02.25.14 We’ve been working, playing with Madisyn, visiting family and friends and a little bitty bit of resting!

1559840_10203090630734763_294273035_nI dream of a better tomorrow, where chickens can cross the street and not be questioned about their motives.”
-anonymous

We’re back at our Coast to Coast home park, TLC Wolf River Resort in Pass Christian, MS for 3 weeks.  Madisyn’s 5th birthday party is March 15th so that’s our main purpose for being here at this time.

It’s also one of our favorite parks to stay at, especially when we get to live next to the lazy river for the first 11 days.  Since where we’re parked is the prime area at this resort we’ll have to move before the second weekend we’re here to a location up front.  Nothing wrong with the front, it just doesn’t have the river flowing by it!

A lot of our time in the future will be spent working at our new job, but we do intend to continue including a good bit of sightseeing as we travel.  It’s so thrilling to Roy and I to be part of this new RV opportunity that I’m bursting at the seams wanting to share all about the company with you.  I have been asked to wait a bit longer so I will, but know that when it comes out all RVers will be burning up the wires about this one!!!

We went to Hammond on Saturday night to visit with Chip, Kim and the boys and Madisyn.  Braxton, one of the twins, was sick with a high fever and had to go to the hospital so we at with Chip and Madisyn.  On their way back from the hospital Kim and Braxton came by.  It’s been several weeks since he’s seen us so he was a little concerned at first about jumping in our arms but he warmed up and we were loving on  him good before long.    Of course, we loved seeing Kim, super mom, also!!

Sunday morning went went to our home church, Trinity Baptist where an evangelist/singer Kenny Evans preached and sang.  He sings in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee about half the year and visits churches around the country the rest.  HE WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!  What a tremendous blessing it was to be in a room full of our dear friends hearing this man proclaiming his love for the Lord through word and song.  We purchased two of his CDs, one is 10 hymns and the other is 10 oldies songs with a word or two changed, sung from a Christian heart.   Songs like “How sweet it is to be loved by you” and “You raise me up”, “Lean on me” and “Top of the world”.  His 12 year old daughter Savannah sings four of the songs and has a remarkable voice for someone so young.  Our son Chip came to church with us at Trinity since Kim had to stay home with the boys and they couldn’t go to their church together.

After church we picked Madisyn up and have her for most of the week visiting with us since she’s off school for Mardi Gras.  Yes for those of you not from Louisiana, we have up to a week off school for this one day holiday.  This is serious business here, but mostly we just enjoyed the time off work that comes along with it.

The last time we had Madisyn for any length of time was a year ago when we went to Disney with her, and this little girl has grown up so much in just that year.  She’ll be 5 on Tuesday and it seems like just yesterday we were at the hospital waiting for her to be born!  She amazed us last night when she wanted to text her mom and dad and she knew how to do it and how to spell everything using the typewriter.  She made a little friend here instantly.  Her name is Sophie and she’s 7 but you’d think they were the same age.  They ran up the little hills and down the little hills and up and down and on and on. I needed to work uninterrupted for a while today so Paw Paw and Madisyn went off on the coast running errands and playing on the beach and picking up burgers at McDonald’s.  We ordered Papa John’s pizza this evening and I’m loving this not cooking!

Since birthday day to a 5 year old is tremendously important we’ll be having a very special day with her tomorrow.  A special breakfast is planned and we’ll go to Covington tomorrow afternoon to meet up with her family for a Chuck E. Cheese mini-party to celebrate the birthday day.

1922144_10201427077385898_203496428_nBetween Madisyn and work, I have had no time to post pictures so sorry about that!  One day I’ll add some but at least you know we haven’t fallen off the face of the earth or something that would explain this prolonged absence from posting!!

Happy Mardi Gras everyone!  It is tomorrow for those who do not know~!

