Our very first RV adventure blogging post!

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The states we’ve visited in our RV travels as of June 14, 2016

The blog below was the first blog that started documenting our travels and the experiences we’ve had.  A lot has happened since this first blog.  We were such newbies in the RV world and over the past 3+ years have gained so much experience not only with RV life but in our own lives.  God has been so good to us leading us through this journey.  Hope you will read through the various posts to learn about RV life and about the silly couple that are the Chauvins!


Hello world! Welcome to my first blog about Roy, Rosalyn, Dora and Boots’ adventures exploring the United States. We won’t start exploring for a while, other than an occasional trip to locations around Louisiana and a Christmas trip to Disneyworld! At least, not until our sticks and bricks house is sold! Please someone buy it!

This lovely 2 story Acadian style home on one acre is for sale!!!
This lovely 2 story Acadian style home on one acre is for sale!!!

If you’re wondering who Dora and Boots are, no they’re not our new grandchildren! They are TV characters our granddaughter Madisyn loves and consequently we’ve seen many episodes of Dora. In her show, Dora is an explorer and we learn all sorts of things through her exploring. Since our RV adventures will take us exploring throughout the United States, we thought it fitting to name our RV “Dora”. Our truck we are towing behind the RV is now named Boots, Dora’s trusty side kick who follows her everywhere! Our Dodge Dakota truck that we will tow is called our “toad”, in RV lingo. That means Boots is our toad!

I am married to my best friend, Roy Chauvin! Roy and I are a regular every day Southern Baptist Christian couple living in Hammond, Louisiana. I am a young 58 years old, born and raised in New Orleans Louisiana. Roy is a slightly older 63 year old who just turned the Social Security retirement age in January, 2013 and was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana right outside of New Orleans. We met in 1971 and were married in 1972. Our first son Chad was born in 1979 followed by his brother Chip in 1981. They are both grown men now with wives and children of their own. All that’s a story for another day but we wanted you to know a little about the folks going on this journey. We moved to Hammond, Louisiana 25+ years ago and have lived here since. It’s a small college town between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. We both currently work at Southeastern Louisiana University. Roy is the Computer Fix It Guru (of course not his official title) and I am the Telephone Billing/Work Order Coordinator which is my official title. We are die-hard New Orleans Saints fans. We’ve loved them since they became a team in our teen age years and have supported them faithfully ever since.

Our adventure began back in August of 2012. I started keeping notes as we began the journey, making the decision to undertake this total lifestyle change. Instead of a daily blog, at first it will be a monthly blog for the months August, September, October, November and December 2012. From here on out I’ll post as I have the opportunity to or when enough experiences have occurred to be interesting.

We hope anyone considering the full time RV lifestyle will learn a little from our experiences as we have learned so much from others experiences. Ask us questions if you want, if we’ve experienced it we’ll let you know what happened with us! If you’re experienced full timing RVers and you see we’re making mistakes please, please shout out to us and share your sage advice with us newbies! We’ve been so happy since we made this decision that we are hoping some of our family and friends will get the itch and come join Roy, Rosalyn, Dora and Boots on our great adventure!

The blogs below are in newest blog first order. If you’d like to read about our experiences in order start at the last one in the list from August and read up to the current date. You may have to click on OLDER POSTS to get to the August one. Please click the FOLLOW link on the right if you’d like to receive an email whenever a new blog is posted!

08.26.16 Hershey’s Chocolate World in Hershey, Pennsylvania

20160815_153353 20160815_153408Friday, August 26, 2016 – These first two photos are of the Hershey’s Kisses street lights in the town of  Hershey!

The most delicious place we’ve visited is Hershey’s Chocolate World in Hershey’s Pennsylvania.  We stuck to just Hershey’s Chocolate World and did not go over to Hershey’s Park where the roller coasters, water rides, etc. are located but I’d think a young family could have several days of fun here!

We were quite happy to take the Hershey’s Tour and to watch the 4D Movie, where we got a sample of Hershey’s at both attractions!!!

The Chocolate World  building is huge with several different sections inside.

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When standing or walking through the main area you can almost feel a sugar rush coming over you without eating anything!

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The creations in the Bakery Shoppe are amazing.

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We took the Hershey’s Tour which is not your usual factory tour.  It is much more of a Disney type ride through It’s a Small World.  Roy and I took videos and he put them together to create one which we’ll share here.

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Click here to view the Hershey’s Tour Video

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The walls in the big room whee we gathered before the 4D movie were lined with pictures from around the world that Reese, Kisses and Hershey have traveled to!76548-Hersheys-Chocolate-World 4d-theater-art-museum index

 These are the characters in the movie.

