Personal Reflections – 7

Day 3: We left Burley, ID having eaten breakfast at Super 8 with a trace of protein. Ronnie’s highlight was biscuits and gravy. Our lunch packed, we took off. While we wanted to get to Cheyenne, WY this day we knew that was too much (747 miles) for one day. We made good progress during the day; Ronnie had another of those difficult times maneuvering around the gas pumps. Then when we arrived at Super 8 in Rawlins, WY that evening we found both straps off the wheels. It was too late to call the U-Haul 2.5 miles away and we couldn’t drive so we proceeded to check-in. This was problematic in a number of ways – Ronnie made a list so he could write a review for what he calls the worst “Super 8” ever. We had wanted to do laundry, but it was too late for that and we missed the restaurant next door by minutes. Finally, we walked 3 businesses down from the Super 8 to buy sandwiches from a gas station c-store. Day 3 was especially rough on Ronnie.

End of Day 3 – Rawlins, Wyoming – about 4.3 states down and 3.7 to go.

Day 4: This day began with dealing with the difficulties of yesterday and before. First, Ronnie called the electric companies – PSE was supposed to have faxed a credit letter to PSO who hadn’t received it. In the end they had used an incorrect fax number. So by Day 5 – on the day before service was to begin we learned that it was finally received and service will begin on our first day in our apartment without paying deposits. Next, Ronnie called U-Haul and then the U-Haul Road Assistance. Again, the situation was resolved quickly and we were on the road by 11:00 am – not as soon as we had hoped, but not bad.

Memories of Driving Through Wyoming:
• Many years ago and 4 cars ago – we were driving an Astro van pulling a 16’ travel trailer. We ran out of gas. A good Samaritan helped us out, but we have been careful not to run out of gas in Wyoming since.
• Last year on our trip to family reunion in Colorado and visit to Bartlesville – van began overheating in Wyoming. We limped along until we got into Colorado – spent a day in Ft. Collins while repairs were made.
• This year – minor by comparison in reality, but with major potential consequences – the straps came off van wheels.

While in Wyoming we thought it would be a good idea to chat with Billie Cooper who lives in Wyoming – we had a nice catch up with her.

End of Day 4 – Colby, KS – About 5.3 states down and 1.7 to go.

Day 5
This is our last full day of traveling. It was the shortest day so far and we arrived in time to do laundry, but sadly (or not so sadly) there are no laundry services at this Super 8. Everything went smoothly today. One way I know that it was a better day for Ronnie is because he was serenading me as we went down the Interstate.

End of Day 5 – Wichita, KS – About 7.8 states down and 1.2 to go.

I have been reading and listening to Hebrews this week: (I hate to quote only parts, but these are some highlights.)

“But we would see Jesus…. 2:9

And again, I will put my trust in him…” 2:13
4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any Two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Jesus is a better testament, is our high priest – 7:22

Jesus is the mediator of a better covenant – 8:6,7

Jesus is a better sacrifice – His own blood – 9:11

Jesus is a new and living way – 10:20

Jesus, in heaven is a better and enduring substance – 10:34

I am reminded what our dear friend Mark Johnson (now with the Lord) taught as he preached through Hebrews – “Christ is better than ….” You name it and He is better. Nothing and no one else satisfies, saves, comforts etc.

End of Day 6 – Bartlesville, OK – We arrived around 2:30 pm and were in our apartment by 3:15.  We unloaded our van and began to get settled. We had brought an air mattress in the van and so we slept in our new home. We did laundry and went to bed getting ready for “move-in day.”

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Personal Reflections – 6

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Our Adventure

A number have referred to our move to Bartlesville, OK as a new adventure for us. In many ways these friends are correct. After worshipping with Providence Reformed Baptist Church one last time, we said goodbye to many. Then our friends, Mike and Diane, helped us get two vehicles to the U-Haul to pick up the carrier so we could haul our van behind a 26’ truck. Highlights of our first day on the road:

  • Learning to maneuver a long load…taking wide turns –gas station help gratefully received.
  • Filling a 57 gallon gas tank required more $ than our usual activity and it alerted c.c. fraud. We weren’t able to use that card which had been prepped for the trip until the next day.
  • Tacoma Dome – traffic in Tacoma allowed us a long-last look at this familiar icon.
  • Learning more about our smart phones – what should be easy:

Travel advisory through Eastern Washington to avoid fires.

Rest stops before the Blue Mountains

Location of Super 8 Motels

Managing photos

Accidental Selfie – Surprise!

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  • God is good – we made it safely to our first resting stop.

End of 1st day – stayed near Pendleton, OR – 1 state down and 7 to go.

