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...

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. 

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.  

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.