Otherwise after over 3 weeks "at home" in Northern Illinois, It would be impossible to catch up on how things are and have been going.
We arrived ay my BFF’s (Audrey) House to get in our 1st hugs, and found ourselves
Our sponsored child is Eudoxie (15 YOA) from Burkino Faso. We are very excited to get to know her and watch her grow.
Our weeks were busy, a whirlwind of doctor visits, chores at the storage facility and in the trailer, while squeezing in fun times with family & friends.
Last year at this time we had just embarked on our journey and promised Kate we would not miss her birthday this year. Especially as THIS YEAR was her turn for the “birthday shopping spree”.
Her shopping spree was quite successful as you can see.
Kate’s party was a GREAT success, at which all of the kids “performed” at their talent, entertaining us all.
Leo & Eden performed a song and dance routine respectively:
FABULOUS! Watch for them on The Voice and/or America’s
Christine played the Piano!
It was at this party that Katie made a suggestion when presented my dilemma: what to for Bill’s 70th birthday when we will be in California on October 4th? Her suggestion “throw him a surprise party now, he’ll never guess it”. So, a week later we pulled it off with his 4 kids
Being "home" has been filled with family & friends. Our heartstrings were tugged on by the grandchildren, but we are committed to the "vagabond" lifestyle and our hope is that we can begin to communicate with them via "Facetime" or "Skype".
On May 2nd we headed for “Curecanti National Recreational Area” within the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (southwest Colorado). I could not pass up the opportunity to stop in Springfield, IL to see the new Lincoln Museum . IT WAS WORTH IT!!! Just wish we had more time.
Also, we found ourselves in St. Louis, MO and realized we could
CATCH DINNER WITH MY NIECE HEATHER, HER DAUGHTER FAITH, AND
I can leave with the peace of mind knowing james continues to make good choices and good friends.
Today: On to Curecanti, we finally have a day with no snow and sunshineJ There should be no worries about Hoosier Pass?
Our assignment at curecanti will be as “campground Hosts” and last until Labor Day. After that we will head back to Wisconsin for 10 days at Starrett Lake (how could we miss it?)
The last week of September will find us in Monument, Colorado, where Bill will be taking a course to become a certified RV technician and RV inspector.
We are due at Joshua Tree NP October 1st where this years assignment will be as Hosts of the black rock campground. And that will finish out the year for us.
We are looking at 2 different locations for Jan. thru April, 2014. One is down in southern texas, but the one we are really hoping to get is at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park as visitor guides. we should know within 10 days.
We should have cell & internet service at Curecanti, so keep in touch.