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We had a great time here, felt like a couple of kids!  Ya’ll come back now, Ya hear!1

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08.23.16 Cajun Navy, Donald Trump visited and helped out in Louisiana last Friday, and Recovery reports

14068277_1056850881073537_5343893679193624620_nTuesday, August 23, 2016 – First a word of encouragement from our pastor, Bro. Bob Adams

For those who minister on this Sunday, August 21st – but especially for those trying to recover from the devastation of the flood: The people of Ezra’s day were discouraged about rebuilding the temple the Babylonians destroyed. The Lord sent this message through Haggai to those weary from the devastation and painful work of rebuilding. “Who is left among you who saw this temple in its former glory? And how do you see it now? Does it not seem to you like nothing in comparison? But now, take courage and work for I am with you . . . My Spirit is abiding in your midst; do not fear! Once more in a little while I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and also the dry land . . . I will fill this house with glory . . . The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former, and in this place I will give peace.”
And from the words of the New Covenant found in I Corinthians 3 “What! Do you not know that YOU are the temple of God!”
Walking in the rubble of the flood I see everywhere beautiful children of the Father, filled with His glory! Amen.

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First I want to point out that our President did not interrupt his vacation to make a message to the nation about the flood, nor did he take time out to come to Louisiana.  Our governor, told him not to because of the disruption it would cause.  Really, seriously?  Our Democratic governor should never have said that, and our Democratic President shouldn’t have listened.  He should have stepped up and done the right thing,  along with the Denocratic candidate HC and come here to be with the people of Louisiana.  They haven’t been here almost 2 weeks after the flooding started.  Where is their love for the common man throughout the biggest devastation since Superstorm Sandy.  I believe the President is coming today and who knows when HC will step up for the common people like she says she does.

On the other hand Donald Trump, came LAST FRIDAY, today is Tuesday.  He sent supplies well before then and brought more with him when he came.  He helped distribute the supplies and gave his own money to one of the local churches to help others.  I am absolutely a Donald Trump supporter and even more so now.  Actions speak so much louder than words.  He came, he helped, he contributed.  That is the mark of a leader that I would want leading this country. 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/08/19/donald-trump-louisiana-john-bel-edwards/88989070/

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This morning leaders from our state met with Donald Trump as he landed in Baton Rouge to meet with folks on the ground and assess flood damage.

Thank you, Mr. Trump for taking time to visit Louisiana in this difficult time.

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Cajun Navy came through in full force well before any outside help was received.  Anyone and everyone with a boat rescued people from rooftops, front porches, up in trees, wherever.

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Volunteer ‘Cajun Navy’ Rescues Fellow Community Members Trapped by Louisiana Floods

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An article and photos of the Cajun Navy at work

http://999ktdy.com/25-incredible-cajunnavy-instagram-pictures-that-prove-what-south-louisiana-is-all-about-pics-2/

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Samaritan’s Purse at work in Louisiana – giving opportunity here.

A great article:  https://www.samaritanspurse.org/article/louisiana-at-work-in-the-heart-of-the-crisis/

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Some things posted by Facebook friends:

 

Gateway Church in Texas:

Deborah Thompson shared Gateway Church‘s photo.

August 21 at 12:01am ·

This is my boss Deborah’s home church!

A team from Gateway Outreach is currently in ‪#‎BatonRouge‬ right now to help with the disaster relief efforts and figure out strategically how ‪#‎GatewayChurch can help the most.

We’ll have more information next week on ways to volunteer, but for now, if you want to donate towards the crisis relief efforts in Louisana, you can do so by going to giving.gatewaypeople.com and designating your gift to crisis/disaster relief.

Also, to follow along with what’s happening in #BatonRouge today, follow Gateway Outreach’s Instagram Stories at: instagram.com/gatewayoutreach

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From the front door of a home I worked in this afternoon. You can’t understand until you witness it.

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From the City of Denham Springs:
This wonderful group of people have set up on the side of Healing Place Church, located at 600 Florida Blvd., Denham Springs. They are serving three meals a day:

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The very front of Acadiana subdivision in Watson, Louisiana.

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Southeastern Louisiana University (where Roy and I worked and I graduated from) has some great student athletes who helped many families by gutting their homes.

http://www.actionnews17.com/southeastern/southeastern-athletics-honored-to-give-back-to-community-1675081

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First Baptist Church of Ponchatoula serving as a distribution location for all the things kind folks are contributing

A great article about FBCP.

http://baptistmessage.com/serving-hands-feet-jesus/

A video about the media not covering this disaster like they should.

