Friday, September 17, 2010

Nothing Like a Road Trip

Road, more road, and more road - about 29 hours of road!

Rebekah and I started out in Texas at Donna and Sophia's home in Dallas.  Had a lovely visit that night and left at 4 something in the morning darkness.
My beautiful sister Donna

Sophie Whitten dramatic and darling

Daring too-

Texas was beautiful especially the sky that day

I think I watched it almost as much as the horizon

Oil wells and fields
New Mexico was filled with color!

Red, blues, greens, yellows, and purples!

We left New Mexico at about 3 something in the morning and arrived in Arizona before dawn.
Arizona through bug filled window pre-dawn

Watched the sun rise over the mountains and valley

I was surprised to be traveling through the mountains

But it flattened out and was almost dead looking In California
Ahh, there is nothing like home and California with it's rolling golden hills is really where it is at!  I knew we were blessed and protected while traveling and just as we got off on Mountain House Road it happened.
A silver SUV decided to jump into our lane just as we were passing him and he ran us off the road between two rod poles into some gravel.  Nice of him to slow down as we decided to drive on and see if we could just go on.  Protected  in a warm embrace is how it felt, prayers answered and revealed.  Life is good.
Golden Hills of home
Leaning telephone poles let us know we were almost there!
Home Sweet Home after a long journey.  Will it feel like that when we die and greet loved ones?
Rebekah and I listened to Harry Potter, music, and talked and talked.  She is wonderful!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

It's all In The Timing

Nate left early this morning - very early.  So that meant on Saturday he sorted and was packing up his life into his little truck.  I asked how to help and offered to do his laundry.  I got all the laundry from everyone done until the last batch of sheets and pillowcases, when the washer gave that ominous blinking message that says the front loader isn't draining.

It has been years since I had a speck of trouble and since we just revamped the garage,  I don't know where the special screwdriver is that takes it apart. And it was late in the day so I put it off till Monday morning - which was a holiday.   Jeffrey said why don't we just call someone in.  So I called my favorite appliance mechanic Elizabeth who works at Dunn-Wright and found she was in Europe for 5 weeks and went with another mechanic named Mark.   He called me later in the day and said he couldn't get to my house until 6:30 or 7 p.m.   I thought what a total bummer to work so late on a holiday and asked him if he wouldn't rather come on Tuesday morning to which he agreed.

Since I was hiring someone to fix the washer I'd decided why not get the dryer serviced too since Elizabeth had always been adamant that dryers need to be cleaned out once a year.
Mark arrived earlier than expected but that was nice and 45 minutes later was done with everything!  He showed me what was clogging up the line - yuk.  But the real problem had been the scorched lint that he said was as close as I'd come to a house fire.  In cub scouts we learned how to make fire starters from lint.  I've seen how quickly they ignite.

I'm thinking tender mercies of the Lord.

I'm thinking I'm sure glad I have a missionary out right now.

I'm thinking how blessed we are.