On April 29, 2013 we became official for real FULL TIME RVers living on the road! The last minute things are wrapped up and everything we’re taking with us is inside the RV or in one of the storage bins underneath and we hit the road around 5:30 pm about 4 hours later than I thought we would.
Just signed with Jamie Johnson from Keller Williams as our agent for either selling or renting our house. She’s very energetic and we felt a trusting with her that helped us know she’s the one!
On Sunday afternoon Roy’s brother Paul (whom Madisyn is convinced is actually Santa Claus) came to visit to say goodbye. Madisyn was here and she, along with us, thoroughly enjoyed the visit. We ate boiled crawfish Sunday afternoon with Chip and Madisyn and had a great time. Louisiana seafood is the ultimate in fine dining and we will certainly miss it. Saying goodbye to Madisyn for the last time before we leave was extremely heart wrenching. We tried to stay strong while she was there but many tears were shed after she left.
Saw my eye doctor for the last time Monday morning and he’s released me so there’s no waiting now. Boots got four new tires and new brakes and a new air bag sensor this week so she’s ready.
Said goodbye Sunday to everyone at our church for 25 plus years, Trinity Baptist Church in Hammond. Saturday and Sunday evening we were blessed to see and hear the music and drama of The Resurrection and the Life presented by the adult choir and the children’s choir. The church was packed Sunday night. The choir sang at their absolute best depicting the last days of Jesus, his death and resurrection. We’ll be visiting many churches in our travels and can’t imagine that we’ll find another choir, at a church our size, with so much God given musical talent. We will miss every member deeply but we know they will always be our home church and we’ll visit them whenever our travels take us near Louisiana.
Before we took off we headed over to Dixie RV where our son Chip works and let Dora go potty, buy a couple of things at Camper World and told Chip goodbye. Roy, myself and Chip have been through a lot this last year and despite the bad times there have been great good times. He’s got a great job selling RVs and has a new place to live. He loves his mom and dad no matter our faults and I’ve come to cherish that. He’s such a good daddy to his little girl and to her he is the bomb! God is doing amazing things in his life and Chip’s drawing closer to him every day. Praise God! The goodbye with him was the hardest of all. If I write any more about that goodbye I’ll be in tears again
Once we left Hammond we headed to Jackson, Mississippi to visit with my mom’s dear friend Pat Turner. I haven’t seen her in quite a while and was really looking forward to visiting with her. We stayed at Wal-Mart in Jackson and Pat came to see us in the morning, took us to eat at Waffle House and then to see her new home. We both loved her new home and are so happy she’s been able to reduce and not have so much yard to deal with. After our visit we left our luxurious surroundings at Wal-Mart headed towards Arkansas. We don’t know where our next stop will be quite yet but that’s part of the charm of this lifestyle, we don’t really need to make plans, just go! I’m way too organized and too much into planning for this to come naturally but I do believe an old dog can be taught new tricks! Okay after I wrote this I broke down and made reservations in Mountain View, Arkansas. Guess this old dog is resisting some new tricks a bit! As I end this post we’re at a rest area outside of Oxford, MS where Mississippi State University is located. Roy’s taking a nap and I’m headed out to a picnic bench to do my nails! Then on to our next stop!
Thanks for joining us as Dora and her Explorers say “see ya’ll later” to Hammond and Louisiana!
Ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!