Taking advantage of Covid-19, we purchased a used RV, named Magnolia. This was our home. We watched God show up with divine appointments along the 7,873 miles in 111 days. To God be the Glory!
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  • Day1

    Tom Sawyer RV

    June 27, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 88 °F

    Disclaimer – I’m not having Glenn proof read all my entries.

    Our first Official Road Trip, and I’m not going to lie. It was a tough and difficult day.

    It started out the night before, where Glenn and I decided that we would rent a U-Haul dolly to get the Sion up to Indiana and I wouldn’t have to drive the Sion at all. We signed the contract. Glenn drove the RV to get the dolly hooked up and the lights on the RV were not working right. Long story short, U-Haul couldn’t let us leave with their dolly in this condition. So we went back to plan B. I would drive – follow ahead or follow behind.

    We left LA Prada at 6:30. First stop was a Flying J/Pilot, where we get 5cents off with our GoodSam award card. But first we had to find out how to use it. And the closest Flying J was about 30 miles away. This was our first time to see how filling the tanks work. Glenn maneuvered the RV great. I used the bathroom and then got breakfast at McDonalds. It took the order 15 minutes, so I asked for a free hash brown. We stopped at the new Roadside park where we were the day before with mom and dad. Glenn and I had our breakfast while I made a phone call to the Tom Sawyer RV park in West Memphis, Arkansas. The office doesn’t open until 10, so I had to call later. Boom. One night on the mighty Mississippi River.

    It was rough driving. There was lots of traffic on the road. Glenn and I stopped numerous times for me to take a potty break. We never really stopped for lunch. I grabbed a granola bar out of the RV and ate that along the road.

    We arrived at Tom Sawyer RV park around 3:30pm. Perfect. I had enough time to “set up house” for our first visitors. Karen and Carl Martinsen, severed 30+ years in Guatemala and have retired in the Memphis area. They came over for dinner. I quickly boiled some eggs and made tuna fish salad sandwiches. Karen brought us a loaf of bread. We had that plus some delicious watermelon.

    We had a great visit with Karen and Carl. We talked for about 3 hours. It was good to see them.

    Being here on the Mississippi River reminds me of the time I was at Camp Fire Camp in DeSoto, Texas and my counselor read us the stories of Huckaberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. I’ll never forget them. Also, at night, we could see and hear the long barges navigate the river. We slept with the air off (occasionally it would kick in).

    Now for day 2. We are packing up now to head on to Indiana.
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    Did you go fishing? [Diego]

  • Day3

    Stocking up

    June 29, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 81 °F

    While Glenn and Jon drove to Lafayette to purchase the tow dolly (Praise the Lord, I will not have to drive long distances anymore), I went to the local grocery store to pick up on much needed items.

    We are current in the small town of Nashville,Indiana so the prices were pretty steep. I got the essentials like bread milk and cereal. I took a picture and sent to Glenn so that if he is in a store, he wouldn’t get the same thing.

    Around 11am, I finally had a bowl of cereal and strawberries.

    I did watch East White Oak 8am morning challenge by Scott Boerckel and then the 12noon Neil and Vela show.

    I worked on putting lining paper on the shelves- the kind of stuff that doesn’t move.

    I fixed a sandwich and I’m waiting for Jon and Glenn to return for their lunch sandwich.

    We are staying at the KOA Brown county. Very nice facility. Kinda old and run down. We are parked on a slight hill.
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    There's a cool way to fold up your bag when you get there: my mom calls it bag origami 😋 ; I learned it at the food bank I'm helping at; you roll the bag up from the sides, then you take the corner and fold it to make a triangle. Then fold up. Repeat the process until you get to the top of the bag. Then take the handles and tuck them in the little flap that is in the "origami". Have fun on your trip! [Diego :)]


    There's a way you can fold up your PLASTIC bags when you get back home: fold up the corner to make a triangle, then fold up and repeat until you are at the top, then tuck the handles in the flap. You're welcome! I learned that at the food bank me and my mom is helping at. My mom taught me. [Diego]


    I only know about Nashville, Tennessee. I don't know anything about Nashville, Indiana. What does it look like? Is there good food there? Is there a Freddy's? [[Diego]]

  • Day3

    Lego block

    June 29, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 86 °F

    Glenn bought some adult size yellow legos to level out the RV.

    He purchased some locks for the car dolly and other “men stuff” for the little tweaking he is doing to the RV.

    By the way, I can’t wait to name the RV...in a week or so. Any suggestions?Read more

    Laura Folk

    The Urban Assault Vehicle? (Stripes reference), NCL Conestoga, The Ark


    WOW THAT'S AMAZING!!!! [Diego Sandoval]


    The VSK (The Vehicle for Safe Keeping)? [Diego]

  • Day4

    Lunch, a tray and Facebook live

    June 30, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

    Freddie’s- we split the hamburger. Pretty good....

    Then we talked to the manager and asked if we could buy a tray. I need one for the RV (still need to name it). And to celebrate when the manager sold us the tray, we enjoyed a Turtle. Pretty good.

    All the while we tuned into Vela for Northwest Bible Church Facebook live weekly devotion. Glenn held the fone to his ear to listen - I wish he would use the ear buds that I gave him for Father’s Day.
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    I LOVE Freddy's!!!!!! [Diego]


    I LOVE FREDDY'S! Every time I would go there I would order the Dirt&Worms milkshake. It is SO good! [Diego]