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After 2 Years We Are Back On The Road.

It has been 14 months since we returned from Hawaii and wrote our last post.

We have been “homeless” for 3 years but have been on the road in the trailer for only 6 months during that time.

After moving out of our house into the trailer we parked at a friends for 3 months, travelled for 6, parked again for the summer, spent the winter in Hawaii, and the last year we were living in our pastors house. This was never the plan.

After returning from Hawaii we wanted to spend 2 weeks in our home town and then hit the road again. Despite this plan we had a growing suspicion that it could be altered significantly at any moment after our return. Our home church had been trying to sell an additional lot next door to fund a much needed renovation of the church building. The sale had been slow at first but there was talk of an interested buyer. If the lot sold then we knew, as a couple who had time to spare and had done renovations in the loft and kids area, that we may be asked to assist in these larger scale renovations of the entire building. Our hearts were ready for this possibility and when the buyer was confirmed we decided to stay for 3 months to get to work on making this transformation happen.
Our estimate of 3 months was poor to say the least. 3 months turned into 6 month and 6 months turned into a year. At the end of it all we had completed the renovations with the help of contractors, volunteers and thousands of man hours under our belts. Our year in Brooklin allowed us to enrol the kids in school, to be there for church and family events, as well as to connect and grow stronger relationships with our loved ones.

This past year has been a tremendous blessing that grew out of what we saw as obligation.
To know more of our thoughts on that please watch our latest vlog when it gets posted.

We are now back on the road and looking forward to writing the next chapter in this adventure.


Cynthia's Thoughts

I’ll be the Weakness, You be the Staying Strong

Listening to: High Valley – I Be U Be
(One of my favourite running songs.)

I’ve been watching a lot of The Bucket List Family recently, completely devouring their weekly vlogs. I’m on Week 65, which means I’m a little more than halfway done. (It was hard to admit that, since I only started watching a couple weeks ago.)

One of the things I really admire about them is their ability to meet their goals. I’ve never really been a person who sets high goals for myself and takes steps to achieve them. I enjoy thinking about the goals, dreaming about what it would be like to reach those goals, but ultimately I never actually start to work on achieving the goals because I overwhelm myself with all of the challenges I might encounter.

General Posts

Much Needed Housekeeping…

If you root around the blog, you might notice a few new things.

The most important addition, one that was mentioned over a year ago, is a fully functional subscribe form! Scroll down to the bottom of this page and you’ll see where you can subscribe to be emailed whenever a new post has been published.

Cynthia's Thoughts

Have You Ever Heard of Freedom From Every Sort of Slavery

Listening to: Kolohe Kai – Paradise

I was listening to prayers being prayed over my family and myself for the next part of our journey. People who I love dearly were praying for God to bless our time, for God to reveal Himself to us, for God to help us grow closer as a family. That’s when the weight of these next six months really settled on me… My good, good Father has already blessed me with the opportunity to live in this place, to rub elbows with locals who have captured my heart, to explore the beauty of these islands that He created.

That night I realized that we have a chance to allow our six months in Hawai’i to be a flag in the ground kind of moment, we can use this time to call upon the Lord for wisdom and direction and ask for our hearts and eyes to be open to His plan for us here. I won’t have a schedule and I won’t have many responsibilities, both of which I can use as an excuse to not spend time with God.

Cynthia's Thoughts

Then Sings my Soul

Listening to: Carrie Underwood – How Great Thou Art

As I was growing up, I rarely identified with people my age. I was always looking to the future, to this longing that I had, but could never put my finger on. That longing made me different, it made me think of my teenage friendships as fleeting, not something that I should hold on to. I felt as if I viewed life differently than all of my peers… I always felt ahead of them somehow. These feelings made me feel like I never quite fit in.

I can’t say that this is truth, but I can confidently suspect that God was present even in those years of unbelief—at work in my life, stirring up my heart to yearn for something greater than I whatever it was that I presently settled in—stirring up my heart to not quite fit in.