Cale, the photographer, took pictures along our trip today so that you could feel like you’re coming along with us!
The luggage…I might have over done the amount of clothes that I felt I just had to have in the next 5 weeks, but what can I say? I’m one of those girls that like variety! Hehe! I bet you can guess which bag is mine and which one is Cale’s! What size would your bag be?
First stop…Starbucks! We ended up not leaving the house until almost noon, and I needed the java to help me out! I ordered a Peppermint White Mocha, which I order almost every time I get a special coffee, which is not very often, so it’s a treat. Cale doesn’t like coffee in the slightest, so he always likes to get the Strawberries and Crème Frappuccino. What special coffee or non-coffee drink do you like to get?
On the road! Just so you know, Cale took this picture and the whole time my eyes were on the road! :) Cale and I always have loved taking road trips. We have the most interesting conversations and just always have such a good time. One time we spent over an hour talking about these crazy insects that did all these crazy things...that led to a lot more of creation that only by a Creator is it possible to that even plants have detailed ways of life! Our conversations are different now, but still so good. He can’t get into discussions yet, but I was still asking him about things and trying to get his thoughts out. :) Cale used to find excitement being able to name the clouds. Well, while we were driving, there were some really huge puffy clouds that made me wish like crazy that I could just run and jump in them! I asked Cale what kind of clouds they were and he answered, “Cumulus!” So awesome! I love when things like that come out…it sparks so much hope with knowing that our cherished memories are still in there, they just have to find their way out! What are your road trips like? Are they loud and crazy or quiet and relaxed?
This is what the southeast part of Washington State looks like. I can’t say we live on the prettiest side of the mountains, but I just love that we have so much sunshine! We used to joke because when it snows, we have tumbleweeds that blow by! After traveling and living all over, I still love our home town the most. What about you? Do you like the heat or the cold more? Do you still live in your home town?
This is the beautiful west side of the state! It’s so beautiful, we took two pictures! I always crack up because when we leave home or we’re on our way home, it goes from dry hills, to green covered mountains or the other way around. It’s like a line that’s crossed! Cale used to say that he wanted to live somewhere that’s close to the mountains, but also close to the beach. We both love camping and hiking, so the mountains are adventures waiting to happen for us! One day we’ll be hiking and camping again! Do you like to camp in the mountains? The smell of camp fires and trees make me smile! Does it make you smile?
We finally made it to where we’re staying. This is the view from our window for the next couple nights. Right now we’re in a tiny room, but as soon as a larger room opens, they’re going to have us move. I’m trying not to pull too much out of our bags until then. Each room has a little tiny fridge and microwave, so that’s going to help a ton! The beds seem comfy too! :) Do you like traveling and staying in hotels? What’s the craziest or prettiest view you’ve had from a room window?
I told Cale he did really good with taking the pictures today and that I was really impressed. He said, "I'm going to have to start signing pictures now!" Haha!
So far we’ve played cards, eaten dinner, and watched American Idol. Cale hates the show, but he said it was fine if I had it on. Mama and I usually watch it together every week, and this week is the finale, and since we’re not together, we watched it while on the phone! Lauren sang a beautiful song at the end that made me tear up! That song is to my Mama too!
"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him" (1 John 5:14-15).
Thank you so much for praying us through this journey. I was thinking near the end of our drive today how just recently, two really difficult things that I asked you to be praying for have been changed drastically! I had asked you to be praying for our road trips and even asked for ideas for the trips. I didn’t even use any of the ideas yet, because a lot of them just don’t work for Cale yet, but the last two trips have been so great!!! It doesn’t just go from him being terrible, to now great, without the power of prayer! Also, there just isn’t a way for me to explain how hard it was to get Cale to take his meds and the challenge it was each time. Sometimes I just wanted to throw the stupid pills across the room and forget it, but I knew that he had to take them. It took so much energy and emotion every day. Praise God that since I came to you last Monday night asking for prayer in this area, Cale hasn’t fought me! That’s a radical change from what we were dealing with!! That’s just two things that are recent…! That’s not counting all of his progress and how he is now an eating, walking, talking, laughing, picture-taking, game playing kind of guy! Thank you, thank you, thank you, for ALL of your prayers!!!
And thanks for coming along on our trip!