Thursday, June 24, 2010

Our Long Journey West: NC-TX

After over 40 days of traveling, we have finally arrived
at our new home in California!
We are all praising the LORD for a safe, fun, & productive journey.
We made a lot of stops and visits along the way,
so I'm trying to shorten the details and choose from over 1,000 pics!
There's still a lot to post about, so I'll divide it up into 2 posts.

From North Carolina to Georgia-

We stopped in Georgia to visit our uncle,
as well as some old friends we knew since we lived in SC.
(sorry, we actually didn't really take any pics here!)

From Georgia to Alabama-

We stopped in Alabama to visit our grandparents on my dad's side.
We also enjoyed stopping at a natural Artesian well to fill our water bottles!

From Alabama to Arkansas-

We stopped in Arkansas for 2 weeks to visit our grandparents on my Mom's side.
We had a wonderful time spending time together;
including fishing, bonfires, having more relatives over for supper,
chatting an afternoon away on the swing, swimming,
and attending a Mother-daughter banquet with Gramma for Mother's Day...

I learned that in the country, it's very quiet and peaceful,

and the days seem to go by slower.
I was able to enjoy my quiet time with the Lord outside
in the crisp, cool air of the morning.
It is, as my papa calls it, "God's country" Ü.
I miss everyone there so much already.

From Arkansas to Texas-

Texas was the farthest west we had ever been...

Our first stop (after camping), we went to a Creation Evidence Museum.
I found really interesting that there was a
human footprint inside of a dinosaur footprint!

I was also fascinated to see ancient biblical scrolls...

It was great blessing to see museum ancient artifacts
with a creationist point of view, instead of having to
ignore the "billions of years" statements. lol

After that, we went over to the Dinosaur World.
There was a "dino walk" where lots of life-sized
were on the side of the path!

I sure wouldn't want to be attacked by one of these in real life! ;-)

We also went to a Wildlife preserve with lots of foreign animals.
It was a 3 hour safari drive, and we were able to feed and pet
the animals that were roaming around freely.

The giraffes were so cute sticking their heads down in our sunroof =)

The next day, we traveled to San Antonio to see the Alamo...

I thought it interesting that a historic building was
in the middle of a really big city. Ü
I really enjoyed walking through the big city of San Antonio.
And Dad blessed us with a yummy treat of ice cream on the way back:

On our way out of Texas, we ran right into a path of 2 tornadoes.

We were headed straight for them without knowing it,
but Dad had some instinct to pull-over into a certain RV camp.
We thank God that He put the idea into Dad!
We prayed for a while, and I read Psalm 91 aloud, a passage the LORD
has led me to in the past during frightening situations.
And the Lord really kept His hand of protection

over us and allowed the tornadoes to go around us and dissipate.
We stood in awe as we watched Him literally "roll" the storm clouds away
with heavy winds that we could see blowing the clouds the other way!!
We were very thankful He allowed us to get out of Texas safely!

"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High
shall abide under that shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress:
my God; in Him will I trust... For He shall give His angels
charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways..."
Psalms 91:1,2,&11

To Be Continued...


Rebekah said...

The trip to the Alamo looks fun indeed, as well as all your other stops! Praise the LORD for keeping you all safe! :)

To the KING be all the glory!


"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15

Alli said...

Wow! That was really exciting reading about your journey across the country. Can't wait to hear more about your adventures!



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