Our very first RV adventure blogging post!

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As of September, 2016 we have finally visited all of the 48 connected states in the US!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 5 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!


August, 2012 – 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 was born in the late 1970s 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!

06.12.18 A long wild 12 days! Moving, Yard Sale, Furniture, Dora is lonely….. but not for long!!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 – I started writing this on June 1st but have been so busy I didn’t publish it. It’s gotten fairly long since I keep adding updates.

We’re in final count down mode toward moving out of Dora and I have to admit I’m a bit sad. We love our Dora and all of the years of adventures, happy times, and memories made.  Getting to see every one of the 48 contiguous states and so many of the beautiful landscapes in our country has been something I never thought we’d get to do.  God has been so good to us and allowed so much joy living on the road in our motor home.

We knew from the first time we entered Dora that she was the one for us.  Madisyn confirmed it was the one by saying she loved the shower!!!  That was her job when we were shopping, letting us know if she liked the shower!!  She was four then and is nine now.  I asked her when I was writing this if she remembered that and she did.  She did good! Everything we liked about other motor homes we saw was included in Dora.  We have been so comfortable living in her and truly thought we probably would live in her until one of us died.  Now that we’ve decided to move we are so happy and at peace with the decision, yet will miss our Dora.

I really hope she gets rented often so we can keep her and still take a trip or two each year.  We’ve already had several inquiries, so we’ll see.

We don’t have a bed for the house yet so we may be sleeping in Dora until we get one.  We’re in the country with no other house around our house so taking the short walk to the house and back won’t be a problem.  We checked out purchasing a queen size air mattress if we don’t find a bed soon.  Tomorrow, Saturday is the city wide yard sale in Ponchatoula.  We’ll be starting out when they all open at 8 am, looking for anything and everything we’ll need for our house.  What an adventure this is turning out to be.

Wow, since I originally wrote this and forgot to publish it so much has happened.  About renting Dora: One couple booked her for 17 days, a second is getting ready to book her after visiting us and Dora tomorrow.  Just had an inquiry from a young man who wants to rent here right in between the first too.  We are so thankful to Curtis Coleman, founder of RVillage, for sharing what he knew about how we could rent out our motor home.

At the Ponchatoula city wide yard sale we purchased a large area rug for the living room, floor mats for the kitchen, a microwave/convection oven which we think is just like the one in our motor home so we can replace the older one with this newer prettier one! Here’s Roy on our lawnmower moving the oven from the truck to the storage building.  It weighs a ton so he put his brain to good use and figured this one out.

Somewhere in the middle of us moving out of the motor home and into the house, Chip’s family came and gave us a lot of help including giving us some of their furniture that they recently replaced with new furniture.  Chip also cooked an amazing pot of crawfish corn soup which we all enjoyed while they were here and after they left!  Misty and Madisyn helped me and Chip helped his dad with heavy things and making two trips here and back to his house to pick up more furniture.  Misty gave us some wall decorations that will eventually make their way to just the right spot!

I wrote this paragraph on Facebook Tuesday so I copied it and pasted this here. We are a little settled in the house, still a lot to put away. It is truly amazing how much stuff we had in the motor home hidden in the storage compartments below and inside in the cabinets, drawers and under the bed! We kept canned vegetables in three places and when all put together we had 13 cans of green beans and almost as many of several other vegetables! Didn’t realize we had so much because it was stored all over! We’ve now shifted our focus to getting the motor home ready for rental. Roy scrubbed the roof Tuesday morning and I cleaned and polished all the wood, etc. in the bedroom. All the bedding is clean and put back on the bed. I started cleaning the refrigerator and just pooped out so I’m taking a resting break in the house. It’s so nice and cool in here, we’re loving it! We both slept all night last night without waking up once. Old folks always wake up once or twice during the night but we didn’t last night! I’m sleeping on a full size air mattress and Roy slept on the sofa. Roy’s got his computer room all set up. We got a laundry hamper (haven’t needed one of those for five years), couple of trash cans (didn’t need those in the motor home), a storage unit for his computer room (built in drawers in the motor home took care of that before now!) and some other things we needed. I hope we can sit back soon and enjoy the new house. The view of the pond from the house is so beautiful, I’ll have to share some pics of that next time.

We have Madisyn with us right now, Thursday.  She went shopping with us yesterday and we bought the following:

A 65 inch 4K Samsung television

A 75 inch long wood cabinet for the television to sit on.  It’s got lots of storage space too!

A king size bed frame, box springs and mattress.  We also bought a mattress pad and really pretty teal bed linens.  I slept like baby last night! I’m using the comforter from our oldest son’s bed when he was a teenager.  Looking for a king size bedspread now.

