We bought something kind of fun for the fam!
And we took it on its Maiden Voyage last weekend.
What a good time we had!
We've been talking about buying some kind of trailer ever since our lives started
including a lot of road travel (for both work and play). Hotels have become
increasingly more difficult as we arrive late at night, haul 9 tired people into
two rooms and lay our heads on expensive pillows for only a few hours before
returning to the road.
Did you know we actually lived in a travel trailer once upon a time?
(Don't most honest people?)
We thought it would be an awesome thing to start off marriage debt-free and
without paying a rent bill. It was awesome. And it was an experience :-)
Needless to say we returned a lot of wedding gifts.
There wasn't a lot of storage in our tiny home (If you think a one bedroom apartment
is small...) One good humored friend recommended we watch The Long Long Trailer
with Lucille Ball. If you haven't seen it, you should. It's loads of fun
- especially if you've shared a similar "experience"! There's more truth to that story than
I'd like to admit. HA!
Our trailer dream lasted all of 5 months when a manufacturers defect in the hot water
heater landed me ankle-deep in a pond when I stepped out of bed one morning.
I climbed back in bed that day. :-)
It was fun while it lasted, but after the flood of '97 and all the complexity that added
AJ told me to put a bullet in his head if he ever suggested buying a travel trailer again.
What?!! Life would lose a lot of laughter if I got that serious :-D
Besides... circumstances are different than they were the first time
(they always are aren't they?). For one thing, we aren't planning to live in it.
Woo-HOO! Good news.
Second, when we travel and can pull over, having beds ready to climb into - that
will be really truly wonderful. Also, we'll be hauling a ready-made guest room for
us when we "drop in" on our friends!
Besides that, we hope it will help us get a little further from our own yard to adventure
with the hoodlums.
When we took our new-to-us light-weight-23-foot-sleeps-10 travel trailer on its Maiden
Voyage we only traveled a few hours from home, found new hiking trails to explore, and
were forced to set up chairs around a campfire and
The kids thought the 4-bunk room on one end was cool, and I loved that Aloria's port-a-crib
fit perfectly between the bunks for a total of 6 Bugletts in that cozy space -YES!
So after all these years, I am still a sucker for the crazy-fun ideas my Favorite Man dreams up.
Here's some pictures :-)
So was something else that made this weekend interesting:
Char and Hannah moved to another state.
It's a long story, and intertwined with bright hopes and new possibilities for them,
but there are (at least) two things on my heart:
1) I hope that this next chapter in their lives is an amazing adventure for them -full of
new friends, experiences, and new opportunities to serve and glorify the Lord.
2) I hope we get to be neighbors again some day. Sooner if possible :-)
We camped with them for part of our Maiden Voyage as they picked up stakes and
headed out toward their new life far away.
Needless to say, Marvel Hill will feel a bit empty this summer.
(We love you Auntie Hannah, Uncle Char, Ellie, Judah, Micah, and Jo!)
All agreed that our new trailer is great! We were cozy, warm, comfortable,
and delighted with every amenity. Can't hardly wait to take it out again :-)
We also agree that it's been a quiet week without the cousins up-hill.
Always another bend in the road.
I look forward to watching God's grace unfold in more miraculous ways.
He takes care of the details I would forget and which make the journey so lovely.