Along the way ~ the journey so far ~ by Audrey

The two lane road that turned into a dirt road

The two lane road that turned into a dirt road

I am absolutely loving being out here on the road with Tom and Emma, the sweet chocolate lab. It’s amazing to think that we have been going for 12 days now. As I think back over the journey, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite things so far ~

~      Being outdoors all the time ~ it is so very enjoyable, peaceful and enriching ~ to realize that all we need is right here in this 2002 Toyota Camry helps me to see how much more I can let go of…

~      Meeting so many incredible, nice, humble people who’ve shared moments of their lives ~ I am so thankful for their openness and generosity ~ welcoming us and guiding us along the way…

~      The two lane roads that go on forever, winding this way and that ~ and sometimes turning into a dirt road that dead ends at a river ~ but always finding our way back

~      The coffee for Tom to keep him going down the back roads ~ he has driven all 1,600 miles so far ~ and the chocolate for me…

~      Never knowing where we’ll end up that night ~ and being OK with that ~ all Tom has to say is that there will be a campground and sure enough, one appears out of nowhere…

Storm Rising over Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, MI.

Storm Rising over Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, MI.

~      Relaxing into the unknown ~ just about every step of our journey has changed along the way for one reason or another ~ and it all works out for the best ~ with a smile…

~      For all the kindness from everyone we meet ~ Dani recommending M22 for our way through Michigan, Lynda at Camping in the Clouds in Wisconsin giving us a jump start when the battery died, and so many more…

~      Knowing when it’s time to sleep in a hotel bed and regroup ~ word of warning, never eat a chicken sandwich that’s been under a heat lamp at a gas station…

~      Staying in one place for two or three days to catch up and be still, outside ~ it’s a bit unusual sitting at a picnic table at our campsite while working on the computers for hours at a time…

~      For the sun and the rain ~ even when we get soaked to the bone putting up the tarp, the sun always returns to dry us out ~ and Emma gets a much needed bath…

~      For “no dogs allowed” leading us to better places ~ a wonderful campsite and beautiful kite surfing just to name a couple…

~      Finding the balance between making headway on the journey, the daily work involved with camping, the enriching time spent with all the folks we’re meeting along the way, and the effort to pull the stories of it all together and share it on the blogsite…

~ Thank you for sharing the journey with us ~

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    • usathroughoureyes

      What a beautiful gift of words you have given us Eugenia. Thank you so much for making the time to share these feelings. Lets chat and have coffee often.

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  1. Ann McDunn

    Nice to read the steps from the Journey, it Always great to see new places and meet nice people. Greetings for you, Tom and a hug for Emma.

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      • soulfood101blog

        LOL mmmmm whipped cream. I bet y’all have the best set up ever!! I nominated you for the Awesome Blogger Award. I don’t know if you do awards, I usually don’t but it’s from a wonderful young blogger who truly loves God and is a joy to me, so I can’t say no to her. It’s for blogs that I look forward to and love to read so obviously yours is one of them. Here is the link if you want to check it out https://soulfood101blog.wordpress.com/2017/04/08/awesomebloggeraward/

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Yummy, yummy. Yes we love the set up. We thank you with all humbleness for your gracious nomination but need to decline at this time however. We hope you understand. We are just enjoying what the Lord has blessed us with and sharing it with hopes of getting to know others and to be encouragers of their efforts. We are so glad to know you were nominated and we appreciate the good messages you are spreading. We are so happy to always see you reading and commenting on our site and this is what its about for us.

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      • soulfood101blog

        No worries. I understand completely 🙂 I am just happy to be able to read your wonderful stories about your journeys, and I am so thankful that you are always encouraging when you visit my blog. It means the world 🙂

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Thank you so much for saying these kind words. You are doing a wonderful feat by sharing the Word for all to see. It takes a strong person to stand for their faith. We stand with you.

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      • soulfood101blog

        Nah, I am the least of His children, in every way. But it is the least I can do since He has loved me and kept me especially since I do not deserve it. I figure His Word is what is helping me be a better child of His, if it can do that for a sinner like me, then there is hope for everyone!!!!

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Yes Debbie it has been a great start and continues to get better with each new one. As you both know the blessings continue to pour out with each new adventure. It is so nice having your encouragement, thank you.

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      • Debbie L

        I’m enjoying your blog! I especially like how you each post! My husband could add much but he’s not into expressing his views in writing! So he tells me and I incorporate his thoughts….but I’m sure mine overshadow his! 😳

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Thank you so much Debbie for your encouragement. This whole journey we are on is a giant work in progress. We smile, no laugh, as we look back on our first postings in September. We learn from so many like yourselves on how to find that balance of experiencing each new adventure and then how to share it. We’re sure there will come a day when your hubby will be typing along side of you with excitement sharing his views. Until he does you are doing a wonderful job sharing for the both of you. Thank you for being along side of us and letting us learn and gain energy from the paths you are showing us.

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      • Debbie L

        And now, thank you for your encouragement!!! Bill actually writes his mom a letter every month of our travels….maybe we’ll publish them one day! We have another blog site with no content! Lol

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      • usathroughoureyes

        We can’t wait to read them. We collaborate and its interesting how alike but different our way of describing things are. Kinda like the parallel gospels, lol.

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      • Debbie L

        Ah, Great analogy!!! I guess Bill and I have been together for 42 years and living so intimately closely for 3 1/2 years, we’re pretty much coming out as one letter such as Paul wrote!!! Lol

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  2. Tammy Leonard

    Love it!!!❤️❤️❤️💕💕💕💛💛💛so very well stated! Wonderful memories and so much more to be there for you 3

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