Today was a wonderful day! Besides Alabama winning against Clemson last night (ROLL TIDE) we went this morning to church then came home ate lunch and watched a movie. After our movie was over we went and spent the afternoon with Mac (one of our friends). We had a blast! We chased cows, went "muddin", rode ALL over some property, and I even got to feed a new born cow from a bottle. It was awesome! I love the farm life! I named the baby cow Betsie, really she is known as #401 but to me she will always be Betsie. Our life is going great right now. We have so much to be thankful for. I have a test on Tuesday and posting on here gives me a reason not to study!! So thank you Blog! I will post some pictures of our day today once I get the cord for the camera! Have a good one! We love you! ~Rebecca
I have started another school semester! I believe I will stay a bit busy this year until graduation. I am still wanting to get into dental hygiene after I finish this round of school. I am not sure when I get do that though. Dusty is trying to get into Air Traffic Control School!!! I am so excited! He received an email about a job in Hawaii, but that is WAY too far away and we would have to pay out of pocket to move. So thats not happening. This past weekend we went to Tennessee for a Family Force 5 concert! We had a blast! Since Dusty doesn't get off until 5pm we were only about 1 hour and 40 minutes late, but we enjoyed every second. We even survived going trough the hood in Memphis, PRAISE GOD! Saturday we had a family reunion in Fayette, AL. (this is Al's side of the fam.) We enjoyed ourselves there as well. Life is just happening, and we are holding on for the ride. May you have a blessed week! We love you all!!! ~Rebecca
I am sitting here thinking back to my freshman year in college. It is so hard to believe that graduation is coming up. I can hardly believe that these past 4 years have passed so quickly. I can not believe that God has given me such a wonderful life. I can not believe that He loves such an undeserving woman like myself. I can not believe that He would die simply for me to live. I am thankful for all the memories I have collected over the past 4 short years. Dated 4 different guys, ended up with a package from Heaven (Dusty). Traveled to Mexico, Africa, Brazil, and the Bahamas. Lost my best friend (my Mamaw), made new friends, learned what true love is all about. Learned to love myself. I miss some things I have lost over the past few years and love everything I have gained. I am so grateful for another day to live and proclaim Christ name!!
On a different note, graduation is coming up but by golly its not coming fast enough. Another day of school starts tomorrow. Ugh, but you know what God is so great that I know that no matter how boring or hard the class may be or become I will survive. I hope to make Dean's list or better this semester. Over and out for the night. Good night! ~Rebecca
This is us on our Mexico Mission Trip in 2006 At an Alabama game 2006 ROLL TIDE Leaving Miami on a Cruise 2007 On our honeymoon 2007
Sometimes when life is going slow and you are physically alone, do you ever feel "ALL" alone? I do. Tonight as I sit in front of my computer thinking about the blessing I have in Dusty and trying to stay up until I just can not stay up any longer (Dusty is gone on trip with the youth), I want to write and let everyone know what a blessing I have. Dusty does so much for and with me and I never give him enough credit. Yes, sometimes he drives me up the wall but never the less through it all I know that he loves me, he wants the best for me and he is faithful to me and to Christ. Knowing these things is an amazing feeling. As I have told many people before when I first met Dusty I was NOT in the least bit interested in him. I had told God what I wanted my "man" to look like, and before me was Dusty, yeah right, I was not going to marry him. But oh the mistake I would have made had I turned him away. Dusty has the biggest heart of anyone I know. He breaks for the broken, he loves children, he is my encourager, supporter, and most of all my very best friend. I am at a lost for words when it comes to trying to seize up the most wonderful husband that was given to such an undeserving woman. My original point before getting off on Dusty was that whenever I feel alone I am reminded that God is still here, He is still alive, He is still in control of everything, HE is the Great I AM! GOD IS GREAT! I am so blessed to have the life I have, the family I have, and the undeserved Grace of God that I have. Always remember, "He will never leave nor forsake you".
Okay, So the trip begins. 3:58p.m. August 1st. We are all loaded and PACKED into the TRUCK! Yes, I said truck. We are loaded from front to back. We are also pulling Dusty's brothers Car. I am so excited about this trip I have never been to Virginia nor Washington D.C before. I can't wait to see what is in store for all of us.
It is now 5:39 p.m. and everything is going great! The kids are doing okay and I am so excited about my news of going to Africa in November that I can not even think about being in a TRUCK. I am pondering of how I will raise the money to go to Africa. Man, God is so great. If you seek with all your heart, and simply ask it of God with a pure intention it will happen in His time. I have waited almost 2 years! And I am so excited for this opportunity.
