Micah 6:8 Do justice, love kindness, walk humbly with your God.
Hello dear family and friends. We have had a full couple of weeks traveling from the FMCA RV conference in Indianapolis to Portland Maine. The conference was very informative on the tips and advice about living this RV lifestyle. We learned topics on tire pressure, black tank, grey tank, water tank, tire pressure, boon docking, hot water heaters, tire pressure, driving, and much more. And did I mention tire pressure? We met some very nice people and even a couple from Boynton Beach who we hope to see again this winter in south Florida. (Hi, Bob and Heidi if you are reading this!) We were fortunate to get a good spot to set up the RV for the week. Some others got spots that flooded or got stuck in the mud because of nasty rain storms. We also enjoyed a beautiful bike ride on the Monon Trail (rail to trail) to a delicious farmers market. If you are ever in Indianapolis enjoy this charming trail.
We then drove to the wonderful Amish farmland in Ohio. We toured an Amish farm, learning and enjoying the culture, and even took a buggy ride. We also bought the BEST bread we have ever eaten. The family that toured the farm with us was Palestinian from Cleveland. We enjoyed spending time with them as they passed their adorable baby girl from one family member to another because she was so deliciously chubby and too heavy for one set of arms for the entire tour. It was like a mini United Nations that afternoon (Amish, Mennonite, Palestinian, Cuban, and one lady from Pittsburgh, me!). Another rails to trails bike ride through the plentiful corn and soy fields and countryside was one that we enjoyed but exhausted us! These trails are such a fabulous way to get to see and know an area. I wish south Florida would have some.
Then it was off to Niagra Falls. Words can not describe the power, beauty, and awe at this creation of God. The best experience was The Cave of the Winds where we were able to walk by the water that is crashing down causing wind and spray everywhere. Don’t miss this if you are ever at the falls. We made some new friends on this tour from west Texas, Darin and Heather. We hope to see these great people next year when we head out west and also meet their new family addition that will arrive in 2018. It was great to spend the day with these two. Sunday we worshiped with the Buffalo church and enjoyed the fellowship.
We arrived in Portland and had a tour of the town by Brandon. Brandon grew up with our children and now works with the Casco Bay Church of Christ. His parents (Bob and Barbara) are dear friends of ours. They also are stepping out and making big changes in their lives by moving from South Florida to Portland to be a part of the Casco Bay Church of Christ. They have always been known for their love and faith. We worshiped with Casco Bay and two sectors of the Boston Church on Sunday. It was really encouraging to see Natalie there, who has recently moved to New Hampshire from Boca Raton. We love you Natalie!
This entry closes on a sad note and heavy hearts because of the loss of Torey’s ten year old son, Jordan, in an auto accident. Torey is a dear brother in Christ who worked frequently with Juan in his paella business. Jordan’s family chose to give the gift of life to others through organ donation. This tragic loss will bring life and hope to others. May God’s comfort surround them all.
PS: You can see more of Juan”s photos at JMontalvoPhotography.com