Here’s a link to a YouTube video of Al Jackson singing “It’s Carnival Time”.  This song will be placed thousands of times tomorrow throughout New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast as the carnival spirit oozes its way through everyone whether they are celebrating on the streets or not!

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02.21.14 Our new blog header!!

I created our original header for this blog over a year ago and wasn’t entirely happy with it but it was the best I could do at the time.  I knew when Roy had a chance he’d make it better and he finally did!   The new header is crisper, cleaner and more colorful yet has all the elements of the original header.   We hope ya’ll will enjoy seeing the new header when you’re reading our blog!

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02.20.14 What’s been happening in Alabama!

We’ve  visited a few  flea markets and liquidation sales since landing in Alabama. One of our first days here we visited the Foley Outlet Malls.  My dear friend, and ex boss, Donna goes there every year with ladies from church and long ago sold me on the necessity of stopping there if we were in the area.  What an experience that was.  Stores of all varieties everywhere with everything discounted.

I’m quite proud to say I got out without spending a penny.  We’re trying to not spend any money until the end of the month to catch up on an overspent time in Florida!

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I drove to a neighboring city to their post office and found out that they close at Noon on Wednesdays and odd hours the rest of the week.  I guess I figured that their hours were federally regulated but it seems they are regulated by the local post master.  We had a valentine’s package for Madisyn and it took quite a while to find a post office open at 3 pm.  She did receive the package on Valentines and her daddy and mom sent us a video of her opening it.  We, of course, loved it!

valentine dinnerWe attended the RV Park’s Valentine’s Dinner last Friday and were treated to spaghetti and meat sauce, salad, rolls and delicious cheesecake with fresh blueberry topping.  We got to meet some of the other RVers in the park and had a nice time.

On Sunday morning we set out to follow our GPS’s directions to one church in Loxley (nearby) and wound up at someone’s home in the country, not the church.  On our way to not finding the first church we passed by Lighthouse Baptist Church so since we knew where it was and it started later than the first one we went there.  Talk about God leading us to the right church!!  I’ve never met such friendly welcoming people.  The pastor’s sermon was from Joel about making decisions from deciding to get married, deciding to buy a house and on until he got to making the decision to follow Christ.  You don’t hear many preachers preach about Hell these days like maybe it went away and now no ne’s going there.  Since that’s not true it was refreshing to hear this preacher talk about it.  I felt like we were back in the old days of fire and brim stone preaching and we loved it a lot!!  There was no doubt when leaving there that we knew the beliefs of  the people there.  We know for sure where we’ll be going next Sunday!!

This week has been devoted to resting and playing around with the software program we’ll be using to make web ads.  Yesterday I made ten web ads to submit for approval and when they were reviewed with me by my new boss, Hillary, she said I did very well!    I also had another meeting with the CEO about my role with the company.  It was a good meeting and I will start doing real work for the company now!!!

We went back to Foley on Tuesday by way of Loxely, Robertsdale and Summerdale to get something we need at Camping World.  In Summerdale, we enjoyed a free McDonald’s dinner thanks to my niece Dana’s Christmas gift of a McDonald’s gift card!  Back in November we bought two little key chain cards from Wendy’s that allows you to get a free Jr. Frosty whenever you want.  We planned to give one to Chip and one to Liz for when they wanted to get Madisyn a Frosty.  We forgot to give the cards to them so they are now ours and we followed our McDonald’s meal with a Frosty from Wendy’s.  Free food night was lots of fun!

We also stopped at a couple of liquidation places and enjoyed browsing their wares.  We are looking for a boom box type radio so we can listen to music when we are outside.  If anyone has a spare one they don’t need that works well please let us know.  We’ll be in Louisiana a few days in March so we could pick it up then!

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Today we’re going to two Mardi Gras parades in Mobile.  Can’t wait to see what their version of Mardi Gras looks like!  We’re planning to watch the parades with Amy Picou Geist and her family which will add to the fun!!!  We’ll try to see some of Mobile while we’re there also.

