(Here are some edited portions from my journal to give you an overview)
Nov. 13th, A.D 2015
We are back in Spokane for a little while! It is good to be here. Tomorrow, LORD willing, Dani and Tim will be getting married! We left MO on Monday (the 9th). That night, we stayed with the S.’s in Nebraska. Our family left in the morning and we made it to Gillette, WY. After getting up early and driving some more, we pulled into our friend’s driveway in Montana. We were so glad to see them! Yesterday (Thursday), we caravaned with them to the Northern Idaho/Eastern Washington area. Some of them got to ride with us. We took Kathlyn as a stowaway to help make floral arrangements with Mrs. L. for the wedding. It was fun and we learned some things! I think we are going to the H.’s for dinner, so I should go for now.
Nov. 24th, A.D 2015
Quite a few things have happened since I last wrote. On the 14th, we went to the wedding. It was really sweet. Before and after that we’ve spent a lot of time driving up and down and back and forth across the area visiting friends. It is fun, but busy. Tuesday, however, was pretty interesting. We were busily driving around visiting, etc. The weather forecast had said that we were going to have some high winds, but little did we know just how bad it was going to get. We visited our friends the B.’s. While we were at their grandma’s house (that is where we visited them) the power kept on going out. As we left, we encountered a fallen tree in the driveway. We got around it and headed to the Z.’s for dinner. Driving to their house was rather scary; wind blowing the car around, trees swaying in such a way that made it seem as if one might fall on us. The Z.’s had lost power, so we ate dinner cooked over a campstove. We didn’t leave until the windstorm was pretty much over, but it was scary driving through the damage. There were large trees uprooted and snapped, downed power lines across roads, laying on cars, and even the ground, roofing and siding torn from houses, it was terrible. Some trees fell on houses and cars. A few people were killed. Our friends, the C.’s were not home during most of the windstorm, when they did get home, a tree had fallen where their car was usually parked. Wind gusts in the Spokane area were as high as about 70-80 mph. A gust at White Pass was recorded at 119 mph. Many people are still without power. On Thursday (the 19th), we had our early Thanksgiving meal with Grandpa T. and Uncle O., since neither they nor us had power (although we did have the stovetop and water heater where we were staying) we didn’t make the traditional turkey dinner. Instead, we had burritos, and a peanut butter coconut chocolate dessert. It was a good, although unusual Thanksgiving. On Friday, we left Spokane and headed to the town of Latah, where we visited friends and stayed with the H.’s. This morning we left. It is rather sad to say goodbye, although I am glad that we got to visit them and our other friends. We have just crossed the border from Washington into Oregon. Goodbye, Washington!
Dec. 9th, A.D 2015
We arrived at Uncle R. and Aunt D.’s house in Idaho on the night of Nov. 24th, and stayed until the day after Thanksgiving. It was good to visit them, and we had a fun Thanksgiving. Last year, we had meatloaf sandwiches in a hotel in Rapid City, South Dakota (on our way back to Washington to pack up our things) for Thanksgiving. This year, we had a pretty traditional dinner of turkey and fixings. After the feast, we played some games, then arm-wrestled. The next day, we headed to Colorado, where we visited Papa J. and Grandma K. for a few days. We drove home on the 4th, and arrived late at night. Praise the LORD for His provision and protection!
-Highlights from the Trip-
Dad: “It was wonderful to spend hours with family and friends – and each other. Driving through the mountains, following the Clark Fork River, with our friends from Helena was fun – we stopped at a few gift shops so one of them could sell his artwork. At Boise, visiting family, we walked several miles a day on the bluff and through the fields near Mason Creek. But the best part was coming home to our domain in Missouri.”
Mom: “The first night on the road was spent with the S. Family in Nebraska. We were treated to a fantastic wild turkey dinner and feasted on rich fellowship. We capped off the evening with a little concert in their living room! What a wonderful testimony this family was to the Lord.”
Skye: “It was very special to spend time with family and friends, to attend the wedding, and to experience driving back to the place where we were staying in a record windstorm! Dad drove carefully, and though we saw lots of fallen trees and even power lines across the road, we arrived home together safely. It was so sweet to visit Washington together again!”
Lily: “I am glad that we took this trip. It was so good to see friends and family again! I especially enjoyed caravaning from Montana to Washington with the R.’s; the wedding; staying so late at some friends’ house that we decided not to drive the hour and fifteen minutes back to where we were staying, and just spent the night at their house; going to the H. family’s house; and staying at the H.’s and visiting with them and Fab; it was even fun, in a way, to not have power part of the time (we did have the gas cook top and water heater)”
Heather: “It was fun when we were at the H.’s and we stayed so late that we just decided to stay the night! It was also incredible how God arranged it so we would be in for a record storm! I am glad that we got to see friends, too! Praise the LORD!
Helping with floral arrangements for the wedding
Pearl: “I had a great time! It was good to see all our friends n’ family! I really enjoyed driving from MT to WA with our friends, the R.’s, and arranging flowers for the wedding – I was so tired that night that I fell asleep in the van, and, Rose says that I was ‘night-screaming’! I was so asleep that I hardly even remember walking up to the house and walking into the living room and down the stairs into a well-finished basement where I climbed sleepily into a nice, soft bed! They also had a nice kitchen and a large play-room. Then we had a storm – crazy winds! We had planned to visit some friends, and we did. On the way to one of our friend’s homes, we saw a utterly smashed trampoline right by the side of the road, and, after visiting for a little while, we were on our way again. The trees by the road were swaying like crazy – they looked like they would just fall on us at any moment! A brand-new roof was being torn off, where somebody made a mistake, and, right in front of us a sign was tumbling across the road! Ye-haw! We came back to where we were staying, and on the way up the mountain, we saw power lines fallen down EVERYWHERE! So we drove back up on the back side of the mountain. The next day we visited some people. 3 different households. One family told us that their power probably would not be on for a week. One of the other families did not know when the power/running water would be on for them, but the last family we visited told us that their power never went out. Once when we were driving around we saw a house that a tree had fallen right in the middle and had crushed the house in half 😦 Then we went and stayed with the H.’s in Washington, whose power was on (those were the people that we stayed at their house too late one night so we decided to sleep there for the night. Anyway, we came back and are now having our regular, fun chores again, like collecting eggs from the chickens!”
(Playing with friends)
Rose: “It was frightening when we were in the storm, but now it seems kind of fun. I liked going farther one day than we planned to when we were on our way to Washington.”
Laurel: “I liked going to our friends’ houses, going to the stores and driving. And it was fun to have Thanksgiving at the cousin’s house. I also liked driving home. I am glad that we are back.”
Ruby: “I liked to look out of the window at the cows, when we were driving and say “Moo!” I had fun playing with friends and helping Grandma K. sweep.”
Roofing damaged from storm
The grocery store during the power outage
Milk and eggs were put at the front-
When Dad and Mom were in the checkout, the power came back on! Everyone clapped and cheered(-:
Sun shining through the hoar frost
33 Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.
2 Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.
3 Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.
4 For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth.
5 He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
9 For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.
10 The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.
11 The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
13 The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.
14 From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.
15 He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.
16 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.
17 An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.
18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;
19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
20 Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
22 Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.