Day Two highlights:

  • Left stop with breakfast and lunch made
  • Confirmation of previous history with the Blue Mountains – driving through in daylight is far superior to driving in the dark either direction.
  • Reminder of the vastness and diversity of God’s creation (no overpopulation).
  • Sadly, they didn’t ask us if we minded advertising an old earth on the sides of the truck.
  • I have a love/hate relationship with seat belts. They all seem to rub against and irritate my neck because of my stature. This one is more difficult than most – it doesn’t want to come out. Finally, I realized that instead of pulling it multiple times that I should just “Let it Go” and try again.
  • We had a little excitement during the afternoon. We heard a noise behind us and looked back. We were pretty sure we still had our load with us, but stopped at the next stop we could make. At the rest stop we discovered that the strap around one of the tires had come off. Someone helped Ronnie reattach it, but it looked precarious at best. After calling U-Haul we proceeded to the nearest U-Haul which cost us 30 miles and 45 minutes. Within 5 minutes it was resolved and we were back on our way. During that time we received 2 calls and 1 text from friends or family who wanted to know how we were doing. What an encouragement to know that people are praying for us through this trip!

End of 2nd Day – July 21 ended in Burley, ID – Thank God for His protection and provision – About 2.8 States down and 5.2 to go.

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Personal Reflections – 5

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After so many years in Washington State (39 ½ for Ronnie and 23 for Maggie), we have been preparing for our relocation for over a year. These preparations include:

1)      Downsizing home/office

2)      Researching potential new homes

3)      Building up online services

4)      Visiting Grace Baptist Church in Bartlesville, OK (actually in Dewey) in July, 2013

5)      Continuing to downsize

6)      Beginning to tell some people

7)      Making the official announce in January, 2014

8)      Preparing others to take over some of our responsibilities here

9)      Helping to develop Family Academy Online

10)   Making preparations for our new home in Bartlesville

Over the last few weeks, while continuing our work with families and administering assessments, we have been we began to say goodbye to people and places. Obviously, the people are more important to us, though Ronnie will especially miss “the mountain” (Mt. Rainer). These are things that many of you have helped us in the process: Cleaning, packing, painting, providing food and fellowship, loading up the truck, hauling a great deal of materials away for us, doing yard work, hosting a farewell for people in the church, giving us money, gift cards, other gifts and of your time. Some even wanted to plan something but time got away from all of us.       Also, many of you pray for us and we are extremely grateful. There is always a danger when we begin to list people. Even if I miss you, we very much appreciate you:

                Byes, Wells, McKinleys, Burleighs, Villanuevas, Kelsey, Pitzlers, Jeff, John, Jana, Linda, Goddards, Laurie, Jeanne, Hennesy, Smiley, Clavin, Heatherlys, Smiths, DiFrancesco, Defords, Johnsons, Teibels, Hoffman, Norene, Hartshorn, Galdi & Seana, Diana, Candice, Cisars…..

Personal Reflections – 4

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“And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” Isaiah 30:40

Many of you already know that we have big news. Over the last year or so, we have been working toward downsizing our work / home space and expenses. We have essentially disbanded our student library and much of Maggie’s teaching materials. Some items have returned to our personal library, others have been sold and yet others have been given away. Our next milestone occurred during the second weekend of February. After weeks of preparation, we packed up the majority of our inventory and delivered it to its new home in Spokane. We will continue to sell books and seminars introducing people to the neurodevelopmental approach. At this point we have five products on our website. Ronnie also kept some remaining Christian and other books to sell on Amazon. We now have production rights to a DVD seminar and an audio CD seminar, with more audio CDs in the works. The equipment will be used primarily for work, but will also enable him to converts our old media to digital files.

As of July 1 Maggie’s work is totally online. During the school year she met with students online on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Her students access her help through Brain Training or conversational Spanish sessions as well as assessments. Some of these students are enrolled in Academy Northwest as well. Also, she supervises online work for Family Academy’s parent training class and Scientific Learning’s (through Family Academy) Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant. She strives to get more of the ANW teachers involved with online work, at least as an additional stream of earnings for them. We are transitioning our annual testing families to other ANW teachers, unless they choose to continue non-test assessments by video conferencing. In June we switched to meeting with students on Tuesday and Thursdays for Brain Training and Spanish, giving us another day each week to provide end of the year homeschool assessments as well as pre- Brain Training assessment. During the month of June Maggie assessed 46 students.
On July 19 we will load up a U-Haul and leave after church the next day. We have an apartment waiting for us in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Our main reasons for moving are to be closer to family and in a location that has a lower cost of living. We spent four days there last July. We were able to attend four different meetings / activities of Grace Baptist Church – http://www.gracebaptistchurchbville.com – and look forward to being a part of that fellowship of believers.
We would appreciate your prayers as we continue our preparations and say goodbye to friends and our home of nearly 40 years for Ronnie and 23 years for Maggie.