(I missed The Wednesday Walk because we were gone,...so I am posting this on Friday!)
We are home from our little ~Antiquing Jaunt~. John and I always have fun when we travel in the car together. I always tell him that I enjoy it because I have a "captive audience"! He listens to me as I jabber away,...and he can't get away,...so I can have all of his attention. He in turn likes to talk to me about things too.
We do have some great conversations when we are on the road. Do you find that to be true too? We comment about the surroundings of course,...like, "oh, there are the buffalo!". Then I said, "that one is standing so still he looks like a statue!"
Then my super smart husband told me that buffalo do that during blizzards too, to conserve energy. I laughed and he said that it was true. He said their hide is thick and they don't need to take cover from the elements, but they do stand still to conserve energy and to stay warmer in the cold weather. Do you think I should believe him? tee hee
When we first got married I believed every word he said. Once he told me that horses don't lay down when they sleep because their knees just lock and they sleep standing up. And he said, "if you do see a horse laying down he is going to die soon". Well, since that time we have seen LOTS of horses laying down and none of them died! ha! We just laugh about it now. He had heard that and really thought it was true. (I am bad, I never let him live it down!)
My husband did a great job of driving. He does it all when we are on trips, and I just help him look for street signs etc. But now that we have a G.P.S., I hardly even have to do that anymore.
Before we leave he gets on the computer and maps out our trip and makes the reservations, and then he makes his list of every antique mall along the route. We have done this for many years, so he remembers each place we have been before and can describe it to me before we get there. I NEVER remember any of them. (We are so different!)
This trip I wanted to go to Nell Hill's Home Decor store in Atchison, Ks., so we went there and to Garrety's, down the block. I found a couple of things, but I was a little disappointed really. You see I have several of the owner's Decorator Books, and they are wonderful,...so I just knew I would really enjoy going to her shops,...but I wasn't too impressed.
We stayed in Leavenworth and went to Westin, Mo., and it is an quaint old town with a lot of little specialty shops. Most of them weren't open, but we went into a few and then it started to drizzel on us, so we headed down the road. It was a pretty little town, and the people were friendly.
We went to St Josephs, Mo. too and hit some shops. But we found that due to Ebay and all of the antiques sold on there, that a lot of shops have closed down. It also might be due to the economy too. We found a few little treasures along the way, but the true treasure was just being off together on our little adventure.
I have a bunch of food allergies and it is very hard for me to eat in restaurants, so I always take a cooler full of food. Well, before we left we bought a 40 quart power chill electric cooler that can also plug in in the van. So, I had everything I needed. My daughter Lynnette has one of those and she took it when we rented a huge van and all 10 of us went on vacation together last summer/early autumn, and it was great.
John likes to listen to oldies and he sings along with them, because he knows most of the words. Isn't it crazy how we can't remember Bible verses when we are trying to memorize, yet we can remember songs from when we were kids in the 50's? I know some of them too, so sometimes we sing together! (We are silly and not very good,...but it is fun.)
I like to put in cd's and pick whatever I want to listen to, and he is a good sport too. I had several Amy Grant cd's and he never complained. We have Christian cd's too and I even took along sermons, but we were in and out of the car so much we didn't listen to those this trip.
We did take our Bible and our devotion book, so we did read and do devotions and pray each morning before heading out to find the shops. We know it makes us feel better to start the day that way,...and I am sure God wouldn't like it if we went our way without acknowledging Him first and giving Him praise for His protection and all of His blessings.
Our God is so Good! He gives us everything to enjoy! And He wants us to enjoy each other too. Are you and your spouse taking time out to enjoy each other and all that God gives you? I hope so. It is too easy to lose the special closeness that He wants us to share with each other and with Him. It is worth working at, that's for sure.
Today is Good Friday and a time of reflection for all that the Lord has done for us. He gave His life for us! This is the best thing anyone has ever done for me. How about you,...
Have you accepted His free gift of salvation? If not,... I hope the Easter story will come alive for you this year. I hope you will meet the risen Lord and surrender your heart to Him.