In just a few days, we’ll be back in the van, loaded to the gills (not quite like when we return in 4 months), and looking ahead to another epic road trip. This time, we’ll mostly be staying put in just a couple places for most of the trip which is something we’ve never experienced.
We’ll be in Dallas for up to 4 weeks living in an unusual living arrangement. We like to stay in our mission’s apartment that is like a really small home, but it’s not available so we’ve opted for two rooms that have just enough room for their respective queen beds and share a bathroom. We’ll have access to an open kitchen, dining, and living room that is used for staff functions and other events. I think most of the time we’ll have that area mostly to ourselves. The main thing in Dallas is I will be getting checked out by a sleep clinic and seeing what issues I seem to be having with sleep apnea and what can be done to improve the situation. I don’t know how long that will take, but we have to be out of the rooms by June 2, so hopefully from the initial appointment on May 10 to that date, we’ll be through whatever process I need to go through.
From there, we really don’t have an exact travel plan, but we do know we have a house that has been made available to us in Michigan (near Grand Rapids) for June and July. We’ll pay the utilities there, but the house is rent-free. Our focus there is to rest, relax, and focus on our health. The town is small, but there are plenty of streets and sidewalks for taking walks and that’s what I need to do. I need to take in a good diet, regular exercise, rest, and build up my stamina and heart-health.
By early August, we’ll head to the Chicagoland area and by mid-August we’ll be helping Cameron with his transition to MBI. He’s never really been away from home and having been missionaries pretty much his whole life (that he remembers), who knows what we’ll all be feeling at that point. We’re not looking forward to living here without Cameron, but that’s the way life works and it’s a step we all need to take.
For the next couple days we have a team retreat in the same place we’ve had this annual retreat for several years as well as our mission’s annual conference. It’s a thermal water “resort” with some water slides and a couple of big pools. They have a new tower hotel that is really nice, but it’s pretty expensive, so we just stay in the old hotel that has leaky pipes and rustic amenities, but it’s really cheap. We take our own fans and electrical cords and stuff so that we can be a little more comfortable. There’s no central air or wall A/C or even a ceiling fan. It’s been in the 90s here the last few days, so it’s warm. I guess all that is to say that we’ll be in a resort but don’t think 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 star. I don’t think it has a star.
Within 24 hours of coming back from that we’ll be on the road and headed north. I’m able to drive and expect to be driving all the way to Dallas and beyond. We’ll see how it goes. We’ve planned our first road day to be a short one. We can get to a familiar travel hotel in about 4.5 to 5 hours. That gets us almost halfway to the border and the next day is then a lot easier to get to the USA and then decide if we’ll stay in Laredo overnight or push on a couple more hours up to San Antonio. Either way, we’d expect to reach Dallas the following day.
We had our last church service on Sunday at the home of Lupe and Rocío. Since the weekend celebrated “Day of the Child” which is a big deal down here, I shared some thoughts on parenting and our walk with Christ as it relates to raising our kids. Nothing too fancy, but it seemed to “hit the spot.” We’re sad to be leaving these disciples for four months, but they have a Good Shepherd who does much more for them than we ever could.
Maybe we’ll see some of you folks as we travel. I hope so. It would be nice to catch up with you. Well, I see it’s nearly a quarter til 1 a.m. and as you can imagine, I’m not doing a good job of getting to bed on-time. Maybe we’ll have some interesting experiences to share with you over the summer. I suspect we will.
Thanks for praying for our safety in travel. We are planning on driving to Dallas May 7-9 but we could possibly leave a day earlier and take three or four days.