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An article in the Baton Rouge newspaper about the devastation in Denham Springs, Louisiana

http://www.theadvocate.com/louisiana_flood_2016/article_482c9e88-66a2-11e6-84f3-6391f30964b0.html

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University of South Carolina delivering to LSU’s Tiger Stadium

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An article about USC helping by sending supplies. http://www.wbrz.com/news/returning-favor-usc-truck-arrives-in-br-with-supplies

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Marvin Poole, pastor at Chip’s church The Harbor in Hammond – a contribution opportunity here as well.  The video will not show up unless you click on the words “Watch on facebook” in the middle of the big black box.

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First Baptist in Ponchatoula is serving as a distribution center for supplies for cleaning up and necessities for l ife.

https://www.facebook.com/HeathAllenWDSU/videos/957804334329336/

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Ponchatoula High, where Chip and Chad graduated from, is also serving as a distribution center.  Many of the high schoolers have pitched to help with this.

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Mormon Helping Hands. 500 men and women gathered at the Church on Old Baton Rouge Hwy and received work orders for gutting houses in flooded areas on Saturday and Sunday. Churches at three other nearby locations were doing the same thing: Baton Rouge, Gonzales, and Zachary. Workers will come for each upcoming weekend until all orders for help are complete. Workers are mostly Mormons from surrounding states. But some have flown in at their own expense to help from the mountain west and other areas. Some were former missionaries who served here. Heartwarming Christlike service. .

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One thing that shouts out to me big and strong is that Christians are stepping up, being God’s Hands and Feet throughout the disaster and recovery of Louisiana.  We serve a very Big God and I believe His people’s actions have put a huge smile on His face!

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Contribution opportunities:

This first is a message to those in need but you can use the information here to contact the churches who are giving need if you wan to contribute to them to help others,

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BaptistAssociations Southeast Louisiana

Our voicemail for the office is locked so we are unable to check messages and respond. We are trying to reply to all who have contacted our office by phone or email. We are very grateful to the volunteers currently helping us answer phones and emails.

Please help us by sharing the following information:

For those who need assistance with clean out from the flood, can apply for assistance at the location nearest to you. These 5 locations are open today and you can fill out an application:

1) The Lord’s Church 1936 Hwy 440 Kentwood, LA 70444 Phone: 985-229-8521

2) First Baptist Church, Zachary 4200 Main Street Zachary, LA 70791 Phone: 225-654-2755

3) Istrouma Baptist Church 10500 Sam Rushing Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70816

4) Zoar Baptist Church 11848 Hooper Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70818

5) Woodland Park Baptist Church, Hammond 1909 J W Davis Dr, Hammond, LA 70403

If you need help with other needs, please visit: www.lbc.org and click on “Looking for Disaster Relief Updates & Forms” and Scroll down to “Find Help Near You”. Or you can email my Administrative Assistant at missions@basela.org

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Roy and I visited Washington, DC and enjoyed it tremendously.  It wore both of us out and I believe I had heat exhaustion because I couldn’t get around well for a couple of days after being in high 90 degree heat and full sunshine all day Friday.  I feel better today which is Tuesday.   We are on our way to Suffolk, Virginia to stay at a Boondocker’s Welcome couple’s home for 7 days.  A lot of rest and relaxation is all we are planning for now!

I do plan to share with ya’ll our adventures in Gettysburg, Hershey and Washington.  I’ve been working on sifting through the hundreds of photos we’ve taken and will publish them one at a time when ready!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

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08.24.16 Gettysburg Battlefield Tour in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

20160812_110857Wednesday, August 24, 2016 – So what do you think it would be like to visit the Gettysburg Battlefield.  We had no better idea than you probably have if you haven’t been here and last week we got to tour the battlefield!

I’m sure I learned all the correct information at some time during my education but it got lost among the information that accumulates from living over the decades!

First, I thought it was a football sized battlefield – oh far from it – it covers an area 3.33 by 5.33 miles.  Wow!

Second, I thought it went on for a long time (kind of like modern day wars do) – no it went on for only three days – July 1 – 3, 1863.

Next, I had no idea that the casualty toll from the two armies was  between 46,000 and 51,000 casualties. Union casualties were 23,055 (3,155 killed, 14,531 wounded, 5,369 captured or missing), while Confederate casualties are more difficult to estimate.