Chip loaned us his truck, again, so we could bring the furniture home.

The new television is so awesome, we are really enjoying it and love the wood cabinet it is on. The wood cabinet matches the color of our kitchen cabinets.

We cleaned out the motor home most of Thursday and Madisyn helped with that too!  We still have more cleaning that we want to do but the Dish Network technicians are in Dora changing out some of our satellite equipment for newer equipment  Roy spent at last two hours on the phone with Dish trying to get them to do what we need and finally they got it.  That’s a subject for a blog post when Roy feels like writing it. They are here working right now so I’m forced to go back to the house and crash on the sofa.  We have so much we want to get accomplished, but our mind wants us to do way more than our bodies can handle!

A very nice couple from not too far away came to see Dora yesterday about renting her.  We’ve talked on the phone with them first and enjoyed our visit with them yesterday. They just made her booking official!  Sunday, the couple that booked her to rent first is coming to see her in person and meet us.  We are looking forward to meeting them!

This rental thing is going so well we may change our thoughts on selling her for now.

It’s now Saturday. While all of this is good, it’s so stressful and we’re both feeling very worn out and punk today. It’s difficult to rest when you know there is so much that needs to be done.  When we moved from Dora to the house, things just got put somewhere, not necessarily where they belong.  I’m trying to tackle one or more areas each day until we feel settled.  Our closet is now in much better shape than it was yesterday.  We have two bathrooms now so figuring out what needs to go in which medicine cabinet and under the sink took a while.  We have these beautiful medicine cabinets in both bathrooms and they are now both full! There are no shower curtains in either bath.  I haven’t found the right ones yet but that will come soon!

One of my favorite things about the house is this Fleur de Lis in the stained concrete inside the front door!

I’m going to take a nap now and try to recover from feeling lousy!

Today is Tuesday, June 12th.  On Sunday afternoon we met with the first couple that booked her and the husband got to drive her around this area.  The smile on his face told us he loved it!

Monday we got our third two week reservation, booked and paid for!  That couple is coming Saturday for their walk through and test drive. Other than a few days next week and a couple of days between the bookings Dora is now booked until after school starts again here in Louisiana.

We did some shopping for additional things to provide for the renters in the kitchen, and new pillows for the beds and a bath mat.  We also bought for our house’s guest bathroom a bathroom shower curtain, liner, decorative hooks, bath towels, hand towels, wash clothes, bath mats bath mat. We’re making small steps towards making our house look like a home.

I just finished cleaning out the storage bins underneath the motor home.  Roy purchased a new stereo receiver for the motor home and is busy doing whatever it is that he does to make it all work together just like he wants it to.

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06.09.18 Who Is Jesus To You?

Who is Jesus to you? People today may give a variety of answers.

Some say He was a great philosopher, some say a great teacher, some say a prophet.

Others may say He was a great healer or the world’s greatest moral leader.

Jesus himself asked His disciples, “Who do men say that I am?” They answered, “John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.”

Then Jesus asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter was right when he answered, “You are the Christ” (Mark 8:29).

Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came to earth to save us from our sins. He’s my Savior and the Lord of my life.

“Who is Jesus to you?” is the most important question you’ll ever answer—where you will spend eternity depends on it. Have you trusted Him as your Savior?

The Bible says that one day every knee will bow and confess that He is Lord—so get ready.

Can you answer “Who is Jesus to you?” in the comments below?

by Franklin Graham, May 22, 2016

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06.08.18 Charles Krauthammer

Friday, June 8, 2018 – This is such sad news. At a time when so much of the media (except for FOX NEWS) twists and contorts the truth into something unrecognizable, when Charles Krauthammer spoke I listened and always believed what he said was the truth and that his opinions were fair and balanced. He’s been off the air dealing with his health issues for a year and I was really looking forward to his return, which they thought would be soon.
When I say he spoke the truth and his opinions were fair and balanced, I do not mean that he was always 100 percent in agreement with President Trump.  Sometimes he did and sometimes he didn’t.   I learned a lot from him about being neither a Republican or a Democrat and just wanting what’s best for America.  
Reading this today and hearing it on FOX News that he only has weeks to live will be such a huge loss to the media and to those who cherish the truth. I don’t remember praying for someone in the media before but I will be praying for Charles and his family.
 #FoxNews

Charles Krauthammer was on his way to greatness in medicine when he became a Pulitzer Prize-winning political analyst

Fox News star Charles Krauthammer reveals he has weeks to live in heartbreaking letter

Charles Krauthammer, the beloved and brilliant Fox News Channel personality who gave up a pioneering career in psychiatry to become a Pulitzer Prize-winning political analyst, on Friday revealed the heartbreaking news that he is in the final stages of a losing battle with cancer.