7:12 p.m. We have stopped and gotten dinner (to go of course) at Chick-fil-a. Everyone is doing great! Praise God! Once again "ask and you shall receive".We are making amazing time, considering we are in a TRUCK and pulling a car behind us. I believe we are about to watch a movie and chill out for a little while. I am going to try and stay awake during the movie, I am sure it should not be hard considering there will be 4 of us in the back seat (Dusty, Christian, Emma, and myself). 9:10 (8:10 Mississippi Time) we are in Atlanta, GA. I am beginning to reach the point of "ok I just want to get out of this vehicle". FYI the movie we were going to watch last time I wrote, we couldn't the inverter would not fit into the lighter in the truck. That stinks. Oh well, who needs TV anyway? It only takes time away from family. We are going to drive until about 11:45 (10:45 sippi time) and stop for the night in Greenville, North Carolina....
10:33 (9:33 sippi time) I am completely ready to get the crap out of this TRUCK!!! I am tried and ready to be free, and have room to stretch out. We just stopped at a rest stop and Al (Dusty's dad) started driving off with me not even in the truck. ugh. Where oh Where is Greenville South Carolina? It's not coming up fast enough. Thank goodness I have this computer so I can get back some what of some sanity. well, i am so so so so so so tired. with 60 yes 60 miles left.
FINALLY... FINALLY... one more time FINALLY!!!! 11:35 (10:35 ms time) we are here!!! I am so tired, and oh so ready for bed. Christian is staying with Dusty and I while Emma is staying with Nana and Pops. This trip so far has been great. The best trip BY FAR with our niece and nephew. They have been such great troopers. Christian and Dusty just love to be with each other. It so sweet. Christan LOVES him, and the same in return from Dusty. ok GOOD NIGHT!!!!!!
Saturday Morning, starts EARLY!! We woke up at 6:20 (5:20 MS time) we only had time to get up and change clothes run down for breakfast and get out and on the road. It is now 7:30 (6:30), As we were leaving the hotel, Christian noticed that he forgot his computer and cell phone, meanwhile I had already packed and loaded it. When we left I asked Christian if he had an amazing aunt, he said "NO",then I showed him his computer and said what about now, he said "yes". So as of now we are sitting at a gas station pumping diesel. Everyone is happy and ready to be there, esp. ME! I can't wait, the second day is always the toughest. Al and Laney have been so great. Al is so passive and nothing bothers him unless he thinks we were not going to leave on time, then he kinda get squirmy. Laney is just chillin like a villain.
9:39 a.m. (8:39) I have fell asleep and now I am awake. Christian fell asleep on me and now he is asleep on Laney. I woke up with a numb arm and a cracking neck. Al is still driving. Dusty has offered several times but Al just wont budge. Little E (Emma) has stayed awake the WHOLE time, I am telling you these kids have been awesome troopers. When I was there age I was going crazy by now, but no they are doing just fine. I have no idea as to where we are right at this point but on the radio it says Charlotte,NC. Dusty just informed me that we have already gone through it though. I think we are going to stop again sometime soon, Laney has requested a bathroom break. I don't see how she has enough to pee out but ya know "to each his own". All we have seen are a bunch of trees and I caught myself thinking I thought it was supposed to be a beautiful country and all I see is trees. Then I thought HELLO REBECCA THIS IS BEAUTIFUL!!! GOD MADE EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL. I am should be glad that God made the trees and that there are not just tons of buildings everywhere. So yes, I am thankful to be able to eyes to see and air to breathe. It is amazing how God can revel Himself to you through even the simplest of things. I am tasting asphalt, which is a bit nasty, and thats thanks to iron pills. ok enough for now will write in a little bit. I am loving keeping this journal! By the way Christian is still asleep.
10:20 a.m. (9:20) We stopped for a bathroom break. Dusty and Laney switched seats so now it's AL, Emma and Laney in the front, and Dusty, Christian, and myself in the back seat. It is a LOT more peaceful with Dusty and Christian separated. But, this gives them a chance to be together. We are now in Greensboro, North Carolina. We are still making good time. Peedee (the GPS) says we will arrive at 2:02 p.m. Life is good and loving it!
11:51 a.m. (10:51) Now I am ready to get out. My butt is extremely numb. I think I lost feeling about 45 minutes ago. I have been playing spider on the computer to try as pass the time the only problem with that is the computer will eventually die. We are going to stop soon to get lunch! we are all in need of of break.
12:57 (11:57) We have just eaten lunch. Dusty is now driving, which makes me extremely nervous because he does not pull trailers often and when he does it is a smaller trailer without a antique car on it. You can tell that everyone is beginning to get quite touchy. Everyone is ready to be there. I can't believe we have made it this far and we are all still alive. Another Praise to God! Our ETA is 2:42 now. oh I am so so so ready to be there. It is now Dusty, Christian and I upfront and Laney, Al, and Emma in the back.
2:35 (1:35) OK... UGH... UGHHHHHH this is me screaming!!!! We were doing just fine, oh but that was not good enough! See just when you get comfortable God throws a detour in your way to remind you that He is in control. Well, for us we just had to take a detour because the traffic was getting to heavy. Dusty also gets very nervous with cars all away around him. With our detour we added 11 minutes to our trip. Are you kidding me? I know this has got to be a joke, but oh no its not. I mean We were so close and now we have an extra 11 minutes. I mean what do you do but smile. Stay quite and smile when needed. I am even more in need of getting there.
