Now our RV launch day comes. We plan to not go until there is a place for everything and everything is in it's place. Work schedule and campsite reservations dictate that time is up, we have to go..
James has worked around the clock for the past week and done an amazing job packing each section of the RV, making sure we have what we need for who knows how long. Then I come along with my big piles of “maybe I will need” stuff that is left on the driveway which still must get in somehow. We pray like crazy that this will all work out and we are off..
It wasn’t the picturesque first day in the life we dreamed of for the past four years.
Many “bumps in the road” delayed our travels to our first destination. We ended up going down winding country roads in an intense thunderstorm through the pitch blackness of southern Wisconsin---putting us at our first destination at 11:00pm.
What should have been a four hour journey took eleven hours. After difficulties with the car pull unit the whole way, childhood motion sickness, getting stuck in difficult parking places, trying to find blankets, bandaids and ginger---and dealing with storm fears from the children all night until 5:00 am.
Of course we cannot forget the "ready to play" toddler who slept most of the way to the campground who thinks night time is play and eating time!
As we started the new day there was admittedly an unspoken apprehension of “what on earth did we just do?”
We’ve been thankful however to have been through enough trials in life to know the promise of Isaiah 40:30-31 to be true: Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”