tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:/posts Desert Rain 2017-09-25T16:33:54Z tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1170183 2017-06-25T03:31:00Z 2017-07-11T02:30:01Z Helping Out at GainUSA Distribution Center

Joy filled week working together with many other fulltime traveling families (and other folks from all over) at Gain Ministries.  Learn more about Gain's impact for Christ around the world here

Making Gospel bracelets 

School supply care packs for Africa

Dads and Teens sorting and folding new clothing for refugees

Making irrigation kits for Africa

Packaging Rice and Beans

Intrigued by refurbished wheelchairs for Joni and Friends

Clean up crew

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1163404 2017-06-05T16:00:00Z 2017-06-13T03:23:02Z Hershey Chocolate World

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1163402 2017-06-05T03:13:00Z 2017-06-13T03:15:23Z Gettysburg

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1155475 2017-05-20T13:13:39Z 2017-05-20T13:13:39Z Archeologists at Work

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1153796 2017-05-13T22:19:37Z 2017-05-29T02:41:45Z The Hawk-Tide Tiger Fan

Hoping he gets out of here alive! He's actually a Hawkeye all the way but needed a hat back in Alabama.

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1153144 2017-05-11T04:19:21Z 2017-07-18T16:22:32Z Caney Creek Falls (Bankhead National Forest)

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1152189 2017-05-07T03:48:54Z 2017-05-07T03:48:55Z Strawberry Festival of Cullman, AL

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1151909 2017-05-05T18:51:25Z 2017-05-10T22:07:50Z Our Alabama Song

Today, as we traveled through Alabama we kept seeing this same sign over and over. It became an inspiration for an Alabama song. To all our sweet friends in sweet Home...

Attorney in the Law (to the tune of Turkey in the Straw)

Verse 1:

If you ever travel Bama there's a man you're sure to meet

You will only see his head and you'll never see his feet 

You can't really miss him cuz he has a big smile

And you can even wave at him at every single mile

Verse 2: 

He would like to be your friend if you're hurting in the neck

But he'll give you lots of trouble if you've caused a wreck 

He is puttin up ads like there's no tomorra

He's Attorney in the Law Alexander Shunarrah


Attorney in the Law (echo)

Attorney in the Law (echo) 

He's your best friend now or your worst tomorra

He's Attorney in the Law Alexander Shunarra 

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1153076 2017-04-30T22:16:00Z 2017-05-10T22:17:50Z Arkansas State Capitol

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1153049 2017-04-28T21:03:00Z 2017-05-11T12:04:34Z Little Rock, AR

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1149070 2017-04-25T03:41:52Z 2017-04-30T02:28:41Z Music Room Solutions

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1143358 2017-04-02T17:32:44Z 2017-04-10T16:22:47Z Disturb Us!

The latest treasure we are memorizing (along with Psalm 91) written on chalk wallpaper on inside of the bathroom door...

Not for our brains but for the course of our lives.  May it challenge and bless you as well...

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1139877 2017-03-19T03:01:13Z 2017-09-25T16:33:54Z Shearing Day at Wagonmaster RV Park

Thank you to Ken and Janet (Managers at Wagonmaster) for inviting our children to help with shearing this year.  We stayed here for an extended period a couple of years ago and the kids enjoyed doing small jobs as well as being highly involved with alpaca care and training. Highly recommended RV Park! 

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1126909 2017-01-29T04:08:37Z 2017-05-10T21:21:03Z Anyway

"People are often unreasonable and self-centered. 

Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind people may accuse you of ulterior motives.

Be kind anyway.

If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.

If you find happiness, people may be jealous. 

Be happy anyway. 

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.  

Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. 

Give your best anyway. 

For you see, in the end it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway."

Mother Teresa

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1122215 2017-01-11T03:15:51Z 2017-04-10T16:22:58Z Family Worship at Fox Valley

  When we started our journey over four years ago, one of our first extended  parking spots was the backyard of this special church family. We are so grateful for the hospitality of Pastor Phil and Tammy and time to worship together again this past weekend. 

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1117415 2016-12-22T06:23:01Z 2017-04-10T16:23:04Z A Candid Moment

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1117358 2016-12-18T23:02:00Z 2017-04-10T16:23:11Z At Work With Dad

We love being able to attend at least one of James' gigs this time of year...

Camera is a bit wobbly from one whose little arm was on mine and who was begging to go to the bathroom.

Heading north now for Chicago Christmas performances. 

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1115046 2016-12-13T13:54:09Z 2017-05-11T04:23:59Z Gifts

Over the past couple of months, we've had the joy of helping to wrap gifts (lots) for children whose parents are either deceased, imprisoned or otherwise not involved as well as teen moms. 

Hand delivering them at tonight's party has left a lasting impact in all our hearts. What an amazing, abundant and awesome God we trust in, who cares for every need and forgets no one! 
tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1110754 2016-11-25T05:55:17Z 2017-04-10T16:23:19Z Thanksgiving 2016

The sweetest treat this Thanksgiving was the smiles of families receiving turkey baskets!  