Well today is Sunday. We arrived yesterday about 3:01 (2:01)! After unloading the car, and unloading the luggage we set off to tour Colonial Williamsburg. It was pretty neat, all the old historical places, houses, people dressed up like the original people would have been. Really neat. Once again today is Sunday, we Went to church with Robbie and Danna at KingsWay Church. A little different, but whatever. After church we came home and ate lunch then just about everyone took a nap then we woke up and went to tour Jamestown but when we (Robbie, Danna, Selena, Al, Dusty, and myself) got there it was about 15 minutes until they closed so we were unable to go on a tour. Instead we went to Yorktown Victory center and saw the monument that is there and took a few pictures around the neat little town. I am having a blast. The kids are still doing wonderful besides just the "kid actions", but all together GREAT with a capital G!
Today (Monday) we spent ALL day at Busch Gardens. We had an amazing time there. Christian and Emma would not ride anything. It was pretty sad. I was a bit upset with them because it cost so much to get in and then all they did was sit around. Oh well, their loss. Today was very hot and I am ready for bed. Goodnight
WOW!!!! Is all I have to say about today. AL, Robbie, Diane, Dusty, and myself went to Washington D.C. it was amazing. We walked some 900 miles (not really but it sure seemed that way I mean at least 20). It was great. The first thing we did was ride the Sub to the Arlington Cem. While we were there we were able to see the Tomb of the unknown solider and the changing of the guards. Both were really neat. We also saw J.F.K's graveside as well as his family buried beside him. It was amazing to see all the crosses that went on for miles and miles. There was also a funeral going on while we were there. My heart was sad for the family. I believe that it was a General or something, but don't know for sure. Then after leaving Arlington Cem. we WALKED to the Lincoln Memorial and the Mall, then WALKED to the Vietnam Memorial then the Washington Memorial, then WWII Memorial then we walked to the Smithsonian castle (Robbie and I were the only ones that went in this, the others sat on the grass to rest). After the Smithsonian Castle we went to the Capital Building for a tour, on our way there we saw some police so of course I had to get a picture with them for my dad. The tour was amazing. Our tour guide was from Coolsprings, MS her name was Haley this fall she will be a senior at Ole Miss. We all thought at one point she would get us kicked out of the Capital for arguing with a police officer. We got to view lots of cool things, and see where the United States began. Our entertainment was watching the "walk" and "don't walk" signs and waiting for them to go out. As we approached them we could see that they were about to run out so we would say "run" and all of us would start running across the street (I am sure we did not look like we weren't from there) then another thing that was funny is when we were leaving Washington trying to get on the Subway, Al told us we needed to get on one Sub, so all 5 of us get on then when we are on we realize we are on the wrong one so Al says for us all to get off, and this decision was made in like 5 seconds because the door does not stay open very long. So funny. We had a wonderful day and I am so glad that the weather was so beautiful. Thank you Lord.
So today is Wednesday, We drove to Richmond to visit some of Al and Laney's old friends. They adopted one of their foster babies. After leaving there we drove back to Williamsburg and went to the Yankee Candle Company, this was really neat. Then we all went to CheeBurger CheeBurger for lunch. I got a horrible bloody nose then we left and forgot about Arlon. We all walked out and were about to split into our different cars then Laney said "Where's Arlon" we all realized that we had left him and everyone laughed. After lunch we went to the candy store (everything was expired) then Dusty, Laney, Diane and myself went to a few thrift shops. That was okay, but their thrift shops are not good like the ones in Memphis, but it was fun anyway. When everyone got home we all kinda chilled out some and ate dinner at home. The boys went to a near by pond that is almost completely dried up and came back to the house extremely muddy. It was a "boys will be boys" moment. Great day.
Today we go home. It is Thursday and we are heading home. We got in the truck at 8:07a.m. And Al was doing a wonderful job of driving me crazy, he was rush, rush, rush. But I was not interested in hurrying. The more he mentioned it the more I wanted to slow down. Now we are all in the truck and no one is talking to anyone. Christian is so tired and Al is upset we left 7 minutes late, Laney is chilling, Dusty is texting, and I am writing. I am so ready to get back home. I want to go somewhere tomorrow since Dusty will be gone, but don't know if I will or not. Enough for now.
It is now 9:30 p.m. and we have arrived home! HOORAY!! I have never been so excited to see my house before. The trailer that we were pulling had a light out so there was a dinging noise almost the whole ride back, which was only adding to Laney making noises with her mouth, Emma and Christian ready to get out of the truck and copying what Laney did. I was ready. Thank God we had a great time and made it home safely. This is our story through my eyes.
Dusty and I are in Williamsburg, VA right now, and having a great time with his family. I am really enjoying myself. I will post more about our trip when we return. We have really had an experience here. ~Rebecca