New Bern, NC
I have been thinking lately about this lifestyle and how Craig and I have acclimated to it so well. My “previous life” seems light years ago, making this lifestyle seem as though this has been my/our life all along. We are so blessed to be living life on our terms, yet I feel somewhat guilty, for some strange reason. At times I have flashing thoughts about how wonderful this lifestyle really is and ponder if I am worthy. After all, there are so many others who probably deserve the peace and happiness much more than I. Then, this verse came to mind:
1 Timothy 6:17-19 (NIV)
17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
While our treasures are not here on earth, we are rewarded when we focus on our Heavenly treasure… eternal life. Scripture tells us not to be arrogant nor put our hope in wealth. If we would just put our hope and faith and trust in God, alone, He will richly provide us with everything for our enjoyment. This is our life, folks. That’s just how we roll. He has richly provided me and Craig with everything for our enjoyment. That’s for sure! We are blessed beyond words.
Thank you for allowing me to share that with you. It comes from the heart.
While in Bushnell, I had an opportunity to play with my new camera. Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure. I am quite happy with the results, if I say so myself. This is the very first time I have used such a “complicated” camera. And I had what I consider to be the perfect specimens for such an amateur!
Of course, I have a long way to go, but I am a more confident than I was when I took the camera out of the box!
Prior to leaving Bushnell, FL, Craig and Bill took a few days to wash and wax our homes. ( I chuckled to myself one day… I’m going to start asking people if they have ever washed and waxed their home. It’s a lot of hard work! LOL!) Not only is it proper maintenance, but we are headed to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the very near future and it would only be prudent to help protect our home from the salt air. On the third day of washing/waxing, however, things did not turn out so well. Kelly and I had taken off to run some errands and almost immediately upon our return I heard some commotion behind me. I turned around just in time to see Craig hit the ground. He had been on the ladder. I screamed, “Craig!” as I ran toward him. I will never forget the look of fear (or pain) on his face. The first thing he did was grab his knees, so I immediately thought he had shattered them both. All kinds of things went through my head. When the dust settled (so to speak), all he did was sprain his ankle… badly. I whispered, “Thank you, Jesus!” His injuries could have been catastrophic, but he was spared. We are so grateful and thankful. Another blessing! He hobbled around with a cane for about a week, but I am happy to report he is doing so much better. The ankle brace has been comforting, as well, and I finished waxing the rig for him. Well, for us!
Bill, Kelly, Craig and I departed Bushnell, FL on Tuesday, March 17, headed for North Carolina. Instead of spending time researching another campground to stay in on our way to North Carolina, we just decided to blow through. (Bill and Kelly are a lot like us, and I suppose that is why we travel well together.) Kelly is our pilot because she drives her own car, Craig is our co-pilot because he can research online as we travel, and Bill and I are the designated drivers. After some time on the road, it was time to make a much-needed pit stop. Kelly pulled ahead and found the perfect place big enough for us to pull in. (Have I told you that Kelly is a very good pilot?) As we all took care of our respective duties, and as Bill was walking around their rig, he noticed a large screw in one of his tires. All is well that ended well, but the tire had to be changed. It was just meant to be that we stopped when we did. The outcome could have been much worse. I consider this another “God wink”!
After a 9.5 hour drive day, we arrived safely at a Cracker Barrel in Florence, SC where we had dinner and boondocked in their parking lot overnight.
Believe it or not, we slept very well, awoke fairly early, had breakfast, and headed out on the final leg of this portion of our journey. We drove another 4.5 hours until we arrived here in New Bern, FL.
So, here we are, in the Croatan National Forest where we are staying for a full 2 weeks and 1 day. We do not have water or sewer, but we do have 50 amp electricity. I think that’s important because I can still use my hair dryer and bread machine! We are sharing a double campsite so we decided to pull one RV straight in and back the other in. That way, our front doors are facing each other, and the awnings make for a nice canopy in-between.
So, as we continue to enjoy this great adventure…
I will leave you with some parting shots of where we are. (Taken with my cell phone.)
Stay tuned… more to come! In the meantime, be blessed!