Lastly, there are obviously not soldiers still out there fighting so I had no clue about how they would depict everything.  Along with the auto tour I’ll describe below, there are monuments from every state that fought with information about those who fought and died. There are monuments from every unit that fought.  As of 2008, the National Park Service unit managed 1,320 monuments and markers, 410 cannons, 148 historic buildings. Each monument and marker tells the story of what happened there and when.

This is a map of the Battle of Gettysburg.  The current city of Gettysburg is in the very middle.

It’s obvious that my history knowledge left me and I had to do some reading up on Gettysburg so that I could appreciate it while touring.

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Here is a summary of Gettysburg I found on Wikipedia.  I would normally delete the blue links to more information but I know there are History buffs who will want to read and know more than just these few paragraphs, so click away, but don’t forget to come back to the see the photos we took.

The Battle of Gettysburg (local Listeni/ˈɡɛtsbɜːrɡ/, with an /s/ sound)[12] was fought July 1–3, 1863, in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, by Union and Confederate forces during the American Civil War. The battle involved the largest number of casualties of the entire war[13] and is often described as the war’s turning point.[14] Union Maj. Gen. George Meade‘s Army of the Potomac defeated attacks by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee‘s Army of Northern Virginia, ending Lee’s attempt to invade the North.

After his success at Chancellorsville in Virginia in May 1863, Lee led his army through the Shenandoah Valley to begin his second invasion of the North—the Gettysburg Campaign. With his army in high spirits, Lee intended to shift the focus of the summer campaign from war-ravaged northern Virginia and hoped to influence Northern politicians to give up their prosecution of the war by penetrating as far as Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, or even Philadelphia. Prodded by President Abraham Lincoln, Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker moved his army in pursuit, but was relieved of command just three days before the battle and replaced by Meade.

Elements of the two armies initially collided at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863, as Lee urgently concentrated his forces there, his objective being to engage the Union army and destroy it. Low ridges to the northwest of town were defended initially by a Union cavalry division under Brig. Gen. John Buford, and soon reinforced with two corps of Union infantry. However, two large Confederate corps assaulted them from the northwest and north, collapsing the hastily developed Union lines, sending the defenders retreating through the streets of town to the hills just to the south.

On the second day of battle, most of both armies had assembled. The Union line was laid out in a defensive formation resembling a fishhook. In the late afternoon of July 2, Lee launched a heavy assault on the Union left flank, and fierce fighting raged at Little Round Top, the Wheatfield, Devil’s Den, and the Peach Orchard. On the Union right, Confederate demonstrations escalated into full-scale assaults on Culp’s Hill and Cemetery Hill. All across the battlefield, despite significant losses, the Union defenders held their lines.

On the third day of battle, fighting resumed on Culp’s Hill, and cavalry battles raged to the east and south, but the main event was a dramatic infantry assault by 12,500 Confederates against the center of the Union line on Cemetery Ridge, known as Pickett’s Charge. The charge was repulsed by Union rifle and artillery fire, at great loss to the Confederate army.

Lee led his army on a torturous retreat back to Virginia. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers from both armies were casualties in the three-day battle, the most costly in US history.

On November 19, President Lincoln used the dedication ceremony for the Gettysburg National Cemetery to honor the fallen Union soldiers and redefine the purpose of the war in his historic Gettysburg Address.

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There are several ways to tour the battlefield, we chose to drive ourselves.  We purchased their book loaded with information and followed the three CD set telling about the battle at each stop along the tour.  Each stop is clearly marked as you’ll see in our photos.  While we considered ourselves doing the short version of the tour we were probably there 6 hours driving around, getting out and reading information, listening to the CD and snapping pictures. The book and CD cost $30.  Our granddaughter Kallie loves History so we’ll send all that to her now!

This is the map we followed on our auto tour. The route is 26 miles long.

It is unusually hot in Pennsylvania right now but we stuck with it until the end!  Roy is in no way a History enthusiast but he went along and made the day great for me!

The neat thing about the driving tour is that you do it at your own pace, see what you want and drive by the rest.

Okay, so here are photos we took throughout the Battlefield.

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I know, lots of pictures.  There were four times that many originally!  We next visited Hershey’s Chocolate World in Hershey’s Pennsylvania.  Definitely a place to take children for vacation.  Their amusement park and water park are fabulous and the part we experienced at the main building was wonderful!!

