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Day 4 (July 31st)

Saturday, July 31st, we headed out from the truck stop/gas station in Point of Rocks, Wyoming very early in the morning. Again we made good time. We spent the morning playing catch up to Joe since I stopped at a Walmart to get us some much needed drinks and food. Because of the nature of the terrain, I only let Josiah drive for a little bit of Wyoming and Idaho. This pass through the mountains is the easiest I know of (which is one of the main reasons we chose this route).

For our entire trip the weather was fantastic. The most rain we had was a few minor sprinkles. We could see storms in the distance but none came to us. We cruised through the rest of Wyoming, Utah, and into Idaho. In Idaho, I decided to pass Joe so that I would have enough time to nurse Nehemiah when he was ready. Josiah and I decided we would drive as long as Nehemiah let us. He was happy through the whole state, so we stopped in Ontario, Oregon. Also, we thought we would get some more drinks for the last leg of our journey. Ontario is kind of confusing, but eventually we found a Walmart. It was difficult to tell Joe where to meet us, but eventually he found us.

From here out in our journey, we had to drive on US 26 which is not a freeway and only has less than half a dozen towns on it. Joe was at half a tank and I at three-quarters. When leaving Walmart we knew we needed two things, to make sure we found the right way through Ontario and gas. We found the right way although that wasn’t easy, but we didn’t find gas. We thought we would just get some in the next town. It was about 4:30 in the afternoon.

So on we drove through the beautiful farmland and hills of eastern Oregon. Finally we got to a town that had a gas station. Unfortunately it recently had a fire and was under reconstruction…no gas. Joe pulled out and his gas light came on. So Joe decided to park at the Brogan city park. The nearest gas stations were 26 miles back or 43 miles forward. We decided to head back. So back I went to Vale. I had $40 for gas for my car, a gas can, and gas in the can. In Oregon, you can not pump your own gas, so I told the attendant what I needed. He went and found a 5 gallon can, filled it up and my car all for only $35. He gave the can for free!

At around 7:30, I made it back to Joe and the other kids. We put the gas in and hoped to make it to the next town with gas which was Unity. After traveling over steep hills and curves, we made it to Unity, but the gas station was closed. To have them open it up would cost $20. I went into a local bar, and the only place open, to ask how far the nearest gas station was that would be open. One local informed me that this was the #@?! part about Oregon. After being told we would have to go 51 miles to John Day, a man said he might be able to help. He told us to drive down a little ways and meet him there. I went back to the gang and showed them the way. Joe maneuvered the trailer and truck into a very tight spot and was given (for FREE!!!) 10 gallons of gas…enough to get us to John Day.

It was now getting dark. We had gained an hour with the time zone change and were exhausted. I had driven almost the whole day due to rough terrain and construction. And Joe of course was the only driver for his vehicle. Honestly, I don’t know how he does it. As we drove into the mountains, it was getting dark, dark, dark and I was getting tired, tired, tired. Even my energy reserves (licorice and 5-hour energy drinks) weren’t cutting it.

We decided to park along the road, but needed to find a cell signal so that Joe could do his daily schoolwork. Just when I didn’t think I could drive any further, we found a nice wide pull out area that had a signal.

Through the grace of God, we made it to one of the most beautiful places in the world. We rested underneath the stars in the Malheur National Forest.

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Day 3 (Friday, July 30th)

We have been living on faith for quite a while. Yeah, sometimes we make choices based not on faith but on fear. But for the most part, we have tried very hard to live each day as God would have us live. We set out from Ohio on faith that God would get us to where He wants. Yes, we had a plan of getting to Oregon by noon on Saturday, but we KNOW God is in control. And we are thrilled that he is! We are not omnipotent. We make plans based on the knowledge we have, but if our plans change that just means God knows something we don’t! LOL

Today (Friday the 30th), we were making great time across the states. We had a fantastic night’s sleep in eastern Nebraska, and were on the road by 7 am. We were trying to make a curving pass in Utah before nightfall. Josiah and I were well rested and driving ahead of Papa Joe’s crew. We were trying to find a place to get food with the EBT (foodstamps), and decided to give Buford, WY a try. They didn’t, but they are great capitalists! Joe caught up with my gang while we were there. We headed back out together onto the interstate. As Joe was going up the on ramp, steam came pouring out of the truck. Josiah quickly pulled behind him. After seeing all of the antifreeze on the ground, we tried to back down the ramp. A patrol man came behind me and wouldn’t allow us to do that though. We sent Josiah to walk back to the store for antifreeze. After a few minutes of sitting in the vehicles, the officer told us that we could use an emergency turn around just up the road. So I went and picked up Josiah, and he bought antifreeze while I got some water from the restroom. It cost him $20 for diluted antifreeze! We headed back to the truck. Joe tried to fix the sprung hose which was the result of a half broken connector piece. We put all the liquid in and headed back on the road. After only a few miles, again steam and liquid poured forth from the truck. This time the other side of the connector was busted.

We decided my crew would drive to Laramie which was 20 miles ahead and get the part and more antifreeze. Off we went, leaving Joe who was quite frustrated and the other kids on the side of the interstate in the truck. When I pulled away, Petra went into hysterical laughter which made all of them break into laughing. I think this must have broken some tension because when I got back with the $3 part they were all laughing and enjoying the “rollercoaster” otherwise known as large trucks driving by.

Joe quickly had the part put in and the truck up and running. We were on the road again.

Later that day, we stopped to get gas. Before pulling out Joe noticed he didn’t have any lights on the trailer, and it was dusk. After trying to fix the problem, we decided to park and call it a night. We were at Point of Rocks, WY.

