And so it begins...

Trip Start Sep 07, 2007
Trip End Jan 12, 2008

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Hello from San Diego! The campground we are staying at is beautiful. It's a great location, considering it's 5 minutes to the Kingdom Hall and all kinds of shopping, 15 minutes to work, and is situated on a series of 7 lakes. Our view out the back window is a pretty little stream that meanders through the campground. We went to the meeting last Thursday and found out that the neighbors we see out of our back window are Witnesses! So are the neighbors a few doors down from them. Apparently you can actually live here. These full-timers ended up settling here at Santee Lakes because it was the most beautiful and comfortable campground out of the hundreds they have visited. And the congregation is lovely. They've welcomed us so warmly and made us feel like family already. I have Service plans with Sister Liz Peck (our neighbor out the back window) tomorrow and am looking forward to tasting the local territory. She is also taking me on 2 of her Bible Studies, so that should be really nice.
We've spent the last week and a half getting settled into our new home (the trailer). It's taken a bit of getting used to, and we're still organizing things to be fully livable, but it feels like it will be just fine. Our trailer is definitely designed as a 'full-timer' rig, so we should be quite comfortable for the coming months. I did, however, have a bit of a reality check. When Albert left for work last Monday, I suddenly realized that I was going to spend the next 4 months basically alone! He'll leave for work, and I'll be stuck in the trailer all by myself, in strange towns where I don't know anybody, and most of the time without a car, so I can't even go anywhere. I felt horribly lonely and missed all my dear friends back home. What a relief to be a part of Jehovah's organization! Attending the meetings has picked my spirits right back up. You're never alone when you can fit right in to a new congregation, surrounded by fellow worshippers of Jehovah. What a blessing to feel Jehovah's love among His people so quickly. Just what I needed.
We also have already had visitors. My mom and step-dad came down to spend the weekend with us. They just left yesterday. It was the first time they had seen our new home, and we had fun sharing it with them. Saturday we went to the Natural History Museum to see a very interesting exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Rick especially enjoyed it since it fit right in with the research he's been doing on Biblical history. Sunday we enjoyed a lazy day by the pool, until it was time to get ready for the 4 o'clock meeting. That night sister Peck and her husband Ron came over to visit with all of us. Rick had an interesting discussion with them surrounding why he and Ron are not yet baptized Witnesses and whether or not such a thing may ever happen. We're all hoping! The next morning my parents had to go home, and it was difficult to say goodbye after such a nice visit. We look forward to anyone else who may wish to drop in somewhere along our route!
Albert has been busy, busy. I suppose that makes sense, considering that this venture is for his job! He's tired already, but hopefully he'll catch some rest somewhere along the way! Fortunately, we have a nice comfortable bed, so at least he is able to get good sleep at night.
We leave from here on Friday, September 21st, heading clear across the country to Atlanta. The first night we'll spend in Phoenix, getting a chance to have a brief visit with my dad and stepmom. My 2 brothers and my nephew will also be on hand, so I'll get to see them too. My brother Christian, and his wife Andrea, along with son Ian, just last month moved to Denver, CO so seeing them will be more of an effort from here on out. So it's nice that they will happen to be in Phoenix at the same time we are so we can all visit.
We decided to head across the country on I-40 instead of  I-10 and I-20 as originally planned. The route just looks more interesting, and really doesn't take any longer. We hope. One night we'll spend in Memphis, TN, apparently a 2 minute walk to Elvis Presley's Graceland! We're going to have to cover a lot of ground each day to make it to Atlanta on time, but we'll just have to squeeze in a quick tour of Graceland if we're going to be so close! Might as well do some goofy touristy stuff on the way!
Well, I guess that's all there is to report right now. We'll keep you all posted as our adventures continue!
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