The 68-year-old’s incisive takes on politics of the day have been missing from Fox News Channel’s “Special Report” for nearly a year as he battled an abdominal tumor and subsequent complications, but colleagues and viewers alike had held out hope that he would return to the evening show he helped establish as must-viewing. But in an eloquent, yet unblinking letter to co-workers, friends and Fox News Channel viewers, Krauthammer disclosed that he has just weeks to live.

“I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months,” the letter began. “I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but I’m afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me.”

“This is the final verdict. My fight is over.”

– Charles Krauthammer

READ CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER’S LETTER

Krauthammer, who graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1975 despite a first-year diving accident that left him a quadriplegic, explained that he had a malignant tumor removed from his abdomen last August. Although a series of setbacks left him in  the hospital in the ensuing months, he believed until recently that he was on the road to recovery.

“However, recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned,” Krauthammer wrote. “There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly. My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over.”

Fox News viewers will undoubtedly miss Krauthammer’s formidable intellect and ability to analyze politics and politicians with a cerebral wit and keen charm. As the dean of “The Fox News All Stars,” the panel of pundits who break down headlines and events nightly on Fox News Channel’s top-rated “Special Report,” Krauthammer could be counted on to make viewers think, question and even chuckle.

Krauthammer was on his way to greatness in the medical field when he veered first into policy, and then into journalism. After medical school, he became chief psychiatry resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he studied depression and published ground-breaking findings in top medical journals. But in 1978, he took a job in the Carter administration directing planning in psychiatric research and later served as a speech writer for Vice President Walter Mondale.

It was in the nation’s capital that Krauthammer trained his mind and talents on political analysis and began penning columns for The New Republic, Time magazine and finally the Washington Post. In 1985, he won journalism’s top prize for his weekly political commentary. In his sobering farewell, Krauthammer said he is “grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation’s destiny.”

“I leave this life with no regrets,” Krauthammer wrote. “It was a wonderful life – full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.”

This is the full letter he wrote:

A note to readers

Opinion writer June 8 at 12:01 PM

I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months. I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but I’m afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me.In August of last year, I underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in my abdomen. That operation was thought to have been a success, but it caused a cascade of secondary complications — which I have been fighting in hospital ever since. It was a long and hard fight with many setbacks, but I was steadily, if slowly, overcoming each obstacle along the way and gradually making my way back to health.However, recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned. There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly. My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over.

I wish to thank my doctors and caregivers, whose efforts have been magnificent. My dear friends, who have given me a lifetime of memories and whose support has sustained me through these difficult months. And all of my partners at The Washington Post, Fox News, and Crown Publishing.

Lastly, I thank my colleagues, my readers, and my viewers, who have made my career possible and given consequence to my life’s work. I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking. I am grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation’s destiny.

I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life — full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.

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05.31.18 Purpose Driven Life – What On Earth Am I Here For?

Thursday, May 31, 2018 – Rick Warren wrote the book, Purpose Driven Life, several years ago.  I’ve read it a few times starting when our church went through a program called 40 Days of Purpose.  I think that’s what it was called.  My brother in law use to read it through every year.  I have it on my Kindle and read a chapter every now and then when I need some spiritual grounding.

Anyway,  I just came across this list on my computer.  It’s the title of each of the chapters in the book.  They are very thought provoking chapter titles, as was the whole book.  If you’ve read the book, this list will mean something special to you.  If you haven’t read it, the list will give you an idea of what the book is about.  Either way, I hope you’ll spend sometime reading the list and thinking about it, perhaps praying about it!

It’s not about me.

I am not an accident.

Living on purposes is the path to peace.

There is more to life than just here and now.

Life is a test and a trust.

Life on earth is a temporary assignment.

This world is not my home.

It’s all for Him.

I was planned for God’s pleasure.

The smile of God is the goal of my life.

The heart of worship is surrender.

God wants to be my best friend.

I’m as close to God as I choose to be.

God wants all of me.

God is real, no matter how I feel.

I was formed for God’s family.

Life is all about love.

I am called to belong, not just believe.

Life is meant to be shared.

I need others in my life.

Community requires commitment.

Relationships are always worth restoring.

It is my responsibility to protect the unity of my church.

I was created to become like Christ.

It is never too late to start growing.

The truth transforms me.

God has a purpose behind every problem.

Every temptation is an opportunity to do good.

There is always a way out.

