Thursday, June 21, 2007
We're In! Oh the work to do, but we are excited to be in our new home. We had a friend come over and help us unload, and we were able to get it done in about an hour and a half. Our stuff faired pretty well moving three thousand miles -- a few small casualties and a few scratches. but nothing major. We are glad to have our stuff and can't wait to sleep in our own bed. Michelle is already turning the kitchen into a pampered chef's dream come true :-). Well there is not much else to say other than, the weather has been marvelous (to all you nay-sayers out there) and we have a lot of unpacking to do. Hugs and Kisses to all who want them :-)
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
The apartment was just redone and really looks nice. It has a new kitchen, adequate living space, and a great backyard to hang out, grill, or entertain. It is located in West Seattle, which is a quick drive to downtown or other more "cool" areas. If you want our new address please e-mail us and we would be happy to send it your way.
As you can see, God has really blessed us with a great apartment in a beautiful city, and we are thanking Him for His faithfulness.
Friday, June 15, 2007
BUT, God is good and He used our "bad day" to teach trust and patience. We started out this morning with a new outlook and renewed trust in God's sovereignty...and we found potential apartments, a new friend, and...beer. What could be better? :) Seattle has gained a name for more than just its coffee, as the independent breweries here are really good as well. Tonight, as our stomach's were growling, we happened upon Hale's Brewery and Pub . We stopped in for dinner and were quickly overwhelmed with their beer selection. Fortunately, they had just the thing for us...a sampler. :) So, we enjoyed a pizza and Hale's "Wheel of Beer " Sampler. All we can say is, wish you were here! :)
And so the search continues...keep praying. :)
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
From seeing snowcapped mountain peeks to beautiful national forests , it was hard to keep our eyes on the road. Michelle and I took turns watching the road as I was driving :-). After a few hours of driving through the rest of Montana, and blinking through Idaho, we anticipated a beautiful sign welcoming us to our new home state, but instead a billboard made us feel "right at home".
We finally pulled into Seattle at 9:00pm PST, and moved our stuff into the temporary house that we will be staying in. Thank you for your prayers for us and our safety as we drove across the country. I know that God is Sovereign, but I would ask that you continue to pray with us, that God would give us wisdom and discernment in picking a location and a house where He wants us!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Today we officially ended our drive through the middle of nowhere...which is why we are now able to post! You may ask, 'what about that great internet-over-the-phone thing you talked about last time?' Well, apparently cows do not make great cell phone customers because that's all we've seen and there is lousy cell phone coverage out here!
As we made our way through six states, we didn't stop for much...only gas stations and DQ's were worthy of our time. We flew through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota without much excitement. BUT THEN we hit North Dakota, and we trembled with excitement as we came upon...the Enchanted Highway!! Apparently, there is SO little going on in North Dakota, people had to make up their own tourist attraction. I know all of you are wondering if we stopped to see this great, enchanted land--No. But, we did get a small prelude right before we passed the exit, so for everyone's enjoyment, and at no cost to you, here it is, the enchanted highway:
For those of you who are not impressed by North Dakota's creativity...I have more. :)
Being the frugal folks that we are, we are always on the lookout for "cheap-but-not-ghetto" hotels. We have stayed at many EconoLodges in the past, but NEVER have we come upon a themed hotel room...these North Dakota people sure are creative folks.
And no, we did not stay in the Nascar room...or the Green Bay Packers room...or the Tropical Oasis room, but we did appreciate the effort they put into making their guests feel comfortable. :)
Today we finally made it through the fields of North Dakota and Eastern Montana. We landed in Kalispell, Montana and plan to visit Glacier National Park tomorrow. We leave you with one more photo and a promise to write sooner than later.
Saturday, June 9, 2007
We left camp on Friday morning with tears in our eyes but excitement in our hearts. We’ve both grown up at camp, so parting was definitely bittersweet, but once we hit the highway we regained excitement…we’re really doing it!!
Our Friday drive beat all Parker records for the shortest trip duration, as we reached our first destination, Mayville, in only 4 hours. Mayville is a quaint little town bordering