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08.18.16 Update on Trinity church building flooding, members flooding and other Louisiana flooding updates

14022199_1572706876372363_3889962463400686569_nThursday, August 18, 2016 – One week ago the rains started in a historic rate that flooded town after town after city in Southern Louisiana. Roy and I are in Pennsylvania so I know what is being seen by the nation. Since the media hasn’t given the national coverage that I want to provide some of that missing information so you’ll have a better picture of the devastation.  A lot of this came from friends in Louisiana on Facebook.

We have been sightseeing and saw Gettyburg Battlefield, the Hershey’s Chocolate World and will tour Washington DC tomorrow.  I haven’t been able to bring13932789_1081741431915390_6871360211621322296_n myself to share the great things we’re seeing and doing until I got this blog published.  Please, please (not to push my viewer numbers up) share the link to this blog with anyone you know around the country so they will know about the need.

We are not there and I really don’t know what it’s like to have your house, business, church and all your worldly goods flash flooded out the doors, windows and roofs. My effort is such a tiny picture of what’s happening in these cities and towns.

All of the photos below are clickable to enlarge them.

This is a 56 hour radar picture of the rain continuing over and over to pour down over the same areas. Some cities such as Sorrento didn’t start to flood until afters.

My dear friend Cindy’s husband Paul shared this photo that shows very clearly the type of flooding so many experienced. Keep in mind that this was taken in the morning 7:00 am. It continued to rise another 5 feet by 3 pm that day.  I looks like they live in the middle of a rushing river.  This took everyone by such surprise.

I thought this was a good representation of some of the flooding.

I’m so proud of our Southeastern Lions who came through to go to residents homes and help gut out their homes.  Hundreds of young people did this.  Other Universities in our state sent students to help with the gutting.  I’m hopeful that groups of people from around the country will now come here and help our area like they came to help New Orleans after Katrina.

Here’s some of the Lion’s helping gut Ms. Emily Wall’s home.  She is a dear 95 year old church member at Trinity.  The L they are displaying is our Lion Up sign showing Southeastern Louisiana University school pride.  Look at Ms. Emily joining them in it.  I know they were a blessing to her and for sure she was a blessing to them!!14040172_10207223792099111_6492714049007301271_n 14068241_10207223785298941_8511304983025172974_n

Other Southeastern Lion’s wiling to help out!

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14053969_1231411070226401_7791616172224121398_nI am extremely disappointed in our President who hasn’t come to this area to see it for himself, even a week after it started.  He’s on vacation and I guess couldn’t be bothered by Louisianians in their desperate time of need. He found the time to leave vacation to raise funds for HC (I can’t bear to say her whole name) but not for real citizens.  Very disappointing, though hardly anything new.  Just read that Donald Trump is going to visit the devastated areas tomorrow.  Go Donald!!!

In Livingston Parish alone over 75 percent of all homes, buildings, churches are destroyed.  School has been cancelled until further notice.  Teachers, students, other staff have to deal with their personal loses and the schools are in no condition for teaching to go on.

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Just a few cities flooding in the Baton Rouge and Livingston Parish area. Not even all of those in that area.

Louisianians are resilient and made of tough stuff.  I’ve read over and over that while they lost everything there are people in worse shape, go help them.  Our residents take care of each other whether they know them or not, regardless of race and any other difference.  Food is being prepared by locals by the many thousands of meals a day to help those in need.  I haven’t even covered the Cajun Navy which is a wonderful group of folks using their own vehicles, boats, etc. to rescue people since outside help is so slow.  Perhaps another time.

This was the message our Transitional Pastor, Rev. Bob Adams sent out to our church members several days ago when the flooding began  They had Wednesday night prayer meeting in the sanctuary with walls torn out and all the buildings gutted as needed.

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To all the dear people of Trinity Baptist Church, Pumpkin Center: Whether you are hunkered down in your home, fearfully watching the water rise, or displaced because your home is flooding . . . please know – The Lord Jesus is now as fully present with you as He is in the sweetest moment of gathered worship. He knows the thoughts that race through your mind and the feelings that surge in your heart. He not only knows these things about you, He receives them and asks you to trust all this up to Him – that which is of faith and that which doesn’t seem to have faith in it. Trust all of it to Him so that He may make Himself known to you in all the various moments of this ordeal. This will not overwhelm Him and He has you in His hands. In Him you will not be overwhelmed so you don’t need to be afraid. Grace to you! Pastor Bob. (Please share this with those who need it. Thank you.)

