My dad usually writes the blog, but he recently offered me (Chanel) to do one. I accepted, as you can tell. Even though Dad usually tries to give a sermon in his blogs, which isnâ€™t necessarily a bad thing, I want to give a bit of an update as well. Those of you I email, receive my email updates. But then that leaves everyone else wondering what weâ€™ve been up to, where we are, etc. We are in Las Cruces, New Mexico, right now.
I was recently talking with a friend on the phone, and I told her, â€˜You know, Iâ€™m kinda getting homesick. And as bad as it sounds, itâ€™s not really for the people, but for a real house.â€™ Her response was, â€˜Well thatâ€™s great. Youâ€™re homesick, but not for the people, just stuff.â€™ She was partially being her dramatic self, but I know how it sounds. It doesnâ€™t sound good. But I guess what I mean is that I miss normality and routine.Â I miss knowing which Safeway Iâ€™ll shop for groceries at, what church Iâ€™ll be at on Sunday, and who Iâ€™ll see when. Thatâ€™s what I miss. And Iâ€™m in contact with most everyone from home, so itâ€™s not like
I never talk with them.
But then I realized, if Iâ€™m going to follow God in every way I can, I guess I need to give up normality and routine. I need to follow Him to wherever he leads me. Thatâ€™s when I realized, â€˜Home is wherever God leads me.â€™ So if Iâ€™m homesick, then I guess Iâ€™m not doing what God is leading me to do. So I think Iâ€™ll throw that homesick feeling out the door.
Now for the update stuff. Weâ€™ve been doing good out here. Grant and I have been a little sick this past week, but Iâ€™m doing better and I think he is too. Weâ€™re thinking it was the heat. We met a very nice man at a truck stop, Tim, who drives a semi with his wife, and also enjoys riding his bike. He was very nice, and fixed the brake on my bike. It had been rubbing against my wheels, making it a harder ride. We discovered that in New Mexico,
there is something called a â€˜goat headâ€™. â€˜What is this goat head?â€™ you may ask. Well, itâ€™s a thorny bur that will get in your tires and flatten them. And they are in dirt, and sometimes on the roads. Tim (see earlier in this paragraph) told us, â€˜Youâ€™ll have these all the way through Texas.â€™ So weâ€™ve had LOTS of flats! Over twenty flats in the last 180 miles. We kinda lost count.
We have all gotten very tan. I have recently gotten a new stuffed animal, Milly, to add to my small collection out here on the road. Milly is a small, pink kitty, who has a little â€˜houseâ€™ that looks like a cupcake. She is the perfect size to fit in my bike shirt pocket! Milly and Casserole, my other kitty, get along very well. Mom has made it a personal mission to find cupcakes on this trip. So weâ€™ve had some cupcakes out here, and theyâ€™ve all been very good. But luckily, weâ€™re riding our bikes so we arenâ€™t getting pudgy from all the cupcakes!
I hope you all enjoyed this blog, and it wasnâ€™t a bore. Please write a comment so I know what you think about my blog. Blogging is a new thing for me, so I donâ€™t know if Iâ€™m any good at it yet.
Until next time, Chanel