We’re leaving here on Monday morning for TLC Wolf River in Pass Christian, staying there until Madisyn’s birthday bash on March 15th!  Can’t miss that Hello Kitty party and being with our precious girl on her 5th birthday!

We went out walking the other day and my crazy hubby saw the stop sign that said roy by stop sign Please Stop Here so he stopped there and said take my pic!  Here it is!

Well that’s a recap of the fun we’ve had so far while staying at Wilderness RV Park in Robertsdale, Alabama.

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02.16.14 The Chauvin’s are back in the web design business, RV style!

564268_612914368730902_94775613_nWe are still going to the ranch in Texas to work but we have another opportunity to share with ya’ll.  This one has been in the works for several weeks and until I was absolutely 100% sure we were hired I just couldn’t share it.  But now I am!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’ve had a few on-line interviews with the company throughout this process.  I’ve never had an on-line interview so these were a first for me.  Sitting on my bed with a pillow and my computer on my lap, barefoot and smiling I went into each interview or meeting praying that if this job was God’s will for my life he would sell me to the CEO, and if it was not His will, I’d know that He knows best and I’d understand.  I’ve danas scripturehad such a peace come over me before each interview or meeting and managed not to make a fool out of myself each time.  I thank the people who knew about this and prayed for me during that time. God does listen to our prayers. When the possibility came about of Roy being a part of the company as well, that was an extra blessing on top of the original blessing!

We will not start for a week or two which is nearer the time the company’s website will unveiled.  The company is RV Friend Network. They have a website which tells about the company.  It’s http://www.rvfriendnetwork.com.  You can get some idea of the concept by checking that out.  There are some YouTube videos on this site that tell you a little about the concept I will share more about later.

The actual website that RV Parks and RV guests will use is http://www.RVillage.com.  What’s there is just a nice picture for now but it will be much much more when the completed project is unveiled.  I should be participating in Beta testing which will be going on this next week.

I have a blog post written and ready to tell ya’ll about this new concept in RV living and will post that as soon as the RVillage.com website goes live.

Roy will be a web ad creator, making the ads that go on each RV park’s RVillage webpage.  The ads are specific to RVers needs such as RV Repair, animal care, pet grooming, dentist, urgent care, RV sales, local restaurants, entertainment, etc.  All ads are specific to the locations where the RV parks who sign up are located.  My job, while it will also involve creating web ads, will be coordinating the work of the web ad creators, checking it out and getting the ad posted on the web.  The ads are where the company will make it’s money since it’s free for RV parks and RV guests.

It will take a good while for this concept to be sold to RV Parks and RV guests 1157474_10151830473676718_420032324_nnationwide so if you are an RVer and are not told that the park you’re in is an RVillage park, be sure to ask if they are.  Getting the name out there will greatly help the salespeople when they come in to sign up the park!

Can I tell you how absolutely perfect this work is for our RV lifestyle??!!  First of all the business is all about RVing and most important is that it allows us to work in our RV from whatever location we travel to.  It’s only part time (though I’m sure it will require more time up front) so it still leaves us plenty of time to explore each place we travel too or rest like retired people are suppose to!

This means we can go places like the ranch we were just hired to work at in Texas and when we’re done with the work we’re hired for there, we’ll spend our time either traveling or working on the online job.  Lots of freedom, traveling and an income!!

When I post the information about the company and what it does, that will answer any questions you may have. I’ve promised the company I will not post the information blog until they go live on the website.  Since that’s coming soon there won’t be much waiting!

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02.15.14 San Diego here we come!!!

317699_10151224848864706_705595368_nSan Diego, Texas that is!  We may end up in San Diego, California this year but for now our first stop going west will be in this San Diego.