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We were able to have a service at church tonight. It was hard to see the walls cut and the baseboards gone. Hard seeing the waterline on the pews that hadn’t been cleaned off yet. Difficult to see the debris pulled out of the other buildings sitting on the sidewalks. I couldn’t go in the other buildings to face that yet. But it’s not lost on me how fortunate we are at Trinity. The water moved out fast. For the most part, our sanctuary was spared. Many of you have lost so much. This is just a building, but it’s a place of spiritual refuge. The thought of losing the place I gather with my church family is unfathomable. Some of you have had that loss. Just know that you and your church family will come through this. God will not leave you. He will sustain you and give you strength. In the meantime, if you need a church to worship in and another church family to visit with, our doors are open to you. We will have Sunday school and worship service Sunday. We will have a special service Sunday to lift up our prayers and our needs to the Lord. If you need a specific prayer, let us know.

The following are photos I saved from friends Facebook posts.  They are in no particular order, except that I’ve separated the photos of Trinity from the others.

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14054217_1231410966893078_4138523027129778226_nThis first picture below is of the Interstate at Denham Springs.  That’s what it normally looked like.  The second is what it looked like for several days.

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A young man we know, David Cougle, posted this on Facebook today and gave me permission to share with you his thoughts:

These pictures are taken in the Baton Rouge area, where I attended law school from 2005-2008. I currently live an hour and 15 minutes from all of this, and was blessed to have been spared. Tens of thousands were not so fortunate.

It is amazing how much more President Bush did after Katrina for Louisiana, yet still was fiercely criticized, while President Obama is playing golf and the media hasn’t even touched him. The media has, overwhelmingly, ignored what is going on in Louisiana right now.

A good reminder of what I always tell people: the media is interested in shaping opinion, not reporting facts.

The Baton Rouge newspaper The Advocate published this about President Obamas neglect of Louisiana during this time.  It’s a well written article.  Please read:

http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/opinion/our_views/article_f1ce22ee-64b4-11e6-b11a-a393ff25161d.html

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The beautiful little town of Albany, just down the road from where we use to live on Wardline Road in Hammond.  That house was spared.

A lot of the residents of all of these areas had no Flood insurance because it wasn’t required.  They had never flooded before.

Links to some articles:

http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268748/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=f0CiWw4q

http://www.wwltv.com/ext/news/nation-now/louisiana-flooding-is-worst-disaster-since-sandy-but-people-arent-talking-about-it/289/nationnow/eZDtKvJy92OKIYUESI6US

Most, other than Baton Rouge and Denham Springs are towns whose schools, groceries, homes, churches, horses, cows, fire department, police departments and the lsit goes on of busineses that were destroyed.  With such widespread devastation I don’t know how this area can recover without assistance from folks around the country who are comfortable at home reading this.

Up to 12 Northshore Baptist churches now on the flooded list:

  1. Blood River, Albany
  2. Crossgate FBC, Robert
  3. Ebenezer, Hammond
  4. FBC, Springfield
  5. French Corner, Ponchatoula
  6. Hillside, Albany
  7. Mt. Calvary, Independence
  8. New Hope, Independence
  9. Old Zion Hill, Tickfaw
  10. Trinity, Pumpkin Center
  11. Woodland, Springfield
  12. Woodland Park River Road Campus, Hammond

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Here’s some Trinity photos:

Parsonage (where the pastor lives)

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I feel like this didn’t turn out like an orderly post as I usually strive to do.  It’s kind of a hodge podge of information.

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These are great folks who are doing so much. I’m sure contributions would help them do more.

I request that any contributions you may wish to make be made to Samaritans Purse via their website at:  https://www.samaritanspurse.org/article/floods-overwhelm-parts-of-louisiana-and-mississippi/?utm_source=Ggl&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=m_YGND-B16V_GGLSP-LAFloods-ETA

The Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief via their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SBC-Disaster-Relief-248933738262/?pnref=story.unseen-section

The Tangipahoa Humane Society (Animal Shelter) has different but just as great needs.  Here’s a link to where you can give to them.  https://www.gofundme.com/2j453p7w

If you would like to contribute to our church’s recovery I’ll get that information for you, just let us know.  If you are close enough and able bodied and would want to help with the manual work at the church or people’s homes I’d be glad to put you in touch with the person that knows where the need is.