There are no shortcuts to maturity.

I was put on earth to make a contribution.

Service is not optional.

I was shaped for serving God.

Nobody else can be me.

I serve God by serving others.

To be a servant I must think like a servant.

God works best when I admit my weakness.

I was made for a mission.

God wants to say something to the world through me.

The Great Commission is my commission.

Blessed are the balanced, they shall outlast everyone.

Living with purpose is the only way to really live.

If this, in any way, makes you want to read the book, I highly recommend it (obviously!).  The kindle edition on Amazon is only 99 cents.  Here is a link to that and the hard back version. https://www.amazon.com/Purpose-Driven-Life-Rick-Warren/dp/0310205719/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1527808957&sr=8-1&keywords=the+purpose+driven+life+hardcover

There is a newer version, which I’ve also read. I remember not liking it as much as the original.  The link above is to the original with the brownish/burgundy cover.

 

Roy and I are slowly but surely making progress towards moving which is going to be Monday the 4th.  Several cabinets and drawers inside and outside have been cleared out and cleaned out.  We are living with small boxes all over Dora’s floors. Roy’s moved several containers from under Dora to the storage building we have out back.

I spent yesterday and today pulling weeds from the flower gardens and planting grass in spots that need it. I’ll be moving some of the plants in our current garden to around the house when the weather gets cooler again.  You may remember that most of what we have came with us from our home on Wardline Road in Hammond.  Everything is fairly big now and has gotten quite crowded so moving some will be a good thing.

We’ve had three inquiries yesterday and today from people who want to rent Dora.  They all came through RVShares.com.  A couple of our friends are interested as well.  We’ll be spending most of next week finishing getting Dora emptied out and spit shined!!! Bring it on renters!!

Saturday there is a city wide yard sale in Ponchatoula.  We’ll be there when it starts at 8:00 am.  Since we’re trying to furnish a house it should be an interesting day of shopping.  We are very thankful to our son Chip and his wonderful wife Misty for giving us their sofa, coffee table and television when they bought new ones.  They’ve even stored them (filling up) their garage until we can get them next Wednesday.

Chip called early this morning (well it was 9 am so I wasn’t up yet) and we had a delightful conversation.  He’s going to cook us some crawfish corn soup and has some other things to let us have for our new house!  That call made my day!  I love you Chip for how you show your love for us!

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05.25.18 – Please share!! Dora is for rent starting June 10th!

Friday, May 25, 2018 – Please feel free to share.  We ask (plead and beg!!) that you do share this blog post with your friends on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.

As we move towards moving into our house in Amite on the 4th we are making plans to hopefully rent out our motor home.  We wrote a little bit about it before but this is hopefully all the information, all in one place.

I am working on a YouTube slideshow of photos and information about Dora, our pretty girl.  I’ll post it here when it’s ready. For now, here’s a link to a Facebook album with all of those photos in it.

Dora’s Photo Album

We have registered Dora with the three website that I wrote about recently. Links to the three companies are below:

Mighway.com listing

Outdoorsy.com listing

RVshare.com listing

We would prefer that renters go through Mighway.com because their commission is the lowest so we get to keep more.  They also do not charge the renters a fee.  Outdoorsy is the only one of the three that does have a 10 percent renter fee.

If you don’t feel like clicking on any of the links above, here’s most of the information on the websites !

Dora is a 2005 Fleetwood Excursion 39S and is 39.5 feet long, with three slide outs – two in the living room, kitchen and dinette and the third in the bedroom.  Automatic Transmission, Cruise Control, Power Steering are features that make driving Dora a dream!

She’s available beginning June 10th to rent for vacation, weekend event, to see if you’d like to live in one, and any number of other reasons.

RATES:

  • 195.00 / nightly
  • 1200.00 / weekly
  • 5000.00 / monthly
  • Minimum Nights: 3 Nights
  • Refundable damage deposit: $500.00
  • 250 miles per night included with rental
    • Excess mileage: $0.32 per mile
  • 4 hours per night generator usage included with rental for fr
    • Excess generator usage: $5.00/hour
  • Cleaning Fee if not returned in same clean condition that it was in when picked up: $150.00
  • Additional Driver: $25.00
  • Insurance: approximately $29.95 per day (sales tax not included) (each website has a different insurance rate)
  • Roadside Assistance available for purchase on each website.

DESCRIPTION:

7 days notice is required before start date of rental. Minimum rental is 3 days.

-Luxury abounds in this beautiful motor home. This coach is powered by a 350 H.P. Caterpillar Diesel Engine that delivers plenty of power; whether you want to drive your family to Disney or cruise up California’s beautiful coastline Hwy 1 to San Francisco. The Spartan Chassis with an air ride suspension will give you a very stable and smooth ride. The Caterpillar Engine brake allows you to stop with confidence.

