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Good morning! Today I’m determined to publish a blog post. Not just write one, but actually publish it! I currently have something like eight posts that I’ve started writing over the last few weeks and haven’t published. My OCD is going crazy with the unfinished nature of it all.

Here’s an update of what’s going on in our life. This week we concluded a 25 day, 3500 mile journey. I thought it was only 2500 miles until I closed out my Milebug app and realized that it was actually 1000 mile more than that. We traveled through Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and Puerto Rico. The whole adventure was fantastic and successful.

A quick synopsis:

1. Puerto Rico was Heaven. Delightfully relaxing and being close to the ocean again was everything I needed.

2. We went to church in Florida with our old congregation and it was like we never left. I miss that feeling of home.

3. Reconnecting with friends in Alabama was a sweet treat that I’m so thankful for.

4. New Orleans is an incredible city. The night we arrived we discussed visiting Bourbon Street. Just Jake and I of course. In the end we decided to avoid the debauchery and keep my innocence in tact. The next day we explored the French Quarter, Lafayette Cemetery #1, and The Garden District. I was fascinated.┬áThe architecture and history left me speechless. I’ve included pictures of our time there in this post.

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Jacob is now in the Czech Republic. After 9 weeks in the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, he arrived in Prague, CR on Tuesday. He’s been assigned his first companion (Elder Cowley) and they will be serving in Prague for the next 9 weeks. So if you are going to Prague, make sure to look up the Elders!! We’ll get an email from him on Saturday as that is his new preparation day.

Before Jacob left we received a letter from his mission president informing us that because of the mission’s transfer schedule, Jacob’s mission would actually be 25 months and not the standard 24 months. We had the opportunity to talk to Jacob on the phone while he was at the airport on Monday and he mentioned (in his excitement of his first transfer from the MTC to Prague) that he would have 11 more transfers over the course of his mission. (These transfers will be within the CR).

Yesterday I scheduled out the next 11 transfers and have determined that his final transfer (home) will be on March 2, 2016. At which point I downloaded an missionary countdown app on my phone. According to the app, I will hug my son again in 1 year, 10 months, and 22 days! But who’s counting?;)

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I just saw that Tiny House Swoon featured our bus on its blog. Crazy. And then of course I got distracted going back through my earlier posts and I can’t wait to get back on the bus! Jake is currently taking apart the radiator, hopefully it will be up and running soon. It looks a little naked without the front end.

Most of the comments people make about our bus is the part where having no bathroom, kitchen, or privacy is a bad thing. I wrote this blog post about how doing hard things is actually a good thing.

From August 2013 through January 2014 – the bus was our whole life. 6 months. 12,000 miles. I wouldn’t trade that time for anything. Life is different now. We’re still living our temporary life waiting to see what happens next. I’ve learned patience and faith along our journey. For that alone it’s been worth it.

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Because we’re still waiting for the next chapter in our life, we’re focused on enjoying this one. The next few months are filled with life. Most of the activities surround Joshua. He’s embracing his new status as Scholar. Scholar means that his job is to get an education. As I look at the calendar for the next 4 months, it’s evident that he has a pretty sweet life and is ready for this whole Scholar business.

His itinerary includes:
Youth Conference in Houston
Elevation (an outdoor leadership program) in Southern Utah
Boy Scout Camp in Louisiana
Especially for Youth in Provo, Utah
Ballroom Dance Camp at BYU
Boy Scout Camp at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico
Summer classes with Williamsburg Academy including 4 Books That Changed My Life with the amazing Ben Brown!

He’s also starting a t-shirt business to fund his adventures and education. More details on that coming soon.

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I guess the purpose of this post is to say, Life is Good.

Daddy bought Miss B a toy. Her choice. She chose an alligator she could chew on. (See other images of her with said alligator.)

Cafe Du Monde. Beignets and Hot Chocolate. Word.

All three of those boys have the same expression. Ha! Love them! And I’m sure they love me and my camera.

Cemetery. Fascinating.

The Garden District. Mansions. Amazing.

 

April 10, 2014 - 7:08 pm

Courtney Kirkland - Looks like you guys are having the time of your life! I know the boys will remember these days for years and years to come! We are heading through New Orleans on our way to NC. :) You guys should schedule a visit to Wilmington this summer!

April 10, 2014 - 10:18 pm

Tara Norris - Awesome photos of new Orleans … can’t wait to see more if there are any:-) our prayers are with Jacob.

April 11, 2014 - 12:51 am

Angela Alcorn - Hi Amy, I saw your blog on a tiny house post tonight and can’t stop reading about you and your family. We are a family of four, me (Angie), my husand Bobby and our two girls Gillian (14) and Callie (8). We are in the beginning of an adventure too, except our tiny house is going to be our permanent home! Yes, I know I’m crazy, 208sqft crazy! We are in the process of cataloging and listing everything in our house. We may possibly have our house sold tomorrow! Please pray on this one! Our 26ft trailer is being built and our new life adventure is up and running. We live in Rowlett, Texas and would love for you to stop by if possible. We are photographing our entire adventure but I would love a photo session with you. It’s hard to capture all of us when I’m the one behind the camera all the time. Please let me know if it’s possible to meet you and arrange something. I look forward to the potential opportunity and hope it’ll work out.
God Bless, Angie
Tiny House America

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