Bill and Ann Morgan are the owners of South Texas Hunting Service in San Diego, Texas.  Their ranch sits on 700 acres where they run a hunting service. Roy and I were just hired this morning to be caretakers at this ranch from April 6 to May 14. We’ll be feeding the animals (chickens, peacocks, guineas, cats, dogs),  watering the plants in the greenhouse and cutting some grass. I’ve dreamed of having a greenhouse and now I get to spend time taking care of the plants in one for a few weeks. We are very excited about this opportunity to play on a farm (after we’ve done our work of course) and explore the southern part of Texas for a while!

Bill said there is plenty of open space for Roy to fly his helicopter and plane.  He just ordered the plane so this will give him plenty of time to learn how to fly it well!  They have a golf cart we can drive around the ranch to see it all.   After being along the coast the last few months where everything is pretty much close together it will be a treat to be headed to the wide open west.  We also may finally get to use our bow and arrows we’ve carried all around the country with us!

San Diego, Texas is between Corpus Christi and Laredo, Texas.  It’s not far from the Mexico border so we’ll have an opportunity to go there if that turns out to be a safe thing to do.

If anyone has ever been in that area and knows of places we should visit while we’re there (within about 100 miles of there) let us know! Also anything to see between Hammond, Louisiana and Corpus Christi, Texas.

Between now and then we have another week here in Alabama, a few weeks stay at our home park with Coast to Coast, TLC Wolf River Resort in Pass Christian, then home for Madisyn’s 5th birthday party and we’ll head out west for several months.

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02.14.14 On the Nature of Love – reblogged from Sitting Under the Kudzu Vine

1690243_672168819509976_600516090_nI started to get mushy, and gushy and ooze with Love all over my blog today but I just read my pastor, Dr. Randy Davis’s, blog post today from his blog Sitting Under the Kudzu Vine and want to share it with you today.  It’s called “On the Nature of Love” .

Happy mushy, gushy Valentine’s Day everyone!

The text of his blog today is below but here’s the link to it in case you want to learn more. http://kudzuvine.org/archives/1246

ON THE NATURE OF LOVE

It is Valentines Day and perhaps it is a good time to write about love.  The word love is used frequently in the Bible.  In the English Standard Version, the word love is found 551 times.  But love in the Bible is very different from the way we use the word in our modern western society.  We love ice cream, we love baseball, we love the Saints (an NFL football team for those who might not know).  Frequently, love describes the torrent, warm, fuzzy feelings that moon-eyed lovers feel.

God’s love for us is incomprehensible.  Why does God love us when we are all about hatred and rebellion against God?  Yet God has loved us and loved us to the point of becoming flesh so that he might live with us, like us and for us.

Human love, at its very best is like a small version of God’s love.  We love others who are often unloving or unlovable.  The Bible speaks of brotherly love and it describes marital love in terms like “be unto your husband as unto the Lord, and husbands love your wives as Christ love the church and gave himself for her.”

While there is nothing wrong with feelings, biblical love has nothing to do with how we feel.  We are commanded to love. It is hard to command a feeling.  Love is a disposition, an attitude, a state of being.  It what we are when we pursue Christ, or, maybe we should say, as Christ pursues us.

I like feelings.  I am often deeply moved as my church can tell you. My feelings for my wife grow deeper each day we live.   But feelings can never override real love.  Here is what I mean.  Love can be hard. Love sometimes requires us to say no or exercise discipline, like denying an addict support for their addiction.  God disciplines his people when they do not obey his Law because not obeying his law leads to great harm.  In fact Scripture says that if we are not disciplined then we are not real children of God.

True love is not defined by the romantics, it is defined by God.  Romantic love is explosive but it fades with time to ether be replaced by a deeper love or to die a horrible death.

God’s love is truly powerful and dangerous.  When it takes hold of a man or a woman, it can be world changing.  It causes people to go to foreign lands as missionaries.  It causes people to live godly lives in the midst of malignant immorality.  It causes men and women to work through difficulty long after the thrill is gone.  Love causes soldiers to go to war to protect their nation.  Love sits by the bedside of the dying holding a hand until the last breath comes.  Love of God leads hundreds of thousands to die for their faith every year.  Love has compelled believers to die for their faith since the resurrection of Jesus.  Love gives a simple cup or water or a meal or clothing to those in need.  And love compels us to tell others about what Christ has does for us and the salvation that we can have because of the love of God.