-Driving is enjoyable with oversized heated powered ultra-leather seats. Tilt and telescoping steering wheel let you find ‘your own’ exact fit while the oversize windshield lets you enjoy a panoramic view of the scenery ahead while the backup camera allows you to see directly behind you. Your passenger will be relaxed in a luxurious reclining heated ultra-leather seat with power foot rest.

-Setting up camp is simple with automatic hydraulic jacks that level the motor home with the touch of a single button. You can open up the living area with the touch of another button. You’ll be amazed of its huge size as the walls extend out. In the master bedroom, touch another button and watch the queen size sleep number bed slide out giving you even more room there. Combined with the 84′ ceiling height you’ll feel like you’re in the Superdome!

-The ultra-leather couch folds out into a queen size bed while the adjacent sofa converts into a Double sofa J-Bed. Enjoy your favorite movie or program on the 40′ H.D. TV with your choice of Antenna, Dish Hopper DVR Satellite, Cable or Blu-Ray/DVD with surround sound that will make you feel like you’re part of the action. You may choose a movie from our library or bring your own.

-The kitchen area is a Chefs’ delight! It’s equipped with a Convection microwave, a 3 burner gas stove, an oven, deep double sinks, side by side refrigerator/freezer with ice maker, large Corian counter tops, and plenty of cabinets and drawers!

-Without starting the generator, the 2000-watt inverter allows your family to watch a movie from any one of the three TV’s onboard. You can also use the microwave, a few outlets, brew a cup of coffee.

-If full power is needed at a remote campsite the 7500-watt Onan quiet diesel generator will light up the whole coach including both thermostat controlled air conditioners.

-Do a load of laundry with the built in washer/dryer.

-There is a huge closet in the bedroom to hang up all your clothes combined with all the cabinet space and basement compartments there is ample room to bring lots of your favorite things.

-If the weather is right, head outside and set up your lounge chair, swivel the outside TV in your direction, and relax your cares away. If the sun gets too hot, or the rain starts to come down, push another button and watch as the awning automatically extends overhead.

She’s available beginning June 10th to rent for vacation, weekend event, to see if you’d like to live in one, and any number of other reasons.

Minimum driver’s age: 25 years

No Smoking inside

No Pets

INDOOR AMENITIES INCLUDE:

In dash Air Conditioner
2 Rooftop Air Conditioners
Garmin RV specific GPS
Heater
Dining Table with extension and two extra chairs
Convection/Microwave
Stove/Range
Refrigerator
Kitchen Sink
Inside Shower
Outside Shower
Toilet/Sink
Satellite
Awning
Generator
Tow Hitch
Color Backup Camera
Extra Storage
Leveling Jacks
Washer/Dryer
TV/DVD
DVD/Blue Ray Player
Radio
Inverter

WHAT’S GOODIES ARE INCLUDED WITH DORA AT NO EXTRA COST!!

Quality paper plates, bowls and saucers
Stainless forks, knives and spoons
Coffee cups
Plastic cups
Cooking utensils including spatula, large spoon, assorted length knives
Dishtowels
Pot Holders
Dish drying rack
Roll of Paper towels
Paper towel holder
Toaster
Salt and Pepper Shakers
Hand held Can opener
Two dishwashing liquid dispensers are full
Splendide washing machine detergent
Toilet paper
Bed linens for two queen size beds provided.
9’ X12’ Outdoor Mat with 4 hold-down stakes
4 folding outdoor chairs
2 wooden folding chairs, table extension and folding coffee table located in closet
Bike Rack for 2 bikes available upon request
Vacuum hose and accessories located under bed for use with Built-in vacuum
3 X10’ Rhino Extreme sewer hoses
1 X 5’ Rhino Extreme sewer hose
1 X10’ reed sewer hose
1 Dominator, 20′ Extension sewer hose
All sewer adapters necessary to connect to campground
Sewer Hose Supports – 2 solid and 1 expandable
2 X 25’ Fresh Water hoses and high flow water pressure regulator
30 amp male to 50 amp female power cord adapter
4 jack leveling pads if needed
Optional outside entry step ladder
Spare Tire

You provide blanket for the Double J-Bed and supply your own bath towels, wash clothes, shampoo and soap

The cancellation fees changes from website to website but is generally: 50% refund up to 14 days before pickup, then no refund after that

The listings are not 100 percent complete but they are pretty close. The per day, per week and per month rental rates have been lowered from their original prices.  We hope this will attract renters so we can see if this is worth doing.