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1100740 2016-10-21T09:19:14Z 2017-04-10T16:23:46Z Roadschool Today: Time with Mayor Price

We sat at Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price's meeting room table this afternoon as she warmly answered questions from each of the kids.

Our main takeaways from our time with her after hearing her heart and stories...LOVE GOD AND PRAY FOR WISDOM,  BE PASSIONATE ABOUT LOVING PEOPLE, THINK BIG AND ACT ON IT!
(It was inspiring to meet a politician who exemplifies all this.)  
When we stepped off the elevator we were greeted by a precious woman, a total beacon of light in that place, whose name I believe was Katherine-(will try to find out). I wish we would have gotten a picture with her as well as she made us feel so welcome and spoke encouragement into each of the children individually regarding their future and interests. What a gift! 
We had a little time to hang out in  the downtown water gardens afterwards. 

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1097753 2016-10-12T00:48:50Z 2017-04-10T16:23:50Z Memories: Last Thanksgiving and Winter 2016

After spending the past few months thinking we had lost a year's worth of pictures (restored thankfully!) thought we should preserve a few favorites here. 

Last winter at Grandpa and Grandmas acreage before it was sold last spring... 

Thanksgiving 2015

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1093479 2016-09-26T03:04:36Z 2017-04-10T16:23:58Z Our Book Nook

One of the best moments of every day... Squishing in their bed above the cab and reading. 

Or sometimes we just find them reading together in the night...

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1091399 2016-09-19T03:34:39Z 2016-10-07T08:47:41Z Time With a Great Painter

Today was the last day of the exhibit of world- renown modern impressionistic painter Henrietta Milan at the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas.  All of her paintings are done with knives and inspired mostly inspired by her European travels- many from Claude Monet's gardens. Photos were not allowed in the museum but since we unexpectedly "happened" to meet Mrs. Milan herself and visit with her awhile, we got the ultimate permission to get a family photo with her in front of one of her works. 

        It was fun to swap travel stories and hear from her son Tal about his growing up on the road in Europe.  Mrs. Milan was also a champion gymnast (almost qualified for Olympics) in the 50's and also spent many years coaching top level gymnasts. We love all the incredible people that "happen" to become our friends along the journey.  

    We actually  haven't met a person yet that isn't totally amazing. Some diamonds may dazzle brighter at first glance but others in the rough are just as sparkly after some chipping away and polishing.  All are created in the image of God.  Every friendship, new and old, is a cherished treasure. 

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1090892 2016-09-18T17:00:05Z 2016-09-18T17:00:05Z Dallas Museum of Art

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1090888 2016-09-17T03:50:54Z 2016-09-17T12:01:53Z Tonight's Entertainment

Volleyball and push up tournament 

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1087733 2016-09-08T03:43:26Z 2016-09-08T13:38:16Z Dallas Arboretum

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1079853 2016-08-24T02:59:00Z 2016-10-07T08:54:53Z On Faith and Football

Last fall, a Des Moines Register article on Iowa's starting quarterback, CJ Beathard, and his faith, also featured our son, Jay... Read article...  A simple phone call and all that transpired thereafter has poured more timely strength and courage into our family in and through Jay than I'm sure will ever be known. 

As football season starts up, we honor and respect CJ not just for incredible talent and hard work but for character and love for Jesus Christ. 

Jay texted this to CJ last week:

“You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You. So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭26:3-4‬ ‭AMP

A great promise for every one of us!

We are cheering on ALL the Iowa Hawkeyes as always this year and looking forward to this coming football season.  

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1079859 2016-08-16T05:39:00Z 2016-08-20T17:00:04Z Slingshot!

 Philip got to help with this cool project at the shop a couple months ago.  

tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1079841 2016-08-16T04:26:00Z 2016-08-25T17:04:45Z Four Years in our Four Winds (RV)

It's hard to believe it's been four years exactly since the first blog entry and this upstream journey began.  The cycles of finding ourselves overwhelmed by life's circumstances and in the next moment finding ourselves overwhelmed by God's goodness and victory keep rolling.   At first, our eyes might have been set on what we would SEE in our travels, but  we've discovered it's been much more of a journey in the realm of what we can't  see with our eyes and struggle to articulate.  (Hebrews 11:1   “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”)  

As the illusions of safety, stability, security and comfort have faded, we've had the privilege of learning to live in the real presence of the great Protector, Defender, the Rock, our Provider,  Comforter and Healer!  We all could tell unending stories of miraculous things that only God could have orchestrated. We've met countless amazing people across the country and love EVERY ONE!!    It's been truly amazing and it still feels like the journey has just begun.  Our future plans are written in James 4:13-14. 




tag:desertrainblog.com,2013:Post/1080734 2016-08-14T17:00:03Z 2016-08-14T17:00:04Z The Best Medicine

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭17:22‬ ‭ESV‬‬