That’s about all I can write and share.  As time goes on and things change I’ll share what I’m seeing from my Louisiana friends and family on Facebook.   Prayers are the biggest thing I can request.   Some folks you can pray for by name are:

Jamie and Nicholas Varnado

Debbie Sims Berteau

Barbara and Randy Davis

Tony and Liz Martin

Kim and George Martin

Donna and Chuck Methvien

First United Pentecostal Church in Holden

Jacqueline Wagner

Kristen Wagner and Joe

Cindy and Paul LeBlanc

Jeffrey and Michelle Hill

Trinity Baptist Church

Ms. Emily Wall (she’s 95)

Elaine and Bruce Taylor

Joe Dick

Tommy Mocsary

Lauren Myers and her family in Gonzales

Anna Adamcewicz Woodall

On a personal note, our home in Amite, Louisiana was spared.  Both of our son’s homes were spared, one in Ponchatoula and one in Baton Rouge.  So very thankful for that!

Ya’ll come back now and please keep Louisiana in your prayers.  They have months and months of work ahead of them trying to rebuild homes and businesses.

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08.13.16 Update on the flooding at our home church, Trinity Baptist in Hammond Louisiana

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Just got an update on the flooding situation at our home church, Trinity Baptist in Hammond Louisiana. Worship services tomorrow were cancelled and now we can see why. Watching the flooding in other places has been bad but this has me crying. Our previous pastor, Randy and his wife Barbara’s house is flooded.  So many of our friends and families houses are flooded and now our home church. All buildings have water in them now. Photos and video below. I will update as more come in. The waters are still rising. It’s around 4:30 pm there now on Saturday and these were just taken.

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The video I had is not working on here.  I’ll keep trying.  Please pray for this wonderful group of believers.  Bad things do happen to good people.  God never promised it wouldn’t.  I can guarantee that turn this terrible event (being lead by God) into a blessing in some way.  My son Chip just wrote to me that “God has plans bigger than what we can see!”  We serve an awesome God who truly will see our church through this.

Love and prayers to all those affected, from the Chauvins in Pennsylvania.

 

08.13.16 Gettysburg Battlefield, reenactment in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania AND Please Pray for Louisiana

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I had us looking for an actual battle reenactment and that’s not what they were doing!  We drove back to the original location for the 2 pm event and did get to see that one.  It wasn’t exactly a reenactment, more like a presentation. There were several soldiers dressed in Union uniforms there presenting several different aspects of what soldiers back then fought with their guns and how they did it.

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It was close to 100 degrees here today and the men had on wool Union uniforms.  I felt sorry for them the whole time they were out there.  We had on shorts and tank tops and they were overly hotly dressed.  This group represented the 124th regiment from New York.  These guys have come one weekend a month for the last 20 years to make this presentation.

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Riffles were shot many times in various manners and formations.  Two young boys accompanied them, one playing the drum and one playing the bugle.

20160813_135645One video depicts them with the bayonet attached to their rifles.  The other video is of the soldiers firing their weapons in a specific order.

After this demonstration we followed them back to their camp where they actually spend the night in these real civil war replica tents.  I’d be skipping out on this to find the closest hotel with air conditioning.  the men did strip off their heavy wool outer jackets when we got back to their camp.  They then shared with information about the objects and tents we saw there.

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We’re back at our RV, thankful that we got to see that.  We’ve been fairly glued to the television when we’re home due to the flooding occuring in our hometowns of Hammond and Amite in Louisiana.  It’s terrible everywhere around those areas including many areas in Baton Rouge.  Our church on Pumpkin Center Road has cancelled service in the morning because so many members are trapped in their homes or are trying to deal with their homes flooding.  Several friends of ours have water in their homes and the water will continue to rise possibly 8 inches over the next 24 hours. Please, please keep all those people in your prayers.  This is the worse flooding these areas have seen ever in some cases.

So many awful photos of flooding are all over facebook right now documenting the flooding.  This is just one of many videos.  I chose to include this one because it is specifically from the city we now live in (we live about 15 miles from this flooding).  I believe this video is from yesterday morning.  The water has risen since then.  I could show you dozens of photos but I’m sure ya’ll are seeing it on the television.

We toured the Gettysburg Battlefield yesterday and I will share that with you when the post is finished.  The battlefield reenactment was a relatively short and easy one to do and I wanted ya’ll to know about the need for prayers in Louisiana as soon as possible.

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

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08.12.16 President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Home and Farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

20160811_124016Friday, August 12, 2016 – Thursday Roy and I headed over to the Gettysburg Battlefield Visitors Center planning to see the battlefield and then go to President Eisenhower’s home.  When we arrived we found out that the shuttle bus going to Pres. Eisenhower’s home was leaving in 10 minutes so we bought tickets for that and headed to the bus stop.  The tickets for Eisenhower’s home and farm are $7.50 each for adults. No Senior discount😦

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20160811_124227You have to take the shuttle from the Visitor Center to the home or you can’t go.  You cannot just pull up there at the Eisenhower home and see it. You have to buy that ticket at the Visitors Center and then take the shuttle.