If this doesn’t prove to be worth it, Dora will be for sale at $85,000 which is a steal, she even has all new Michelin tires!!

Roy and I will be moving into the house that we built three years ago in Amite, on June 4th.  We will then be working hard to have Dora spotless and ready to rent by June 10th. It may seem like it shouldn’t take much to move from Dora into the house.  However, we have several large storage areas underneath Dora in what we call the basement.  They are all pretty much full of things we don’t use everyday but have needed as we travel.  Every cabinet and drawer in the motor home has to be cleared out also.  The closet is full of clothes and under our bed is a huge storage place that is full.

I’ve started going through each cabinet and drawer to see what can be taken out now and packed so that the “big” move is a little easier. We’re only moving things across our front yard so that helps!

The biggest undertaking is writing a Renter’s Manual for those who “we hope” rent our motor home!   There’s a lot to share with a renter, especially to those who have never driven one of these big girls before.  We’ve made great progress on this and my goal is to be finished with it this weekend.  We’ll send it to Kteam Printing in Hammond and have it made into a spiral bound book.  We also plan to save it as a .pdf file and email it to the renters before they pick Dora up so they are familiar with things ahead of time.

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05.23.18 The Gaze of His Eye, by Kelly Balarie

I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with my eye on you, I will give counsel. Psalm 32:8

The Gaze of His Eye

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I stood in the center of a kitchen that hadn’t seen the likes of a mop for weeks. Crumbs scattered on the floor, goo stuck to the table, and something mysterious clung to the countertops. I felt like I might explode. I can’t do it all! I thought.

The reality of my life — the countless needs and the never-ending feeling that life won’t stop — made me wonder: God, do You have more for me than nights of kitchen cleaning and mornings of kid-caretaking?

My head spun. I had to fix my emotions. I needed God to answer. I prayed my heart out, as if my all-good effort would bring good results. At home, it usually does. No clean underwear? I’ll do a load of laundry! Hungry? I’ll make dinner! Sick? Let’s get you to the doctor.

I waited. Nothing. I dropped my arms, wondering: Where are You, God? Letting my eyes relax, I found myself hazing out the window, into the density of the night. There, a blur in the distance took shape.

The moon, I could see it. Strangely, it wasn’t perfectly rounded, but imperfectly formed — shaped like an eye. All I could think was: God, You see me. You know where I am going. You have a plan for me in my darkness. You have a way for me, in my wilderness, even when I can’t see. And in all this, I can rest.

When the frantic pace of everyday life catches up with us, let’s remember to step outside at night and enjoy the beauty of the nighttime landscape that God spoke into existence. He sees us. He really does!

~ written by Kelly Balarie on Peaceful Moments for Women

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05.22.18 2009 Trinity Father’s Day photos that we will start with for 2018

These are the photos that we will start with for our 2018 Father’s Day slide show.  Those who no longer attend Trinity have been removed from the original slide show so we have room for photos from new folks or newer photos from current members.  Check it out so you’ll know which ones you don’t need to send in.

If you want any of yours removed from those you see below, please let me know really soon!  If I left in photos of members who have left Trinity let me know that also!

Please limit the photos per father to 5.  Photos can be sent to me at rosalyn@selu.edu.  The deadline is June 4th but I’d really like them by June 1st since we’ll be moving from our motor home to our house June 4th to June 10th.

                                                            

Well that’s it folks!  Please send me the names of the father’s and children in the photos you send to rosalyn@selu.edu.

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05.20.18 Dance revue, A1C, baseball game, remote control flying, crawfish boil, 3rd grade awards and June 4th!!!

Sunday, May 20, 2018 – Several days ago we picked up our granddaughter Madisyn to go see two of our other granddaughters dance revue. They were so adorable and we really enjoyed seeing what the girls had learned.  Madisyn enjoyed being with her cousins and even danced around on the stage with her girl cousins after the revue.

We recently learned that a couple, friends of our oldest son and his wife, are also friends with two young couples we know that moved from Louisiana to Texas.  Such a small world we live in!  Alanna was our student worker at Southeastern and married Matt, a young man from our home church.  They now live in Texas and through their children made friends with Christina and her husband.  When we walked into the dance revue there was Christina and her children sitting with our family!  She and I took a photo together after the revue while we were getting reacquainted.

Mother’s Day was a wonderful day and I’ll write about that in a separate blog post.