Some might say that God has shown us favor on this trip. I disagree. I think God wants to show favor to all those who are co-heirs with Christ all the time. Sometimes though, we live lives that leave no room for God to show His love. This trip has left lots of opportunities for God to show His love and mercy to us. When Joe broke down the second time, he had plenty of room to pull off the freeway. Another half a mile (which he couldn’t see) was one lane construction and the highest elevation of our trip 8600 feet. It could have been far worse for his hose to come off just around the corner.

We did have a plan of Joe attending his 20 year high school reunion, but God had other plans. We gladly step aside and let him lead.

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Another Days Journey

It is nearing the end of day two of our journey across the country. We left last night at 10 from our old house. At midnight, we pulled into Wal-Mart and decided to boondock for a while. Boondocking is basically staying somewhere with no hook-ups. For our drive we are separated into two vehicles. Papa Joe has Michaela, Elijah, Azariah, and Petra along with Bailey (our dog) in his pick-up pulling the trailer. I have Josiah, Kira, Hanna, and Nehemiah along with Charlie (our other dog) in our Honda Civic.

We found out that if Papa Joe goes faster than 60 he tends to fishtail. He needs to get this like tripod hitch thing, but we didn’t have the money for it. So we are taking it slow…much to the other drivers’ disgust. Josiah and I are taking turns driving, but Joe is doing it all by himself.

So at midnight last night, two of my passengers decided they didn’t want to sleep in the car, so I took Hanna and Nehemiah into the trailer to crash. Now you would think we could all go to sleep in there, but while we are traveling we have our outdoor stuff in there. Maybe in time it will be usable, but for this journey only the couch and Nehemiah’s crib which we put in the living room are accessible. So Hanna and I shared the couch, Nehemiah went into his crib, and Kira slept on a little spot on the floor. Josiah slept in the Honda and the rest of the gang slept in the truck.

We didn’t sleep long though. At 3 we were ready to hit the road again. We stopped again at 6, so Joe could sleep. I was exhausted but unfortunately had no way to sleep since Nehemiah and Hanna were UP! So I took them into Wal-Mart, and we got breakfast…dry cereal and Sunny D. I have no idea where either of those stops were which made me think of my friend’s the Watkins and their blog “Where the FuhKaui?”

We have had wet pants, poopy dog, smeared bananas, near death experiences, and have listened to “Lover, Lover, Lover” at least 50 times on the radio. We also had a rather interesting encounter.

Around 1 we stopped for a break. I had gone in the trailer to nurse Nehemiah. Everyone else sat in the shade at a rest stop. A man walked over to our clan and started talking to Joe. At first he just mentioned how cute our dogs are and then he asked some questions, like where are we headed and such. He then asked if we had enough gas money to get there. Joe said no, only as far as Nebraska probably. He then said that God had told him to come talk to us. He gave Joe $60, and also offered some food, but Joe turned that down…such a humble man! I am still quite amazed by this gesture.

God has protected us from crazy drivers and has kept the trailer moving down the road. While I believe in God’s provision, I am still amazed. Simply amazed.

As I write this, it is 9:30 at night. My crew is wired! We are searching for a Wal-Mart, so we can lay our head down for a while. And hopefully get some food to eat. Thank you, Lord, we love you. You are amazing!

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JoKars Wild Update

It was a tough week for us here at JoKars Wild this past week. Our electricity was schedule to be shut off on Saturday morning. Being that we have well water this meant that we would also have no water. We had already extended it a week and had no resources to pay the bill. But someone stepped up to the plate and paid our bill. Thank you!

We also have not been able to drive our pick up truck for quite a few weeks. The brakes were seized up on one side. The truck also needed new tires. Another individual offered to pay for our tires. Joe had gotten some money a couple of weeks ago and bought new brakes to put on. At that time we didn’t know they had seized up on one side. After much struggle and frustration, Joe was not able to fix the passenger side.

So Friday, he decided to take truck into town to get the new tires and hope they could unfreeze the brake. His plan was then to finish fixing it at home. But the repair center did it all and didn’t charge us for the brake repair! So we now have new tires and new brakes on our truck. Praise God.

Since our truck is now operational, we can finish emptying our home and be on the road. We have decided to have everything that is left in our house be given away for free…a Free Sale. It is this Friday from 10-4. Our plan (and I am fully aware that “our plans” are not always God’s plan) is to hit the road on Monday, July 26th. This would allow us to be in Prineville, OR by July 30th for Joe’s high school reunion.

Today we gave our cat away. It was hard for everyone to see her go. We have had Ali for 11 years. She has been a part of our family for a long time. She came with us from Oregon 10 years ago. I hope she will be happy.

We also received another sizable amount to help with our gas expenses. This is a huge plus as driving to Columbus to take Josiah to the zoo gets kind of spendy. But we feel it is worth it. He is worth it.

If you have been to our website lately, you may have noticed little changes. I finished creating our website through FrontPage only to find out that our host doesn’t allow us to do that. So I have to go through and change each thing online. It is a slow process. I am thankful for the knowledge God has given me and for having a technologically gifted husband 😉 Overall, I don’t think I’ve done too bad for my first website. I am hoping to keep learning more though. And maybe I might meet some website savvy friends along the way who can give me tips.

Thank you all for your prayers. Please don’t stop. Please pray that we are able to leave by Monday, that everything that needs to be done, gets done! Pray for more funds. Pray for opportunities and direction. Please pray that we can make it through the letting go…:(…it’s good, but painful…

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