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We started our time there attending a 15 minute presentation by a young lady about the history of the Secret Service and their relationship with the Eisenhower family.  Very interesting presentation.  We learned a lot and enjoyed being in the shade of a big tree with a nice breeze going by.

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We then joined a small group outside of the Eisenhower home where we learned a lot about the home before going inside.

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President Eisenhower was in office when I was born so I’ve always felt a connection to him.  He was a much loved President which was nice to hear compared to the feelings for recent Presidents now.

We toured a good bit of the property on foot and saw barns and crops being grown.  The grounds are beautiful.  They have a big windmill similar to the one we had on Hinson Road in Hammond.

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We ganged up on old Abe Lincoln at the Visitor Center for a little one on one time!

20160811_153556 20160811_153715We ate a delicious buffet dinner at General Pickett’s buffet.  Little piggies that we are we filled up well!!!

We’ll get up early tomorrow and be on the road for the battlefield tour by 9 when we’re fresh and perky!

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08.11.16 2017 Entegra and Fleetwood Motorhomes

Thursday, August 11, 2016 – Two of the motor home companies proudly displaying their 2017 models at the FMCA Convention were Entegra and Fleetwood. We toured several of them and I wanted to share here what we saw for those shopping for a motorhome.

FIRST ARE THE ENTEGRA MOTORHOMES

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We enjoyed seeing these beauties but when we got back to Dora we were reminded she’s the one for us!

Here is a link to a page that covered the FMCA convention sharing a lot of photos I didn’t have for that post!

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/08/photos_family_motor_coach_asso.html

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08.10.16 Gettysburg Battlefield Resort in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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TRG-Main entrance_fullAugust 10, 2016 – If you remember recently I wrote about the challenges we’ve had RVing in the Northeastern part of America.  Today it happened again but the outstanding front desk staff at Gettysburg Battlefield Resort really came through for us.  Mary Ann and Lisa we thank you!

Two days without satellite television and/or 50 amps can be tolerated, but the potential of 14 days without satellite and 50 amps doesn’t work at all for us. I won’t explain here because I explained in detail in the previous post.

Gettysburg Battlefield Resort is a Coast to Coast resort so our stay here is free which is definitely a plus.  It is perfectly located near everything we want to see here in Pennsylvania and to be able to stay for two weeks without traveling the highways made it absolutely perfect for us.

Some of the sites here are 50 amp with water and sewer, some are 50 amp with water only, some are 30 amp with water and sewer and some are 30 amp with water only.  It’s $8 for one of those lovely honey wagons to “visit” and pump out our “stuff”.  Next year all the sites are to be upgraded to include sewer service.

When we checked in we were given site 240 which is only a 30 amp with water only.  She thought we should get satellite there.  We let her know we really need 50 amp so she contacted her boss to see if they could do something and they did so we went to check out site 209 which was a 50 amp with water site.

After checking out the satellite situation at the site Roy determined we wouldn’t get satellite.  He walked over to the original site and there was no satellite there either.  Roy has this neat phone app that he points up to the sky and can see if there is service or not so that’s what we’ve been using.   Roy determined that there were three empty sites that were 50 amp that got great satellite and wrote them down.

Back to the office we drive in Dora.  The very friendly front desk lady Mary Ann called her boss Lisa to come to the front desk.  We showed them the sites we found but we learned that all were booked during our time.  They did a lot of searching and who knows what they had to do in their system but they came up with three different sites with 50 amp, water and hopefully satellite.  Roy jumped on a golf cart with a staffer and went to check out the locations.  Turns out site Y was perfect for us!!!!!!!!  Yay!  I could almost see Roy with a happy step coming back in to declare we were set!

We are here for 14 days with 50 amps of electricity, water and great satellite.  No sewer still but they have that adorable “Honey Wagon” to come service us once a week or so.

We both appreciate the outstanding customer service they provided us to get us situated.  I recommend them to anyone who is traveling in the area.

There are several beautifully landscaped cabins around the park.  These are photos I found on the web which doesn’t show all the flowers blooming.

DSC004421_full cabin-lincoln This week we plan to go to Hershey, Pennsylvania to tour the Hershey factory and see a 4D Hershey movie.  We will also go to the Gettysburg Battlefield and Eisenhower’s home.  Next week seems a long way off so these two are what we are focusing on right now!

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