Salvage, Stitches, Storage, and Sadness

Salvage, Stitches, Storage, and Sadness

April 22, while driving in Michigan at 11pm (about to call it a night), we came to an intersection with a blinking yellow light. We had the right of way. A car on the intersecting road decided to go. I slammed on the SUV brakes, Caleb slammed on the truck brakes, and the RV brakes didn’t work right (and they worked fine up until this point). The RV kept going, ripped the hitch in the truck bed almost completely out, slammed into the cab and back tail light area, and the truck slammed into our SUV.

We were able to coast into a local grocery store in White Lake, about an hour east of Lansing. Everyone was fine. The truck and RV were totalled by the insurance companies. The SUV probably would have been but we only had liability on it. It is still drivable. We also ended up getting another truck already (although now it needs an EGR delete). We couldn’t finance another RV until the insurance paid for the other one. They wouldn’t pay until we moved out. I had took pictures and videos on my smart phone but then the screen broke and I am back to a flip phone.

We visited the local Baptist Church the day after the wreck and have fell in love with the people. Everyone has been so helpful and welcoming. A loving family has welcomed us into their home while we wait on the bank to finance us. All our stuff was in a 5×10 ft storage unit until a few days ago when we moved it to the pastor’s garage. We have enjoyed helping out at the church when we can and now call it home.

Caleb has had a job since April 25th but got injured on the job after two weeks of working​ there. While cutting down a tree with a chainsaw, the tree fell quicker than planned (his boss didn’t have the trunk held tight), branches hit the chainsaw which swung back and hit Caleb’s knee. He got 12 stitches. He was still working but was overdoing it a lot so missed about 10 days of work (spread out, not all in a row). It was at a bad spot and kept splitting open. It looks way better now.

When he first got the stitches

Also at the end of May, my family had another gut wrenching blow. My younger brother overdosed (not Herion) and was in the hospital for four days before he passed. He was my step dad’s only child. My stepdad had passed in January from esophagal cancer. My family is all deeply grieved and will never​ be the same. We are still very much in shock because no one expected my always-smiling, 22 year old brother to die. The day before he spent making future plans with his girlfriend. It still just feels like a dream that we wish we could wake up from!

We miss you two so much!

As far as my family (the four of us) goes, we plan to get a new RV soon, Lord willing. Also my husband is probably switching jobs soon to something more permanent. I will update more as the Lord reveals His plans for our lives. He has done tons of pruning on us and we keep our faith and hope on His future plans for us. We are loving where He is leading us and just need to give things time to fall into place!
Rest in Peace 

Dakota (Cody)

December 30, 1994 -May 30, 2017

Always smiling!
My little brother will be missed so much!
I could always depend on him to be a great Uncle “Cookie” to m boys. Lucas gave him the nick name when he was younger.
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Meeting Near Strangers

Meeting Near Strangers

This week has been an interesting week and today is no different. Our 1996 RV engine died on Tuesday and we were able to coast into a rest area parking spot before it gave up the ghost. So we have been stuck in the middle of No Where Indiana for 5 days now while we try to get a new RV financed. We had spent Wednesday and Thursday visiting local RV shops and found one that will work with us in southern Michigan. 

While we wait on banks, money to come through, and the weekend to pass; we are hanging out in the RV. Although to add to the mix, my husband had to return to Ohio for his National Guard weekend. So it has been crazy. He did rent a car so I would be left with some wheels that work. 

I have been trying to keep my boys on a schedule, as much as I can, as we go through this trial. Kids should not have to worry about shelter or financial issues. They will grow up soon enough and have to take care of themselves. For now, we have been trying to spend time with them and still do homeschooling. Yesterday I went through their clothes and added the fall clothes to the closets for my boys. We went to Salvation Army, the grocery store, and a laundromat. We might be stuck at the rest stop but life still goes on.

Last night, I realized that I was getting low on fresh water so i knew I would have to ask for help. My mom happened to have a friend that lived 35 minutes away. We got in touch and I asked if we could take showers there. She welcomed us over but I will admit that I was extremely nervous about going over to a near stranger’s home.

Turns out the lady and her husband were sweethearts! They have grandbabies so my kids played with their toys. Their two dogs were awesome with kids and it was really nice to have adult conversation. She actually knew quite a bit about me since my mom met her on-line 10 years ago. It was an interesting visit and an awesome long shower! They sent us on our way clean with snacks, a toy, bubbles, and glow sticks for the kids. It really is amazing the people you meet on the road!

Goodies from our new friend, Jill, and her husband. We ate some snacks on the car ride home.