The monthly doctor visit to have my A1C checked went pretty well.  In case you haven’t been following us here lately, our orthopedic doctor in Tennessee won’t do my partial knee replacement until my A1C is down to 7.0.  It’s not perfect yet or down all the way to 7.0 but Dr. Valdes is very pleased with me being down to 7.6.  A few months ago it was up to 10.2, three months ago 9.1, then 8.1, then 8.1 again and now 7.6!   I also lost 9 more pounds this past month.  That is what happens when you only eat three small meals a day with as little carbs as possible.  I aim for 30 carbs per meal but can have 45.

I wrote a paragraph here yesterday about something and then my computer shut down because it was unplugged and the battery wore out.  I didn’t remember what I wrote when it happened and still don’t.  This is part of the frustration that comes with having dementia.  I do, write or say something and then almost immediately don’t remember what I did, wrote or said.

Further on in my writing here I remembered what I forgot I had written so I’ll add it here. After seeing Dr. Valdes and getting the A1C result I called Dr. Schrader, the Tennessee orthopedic doctor, to plead my case for having the knee replacement done with my A1C being 7.6.  They said to ask Dr. Valdes to fax the results to him for his consideration.  It was late Friday so I will not know until next week what the decision is.

We had a busy day Saturday.  Our only grandson had his last baseball game of the year early yesterday in Baton Rouge at Istrouma Baptist Church. They have a really nice set up there where at least 8 games can be played at the same time.  It’s qui te a big church league with lots of happy little boys and girls playing ball!  We got to play with two of our granddaughters while our grandson played ball.  He got on base twice and was very attentive to the action going on on the field.  I was very impressed that such a young boy was so focused on the game.  We got a big smile and hug from him when he came off the field after the game.  The league had its end of the year event after the games and we were able to attend that as well.   At our oldest son’s request, there are no photos of the grandchildren.

From Baton Rouge we went to Hammond to Camping World.  We always purchase our outside fabric covered rocking chairs there.  Two of them have started coming apart at the seams and on one the arm rest collapsed.  I know we are not small people but they are rated to hold 300 pounds so it was a defective product.  We usually buy a warranty when we think we need it and thankfully we had it on all three.  We replaced two of them with this rocker that we hope will look nice on the front porch of our house when we move in!

This is our local Dixie RV and Camping World.  If an RVer has never visited a Camping World they haven’t lived yet!  So many RVing ideas all throughout the store.  This is their busy time of year so this was where we had to park far away from the door.  We’re usually parked right up by the door at other times of the year.

From there we went on to the Hammond Park Flyers Club field on Fagan Drive where Roy and his flying buddies fly their planes and drones.  Roy’s cousin Chris pulled up shortly after we did and cranked up his music to play the Beach Boys.  Oh how cool and fun that was listening to lots of oldies and rockin out to the music while the guys and gals flew their planes.  It was terribly, terribly, terribly, hot out there in the 1 pm sun and Louisiana heat.  Even in the shade it was sweltering.  We stayed a couple of hours and were quite drained by the heat by the time we left.

Chip and Misty let us go to their house in Ponchatoula and recover from the heat before our next event. It was wonderfully cool and their nice huge new sofa gave Roy and I plenty of space to lay down and cool off.  they have new furniture and we helped break it in!

They have two adorable kitties, Milo and Lilly who came to visit us while we were resting.  Actually I should say they visited Roy.  I let them out of their room and loved on them but they went to lay by Roy!  He didn’t seem to mind that! Milo has the dark ears and Lilly has the light ears.  They are precious!

Once we recovered we went to meet Chip and Misty at their church, The Harbor’s, church wide crawfish boil.  A thousand pounds of crawfish along with potatoes and corn were served and served and served. The temperatures were much nicer under the huge white tent with fans blowing and oh what a wonderful smell all that crawfish gave off!!!  We were given a nice size tray piled with crawfish corn and potatoes, not the small bowl in the picture!  Delicious!!!!!  They have a wonderful church family and we enjoyed visiting with several of their meembers.  New friends of Chip and Misty’s, their precious baby and little son were there.  Oddly the baby took a look at me and burst into screams…..!!  I did visit with the baby later and got precious smiles.  There was another couple that Roy and I got to spend some time getting to know, Pedro and Louise.  They are around our age and we really enjoyed visiting with them after we had all eaten as much crawfish as we could hold.  Well Roy went on to eat two more trays after we ate but that’s Roy.  This was our first time having crawfish this season and we loved it! Before we left we got to visit with their Pastor Marvin who knows us through our blog and being Chip’s parents.  He’s a great preacher of God’s Word and a special pastor for Chip and Misty.

That ended our long Saturday.  I was so wiped out by all the fun it would have been very easy to fall asleep on the way home.  Knowing Roy had to stay awake to drive I kept my eye lids open to be his backseat driver that I am so good at!