However, we all know that our human efforts at love often fail.  We are fallen, struggling creatures who are being saved but not yet made holy.  So, when we fail, and we will, we turn to our unending source of love, God.  We love because we have been invited to fellowship with the Father, in the Son, and through the Holy Spirit.  The Father loves us because we are in Christ. We love because the Holy Spirit is at work in our lives and who more than adequately supplies all of our needs.

The following are just a few of my favorites verses from the Bible about love.

”For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (Joh 3:16 ESV)

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  (Joh 13:34-35 ESV)

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph 4:1-3 ESV)

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Heb 10:24-25 ESV)

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.  Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1 Jo 4:7-11ESV)

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.  But sexual  immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. (Eph 5:1-3 ESV)

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, (Eph 5:25 ESV)

02.13.14 Time to take a poll – please participate!!!

Hi everyone!

I have a good number of followers to the blog and a lot who check it out through Facebook.  At this point I’ve written over 150 blog posts and want to take a poll now so I  know what ya’ll do like and what you don’t like.

Please send me an email to rosalyn@selu.edu with your comments, likes and dislikes.  Here are some questions to guide you in your comments.

  • I include a lot of pictures in most posts.  Do you like or dislike that?  Should they be smaller or larger pictures or are they just the right size now? Should I decrease or increase the number of pictures?

  • I write often and I find that when I don’t write often my posts are very long because I’m trying to catch up.  Would you prefer that I write less often long posts or more often shorter posts or is how I do it now fine with you?

  • I write mostly about our travels but from time to time I write about topics important to me that are not travel related.  Do you like the travel posts or the other posts the most or do you like the balance I have now?

  • I write like I talk which is not the most professional way to write but it’s what I know.  Do you think I should professionalize my writing or is it okay like it is?

  • What topics would you like me to write about or are you interested in something in my life (on the road or off) that you’d like to know about?

  • We’ve found that the cost for RV life has exceeded our expectations.  We have been making ends meet most of the time with help from the savings, which are quickly dwindling.  We think that adding a DONATE button (through PayPal or via check) to our blog might help us keep the blog and our travels afloat.  Whether you would or could donate, what do you think about the idea of us doing that?

  • This is not one that your answers will change but I’m curious about it.  Does my proclaiming my Christian beliefs bother you or does it make you more likely to read my blog?

  • Do you think I need to give more details about the RV parks we stay in? Some bloggers grade the parks they stay in, would you like me to do that? I’ve been writing about the ones I like and not writing about the ones I didn’t care for (and the second category is very small in number) so do you think that would be the best way to keep writing about RV parks?

  • Would you like to see some posts about the maintenance, repair and customizations that we’ve (I should say Roy has) done on the RV?  Roy would be the one sharing this information with me typing it up so I’m hoping your answers and possible encouragement in this regard would give him the boost he needs to do this or stop me from bugging him to do so!!

  • I write about our travels, our lives, RV related things and RV parks.  Should I write more about any category than I am now?

  • What has been your least favorite blog post and any reasons you feel that way?  What has been your most favorite blog post and any reason you feel that way?

  • I add graphics I find on the internet to some of my blog posts if I think they communicate my message or my thoughts in a graphical way.  Do you like or dislike them?

If I’ve missed asking a question that you might want to comment on please feel free to tell me what you think.  I thrive on your comments to blog posts and they are lost of times what keeps me going.  Please respond to this post and please comment on anything I write about in the future.

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02.12.14 What I Believe

521539_403488166393197_604151436_nSeveral months ago my niece Dana wrote a blog post about what she believed. I began thinking about what I believe. What am I willing to fight for?

