, but soaked up every minute.  I am so grateful for that jaunt to California.

I wish I could say I am ready to go home, but in reality, I’m not.  I can think of a thousand reasons to stay in the lower 48, but responsibilities call us home and our home is currently vacant.  I know I will enjoy having my bed again.

When I return, I will be repacking and preparing to leave for Port Alsworth, Alaska to lead worship and speak at a Ladies’ Retreat there.  I have been looking forward to this time and the anticipation of this weekend event keeps my mind a buzzin’ and keeps my heart in prayer.

It has been so fun to take this journey with all of you, and I am sure that when I return home I will have more thoughts to share.  For now I will spend my time in preparation for the weekend ahead and then settle in to life back here in Alaska.

Blessings to all of you!

Addendum:

We arrived at our home in Anchorage in a record time (for us) of 51 hours.  Sleeping in our own beds was magical!  The coldest part of our trip home -37 degrees.  Mason was thrilled!

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