I’m sharing this photo so my sister Harriett can see how well the gerber daisy plant she gave me is doing!   it is so pretty, thanks sis!!  The Ivy you gave me for inside is doing really well and seems happy here!  The begonias are taking longer getting settled but they are starting to grow!

This turned into a long one.  We’re hopeful that this coming weeks takes us no where away from home!  The last few days my brain has been fairly mushy with all we’ve been doing.  I don’t feel as creative as I like to be and am enjoying sleeping a lot.  I’m going to try writing about things the day they happen so I remember more of it.  I shared one of our blogs on RVillage and one of the members told me “I just have to say (after reading your ‘first decision’) there is something about your writing style that makes me feel that you are a very dear longtime friend.”  That made me feel like I can still do this and that makes me happy!

Here’s Madisyn after her awards event at school. with Chip and Misty  End of third grade and on to fourth!  A friend made her the cute shirt in the second picture and the bow to go with it.  It says “Third grade is so last year…. 4th grade here I come!!!”

We just heard from our renters that they have found a new place to move to.  We will be able to move our things (what little there is!!) into the house on June 4th.  That’s two weeks and we have a lot to do between now and then!

God, as always is so good to Roy and I and blesses us abundantly each and every day.  Whether it’s a lesson we need to learn or a measure of His grace that I don’t deserve, or a reward for something positive, it’s all part of Him growing us into what he wants us to be.

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05.18.18 We’re All Worth A Second Look, by Holley Gerth and Happy Heavenly Birthday Josie Mae!

Happy Birthday in Heaven to my mama Josie Mae Cochran Blum Traylor.  She would have been 98 today.  I know she’s happier in Heaven than she ever was on earth though she made so many of us happy just by her presence.  She definitely left her mark on many.  She told the children to stop when they were running in church.  She believed and shared with others that you do not wear shorts to church.  She loved our new sanctuary and was so determined that it not be stained by spilled drinks that she “encouraged” everyone not to bring anything to eat or drink in church.  She’d let you know if your dress was a bit short to be wearing in the choir.
While those things use to embarrass me I see now that she was so very right.  Harriett and I would talk about that embarrassment, but we loved her anyway!  God’s house, that we worship Him, in should be considered Holy while still being a place where joy and love abounds.  We can be a rowdy bunch at Trinity and that’s part of why I love it there!   I sometimes have to bring a bottle of water into the sanctuary for morning Worship to help with my asthma and coughing.  Since she was very strict about that I find myself asking her forgiveness before I enter the sanctuary.  She was truly a hoot and quite a character all the while such a loyal, forgiving mother and grandmother.
I miss her all the time.  When something new happens my thoughts always go first to wanting to share with mama though it’s been over 10 years since she went to live with God. When God says my time here is over I know she will be waiting there with God to meet me in Heaven.  What a peace I find in that.
I didn’t mean to write all this when I first wished her Happy Birthday in the first sentence above.  Words spill out of my heart sometimes and land here.  Thank you for indulging me when that happens. 

I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6Wwe wander over to our favorite fruit stand, to a table laden with discounted fruit labeled “seconds.” A wiry woman says, “These are here because they have some kind of trouble..”

I look at her and say with a half-grin. “Don’t we all?”

My husband and I have bought these peaches before and we know what she means. There might be a bruise from a hand landing on unrelenting ground. There could be a tiny hold where a bug helped itself to dinner. I glance at the cousins of these peaches sitting on other tables inside the little stand. They are beautiful and unblemished as they proudly in their buckets waiting to be taken home by folks who will not settle for anything less. I think if I were a peach I’d rather be on the “seconds” table where the messy is allowed.

We choose our imperfect peaches and cart them home with anticipation. I set one on a small cream-colored plate and split it right down the side with a silver knife. I bring the piece to my mouth and take a bite. It’s an explosion of sweet and tart and summer.

I look at it and whisper right to its skin, “Who would have thought you have that in you?” Then I think about how this rings true to life. Because we all have parts of our hearts or stories what we think don’t measure up. We call them unworthy and less than and we put them to the side. But the longer I’ve walked this spinning earth, the more I find those are the places where the glory and the beauty are likely to show up and shout, “Surprise!” I had assumed “seconds” meant “not first, not best.” Maybe it just means “worth a second look.”

As you go about your day, look into the eyes of the cashier or the barista or the mailman and say hi. Learn their name. Give them a “second look” and a smile that says, “You matter.”

~ written by Holley Gerth, A Moment to Breathe, shared on  Peaceful Moments for Women

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