A few years later we traded in our travel trailer for a fifth wheel trailer just in time to go to Branson, and then the next year we went back to Colorado for the last time.
This was our first time down the Arkansas, and we took my nephew Travis down with us on this trip.
This was taken looking over Twin Lakes in Colorado
This picture was taken at the Continental Divide in Colorado
|Jake in Tin Cup|
The last time we wen to Colorado and this time Jake had his own 4 wheeler, and Dan had a trail 4 wheeler. That freed Jen and I to have the Honda.
|One day when we were driving we noticed this trail, we took the boys back with us and spent a few hours jumping the large hills|
|Look out, yes this is me.|
|Travis, Curt, Dan, Jen and Jake|
|Curt. Jordan, Dan and off to the side Travis|
|Our camper has not been used for the past couple of years. Jen and Jake had been busy working and going to school, and we have been busy working on other things. We have actually put the camper on Craigslist, praying that the right buyer would come along and love it for their family. But that did not happen, and last year it became apparent that we were probably going to need to stay in it for a while during the build, which was really fine with me, as I really do love my camper. So in June, I packed up my summer clothes and Dan's summer clothes, and we headed for my in laws front yard. Yep, that's where we were for June, July, August AND most of September. Count that folks 4 months, in about 300 square feet, just me, my hubby and our kitty. Usually in the summer I can kind of dress down a bit, but once school starts back up, I try to look a little more professional. So, I headed back to the house to get some of my more professional clothing. Then it started getting a little chilly and well, I think I might need a couple of jackets. Oh and then yes, I NEED my boots, I cannot survive fall without my boots, in brown and black and heal and no heal and yes the brown bootie's, and I might need the black booties too. Did I mention the camper is not that big?????? Colder yet, I need my pants, and maybe some gloves, and a hat. And Dan needs some colder weather gear and some additional sweatshirts. Oh yah, it's October, and now I need a whole array of camo for him plus his boots. (Mine are cuter) Warmer PJ's and a few more blankets. Oh, it's going to be below freezing? Now, I need sweaters, and coats. So, I think you get the picture. |
So, I did some figuring and then I somewhat got very cranky. In two weeks, December 4, it will be exactly 6 months I have spent in my lovely tin can on wheels. GRRRR- Not what I had anticipated. And where on past years, I would have had fall leaves and decorations galore, I have clothing, and lots of it, and holes where windows should be. No septic, Grrr. Dry wall was coming? Oh well, they are on hold for a few days. Grr, Have I mentioned that when we moved the camper down to the new place, I made a deal with Dan. One less thing for him to worry about would be to not have solid waste in the septic tanks of the camper. I think we all know what I am talking about, and although I was happy at first, as the last several months and weeks down at the property, if I heard nature's call, I would have to go use......well nature. Yuck. So to the portta potty I went, except if it was raining or in the middle of the night, then I could put toilet paper in the tank. Sure. Till, it was 24 degrees on morning.......hello!! Then 5? You know it's bad when you are excited to go to work to use their facilities.
So with the hope that I would be in soon, I went to my old stomping grounds, the southside of Des Moines to grab a few things from Menards and Home Depot, and I stopped by Hobby Lobby. I love Hobby Lobby, so many fun things to do in your.........home, which I don't have, and won't be done, till way after Christmas. AND, even if I found something I LOVED, where would I put it? I went to look at the Christmas decorations, this usually inspires me, and today it depressed me. I haven't had a home to love for quite sometime now, and everything about building makes you want to get in there and make it home, especially now, and I can't. I had hit a low, and I was getting harder and harder to live with. It was getting harder and harder to focus on what was to come, but what was not. THEN, I saw a man with his family. He was hold a sign about being out work and needing money. Now when I say family, I mean a woman holding a young child, like 1 or 2. Last Saturday was COLD, not above freezing and it was snowing, and God convicted me. I have so, so much, and here is a man begging. No, I did not stop to help them, everything me knew that he was probably just using them as a tactic to pull at heartstrings and get money. What father would actually really take their family (baby) out to sit in the snowy cold while he begs? But God did convict me that I have so much to be thankful for. Then my friend Sarah, who was undergoing surgery this week, and so many others of you, out there, hurting. Worrying about sending your kids to school this week, and the news has so many stories about so many needs and hurts, and I was grumbling about not being able to decorate for holidays? and for holiday's that I know the true meaning to and celebrate that with passion. So, God has convicted me, and I have tried to have a better outlook this past week. Bear with me out there folks, it's not easy right now, but God is in control, and my hands are off the wheel.
We met with the drywall crew last night, they should be starting anytime. Time to get ready to paint. :) Could you all please pray for the septic crew? Next week, please, and three windows that seem to be lost. Pray!!!