Listed below are the core of those things for me.  I was surprised as I compiled this list how many thing I firmly believe. These are the big things for me.  This list is very different than the list I would have written when I was  younger.  I guess a lifetime of experiences build firm beliefs.

tiny_heartI believe that God is sovereign

tiny_heartI believe that the Holy Bible is the inerrant word of God

tiny_heartI believe that God wants all his human creatures to accept him as their Lord and Savior. I do not believe that God chose only certain people for salvation and chose to send others to Hell.

tiny_heartI believe that positive reinforcement of good behavior is more important than negative consequences for bad conduct in children.

tiny_heartI believe that a woman does not have the right to choose abortion over life.

tiny_heartI believe that ADD and ADHD are real and while some children are misdiagnosed, others are correctly diagnosed and deserve treatment and understanding.

tiny_heartI believe that inappropriate language is unacceptable in any setting.

tiny_heartI believe that baptism is a public statement of belief in Christ as their Lord and Savior made only by people of at least the age of reasoning, and that it is not something that should be performed on infants who have not made that decision for themselves.

tiny_heartI believe that broken family relationships should be repaired.

tiny_heartI believe in the healing power of forgiveness and second chances.

tiny_heartI believe that God made my husband just for me, not so much for my younger years but for now so that I’d have someone to love me now that I’m old, fat and crazy!

tiny_heartI believe in the Trinity being God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

tiny_heartI believe very simply in the Bible and believe that deep theological thinking can cause unnecessary problems.

tiny_heartI believe in miracles and the power of prayer.

tiny_heartI believe that the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Braves are the best professional sports teams.

tiny_heartI believe that the men and women of our American military are all HEROs.

tiny_heartI believe that a fetus is a human from the moment of conception and that when a fetus is aborted it is murder.

tiny_heartI believe that a child’s love heals many wounds.

tiny_heartI believe that God alone gives true joy and true peace.

tiny_heartI believe that God intended for marriage to be only between a man and a woman.

tiny_heartI believe that the beauty of God’s world is coming alive  before us as we travel throughout this amazing country of ours!

Now that you know what I believe in, maybe you’ll take some time and ponder what is it that you deeply believe in, that you’d be willing to fight for? What are the big beliefs in your life?

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02.11.14 Not working at Disney and free Valentine’s cards

happiest place on earthEarly on in our travels I wrote about our desire to work at Disney World and have been asked by a few friends if we applied when we were in Florida.  I want to share with you that we decided not to pursue a Disney job.

We’ve loved our many visits to Mickey’s World and the surrounding parks, however our last visit told us we are not at a place in our life to work there.  Our reasons are very simple:

–We’ve seen as much of it as we want to see, as many times as we want to (unless of course if Chip makes a ton of money and wants to bring us back there someday to help with the little ones!).

–It costs around $1,000 in diesel for us to go to Disney and back to Louisiana which far outweighs the free passes we’d get for working there.

–Between working in Minnesota at the Resort and working one week at Southeastern’s Textbook Rentals I realize my optimum working environment involves sitting at a desk and working on a computer and not the strenuous life of a Disney worker!

So that’s, that!

We are in Robertsdale, Alabama for the next two weeks at Wilderness RV Park.  We drove into Spanish Fort and Daphne, Alabama today to go to Walgreens, the bank and see what the areas is like.  We stopped at a food pantry I’d like to volunteer some time at.  If they want me I’ll let ya’ll know how that goes!

valentines-day-6Roy and I have discovered a really cheap way to give greeting cards to each other.  We’re almost always together now and we don’t have an opportunity to shop for a card alone.  We started picking out a card for each other when we’re in Walgreens.  When we’ve found just the right one we then let each other read theirs.  We give each other a kiss and put the cards back in the rack!!!  No money spent but we’ve expressed to each other our feelings for whatever occasion. Talk about money saving!!! You should have seen the sweet Valentine’s card he showed me today!!!

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