What a beautiful day here in the Pacific NW. Woke up to sunshine and super blue skies. A great day to attend a football game ~ we are going to Lummi High School this afternoon to see our friends, Norm & Kristy Smith and their family. Their son, Zeke is playing in his first playoff game of the season ~ Good Luck Zeke!
Motor home update ~ the fire was caused by the same thing that happened last year. An oil hose burst and dropped oil on the manifold catching the engine on fire. Fortunately is not nearly as bad as last year. It should only be about $3000 to fix the motor home (this time they are putting in a metal hose instead of rubber) and we should get it back next Friday if all goes well.
Where we are ~ we are staying in Birch Bay at our friend's Jim & Mei's condo. We are in the upstairs unit that has a tremendous view of the bay. We are so grateful for dear friends + a great insurance agent.
|View from the condo! We just love this area and can't wait to get in some walks while we are here.|
Meeting new friends ~ Thursday afternoon we were able to get together with John & Judy who are from Michigan and live and travel in their motor home.
|Sorry the picture is so dark...not sure how to lighten it up.|
|Thanks FroggiDonna for lightening us up. Can't wait to try that other program out.|
We met through reading each other's blogs. When we found out they were in Anacortes and we were going to be back in Whatcom County we made plans to meet for lunch at Applebees. As we were pulling into the parking lot Ron asked me "how would we know them." I laughed and said I didn't know. I had forgotten to check their blog to refresh my mind what they looked like. Ron then asked, "where are they from?" "I don't know" was my reply while laughing some more. He asked were they from South Dakota? "I don't know,." So we pulled into the parking spot and as we got out this guy in the Explorer next to us got out and said "Hi Ron" - it was John and Judy! We had a lot of fun getting to know them, sharing about our families, our love for the Lord. It's funny how we had never met but we just started talking like we had seen each other just yesterday. The wonders of blog writing/posting lets us know each other so we are able to renew our friendships from right where we are. Safe travels John & Judy and hope to see you again down the road.
Renewing old friendships ~ in the evening we were able to visit with Jim & Mary (boy do we know a lot of Jim's). We laughed and shared about our time with the carnival, some thoughts about plans for the future, lots of stories of our time with the grandson's and eating apple crisp and drinking some tea. Sorry we stayed so late Mary & Jim...hope it wasn't too hard getting up early Friday morning. Looking forward to seeing you both again real soon.
Friday we got the instrument panel fixed in the truck. It had gone out right before we left last March to go join the carnival. But since it was in storage for the summer we saw no need to get it fixed till now. We sold our truck to Brandon & Danalyn so thought it should be fixed before they take possession of it. We were pleasantly surprised when it was only $330 to get it fixed and not the $525 we had been quoted. Brandon will be flying up here this coming Friday and staying till Sunday morning. It will be fun to have him visit for a couple of days.
Prayer & Praise ~
~ for my friend Lynda and her family. Her dad was just recently diagnosed with cancer and Lynda is flying to Alabama to be with him and other members of the family. Please pray for safety as Lynda travels and for her dad to not be in much pain.
~ we are excited to have a job to go to in a few weeks. We will be selling Christmas trees for Noel's Christmas trees somewhere between Federal Way and Everett, WA. Thank you Lord for employment, doing something that Ron wanted to try.
~ as we seek employment for next Spring/Summer. We have not yet decided if we are going back to the carnival next year. We are trusting the Lord to give us clear direction where he wants us to be.
Guess that's all for now. The laundry is calling my name and we need to get ready to go to some football.
Will write more in the next day or two.